A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
by George Siemens Three Broad Learning Theories Behaviorism
Constructivism These Theories are concerned with the process of learning and how a person learns They theorize that knowledge is an objective or a state that is attainable if not already innate through either reasoning or experiences. But Siemens says these theories do not address learning that occurs outside of people or within organizations Technology has changed the way we live, work, communicate and LEARN The half life of knowledge The time span of when knowledge is gained to when it becomes obsolete
Is Shrinking knowledge and information is abundant.
Evaluating and obtaining information is a skill.
Learning is no longer linear.
Knowledge is about knowing where to get it.
Learning is continual.
Technology has rewired our brains.
Technology Stores and retrieves our knowledge.
An Alternative Theory Based on the principles of chaos, network, complexity and self organizational theories. The capacity to form connections within sources of information and there by create useful information patterns is requred to learn in our knowledge economy. Connectivism Addressed changes in individuals and organizations Provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to fluorish in a digital world. Key Principles of
Connectivism Learning occurs within an unstable environment.
Learning can occur outside of ourselves
Today's learning is about making connections and being connected.
Todays learning is about distinguishing between important and unimportant information
Todays learning is about recognizing when new information changes the landscape. Organizational Learning The effective flow of knowledge through
an organization is critical. The system is cyclical - person - network-
organization. Discussion Questions
1. How are communities of learning the same or different in
comparison to connectivism?
2. Do you believe connectivism and the abundance of information has stifled or nurtured creativity and inventiveness. Explain your answer. Recommended Reading
Downes, S. (2007). What connectivism is, Half an Hour: A place to write, half an hour, every day, just for me
Siemens, G. (2008). What is the unique idea in Connectivism?, Connectivism: Networked and social learning.See the full transcript