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New Light through old Windows (not the Chris Rea album)

“Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age” by ‘theorist’ George Siemens (nice job title) is a paper that was published in 2005 in the ‘International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance learning’ in which he imagines a new epoch in learning, devoid of the constraints of the ‘classic’ learning theories behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism. 208 more words

Dirk's Stuff

you are not your computer...

This past week my supervisor posted (and clearing expressed his disdain of) a link on twitter to an article that said something along the lines of… “if computers replaced teachers in online learning, the world would be a better place.” (Admittedly, this is a bit of simplification on the article but the overall gist was: teachers cost money, need benefits, have all sorts of emotions/personalities/quirks and generally are a major drain on institutional finances but magical computers work endlessly, need no benefits and only have the feelings one programs into them thus are an institutional win.) I responded off the cuff about how my Mac was probably going to replace him in the near future since as the article said, who needs humans if computers can teach everything? 555 more words

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