Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article recounts a fascinating research program based in a solid understanding of connectivism and a desire to push at its limits and determine whether there's actually anything of value there. The article is a brisk overview of Alaa AlDahdouh's journey, punctuated with the publications he produced along the way. In the end, he argues that Connectivism "provides a valuable framework for interpreting how the higher education students learn," however, "connectivism suits only those students who are possessing suitable level of digital literacy skills, who are self-dependent, self-regulated, and know what they want." I wouldn't disagree with this, nor with the more specific criticisms her offers. Do read his personal statement at the end, because this is so often how academia rewards innovative research.

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