The second principle of Connectivism

The second principle of Connectivism is learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources. In the connectivism model, a learning community is described as a node, which is always part of a larger network. Nodes arise out of the connection points that are found on a network. Nodes may also be organizations, libraries, web sites, journals, databases or any other sources of information (Gerard and Goldie, 2016). At current times, it is important to have the ability to connect information sources to get a new or more complete view on any given subject. I like to give an example on this, let say Learner A wants to learn about the basic of coding. After reading some books on this matter, he managed to gain some small understanding of coding. He looked on the internet and found a discussion board on DIY project on coding. There, he learned that he can apply what he had learned into a mini project of his own. Eventually, he created a mini-game app based on what he has learned from books and feedback from the users on the discussion board. Thus, he had a much clearer view of the matter he had learned and found ways to apply his knowledge in real life.

The second principle of connectivism can be applied to a real classroom situation. For example, the topic I want to teach is about “Malaysia Independence Day”. I want the learners to know about the process our forefathers went through to gain independence for our country, notable people related, and real-life experience of life before and after independence. For this project, the learners will be divided into groups. Each group will receive different tasks from different sources. For example, one group needs to find information about the process to gain independence from the internet while another group will collect information on life before independence by doing interviews with those who lived in that era. In the end, the learners will share information with each other to get a complete view of how our country gain its independence. Thus, learners learn to connect specialized information sources to a new set of knowledge.    

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