My Take On Connectivism

Matthias Melcher, x28's New Blog, Aug 12, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good post that accords with many of my own thoughts about connectivism. Especially this: "Downes' and Siemens' discussions shed new light on fundamental concepts, such as rules versus patterns, complicated vs. complex, equivalence vs. similarity, and coping with ambiguity and uncertainty." I agree. One thing I would like to spend some time exploring in the course is the nature and role of many of our background assumptions - the status of rules, the role of classification, the strength of equivalence. Because, yes, connectivism isn't simply a learning theory, it has a lot to say about how we see and organize the world - it is a theory about knowledge as much as it is a theory about learning.
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