Module 4 – Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies

Connectivist Learning Theory

Starkey describes ‘connectivism’ as the collaborative construction of knowledge using a multitude of sources, including connections between student’s experience and knowledge, the teacher’s experience and knowledge, and information gathered through others using technology and other outlets (2012, p 26). While I understand that there is some doubt surrounding whether ‘Connectivism’ is a theory of learning, I think it has some value for the modern teacher. The use of technology and the access to information that is readily available means that the role of a teacher is to not only deliver the content, but also to discuss, debate and critically analyse content along with the student. Gone are the days where the teacher was able to master all of the content and provide all of the answers; students are now able to present their own thoughts, thinking and analysis through the use of technology.

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Starkey, 2012, p. 25

This pedagogical view does help me understand the place of technology in education, as it confirms my belief that technology should be used as a tool to evoke discussion, provoke critical thinking and provide a platform for students to actively engage with their own learning by connecting with other people and ideas.

References

Starkey, L., (2012). Teaching and learning in the digital age. Oxon: Routledge.

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Module 4 – Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies

2 thoughts on “Module 4 – Teaching and Learning with Digital Technologies

  1. Hi Ashton,

    My views are on the same line as yours.
    Connectivism fits the present approach to learning and answers the question as to how learners connect information in the digital age. Why not use technology in classroom when its such an integral part of students life, this fact gives the opportunity for a teacher to engage students in their own learning through their connected and social learning spaces.

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  2. Hi Ashnand,

    I agree. ‘Why not’ use technology when it is fast becoming an integral part of life. I think it would be bizarre for any distance education student not to believe in the powers of technology!

    I think connectivism is a great attempt at explaining learning in a modern world, in fact, I find that it fits the way I often learn most effectively. Although, I also believe that behaviourism and constructivism have a place in education, and that perhaps my pedagogical view is a combination of all three. As I gain more classroom experience, it will be interesting to see which theory I lean toward.

    Cheers, Ashton.

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