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Principia Connectivia

September 23, 2008

Another exercise in my new found skill of Fisking. A Connecti-Vision birds-eye view of the Principia Connectivia, from:

1. Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.

Sure. Seems reasonable. Against objectivism. More constructivist.

2. Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.

Hmm. I have difficulties with this one. I think learning is more than just this. Connection of or connecting to? Understanding or connecting? This definition seems very narrow. Learning is more than just making connections. Connections are enablers of learning, not learning in itself. Better to say: Connectivism is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.

3. Learning may reside in non-human appliances.

Only under a narrow definition of learning. See above #2. Maybe we need to distinguish human from non-human learning. And connectivism can be relegated to a theory of non-human learning. Hmmm. Maybe this is it. The analogy of non-human network learning does not equate to human learning.

4. Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known

Certainly in an appliance. We all seek larger storage devices, hard drives etc.

5. Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.

I think we have all experienced server crashes. When the network goes down, we can’t make connections, which by definition is learning.

6. Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.

I don’t see anything amiss here, at least not today.

7. Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.

I would like my information storage to be up-to-date, where possible, thank you very much.

8. Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision

I thought connecting was a learning process? Is there more than one learning process then? Shifting reality? Is this objectively-based then?


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