This blog is for Activity 19 of the 'Open Education' course
The idea is to recast the fictional course that I created in Week 2 but adopting a highly connectivist approach.
As a reminder, here is the original course:
A Fictional OER on Digital Skills
This course is aimed at the older Greek and Greek–Cypriot diasporas in Britain, Australia and Germany who went to these countries in the 1950s and 1960s, either as economic migrants or to escape the civil war in Cyprus or military dictatorship in Greece.
The course is intended to help members of these communities develop digital skills to maintain links with their country of origin.
Brief Proposed Structure of OER
There is a lot of information of Greece and Cyprus. However, the vast majority of it focuses on Ancient Greece and some of the modern Cypriot material concentrates on the civil war. I could find nothing on the present crises in either country.
Joining Discussion Groups
There are no materials on how to join and use discussion groups.
Using Social Media
There are some OERs which look at the educational impact of social media but nothing instructional.
There are several Greek language courses
There are some resources on modern Greek and Cypriot culture and music
In order to recast this course, let's go through each of the key principles in turn and see how useful it is.
The connectivist theory of learning is one that has arisen out of the shifting sands of the digital and social worlds in which we currently live. The old certainties are either gone or are placed under a lot of strain. In a sense, connectivist theory sits comfortably with the idea of the 'digital native' and the 'digital immigrant'. See Mark Prensky (2001) for a discussion on this.
Connectivist learning theory does not help those who are used to different way of learning and who may have difficulty adapting. The 'digital natives' will be learning in a connectivist way without thinking about it.
I am also not sure how connectivism helps those who are reluctant learners or who have had a bad experience of learning in the past. It requires a certain amount of confidence and expertise to do what connectivism asks. Not everybody has that.