Jan 24, 2005


This article from the Instructional Technology and Distance Learning journal site proposes a new learning theory for the digital age: Connectivism

George Siemens' main contention is that in the networked digital age conventional behaviorism, Cognitivism and Constructivism approaches to learning is outdated and technology, social strcutures and new sciences like Chaos Theory (do I hear my friends groaning ;-) ?) need to be built into it.

According to him the principles of Connectivism are:

  • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
  • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
  • Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
  • Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
  • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
  • Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.
worth a read for all HR, Learning and ID personnel !