Understanding Knowledge Network, Learning and Connectivism

International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Vol.12, No.10

19 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2017

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Alaa AlDahdouh

University of Minho - Institute of Education

Antonio Osorio

University of Minho

Susana Caires

University of Minho - Institute of Education

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism and other growing theories such as Actor-Network and Connectivism are circulating in the educational field. For each, there are allies who stand behind research evidence and consistency of observation. Meantime, those existing theories dominate the field until the background is changed or new concrete evidence proves their insufficiencies. Connectivists claim that the background or the general climate has recently changed: a new generation of researchers, connectivists propose a new way of conceiving knowledge. According to them, knowledge is a network and learning is a process of exploring this network. Other researchers find this notion either not clear or not new and probably, with no effect in the education field. This paper addresses a foggy understanding of knowledge defined as a network and the lack of resources talking about this topic. Therefore, it tries to clarify what it means to define knowledge as a network and in what way it can affect teaching and learning.

Keywords: learning theory, Constructivism, Connectivism, knowledge, network learning, e-learning, Massive Open Online Course, MOOC, epistemology, ontology, online learning, Artificial Intelligence, AI

Suggested Citation

AlDahdouh, Alaa and Osorio, Antonio and Caires, Susana, Understanding Knowledge Network, Learning and Connectivism (2015). International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Vol.12, No.10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3063495

Alaa AlDahdouh (Contact Author)

University of Minho - Institute of Education ( email )

Braga
Portugal

Antonio Osorio

University of Minho ( email )

Braga, 4700
Portugal

Susana Caires

University of Minho - Institute of Education ( email )

Braga
Portugal

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