Propositions And Controversies In ConnectivismMarie Jane Soares Carvalho
In this paper, we analyze the ideas and applications of the connectivist project. For connectivism, we focus on what is most relevant, namely the new conditions and ecology of learning, which encompasses ‘information abundance’, ‘networks’, and ‘connectivity. In addition, research proposals and numerous concepts are added to the connectivist proposal—all of which require discussion and analysis. In connectivism, innovative knowledge typically involves combinations, fusion, and overlapping of data and information, which can be freely found in links, nodes, and networks. This is a questionable assumption given the nature of network scales. However, the promotion of connectivism has won both fans and critics. For instance, critics of connectivism criticize its claim of ‘learning theory’. On the other hand, the greatest acceptance of connectivism is found in its connection with pedagogy. In sum, there are both reservations and criticisms about the concept and practice of Massive Open Online Courses.
KeywordsConnectivism; connectivist pedagogy; networks; weak ties; MOOC.