To learn or not to learn that is the question? Or is it. Perhaps the deeper question is how do we learn to understand? To learn is the fundamentals of who we are. We learn to talk, walk, contemplate, rationalize, connect and so much more. In an article by Davis he describes the learning process as “the intersection of prior knowledge, experience, perception, reality, comprehension, and flexibility.” (Davis, Edmunds, & Bateman, 2008) And because of these interactions plus the integration of technology it was only fair that a new perspective emerge. Thus, Connectivism was born. George Siemens created what we now know as connectivism. His theory is based on several key principles some of which are denoted below:
- Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinions
- Knowledge exists everywhere and is accessed and organized by the learner
- Learning may reside in non-human appliances
- Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning
- Learning is the process of creating connections and developing networks
- Network learning allows experiences to be shared and learning to be more effective
- Part of learning is considering the value of information and determining if it is useful
(Davis, Edmunds, & Bateman, 2008)
Networks are key in connectivism. They are direct links in facilitating our learning on a daily basis. Every interaction and connection I have made throughout my life (my learning network) has help shape the way I view and interact with the world today. People and technology are all part of our learning network. They provide us with unique perspectives and relevant up-to-date information. Today we have such quick and simple ways to gain answers to all our questions. If individuals need to gain a better understanding about a subject they can choose to log on to YouTube. It is filled with great tutorials and visual stimuli. Wikis, blogs, and other discussion forums provide great sources of information. All of which become a part of our learning network.
So, To learn or not to learn that is the question? Yes! Learn. However, do not merely learn what you believe is relevant and useful in the moment. Be a life learner. In other words, learn to learn. This occurs by seeking understanding, making connections, and discovering new possibilities. The world is full of endless knowledge and taking the opportunity to learn it may provide you with countless possibilities for your future. It may bring you knew opportunities or take you on exciting new journeys.
Moreover, I have provided a glimpse of my learning network.
As always I hope this adventure may lead us on the path to growth and improvement.
Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. Retrieved from http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?tilte=Connectivism
“It’s not something to be taken lightly. No one knows its secrets. It’s like nothing you’ve ever gone after before” (Spielberg, 1981, Indiana Jones)
Like the great Indiana Jones, we are going to embark on an adventure to discover the many secrets that contribute to learning. Unlocking the mysteries and mechanisms for which people learn is not an easy task. Discovering how we think, learn, and process information in a way that can be understood and applied has been on the edge of every scientist’s mind for centuries.
We have a long way before we can truly understand the mysteries of our brain. Which to this point we know is an incredibly complex mechanism. A mechanism that makes each individual unique. And is responsible for our memory, speech, emotions, motor function and ability to interpret information. It is through the expression of emotions, imagination, creativity, curiosity, and contemplation that we can interact with the world around us.
So, to help us on our learning crusade I have unearthed two resources to aid us in unlocking how people learn.
eduTopia – Resources on Learning and the Brain
EduTopia is a treasure trove of articles and videos that connect education to neuroscience. What is particularly great about this site is its ease of navigation. All resources are organized by topic such as, “how brains develop & Learn, Brain Based education, and Social & Emotional Learning. Apart from providing a wealth of information you can become part of their community. A community that comes together to share and research the learning process to improve education. Enjoy this short video on the brain by TED-Ed lessons – If you could look inside human brains
On my hunt to discover how people learn I also came across this article – Understanding a Brain-Based Approach to Learning and Teaching
The brain-based approach to learning reveals how understanding certain fundamentals on how the brain learns allows educators/Instructional Designers to gain new perspectives about conditions and environments that can optimize learning. The article examines twelve unique principles in guiding and selecting appropriate programs and methodologies to enhance learning. Discussing how “no one method can by itself adequately encompass the variations of the human brain” (Renate & Geoffy, n.d., p.1) And the numerous roles that emotions, stress, and environment play in education.
I hope this adventure may lead us on the path to growth and improvement.
EduTopia. (2011). Resources on Learning and the Brain. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/article/brain-based-learning-resources
Caine, R. & Caine, G. (n.d.). Understanding a Brain-Based Approach to Learning and Teaching. Retrived from http://www.ascd.com/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_199010_caine.pdf
Spielberg, S. (Director). (1981). Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost Ark [Video file]. Paramount. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971/quotes
TED-Ed Lessons. (n.d). What if we could look inside human brains. Retrieved from http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-if-we-could-look-inside-human-brains-moran-cerf
Today I shuffled through various websites as if I were searching for that perfect song you know the one that has all the right lyrics and smooth sounds that just brighten your very soul. But to find it you must listen to like 100 sample songs. Well, that is what I have done today sampled a multitude of websites and have found three that well like music speak to me. These sites have just the right mix of insight, relevant skills, and showcase new and different learning experiences.
The first blog I came across is the Rapid E-Learning Blog http://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/#. What I enjoy about this blog is that it features various resources and real world tips & tricks all leaning towards one critical question: “Does it help your audience learn and apply relevant skills and knowledge? (Kuhlmann, 2007) Apart from the great resources and advice I really like the functionality and overall feel of the website makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
On my shuffle adventure, I also came across the UpSide Learning Blog https://www.upsidelearning.com . Here three main categories are explored; e-learning, learning management, and mobile learning. This site offers numerous resources and tools to improve and create unique learning experiences. They offer help in creating learning portfolios, video & animation, and offer training seminars.
Lastly, I came across Experiencing E-Learning https://christytucker.wordpress.com . What is different about this blog is that while it does showcase some neat resources on instructional design it also dives into what it is and the life as an instructional designer. Describing what they do, how much they are paid, and their role in various fields.
I hope that these samples may offer some assistance on our journey to growth and improvement.
Kuhlmann, T. (2007). Rapid E-Learning Blog. Retrieved from http://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/instructional-design/