Web 2.0 collaborative learning can be viewed from the approaches of connectivism and constructivism. While constructivism requires prior knowledge and learning is social, initiated by instructor; connectivism is connection through network and requires personal learning.
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Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories while Constructivism views each learner as unique with his or her own background knowledge.
Connectivism and Constructivism-Advantages/Disadvantages
The advantages include the following:-
Prior learning experiences are used to develop new knowledge.
Teacher takes on a partnership role with the students.
Learning strategies are developed to meet the learning needs/requires of new generation of students.
Learning strategies are implemented to keep up with new learning technologies.
Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital.
Learner makes connections between different pieces of data.
Foster's inspiration and combination.
Students work together towards a shared goal.
The disadvantages of Connectivism include the following:-
Teachers may have difficulty transitioning (Change from one subject to another in discourse) to new roles (leadership role to a partnership role).
Students learn according to their ability level instead of age-level.
Students feel consternation from being singled out according to their ability levels.
Students are labeled and grouped according to ability level.
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In my collaborative inquiry course we are exploring the benefits of constructivism as one of the main elements of student generated learning. I agree with many of the advantages and disadvantages that you expressed here. I like the learner driven approach and not so much teacher directed. Also, the teacher working as a partner is a great concept. In our district we are shifting slowly more towards the inquiry based approach. Any suggestions to help teachers transition into this role? Many thanks Ryan....