Reflections on Connectivism Part 1 2010

I would like to reflect on Jenny’s post on Elluminate vs Networked Learning Conference experience.  CCK08 has provided me with some insights into how learning could be different at a digital age, and highlighted why some of the rule based formal structured teaching and learning did not work out well in an open complex learning environment.
May be we are left with a few options on a spectrum of openness:
(1) fully closed — semi-closed– (2) semi-open — open — (3) fully opened:
1. Close our doors of education and learning (our classroom), maintain strict discipline in class, with a rigid course curriculum which suits the educational requirements (may be the national educational standards)
2. Open our doors of education and learning with open education, online learning (VLE), a semi-open or a fully opened learning class, supplemented and complemented with Web2.0 tools (PLE) with an open flexible course curriculum which suits the learners’ needs
3. Open up education and learning, with a blended learning (based fully on learners’ needs), online learning (VLE), a fully opened learning network, supplemented and complemented with Web2.0 tools (PLE) and social networks,  negotiated with the learners and community on an ongoing basis.
I would go into the detail analysis – merits and limitations of each of the above approaches in coming posts.
Such reflections prompted me to consider connectivism in a totally different light:
1. Connectivism as a model of connections, networks, and learning and education
2. Connectivism as a way to conceptualize relationships, engagement, cooperation, collaboration and communication – connections with people (networks, COPs, groups, community), with artifacts, with concepts, and with institutions
3. Connectivism as an extension and positioning of  patterning of education and learning theories under different contexts in community or networks, at different times – behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, social constructivism, situational learning, community of practitioners (COP), Actor Networks – it’s birth, growth, development, maturity and decay, and re-birth or reconfiguration, Theory of Affordance and Complexity Theory.
4. Connectivism as a sociological construct – where cultural, social and educational aspects  of a community or institution are reconstituted from sociological perspectives.
From: Previous post on Learning Metaphors
What are your views?

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