George Siemens


Stephen Downes

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of Connectivism Theory

Connectivism Theory

A theory of learning based on premise that 

 knowledge exists in the world rather than 

 simply in the head of an individual


As a prinicipal of Connectivism it is a process of connecting specilized nodes or information sources that may reside in non-human appliances.

Capacity to Know
In connectivism, it is more critical than what is already known. 
In Connectivism:

Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.

Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.

How learning occurs
  • Distributed in a network
  • social
  • technologically enhanced
  • recognizing and interpreting patterns
Influencing Factors
  • diversity of network
  • strength of ties
  • context of occurrence
Role of memory
  • adaptive patterns
  • representative of current state
  • existing in networks
How Transfer Occurs

Connecting to (adding) nodes and growing the network.

Types of learning
  • complex learning
  • rapid changing core
  • diverse knowledge sources


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