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Extending the Learning Process: Using the Theory of Connectivism to Inspire Student Collaboration
Transcript of Extending the Learning Process: Using the Theory of Connectivism to Inspire Student Collaboration
Using the Theory of Connectivism
to Inspire Student Collaboration
Coordinator of Library Instruction
Wichita State University Libraries
KLA CULS Fall Conference
05 October 2012
The "Traditional" Ways
+ flexible learning
+ peer collaboration
Connectivism in Context
Individual, self-paced learning
Learning is context-sensitive
Why Learning Theories?
Guide library instruction
Teach the research process
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Principles of Connectivism
social & digital
learning occurs in short bursts
driven by needs
uses social media
& emerging tech
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Compliments connectivist learning
Cultivates a sense of community
Facilitates critical thinking
Contribution to a Research Guide
Students will be able to:
use various search tools to retrieve information in a variety of formats (article, book, website) in order to complete their library scavenger hunt.
identify where to find research help in order to complete papers and assignments for this class.
participate in collaborative research with classmates in order to build on the research findings of others.
Completed individually or in groups
Consultation with instructor and librarian
Introduce library resources for books; literature databases; print journals, and developing topics
A new theory emerges ...
A social discussion board for students to share questions and answers related to 19th century American literature.
Plan Your Lesson
Identify Potential Collaborators
Look for established relationships
Student learning outcomes
Work within your time constraints
Collaborate on worksheet
Make a detailed handout
Don't forget to save!
A Little Feedback
" ... things that come up in class ... we can work through them together, students can help each other."
"This scavenger hunt actually made me think!"
- a student
- Dr. Engber (instructor)