Rafael's Thoughts on Instructional Design

Mapping Your Learning Connections

Connectivism states that learning occurs through personal networks. The following is a rough mind map of my personal learning connections:

Learning Connections Mindmap

My learning network has had a significant impact in the way I learn. As my network expands my learning experiences and opportunities expand. Since I have started to take advantage of Web resources my learning network has reached an unexpected but positive expansion. Through the use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and other technologies and Web resources I can create even more learning connections that will provide me with access to knowledge that would have otherwise been impossible or slower through traditional learning environments who are often limited by numerous factors. If I have any questions all I have to do is perform a Web search or ask my friends or other members of my social networks to provide me with the answers I need and obtain the information in an instant.

After taking a moment to evaluate my learning connections I can tell that my network supports the following connectivist learning theory principles mentioned by Davis, Edmunds,& Kelly-Bateman (2008) in Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology:

  • Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinions.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
  • Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known.
  • Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
  • Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
  • Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.