Kitakyushu JALT:

Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Fad or Future?

Date: Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Michael Phillips

In the digital age, rapid developments in information and communication technologies are having a dramatic impact on the way that information is processed, how knowledge is produced, and how learning occurs. Given the current overflow of available information, Siemens (2005) proposes a alternative theory of learning, one separate from the limitations of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. He regards this concept as one driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly changing knowledge foundations.

This presentation will begin with a theoretical review of connectivist learning theory. In doing so, it will explore some of many questions still being debated, such as:

  • In the digital age, what is meant by 'learning' and 'knowledge'?
  • Do existing learning theories still meet the needs of today's learners?
  • Do they also anticipate the ongoing lifelong needs of the learners of the future?

Participants will be challenged to consider (in small discussion groups) some of these questions, and related issues in applying connectivist theory. An open forum opportunity will be given at the end of the meeting to allow teachers to discuss issues relevant to their current teaching situations.

Michael Phillips graduated with an honours degree in environmental sciences. He came to Japan as part of the JET Programme in July 2001, and has since taught at kindergarten, primary, junior-high, high-school, junior college, community centres, eikaiwa, and business schools. He holds a Graduate Certificate (TSL) and a Masters of Education (TESOL).

Venue Note: Please note that this event will be held at the Wel-Tobata, not Kitakyushu JALT's regular venue.

Organization: Kitakyushu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kitakyushu JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: New venue: Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kita Kyushu (map)

Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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