A Learning Theory for the
Presenters: Brad Moffat & Jennifer Rimnyak
• George Siemens
• Steven Downes
• Knowledge is growing exponentially
• Computers can perform cognitive functions for us
• Learning communities and organizations as
• Advent of social media and informal learning
• Learning is making connections
• information, people, machines, images, feelings, just about
• Students learn to build, adjust and maintain the strength
and complexity of connections.
• Learning to handle larger volumes of volatile
nodes produces - emergent properties
• Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of
• 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.
Source: Siemens (2004)
• 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.
Source: Siemens (2004)
• Teacher as network hub/Teacher as curator
• Influences & shapes the network
• Facilitates and nurtures connections (human/nonhuman)
• Not the sole content expert
• Dialogue is the platform for collaborative thinking
• Constant exposure to new, conflicting, current
• Openness and shared experiences & resources
• Enhances network diversity
• Strengthens network connections
• Static knowledge acquisition – no longer main
goal of education
• Focus shifts to SKILLS for the modern world:
• Using your network
• Broadening your network
• Evaluating “worthiness”
• Pattern recognition
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