Responding to Connectivisim 6-A-3

I enjoyed the wiki page of Group B who was assigned a position against Connectivisim. Several points stood out from the cons list. An argument against connectivisim made there is that it does not give educators many opportunities for positive reinforcement. Another argument is that since students work at their own pace, it is difficult for teachers to offer guidance, see student expressions, and evaluate learning. It was mentioned that multiple intelligences are not taken into account. Also listed was that everyone does not have tech devices.

I like that connectivisim puts the learner in charge not the teacher. Teachers must take cues from students and take the lead of the student. This is difficult when current school systems are pushing content. Connectivisim is not content driven; it is process driven. Connectivist theory says let the learner be empowered to decide which direction to take with learning. I agree that connectivist theory might not be the preference of those who proceed in a more concrete, linear manner in the same way traditional educational systems are not the learning preference for those who are out of the box, big picture, growing by leaps and bounds not sequential, tiny pieces thinkers. Technology offers many different platforms for diverse learning preferences and processes. There can be virtual face to face environments as part of learning.

Yes, I agree everyone is not connected and sometimes it is because of the great economic divide. Technology is getting cheaper and more accessible. We have to figure out ways to get it into the hands of students to provide equitable access. Sometimes, this is at a Kids Club, community center or library not home. I love that the learner gets to decide if learning is successful by self-evaluation. Positive reinforcement leads to extrinsic learning. Connectivisim promotes more self-driven learning and that type of intrinsic learning will outlast fill your brain-and-dump for the test learning. Hopefully life-long curiosity is being reinforced. How to consider multiple perspectives, how to develop a learning network, how to share publicly and many other positives are results, too.


2 thoughts on “Responding to Connectivisim 6-A-3

  1. It’s so true that everyone these days needs to be connected due to changing times. I agree with you that technology is getting increasingly cheaper and we need to get some type of device into every students hands. What a disadvantage they are at if they don’t have access. We need to put the learner in charge and allow them some power in their learning. They need access to do that. Where will those students be in 2-5 years if they don’t have access? If we can take the thinking of connectivism and pair it with multiple intelligences, positive reinforcement, and learning preferences or find some way to integrate it all, then we will include all learners.

  2. I agree, I like that it puts the learner in charge, but some of my learners are just not up to that task. I feel like these students will need a very well-laid out plan for how to proceed and are not very good at finding their own learning. It seems to me that the teacher will have a LOT of work to do. I would like to use this for some of my classroom activities, but I would not like throwing out the textbook!

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