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Connecitivism: Curriculum, Knowledge, Learning


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Presentation to EDUCAUSE, San Antonio ELI 2008 Conference

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Connecitivism: Curriculum, Knowledge, Learning

  1. 1. Connectivism: Rethinking Curriculum, Knowledge, & Learning EDUCAUSE San Antonio January 28, 2008 George Siemens Learning Technologies Centre
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  4. 4. Imposing a structural will on the future
  5. 5. <ul><li>Activity confined by structure </li></ul>
  6. 6. Welcome to complexity <ul><li>Uncoupling cause-effect </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple factors interacting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity and emergence </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  8. 9. On revolutions and innovations <ul><li>Thomas Kuhn: Conceptual </li></ul><ul><li>Freeman Dyson: Tool Driven </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Hell is the place where nothing connects” </li></ul><ul><li>(TS Eliot) </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>“ More than anything else, being an educated person means being able to see connections so as to be able to make sense of the world and act within it in creative ways.” </li></ul><ul><li>(W. Cronon) </li></ul>
  12. 13. Connectivism <ul><li>Knowledge as networked </li></ul><ul><li>Learning as connecting, creating </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic impact: designing education to optimize the value of networks </li></ul>
  13. 14. Connectivist taxonomy <ul><li>Awareness and Receptivity </li></ul><ul><li>Connection Forming </li></ul><ul><li>Contribution and Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Pattern Recognition & Meaning Making </li></ul><ul><li>Praxis </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Emergent curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>(Osberg & Biesta) </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Curriculum: </li></ul><ul><li>created, </li></ul><ul><li>co-created, </li></ul><ul><li>re-created </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Curriculum validation </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is an emerging Fifth Estate, enabled by the internet, providing checks and balances.” </li></ul><ul><li>(W. Dutton) </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Open Education Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Content is commodity </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Collective Intelligence: “knowledge embedded within societies or large groups of individuals” </li></ul><ul><li>Horizon Report 2008 </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>Complexification </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>“ Networks are the language of our times, but our institutions are not programmed to understand them” </li></ul><ul><li>(McCarthy, Miller, Skidmore) </li></ul>
  23. 24. What does it mean to know? <ul><li>To know is to be connected </li></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Participatory sense-making </li></ul><ul><li>(De Jaegher & Di Paolo) </li></ul>
  25. 28. Network as filter
  26. 29. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  27. 31. Learning
  28. 32. <ul><li>Overlay or Transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers & Classrooms </li></ul>
  29. 33. <ul><li>Permeable walls </li></ul><ul><li>Global networks </li></ul>
  30. 34. What education beginning to look like? <ul><li>The in-the-class expert </li></ul><ul><li>Learners </li></ul><ul><li>External learners </li></ul><ul><li>External experts </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-faceted content and perspectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In concept and media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diverse </li></ul>
  31. 35. Websites and Newsletters <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>