One of the things I am reflecting on this week is connectivism. In particular I have been thinking about whether it is possible to re-version one of my existing modules with a connectivist approach. The module I decided to consider is the 'Academic Teaching Apprenticeship'. I chose this module because it is probably the module I designed with the clearest model of learning in my mind. It draws heavily on ideas of apprenticeship and situation cognition. The module is currently offered as a third year optional module for students on the BSc Psychology Programme at King's College London. It is quite unconventional in terms of how much contact time there is and how it used
Principles that work well in the current module:
Principles that are partially met or could work:
Principles I cannot see how to fully integrate:
The colour wheel of learning:
Part of me thinks that the issue here is not connectivism or apprenticeship learning. Indeed a good number of the principles of connectivism could be applied to this apprenticeship module. I think almost any model of learning can have value when employed carefully in an appropriate context but I question the value of mixed models of learning. This reminds me of the colour wheel - some colours complement each others and some oppose each other. I don't image that the apprenticeship model opposes the connectivism but it is perhaps a few steps along the circle.