Learning and Knowing in Networks

George Siemens, Connectivism, Feb 05, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens presents a paper to the ITForum crowd. They should like it (if they read it). He asks, "How do the practices of the educator change in networked environments, where information is readily accessible? How do we design learning when learners may adopt multiple paths and approaches to content and curriculum? How can we achieve centralized learning aims in decentralized environments?" The answer is nice and vague and gives educators and designers key roles: "teachers interact with learners and content in a different manner," as "master artists", say, or "network administrators" or "concierge" or "curator", all "blending the concept of educator expertise with learner construction." Instructional designers, meanwhile, "play an educational role of directing educators to tools and resources." It's not a bad paper - a lot better than most - but it suffers from the usual Siemens habit of wanting to put something for everyone (and something of everyone) in his work.
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