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'Connectivism' and Connective Knowledge

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

"Connectivism" is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.

Fairness and Equity in Education

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

Though we may not always follow it perfectly or completely, we tend to try to make our classrooms fair: fairness in learning, fairness in assessment, fairness in reward.

Two Kinds of Knowledge

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

We should understand, as educators, that learning is much more than mere presentation of facts, that students are learning from everything that goes on around them.

Deinstitutionalizing Education

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

While a great deal of virtual ink has been spilled over the need to reform our schools and universities, I think we need to question how we manage education altogether.

Agents Provocateurs

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

Students and teachers must think of themselves not as passive recipients of knowledge in an epistemic system, but rather active agents extending themselves and their ideas into the wider network of teachers and learners.

A World to Change

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

There is no secret sauce or pixie dust that will repair an unsustainable system. If we want to ensure that learning is provided to all, we need to rethink the basic premises of the education system.