In developing the intervention, the project has also drawn on connectivist theory. Connectivism can be defined as: the view that knowledge and cognition are distributed across networks of people and technology and learning is the process of connecting, growing, and navigating those networks.” (Siemens & Tittenberger 2009, p.11). This is understood to happen at different levels: neural, conceptual and external.

Connectivism is important to my intervention on all three of these levels. At an external level there is the creation of a learning community through the internet and VLE, with an accent on bringing the learners own experiences into the community along with their subject knowledge (conceptual level) and applying these to problem solving. In this process the neural connections between experience, knowledge and current learning should form networks between, thus aiding memory formation and storage.

Bibliography

Siemens, G. & Tittenburger, P. (2009) [Internet] Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning, (accessed on 29.5.10) (available at: http://weblearn.londonmet.ac.uk/webct/RelativeResourceManager/Template/HETL.pdf)

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