Monday, September 08, 2008

Is connectivism only about knowledge?

In reading the posted material for week one of the course on Connectivism and Connected Knowledge, I was struck by the singular focus on knowledge, even though the larger context of this subject involves learning theory and related pedagogical implications.

One paradigm that has always been useful to me views learning anything as involving a rather complex combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Therefore, I am interested in what Connectivism offers in terms of how skills are learned and attitudes are formed as well as how/whether knowledge is obtained, constructed or distributed. Are skills and attitudes treated the same as knowledge in Connectivism or are they somehow different? and if so, how are they different?


  1. Perhaps knowledge is more interesting in the context of connectivism since it applies to ALL three levels of Siemens' presentation, slide 10:
    (a) Neural-Biological,
    (b) Conceptual, and
    (c) External-Social,
    while skills are more related to (a) and attitudes are more related to (c) ?

  2. Thanks for your comment Matthias. If connectivism views learning as possible in only one of these levels, then your analysis makes sense.