Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MD 6 Learning in a Digital World

My philosophy of learning in this digital age we live today is based on the idea that the use of technology enables students to gain immediate and effective access to information which promotes high levels of interaction, activity, and motivates them to learn (Ertmer & Newby, 2013).  How students learn is a direct impact on the use of technology to (1) increase and improve student learning by providing teachers and students with access to up-to-date relevant content (2) provide skills practice sets with the use of software and the Internet (Wardlow, 2014);  (3) provide real-world simulations with the use digital tools such as web 2.0 tools (facebook, linkedin, twitter, instant messaging, blogs, emails) and 3.0 tools (google drive, google docs, google chat, clouds, mobile computing). These tools provide a means for learners to connect with others to collaborate and gain additional information (Friedman & Friedman, 2013). Students today are accustomed to a digital, media-rich, and network world with educational expectations of being participative, engaging, and an environment that is active (Siemens, 2004). With the changes in teaching methods, students today also known as digital students prefer learning by doing.
Connectivism is a valuable learning theory that shifts the theory of learning into the digital age. Connectivism explains learning as being operational knowledge that is housed externally and affords individuals the opportunity to acquire more knowledge (Siemens, 2004). Learning is the process of creating networks. Learning networks are external structures that we create in order to stay current and constantly gain experience, create, and associate new knowledge. Internal structures of learning networks are the process of connecting and creating patterns of understanding. With the concept of learning networks, the capacity to know more is significantly more demanding than what is already known (Siemens, 2006).

Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (2013). Behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism: Comparing critical features from an instructional design perspective. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(2), 43-71. doi:10.1002/piq.21143
Friedman, L., & Friedman, H. H. (2013). Using social media technologies to enhance online learning. Journal of Educators Online, 10(1), 1-22.
Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Retrieved from http://elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm

Siemens, G. (2006). Knowing knowledge. Retrieved from http://www.Lulu.com.
Wardlow, Liane  (2014). Teaching in the digital age. Retrieved from http://researchnetwork. pearson.com/wp-content/uploads /DigitalAge_AccessReport_021714.pdf
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  1. Hi Jannotta
    You presented some interesting facts in your post about technology and connectivism. After doing research for our last discussion, I agree connectivism is the new up and coming learning theory by incorporating technology into lessons. I found that technology also accompanies the special needs population in the basic academic areas. And in my area, students do learn by doing not by lectures. Thanks for your post

  2. Hi Jannotta,

    I believe you clearly explain what the direct impact technology has in the way student's learn today. You also expressed students today are accustomed to a digital world, that I absolutely agree with. My question to you is how to we engage and help our educators who have been teaching traditionally in the field for so many years to also become accustomed to instructing in a digital world? Any suggestions?