Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ A personal social knowledge network (PSKN) facilitates learners’ wayfinding and its differences in behavior patterns between high and low performers in connectivist learning

Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

"As a basis of connectivist learning, wayfinding has been the focus of access paths of diverse resources," write the authors. But "most learners are exposed to wayfinding difficulties, such as information overload and technical difficulties." So "wayfinding support is necessary." This article (30 page PDF) explores "a case study to develop a personal social knowledge network (PSKN) and facilitate wayfinding in connectivist learning." There's a lot of detail here covering both the mathematics and mechanics of node distribution and wayfinding path detection, including "differences in wayfinding behavioral patterns between high- and low-performing learners." Most interesting to me is the finding that "creating nodes was an essential wayfinding feature in the PSKN." The best way to make connections is to contribute. "As the connection proceeds, the learner becomes like a teacher, and creating nodes becomes a critical wayfinding behavior in connectivist learning."

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