Connectivism and the Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies on Education
R. SHRIRAM, & Steve Carlise WARNER BS Abdur Rahman University, India
Educational learning theories like behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism have shaped all forms of educational instructions in the twentieth century. These theories have their focus on classroom teaching and teacher-pupil (one to one or one to many) relationships and have served education well until now. With the proliferation of Web 2.0 tools in education, there is a need to understand how our classrooms have been transformed and revisit these underpinning learning theories in an attempt to understand our learners. In the twenty first century where the online era of education is increasing rapidly, the new proposed learning theory like connectivism, must be studied to depict if it can be used in learning and teaching, as it deals with trends in learning, the use of technology and networks, and the diminishing life-span of knowledge. This paper discusses connectivism and analyses its impact on learning and the Web 2.0 technologies on education. The results of a study on student's attitudes towards learning are also given. These discussions are important to understand how our classrooms and teaching and learning systems will evolve in the future.
Shriram, R., & Warner, S.C. (2010). Connectivism and the impact of web 2.0 technologies on education. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 8 (2), 4-17.