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September 15, 2008

A Sense of Constructivism Anyway

Filed under: Musings,Week 2 — Lisa M Lane @ 10:12 am

There has been much discussion in the class about the difference between connectivism (which focuses on the links in the network) and constructivism (which focuses on constructing knowledge individually with instructor guidance). And although it’s quite clear the differences between the two, as a class member, I am feeling a sense of constructivism.

The class is certainly set up to provide plenty of connections and opportunities for many kinds of networks, and I would like to be focusing more on the “pipe” rather than the content. But I’m seriously struggling with that.

One reason may be that I’m formally enrolled in the class (unlike the 2000 other people), which means I put additional pressure on myself to do all the readings, and make sure my output is timely and appropriate. To participate in the network this class entails (for we are guinea pigs to a connectivist experiment as well as students), I’ve got my blog, my feeds for Google Alerts, cck08 on several search tools, my aggregators, links to others’ blogs. I go to the Moodle forums because much of the conversation is taking there instead of where I expected (i.e. within the blogs themselves), to George’s and Stephen’s various blogs too.

I feel like I know where the class is (even with many rooms) and I’ve been given the plans, but now I’ve had to assemble my own desk, and tried to shape it for me even though a schematic have been provided. Then I’m putting my own textbook together, making judgements and decisions about what is most important to read. I gather my multimedia from the various sources, and determine which box to put them in (mp3 player, web access on desktop computer) and I take in much input and information.

So even though I would like to focus on connections, like most people in Week 1 I suffered from being overwhelmed, and now the sense of construction is even stronger. I am not free to just learn what I want from my connections. There is a set structure, and certain ideas I am supposed to not only grasp but be able to display in a concept map. I must construct not only blog posts, but a visual concept map, using the resources and guidance provided by instructors and colleagues. So thus far, the class itself is feeling very constructivist to me.



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  2. Thank you for your comments in the course. Thoughtful and helpful.
    You mention yourself experiencing a constructivist experience. I felt the same way and actually feel a cognitive experience as I build my concept maps as well as a behaviorist experience as I prepare a presentation on this course for schools. I wonder whether Connectivism is an extension of these other theories in a new context of hyper-connectivity options or a more foundational replacement for these theories?
    I also appreciate the way you are building your personal learning environment with your blog. I see you, your conceptual “neighbors” and the ideas you are working on. It feels comfortable yet I sense it takes considerable effort to create and maintain.

    Comment by David Elliott — September 17, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

  3. Ah, yes! I too am experiencing all the various types of pedagogy from the student perspective. As for my blog, it takes less effort to maintain if I see it as my “home page” and go everywhere from there. So I’ve put here all the things I need to do that! 😉

    Comment by lisahistory — September 17, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  4. Hello Lisa, great to hear from a student who is formally enrolled. How do you feel about having the course you have paid to attend ‘gate-crashed’ by all us ‘hangers on’? Has it enhanced your learning, or are we all getting in the way?

    Comment by Sarah Stewart — September 26, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  5. I wish there were more “hangers on” participating! 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — September 26, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

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