I immediately recognized connectivism as a learning theory that suited my personal learning habits. I am a self-directed, autonomous learner. I like learning, I enjoy discovering ways to help me be a better teacher.
Connectivism fully supports that by bringing me into contact with like minded individuals, some with incredible ideas and insights that help me improve. And yes, I do hope that some people also find that they get useful ideas and information from me…
Now, I would like to share with you what John Mak says in answer to the question: What’s new in Connectivism?”
John Mak (Quote) “Connectivism is new in that it is:
about the distribution of knowledge in the network and oneself (including our brain – your and my brain), and the solution lies in one’s brain. All problems and solutions are there in the brain – your brain if you want to solve the problem, and my brain if it is my problem and solution. And what connectivism differs from other learning theories is that we could connect one’s brain to others’ “brains” that will lead to continuously improved and innovative solutions for me and the network in this digital age – networks including yourself with collective wisdom with emergent knowledge.” (End of quote)
Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, John Mak has been “dipped in magical waters”. Interacting with people like John will also result in you being “dipped in magical waters”.
I recently asked John, at his blog, three questions:
1. Is connectivism only for the benefit of an autonomous, self-directed learner, like you and me?
2. How could a teacher get students, who learn because they have to, because they are going to be tested and thus have to know certain information, and thus, understandably, lack intrinsic motivation to learn?
3. Would you say that connectivistic learning is powerful enough to overcome the inertia and lethargy common to most students in our schools and universities?
John Mak generously took the time to give me an amazing answer: thorough, complete, informative, and extremely useful, not only for me, but for any educator.
I encourage you to go to John Mak’s blog to view the answer, and to get acquainted with him. Leave no doubt in your mind, you will be glad that you took the time to meet him. He’s only a mouse-click away: