Connectivism Learning Theory: Instructional Tools for College Courses

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Darrow, Suzanne
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2009-08-24T19:13:09Z
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eLearning , connectivism , open education , instructional technology , networked learning , connectivism learning theory , digital learning , George Siemens
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Abstract: This qualitative thesis explores the work of George Siemens and connectivist learning theory, 'A Learning Theory for the Digital Age'. Findings are based on a literature review which investigated the foundations, strengths and weaknesses of connectivism and synthesized conclusions into a knowledge base of practical applications for the college level, Instructional Technology classroom. The half-life of knowledge is shrinking, especially in the field of Instructional Technology; connectivism helps to ensure students remain current by facilitating the building of active connections, utilizing intelligent social networking and encouraging student-generated curricula. Connectivism allows the future of education to be viewed in an optimistic, almost Utopian perspective, as individuals co-create knowledge in a global, networked environment.
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