Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
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Affordances of Technological Connectivist Tools in Higher Education

  • Francis ManziraEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_231
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Introduction

Connectivism is a learning theory which has been gaining ground in higher education in recent years. Its currency could be attributed to the rapid development of emerging technologies, which has impacted on the ways in which knowledge is produced and accessed (Downes 2005; Siemens 2004, 2009). As a theory, connectivism is often referred to as networked learning involving more than just the technology used to achieve the end result (Darrow 2009). Connectivism assumes that “knowledge is distributed across a network of connections and knowledge nodes” (Downes 2012). Social media can be used to connect to some of these nodes of knowledge and facilitate further knowledge development on the premise of collaboration and sharing.

Although much has been written about connectivism since it was first coined by Siemens (2004) and Downes (2005) as a new learning theory, not much has been written about the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management Sciences, Department of Business, Information SystemsUniversity of VendaThohoyandouSouth Africa

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bill Davey
    • 1
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia