14 thoughts on “Connectivism”

  1. LeNa,
    Thanks for sharing your video. Connectivism is a topic that I was not familiar with so now that you shared it, and we are connected, we are both smarter! lol. In fact, I am taking a mental note of all of the theories that pertain to technology since that is where the focus of my PhD program is. One thing that I thought about during your presentation is our ability to “block out” a diverse set of thoughts, especially in Social Media. In our divisive politically charged society at the moment, I know many of us have “unfollowed” or dropped friends because their rhetoric is something that we didn’t agree with. I am 100% guilty of it, but I wonder if this is leading to a larger divide. We have less and less people willing to hear both sides of an argument and come to a consensus because we have the ability to virtually tune people out. I wonder if any of the literature on connectivism talks about this phenomena of tuning people out of their conversations.
    Great presentation!


  2. Hi, LeNa,

    I like both quotes found at 1:18 in the video. Siemens’ use of Connectivism leads me to understand that the theory probably covers many disciplines and topics. I get a sense that the characteristics of Connectivism, chaos included, cover phenomena on the fringe. I think this topic is likely to have positive implications for art, culture and creativity. Downes references autonomy and diversity also, which leads me to think about the ways that society and government is organized too.

    I am of the understanding that the selection of a theory should be as simple as possible for the scientific method to occur. Professor Tierney from the University of Southern California gave a lecture at The University of Alabama in October of 2016 on “Diversity” that I think you may find interesting.

    Best regards,


  3. Hi LeNaˋ,

    Your learning module video on connectivism was interesting and appealing to me as it took learning and teaching through a more holistic perspective. This idea of connectivism that was presented in the video was a relatively new concept to me that has real-life importance. Your macro-level application of connectivism was excellent, but there could have been more of an application of this concept on a micro-level. In saying this, it would have been interesting to see more content on how connectivism could be effectively implemented in teaching.


  4. Connectivism as a network as a way of learning and teaching made my brain feel like the kid in your video… too much in the moment… but… you did a great job explaining this holistic method. It’s something I know you’ve used in the work place and it is something I teach students as in professional development important to their personal and career development… and… until now had never considered it for way of learning and teaching… but… it makes perfect sense after you laid it all out for us. Thank you for laying this subject out in such a logical fashion for us… you did a great job…
    For me, sometimes the word holistic sounds, well, to be honest, a bit hokey… it’s something you mention here and we’ve discussed as being simply integrated and/or comprehensive, so I know it’s just me. This has not much to do with your video…
    My suggestion might would be to break the theory down at the beginning of the video to more everyday terminology.


    1. Thanks Darryl and it was a bit much to deal with in 5 minutes. I agree that it would be better explained really in three different videos so that each area could have a little time to be broken down in more detail. Thank you for your feedback!


  5. Hi LeNa’,

    Your video was really great! I love that you shared your learning objectives at the beginning to give your audience a roadmap of what to expect during the video and exactly what you wanted us to take away from the video. Like others have commented, I was not familiar with the term connectivism and I’m grateful for your video to teach me about the concept. You did a fantastic job of applying the theory to our own learning environments and life interactions. I’m very intrigued by the question Carolina raised about our ability to virtually tune out opinions we don’t like through social media. I have definitely unfollowed many of my friends and I wonder if this is always the best course of action. The way you explained network theory with your graphic organizer (Erin shout-out) was really effective for me. If I had to suggest one thing to improve your video, I would suggest adding more graphic organizers to break down some of the denser concepts. Great job!

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  6. Loved the video! Great job! The visuals that you added really helped to make a fairly complicated concept more understandable. The only suggestion I have is actually to the presentation itself. Some of the slides had very small font which was a bit distracting as I was trying to read them and listen to you at the same time. I would suggest omitting some of the detail in each item to allow for more room for larger font.



  7. Great video, LeNa’! While I’ve briefly been introduced to connectivism in prior courses, this was the first time I have been exposed to an in depth explanation. That said, I can say that I’m now well-informed on the topic area. I didn’t realize how closely connectivism is related to situated cognition: both theories revolve around the idea that learning is social. Only suggestion (take it with a grain of salt), break down the “texty” slides at the beginning. At times I found myself reading v. listening to your great content.

    Again, great job!

    – CB


  8. Hi LeNa,

    Yay! The embed worked! I’m finally getting some time to watch this with my full attention and with sound. I enjoyed learning about connectivism through your learning module. You set out what we would learn, explained the concept, and did a recap toward the end. The pictures are a great way to…connect…the concept to something relatable and tangible. The only thing I would suggest is to add some activities or methods to implement this in the classroom. Shout-out to Shanae, but I think the idea of connectivism could bolster the hot topic conversations that her presentation goes over. Realizing that we are all connected, even in the classroom (especially in the classroom), will benefit students in their post-college life. For some of us, there is no post-college life, but you know what I mean 🙂



  9. Love this! Good idea to start with the learning objectives (makes sense!). Presenting the learning objectives provided me with a roadmap for the presentation – I knew what to expect throughout the video.

    You have a good overview of definitions and theories. This is helpful for me, as I wasn’t super familiar with the concept of connectivism in a formal capacity (I had an informal theory in my head).

    I think connectivism is so important in the classroom. We are definitely smarter when we learn from each other!

    I’m curious – what made you select connectivism as a learning topic? Do you have interest in the topic in terms of your research or were you just interested? Love it. Thanks for sharing.



  10. LeNa,

    I really enjoyed your video. I have honestly never heard the term connectivism and at first glance I would not have guessed that it referred to networking. I especially like your use of quotes in your video. In my opinion, your suggestion that “network determines your net worth”. This quote alone brought the video together for me. I really don’t have any critiques of the video. It might have been helpful to include examples or videos discussing how connectivism pays off in the long run.


  11. LeNa,
    Thank you for your video about connectivism, especially about “being as strong as your crew.” Connectivism shows that we are stronger, as a society, if we learn how to be more connected to one another versus being more divided. Good job!


  12. LeNa,

    I applaud you for choosing a topic that many of us were not familiar with. I think this made your challenge of explaining it in the short time span even more challenging. Ill admit, it was a lot of dense information that I will probably have to watch a few more times before I can more fully wrap my head around all the concepts. I think it may have helped me some if after the quotes/definitions at the beginning if you took a second to explain it in some simpler terminology. I didnt have time to process the technical language before you were moving on into examples.

    One thing your presentation made me think of is how connectivism (from what I understand) is being connected and engaged in many different networks. You mention social networks and personal connects often; it could have been interesting to dive more into how different classes (technology, culture, art) also impact each other though their backgrounds are so different. I was thinking about this because as someone with music as a career; we are starting to see more school systems reducing music and art and language programs due to funding. I would be curious as to their impacts on the other “traditional” subjects due to some of the ideas of this connectivism theory.

    Thank you for choosing this topic and explaining it in a concise way. I agree as others have stated that the two quotes in the presentation “Network detrimines your net worth” and “Only as strong as your crew” gave good concrete relations to what this concept is.



  13. LeNa`,

    I loved the way you structured your video, giving us a strong sense of what to expect from the outset. I’d definitely considered the principles of connectivism in my own classroom, without necessarily knowing the word itself. I also enjoyed the way you grounded connectivism in current, real-world examples. I would have liked to hear more about how this concept emerged from existing ideas (including cognitivism, etc.), but it was reaffirming to hear the values of large-scale diverse thinking advocated for in your video.

    Thanks so much!



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