The third principle of connectivism

Siemens (2015) stated that one of the principles of connectivism is that learning may reside in non-human appliances. We may think that learning is something that is specially catered to us humans in specific or living things in general. With the emergence and the rapid development of technology, we can learn not only from a human teacher, but also from technological devices. Learners may no longer need a human touch in learning as technological devices can help learners to learn on their own. Nevertheless, I think that a human touch in learning is still important as humans are social creatures and although some may want to learn on their own, having a teacher is still essential to guide us along the way.

How to implement the third principle of connectivism in learning? My thesis during undergraduate was on Computer Assisted Language Learning, or to be more specific, on how word processor can help in improving learners’ writing skills. Back then, I never knew the existence of connectivism but if I were to relate it now, using a word processor such as MS Word is an example of learning may reside in non-human appliances. As most of us, if not all, have experience in using MS Word, we know that when we are typing, the program may underline some words or phrases in red or blue. Signifying that there may be some errors in the writing. A wrong spelling word such as thees will be underlined red as to let the user know that there is an error there. In a way, the program helps us to proofread our writing thus minimizing the common mistakes that we may done.

Another example that I can relate to is using Google Doc. Google Doc has the function of Voice Typing, where the AI built-in will try to analyze the audio and put it into written form. How can this affect learners? This feature provides the freedom to a learner that is physically challenged and allows them to involve with the act of writing.

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