By exploring the content of this subject, I found that it is exciting even just started journey. By watching one of the video in the Orientation Week, I have clearly understood the learning objectives to be achieved by the end of the semester. I have found some similarities and realized how this subject is taught.
The pedagogy used in this subject is connectivism theory. Connectivism emphasizes on the connections between people and importance role of networks. According to Siemens (2005), social network has become an element of learning in this digital era by recognizing the theory of connectivism is a new trend of learning path. A list of principles of connectivism has been stated:
- “Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
- Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
- Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
- Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
- Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
- Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
- Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
- Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.” (Siemens, 2005).
Connectivism is beneficial when right people and right learning context has been connected, the learning ecology of the group can nurture the flow of information effectively. Just like my learning journey of ICT & Pedagogy now, I am a networked student where connecting with the USQ Programme with the professional and career, who are developing my understanding and knowledge through online discussion in forums. I am really amazed and in a way excited by knowing this kind of communication and learning way is such a powerful tool. Happy learning! 😀
Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved March 7, 2013, from http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_05/article01.htm