Relationships in online learning

Establishing relationships in online learning

In 2004 George Siemens developed the idea of ‘Connectivisim’. Essentially it is about people learning with technology in a connected environment. Summing up connectivist teaching and learning, Steven Downs says: “…to teach is to model and demonstrate, to learn is to practice and reflect.” The connectivisim learning theory is particularly relevant to MOOC’s the – Massive Open Online Courses. Bayne says that a lack of “talking heads” might have made some participants feel that there was “no ‘professor’ present in the course”. Of course it is difficult to have a relationship with your instructor in a course of 50,000+ enrollments and one instructor but having a talking head video significantly helps create the sense of what Peter Norvig calls a ‘personal tutor’. Read more