Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Module 4:  Connectivism Mindmap

Reflect on how your connections facilitate learning?

I learn through the use of new and old digital technologies.  For instance, wikis and blogs have similar features.  When I use a blog, there is no need to learn the standard features because I have demonstrated the ability to use these features in creating wikis.  Siemens (2006) emphasizes that new knowledge is continually acquired.  Drawing distinctions between important and unimportant knowledge is vital.  My ability to recognize when new knowledge alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is important.  When an online or academic environments change, I make adjustments in my thinking and assumptions to ensure that my decisions are based on an accurate foundation (p. 31).    

How has your network changed the way you learn?

My network has not changed the way I learn.  It has changed the way I access and acquire information using available sources through the Internet.  Through the use of podcasts, blogs, and wikis, I have the ability to create, share, and receive information, and select the appropriate technologies for completing these functions.  

Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you?

Digital tools that best facilitate my learning are:

     ·         Wikis

     ·         Skype

      ·         Blogs

      ·         Iphones

All of these digital tools allow me to access information anytime and anywhere.  I have access to using or incorporating the basic functions such as save, retrieve, copy, share, and involve other learners.  When using these tools, collaboration becomes a vital function for enhancing your knowledge and experiences.   

How do you learn new knowledge when you have questions?

When I have questions, I use Google and other search engines on the Internet in order to research appropriate and reliable sources.  At Walden University, I post questions in the classroom’s café, through emails or the discussions area. Accretion learning is the constant activity of our work and life.  Siemens (2006) emphasizes that the acquisition domain of learning is exploratory and inquiry-based.  The learner is in control of defining the needed knowledge, and actively enters the process in order to assuage personal motivations and interests (p.35).  The author suggests that the fourth domain, accretion learning is continuous. During the accretion domain, the learner quests for knowledge when and where it is needed.  He reveals that we gain experience through reflection on workshop or an article.  Siemens concluded that we connect and bring together numerous elements and activities, constantly shaping and creating our understanding and knowledge (p.35). 

Kop, R., & Hill, A. (2008). Connectivism: Learning theory of the future or vestige of the past? International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 9(3), 1-13. Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Education Research Complete database.

Siemens, G. (2006). Knowing Knowledge. Copyright 2006 by George Siemens. Used by permission.

Michele Baylor

Module 4:  Connectivism

I responded to the following community members:

Toni Toney

Cheryl Carroll


  1. Michele,

    As your mindmap correctly reflects, the access to communications has greatly enhanced your connectivism and learning behavior in our rapidly growing techological society. I, too, singled out iPods, iPads, and related digital communications devices because, like you, these devices have changed my learning behavior -- and for the better.

    But despite the mind-blowing aspects of these bells and whistles, I'm very much aware that there has to be a perpetual tweaking and adjustments by users to keep society moving forward -- and staying ahead of the information curve. Siemens (Laureate, 2010) talked about these adjustments in his Module 4 Connectivism Learning Theory video, and he couldn't have been more on the mark.

    Thanks for bringing all of this into a digestible perspective in your blog and mindmap display.



    Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010). Connectivism learning theory [Program Video]. Retrived from

  2. Fred,

    Remember that all of these technological advances connect to Toffler's Wave Theory: Agricultural Age, Industrial Age, Information Age, and Communication Age. I do believe that we are in the 5th wave. Wave 5 encompasses all of the first four waves. The name of this wave is whatever you may want it to be. For example, the biological science wave or the communicational technological wave. Any thoughts?

    Fred, I appreciate your excellent response to my post.


  3. Michelle,

    While looking at your mindmap, I have observed that there are several technological tools that you use in multiple environments. How do these tools affect the way that you approach communicating and sharing in your academic, personal, and professional environments? If so, have these influences assisted or enlightend you in your approach to learning and delivery?

    1. Temeka,

      The reason that using correct etiquette when posting in all three environments is that once you post something it is out there for life. My personal life involves family and close friends. There are times when I can use texting script. In all three online environments, I make sure that I follow and incorporate best practices.


  4. Michele,

    As educators and lifelong learners we must constantly create and shape our knowledge and understanding as you have stated. How do you utilize the digital tools you mentioned with your students to engage them in acquiring new knowledge daily?

    1. Nadine,

      This is my first year in middle school. The curricula for middle schools has not been developed by the county. There are guidelines and procedures that must be followed prior to using any technology in the classroom environment. This is the first time that the school has adopted Engrade. Students and parents have access to grades and other information, anytime and anywhere. Later this month, I plan to use wikis and blogs with my 7-8 graders. I will use podcasting throughout 6, 7, and 7 grades for instructional purposes. These are ways that technology can improve student achievement and learning.


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