Connectivism: A New Way to Learn

According to theorist, George Siemens:

“The domain of learning is significantly hampered by progressive revisions of what it means to learn, to know, and to understand. A subset of connectivism, network forming, is presented as an accurate model for addressing how people learn. The test of any theory is the degree to which it solves problems and incongruities within a domain. The shortcomings of behaviorist, cognitivist, and constructivist ideologies of learning are answered in light of learning as a connection-forming (network-creation) process.”

The article I chose, “Connectivism: Learning as Network Creation”, Siemens speaks about how knowledge and truth exist in different ways and how there are different perceptions in the means of learning. The author speaks about how the information system is a continuum and the process of learning transforms when the knowledge turns into something of meaning. Networking and involves the use of nodes and connections. Any form of elements such as thoughts, feelings,or even new information can be defined as nodes. Once you connect these nodes to others, they will be processed to different networks hence the term “connectivism”.

Siemens talks a lot about how blogs can change your views on learning.  You write about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. You read about others’ experiences, thoughts, and feelings. People re-blog new information so that others connected to them will see them and re-blog that info to others. This way, there would be a network of information streamlining to many people quickly. Twitter is one example of connectivism where it’s instantaneous.

In Shelly Terrell’s “Why Do We Connect” video, it asks us the question on why we go online and connect to websites such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Wiki. The answer is pretty much to learn. Take a look here.

Why Do We Connect? Short Version from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo.


1. Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: learning as   network-creation. ASTD, Retrieved from
2. The-web. (2005). [Web]. Retrieved from
3. Terrell, S (Producer). (2010). Why do we connect? short   version [Web]. Available from

About dhoy

I'm a junior at UW. Interesting in majoring in Communication. I'm part of Pi Alpha Phi fraternity.

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