Connectivism and Connected Knowledge is half way through its first week. It’s so interesting to learn about new ways of teaching/learning. An interesting question today on Elluminate: What’s the evidence of the learningprocess when you use a connectivist way of teaching. How can you check if a student has acquired the knowledge you tried to teach?
After reading the first things from the reading list, I think it has something to do with “working with the information”. What I mean is that in a connectivist way you teach by letting your students create a network. These networks form the knowledge/content. They can find a number of websites, blogs, newsfeeds that have something to do with your topic in class. They read about it, share it, talk about it on a forum or in class, etc. Instead of giving them a test in which they would reproduce the content of your lessons, you assign the task of writing/reflecting about the things they have read. Off course, the hard part is to bring all the information together and make a good summary out of it. To do this, the student must think about all the input, all the views on the topic and form his or her own point of view. This creates a higher level of thinking/learning, more so than reproducing the content.
I’m following a course about eLearning and Digital Didactics, but the papers we must write are not graded. They use the “pass-or-fail”-system to “grade” us. Depending on our forum posts/blogposts, we passed or failed that part of the course. No gradations in points or so, just pass or fail. I think this helps a student in working with the course information since there is no reproductive, slavishly following the rules, kind of teaching. You must interact with the information, show that you comprehend it and have a grounded opinion about it.
I hope I’m making sense of this all, sometimes my English is letting me down, since it is not my native language.
Hungry for more!