I think the theory (or non-theory, apparently the jury is still out) of connectivism resonates with my ideals of community retention of knowledge. In my previous classes, we learned mostly about behaviorism and constructivism which are two very individual-based theories of learning. The idea of connectivism is more of individual learning through networking with others. I think that the main difference that is significant to me is that most theories focus on the learning or the content of knowledge, but connectivism seems to focus on the pathways of access to knowledge, and that in itself is learning. Maybe learning is not the retention of knowledge, but internalizing how to get to it when needed. The difference is a slight nuance, but the implications could be impactful. I would like to be a part of a community where people are valued for whatever they bring to the table. I think that inequity arise when we devalue the experiences and knowledge of entire groups of people
I think that the teachings and assumptions introduced in connectivism will be integral to my project. Because my project will focus on capacity building in the domain of inclusive communications, the course would leverage the exchange of thoughts, feelings, blind-spots, and experiences of many different people. In its conceptualization, my project would create a network of people that would use each other as a resource perpetually. The course would not necessarily only focus on transferring set of knowledge and skills to the participants , but would instead emphasize a much more long-term resource: a diverse portfolio of advisers. I want to leverage technology to connect people who would otherwise never get the chance to interact
I do not so much see challenges in connectism itself but I certainly have concerns about implementing it well. I think that my chosen domain of diversity and inclusion (D&I) work requires constant efforts in empathy and humanization. D&I work is highly impacted by participants’ body language, intonation, eye-contact, gestures which help convey intention. Intention is vital to transparency and transparency is vital of D&I work. My concern is bridging the gaps in perceived intention in lieu of visible cues, OR find a way to incorporate these perceptible cues via technology. In a previous post I thought of voice recorded discussions. The concern of anonymity came up, and I thought that it might be helpful to employ voice masking technology in the voice recordings, but would not want tone to be affected. These are some of the things I am working out still.
I definitely see the influence of connectivism in this course. I think the fact that I am writing this all in blog form exemplifies the connectivity ideals. The fact that we are all given various materials to review and respond to in public forums allows us to use one another to stretch our ideas of reality. I am still getting used to connecting to disembodied personalities over such personal thoughts. I think it is effective but I am usually careful about surrounding myself with peers that I know and trust. This platform is different, it bursts my bubble, but in doing so exposes me to ideas I might have unintentionally cut myself off from. I eager to see how this model progresses how I learn, compared to my more conventional classes.