Short Paper 1

My position on connectivism.

Is it a new theory of learning? Or is the concept of theory distracting?

I don’t find the concept of theory distracting as long as I try to link it to my everyday teaching and learning practice. I teach English Literature to teenagers in Italian state schools through Moodle (blended modality) and run online classes for teachers with the University of Padua and Florence. I feel free to experiment resources and activities with my students whereas I’ve selected only two tools for teachers: Moodle forum and FlashMeetings for live sessions. 

How should we handle accuracy when using blogs to increase flow of expression, forums to develop debate, podcasts to encourage practice speaking skills or wikis to develop collaborative editing? I have been considering some practical correction strategies that blend with web 2.0 tools and offer ways of bridging the gap between Technology and Pedagogy. The teacher has to find a strategy for all: quick and slow learners, visual learners and those that lose focus quickly. In this context f2f lessons are closely linked to the lessons in Moolde pre-prepared using the software notebook for the interactive whiteboard (here is sample lesson). Moodle is the place where each student will collect her/his personalized records of the work done in class. The records are generative, they are not finalized products in storage, but tools for revision and recall both for class work and home study.

 

What are the weaknesses of connectivism as formulated in this course? What are the strengths?

Coping with information overload is for me still a challenge in a Connective Learning Environment. The connections we form with people and information are a great starting and powerful point.

Does connectivism resonate with your learning experiences? If so, how? What are your outstanding questions?

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