6-A-3: Responding to Connectivisim

On Group C’s wiki, they argued that a connectivist classroom negatively impacts students because it requires a high degree of digital literacy and confidence in using technology. Personally, this is one of my concerns about connectivism too. Although I do believe it is a valid learning theory, I think that some students have an unfair advantage over others. For those students who are confident, competent technology users, I definitely believe that they are learning and growing due to the networks they are creating and the information they are accessing through others. However, what about those students who are not fluent or well-versed in digital literacy? Those students are not experiencing the same amount of learning as the students who can confidently use technology. Therefore, I believe that while connectivism can be used to describe how some students learn, it cannot yet be used to describe how all students learn.


2 thoughts on “6-A-3: Responding to Connectivisim

  1. I could not agree more! I see it every time technology is used in my classroom. The students who are fluent technology users soar right through assignments. On the other hand, it leaves others in tears. This creates playing fields for students that are not level. It is hard for all of the students to have an equal opportunity when using technology if they are coming into school on so many different levels.

  2. I also agree with your viewpoint regarding the concepts of connectivism and digital literacy being well suited for some students, but also not all. Digital learning through connectivism practices would hinder individuals who are not comfortable with computers and today’s technology. In addition, like you mentioned in your post, the amount of learning that would occur would vary greatly from one person to the next (it would make it difficult to quantify learning using these methods). Another point to consider when thinking of how connectivism could influence the amount of information learned, is motivation. Individuals who are self-motivated to learn and familiar with digital technology would flourish in a connectivism learning environment, while individuals who do not contain these qualities would probably lose interest in learning and might at some point give-up as a result of being frustrated.
    Thanks for the post!

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