Connected teaching and learning: The uses and implications of connectivism in an online class

  • John Barnett Western University
  • Vance McPherson The Ontario Virtual High School
  • Rachel M Sandieson Western University

Abstract

An instructor tried using connectivism to teach an online graduate Education course called Teaching in a Virtual World. As a way to embody the many connections inherent in the group, all members of the class created and taught modules of their own choosing to each other. The instructor and two former students reflected together online in depth about their experience and coded their joint understandings. Schwab's commonplaces of curriculum emerged in the data, demonstrating that it is still current. They found that the course, however, was not completely connectivist due to limitations emanating from its operation within a traditional university setting.


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Author Biographies

John Barnett, Western University

Associate professor,

Science and technology education

Faculty of Education,

Western University

1137 Western Rd.

London, Ontario, Canada N6G 1G7

Vance McPherson, The Ontario Virtual High School

Science and Mathematics Coordinator

The Ontario Virtual high School

Bayfield, Ontario

Rachel M Sandieson, Western University

Librarian

Western Libraries

Published
2013-11-08
How to Cite
Barnett, J., McPherson, V., & Sandieson, R. M. (2013). Connected teaching and learning: The uses and implications of connectivism in an online class. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(5). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.243