At the same time, it's also interesting to look at the benefits-versus-issues juxstaposition of MOOCS by bringing Siemens' (2004) 'Connectivism' as a proposed learning theory for the digital age into play here.
The Web has fundamentally changed how information and knowledge is created and exchanged. Siemens (2004) argues that the traditional learning theories (Behaviourism, Cognitivism, and Constructivism) are no fit models anymore to account for networked virtual learning environments, as they "are concerned with the actual process of learning, not with the value of what is being learned" (Siemens, 2004).
Siemens' (2004) 'Connectivism' is built upon the following principles:
- Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
- Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
- Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
- Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
- Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
- Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
- Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
- 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.
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elearnspace. 2004. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm. [Accessed 07 August 12].