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While reading Connectivism: a learning Theory for the Digital Age by George Siemens, it very much reminded me of a famous French philosopher , Paul Ricoeur. This latter argued that knowledge can be build on ‘collective memories’ that can then shape our understanding of life. Siemens and Downer talk about the same concept which they call ‘ network ‘ or ‘connections’ ( Siemens, 2004 . Downes, 2012) which are social or cultural shared information that we get to know in an informal learning environment. They also emphasis on the fact that being developing such collaborative skills, it would be very useful while using online tools .

There is no better way to understand what an author wants to say, but to listen to him/ her saying it. In the below video George Siemens further explains what Connectivism is all about. Interestedly, the focus of this theory is on getting individuals learning daily basic knowledge that may help them not only understand complex concepts but basic ideas too.


In the below infographics, I’ve tried to look at the strengths and weaknesses of Connectivism.






Anon (n.d.) A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory.

Anon (2016) Connectivism. Wikipedia

Downes, S. (2012) Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.

Edgar, D.W. (2012) Learning Theories and Historical Events Affecting Instructional Design in Education. SAGE Open. 2 (4), 2158244012462707.

Kop, R. & Hill, A. (2008) Connectivism: Learning theory of the future or vestige of the past? The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 9 (3), .

Sahin, M. (n.d.) CONNECTIVISM AS A LEARNING THEORY: Advantages and Disadvantages Based on Teachers' Views.

UOC – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (n.d.) George Siemens – Connectivism: Socializing Open Learning.