Friday, October 19, 2007

How the Net Works

A nice article by Stephen Downes on "How the Net Works". In this article, Stephen contrasts the network approach to learning with the transmission model of learning. He writes:

Rather than being a process of acquiring something, as commonly depicted, learning is in fact a process of becoming something. Learners do not 'receive' information which they then 'store', they gain experiences which, over time, result in the formation of neural structures. To learn is to instantiate patterns of connectivity in the brain. These connections form as a result practice and experience. They are not constructed; a student does not 'make meaning' or 'construct meaning', as sometimes depicted in the literature. Connections are grown, not created; meaning is, therefore, grown, not constructed.

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