Whilst researching my assignment 2 essay for EDC3100 I came across this post Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age by Kevin Stranack which I thought might be of interest to my other VET students Mark & Christina
Toward the end of the post I found this “For many students and instructors, the focus of a course is the content and learning that content (and securing it as an artifact within one’s own memory, which Freire (1970) called the “banking” approach to education) is seen as the core reason for taking or teaching the course. Instructors are experts in their content areas and are very attached to what they know and the value of their knowledge. Accepting the fact that the content being taught will soon be out dated and that the development of a strong network for future learning (which will be necessary to remain up-to-date) is difficult to accept. Past practice was that knowledge lasted a lifetime, but the rapid pace of change has disrupted this faster than many people, both instructors and students, can adapt to.
I don’t know about you but it resonates very much with me. As a trainer I am attached to what I know and value what I know. I don’t accept that the content being taught will soon be out dated because in my case, electrical theory will not change. But the way it is taught has changed and will continue to change as teachers and trainers learn how to better adapt ICT’s into their lessons and the needs of industry change. I suppose as a trainer in the connectivism world we will be facilitators of networks of people who will pass on information and knowledge to the network either from their own learning or via another network that they are connected to. I think there will be a lot of pushback from the establishment on this one.