Learning Opportunity: Connectivism

(H/T: Dennis Coxe)

Stephen Downes and George Siemens are offering a 12-week, college-level course looking at the latest theory of learning: Connectivism. The course is free to audit or you can pay and receive college credit. Here’s how they describe the course.

Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is a twelve week course that will explore the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. It will outline a connectivist understanding of educational systems of the future. George Siemens and Stephen Downes – the two leading figures on connectivism and connective knowledge – will co-facilitate this innovative and timely course.

This course will help participants make sense of the transformative impact of technology in teaching and learning over the last decade. The voices calling for reform do so from many perspectives, with some suggesting ‘new learners’ require different learning models, others suggesting reform is needed due to globalization and increased competition, and still others suggesting technology is the salvation for the shortfalls evident in the system today. While each of these views tell us about the need for change, they overlook the primary reasons why change is required.

The course will begin in September 2008.

About Rory

I make my home in the central part of the Garden State along with my family. When I'm not working as an Instructional Designer (focusing mostly on Web-Based learning ... and other eLearning technologies) or researching something, I'm found at home playing computer or video games. Among other things, I volunteer as a choir member and catechist for 8th graders at my parish.
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4 Responses to Learning Opportunity: Connectivism

  1. mikeberta says:


    Thanks for posting this, I am signed up and waiting for more information. I’ve been trying to capture the shift in educational philosophy from constructivism to this new interconnected world of learning. Connectivism seems like a reasonable capturing of the occurrence.

    Timely for me…this fits nicely with my research.


  2. Suhardi says:

    Could you please inform me how to participate (as a coursee)?
    Teacher of Senor Height School
    District of Sumber, Rembang Regency of Central Java Province, Indonesia.
    Phoncell number: 085290932247
    Email: redi11567@plasa.com

  3. Suhardi says:

    Hello, Mikeberta
    Please to read your comment. May I know about you more detail? Pleas, describe your biodata (CV), I hope we can develop a relationship as a couple of educational worker.
    Regard: Suhardi-Indonesia

  4. Rory says:

    Glad to hear the timing is working out for you. I’ve signed up as well and am looking forward to it.

    Go to the link for the class wiki. There is a place for you to sign up.

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