Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: Essays on meaning and learning networks
Stephen Downes
Education & Teaching
Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: Essays on meaning and learning networks

Connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks. The bulk of this work is devoted to tracing the implications of this thesis in learning. Yes, this could have been a shorter book – and perhaps one day I’ll author a volume without the redundancies, false starts, detours and asides, and other miscellany. Such a volume would be sterile, however, and it feels more true to the actual enquiry to stay true to the original blog posts, essays and presentations that constitute this work.

Title Page
Introducing My Work
Knowledge, Learning and Community
E-Learning Generations
A Gathering of Ideas
A Series of Questions
What I'm Working On
Some Principles of Effective E-Learning
Networks, Connectivism and Learning
Semantic Networks and Social Networks
The Space Between the Notes
The Vagueness of George Siemens
Network Diagrams
What Networks Have In Common
The Personal Network Effect
Diagrams and Networks
The Blogosphere is a Mesh
The Google Ecosystem
What Connectivism Is
Connectivism and its Critics: What Connectivism Is Not
Connectivism and Transculturality
Theoretical Synergies
A Truly Distributed Creative System
The Mind = Computer Myth
What's The Number for Tech Support?
Informal Learning: All or Nothing
Non-Web Connectivism
Meaning, Language and Metadata
Principles of Distributed Representation
When Words Lose Meaning
Concepts and the Brain
On Thinking Without Language
Types of Meaning
Naming Does Not Necessitate Existence
Connectivism, Peirce, and All That
Brakeless Trains - My Take
Meaning as Medium
Patterns of Change
Speaking in LOLcats
Knowledge and Knowing
Confirming Theories
The New Nature of Knowledge
More on New Knowledge
Knowledge Mobilization and Knowledge Translation
Content and Data
Knowledge and Recognition
Pattern Recognition as Skill
Memory and Memorization
A Simple Definition of Knowledge?
How Do You Know?
How Do You Know? (2)
An Introduction to Connective Knowledge
Types of Knowledge and Connective Knowledge
Relativism and Science
Cosmology and Economics
Having Reasons
Groups and Networks
Community Blogging
Groups and Networks
Connectives and Collectives: Learning Alone, Together
Small Groups
Connectivist Dynamics in Communities
Networks, Communities, Systems
The Cloud and Collaboration
You work in a community, not a company
That Group Feeling
Groups vs Networks: The Class Struggle Continues
Inward Facing
Networks, Power and Ethics
Networks, Neighbourhoods and Communities: A Reflection
The Secreted Life of Bees
The Semantic Condition
Cascades and Connectivity
What Is Democracy In Education
A Model of Autonomy
Uniqueness and Conformity
Homophily and Association
More on Sameness
What's Already Been Proven
The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning
Network Equity (1) - Selective Attraction
Collaboration and Cooperation
Surveys Are Not Connective Knowledge
Three Models of Knowledge Production
Massive Open Online Courses
How This Course Works
Principles of Resource Sharing
Creating the Connectivist Course
What a MOOC Does
How to Participate in the MOOC
How to Participate in the MOOC - 2
That's Week One in the Record Books
Response to Fitzpatrick
Engagement and Motivation in MOOCs
The Right Mix
MOOCs and the OPAL Quality Clearinghouse
Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better
Personal Learning Environments
Content and Assessment
Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz
Serialized Feeds
Where the Future Lies
Engagement and Personalized Learning
Learning and Assessment
Recognizing Learning
Free Learning and Control Learning: On the So-Called Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching
Response to Kirschner
"More German" and Learning Atoms
Connectivism and Connective Knowledge
The Knowledge Hunters
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