Reflection on Connectivism Mind Map

How has your network changed the way you have learned?

The examples that I used in my mind map have allowed me to see different ways throughout technology to learn.  Social Networking has become a huge factor in technology and individuals use this form of communication everyday.  Facebook is not only for communicating with your friends anymore.  Business use this to communicate to the public and help you learn about the services they offer.  I have been exposed to blogging a lot more in this class as well.  The tool has allowed me to see what other options I can use in my instructional design career.  Another tool that I use throughout my learning process is through the learning management system that my employer uses.  We use this tool to help us as employees to stay up to date on trends and to keep us compliant with regulation.  Some other examples that I included in my mind map consisted of search engines and Blackboard which I currently use in my Masters program.

Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you?

I really like the online format that I use for my program at Walden University.  I used Blackboard before in my undergraduate institution but it has changed since then.  The online education that is offered to me allows me to learn at my own pace but also allows me to manage myself so I can meet deadlines for assignments.  The system also allows you to interact with your classmates throughout the course if problems arises on assignments or if you just want to chat to see how things are going.  This type of learning atmosphere is best for me because it works with my schedule and I can still keep a full time job and go to school.

How do you gain knowledge when you have questions?

I am old fashion when it comes to questions.  I’m not afraid to ask anyone if I don’t know the answer.  I also rely on search engines such as Google to help me find information that is needed.  This one reason I listed this in the mind map because you can learn numerous of information just by searching the world wide web.

In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism?

In one of our required readings, George Siemens defines connectivism as a learning theory that integrates technology, social networks, and information.  My mind map network supports what connectivism is trying to explain because every tool that I use in my learning is associated with the contents.  Everybody learns different and should have a different mind map but in the end it should reflect how we learn.

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Information Process Theory

This week we have learned about the Information Process Theory.  I have found two sites that I felt relate to what we have discussed.

Information Processing Theory – Teaching and Learning: My …

The author of this blog is explaining the information process theory from his/her perspective.  The information that is presented relates to the material that was presented to us during week two.  The author breaks down the three primary processes of theory along with the three main stages.  This site will be great for someone who is researching this topic and wants to get a general idea of the topic.

THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES OF BULLYING : Social Information …

This site is explaining perspectives of bullying through the concept of Social Information Processing Theory.  The author discusses the origin of the theory and how it relates to individuals that bully and the reasoning.  This information will help someone who is studying this concept and help individuals understand why someone is acting out through bullying.

Blog Sites for Instructional Design

The following are three sites I viewed for my assignment for Week One.

Instructional Design and Development Blog

This blog site consists of several bloggers that post different subject matters that they are involved with.  This site will allow myself to stay up to date on current trends and news that is going on in the instructional design field.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Instructional Design – Articulate

This site allows you to understand the importance of being an Instructional Designer.  It breaks down the goals of what you should focus on to allow your content to be understood by the learner.  This site will be great for upcoming or current designers in the field to revert to when they are needing a refresher of why their content should grab the attention of the learner and help them through their journey.

What does an instructional designer do? « Experiencing E-Learning

This site gives you a background of what an Instructional Designer does.  The author breaks down how designers can help learners practice real life skills through its content.  The site will allow me as a student and upcoming designers to understand the job skill that it takes to be in this field.