What Is the Unique Idea in Connectivism?

George Siemens, Connectivism Blog, Aug 06, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

We get this question every few months, like clockwork, from people who suggest Well, keeping in mind, as Siemens says, that "All ideas have a heritage. All concepts have roots," there are some things that are at least arguably novel in connectivism. Siemens outlines a few here: the application of network principles to both knowledge and the process of learning; the application of these principles at the biological/neural, conceptual, and social/external; the explicit discussion of the role of technology in learning, the acknowledgment of context and the role it plays in knowledge, meaning and learning; and the positive acocunts of understanding, coherence and sensemaking.
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