Connectivism would be the perspective that I am least familiar with and I would not use it very much in my classroom. I am not up with many of the new learning technologies so I’m not really implementing any learning strategies based on these. I feel like this is an important tool for teaching in an online format, however I teach in a classroom so it would not be as relevant. I could be wrong though and there are probably many things I will learn and be able to use in my classroom.
What are the potential pros and cons of online teaching and learning practices that are grounded in Connectivism?
Potential pros of a teaching practice grounded in Connectivism is that it is driven by students and it can go a long way to meeting their needs. It also focuses on students collaborating with each other and working together which is a beneficial life skill. A con for Connectivism is that it would be hard to keep a class working together because students would be working at their individual learning ability. I feel like this would be hard for an online teacher to manage.
What online teaching and learning situations do you think might benefit from a Connectivist approach?
I think students who are very self motivated would benefit greatly from this approach. Students would not be weighed down by having to move at the average pace of all the students in class. This would also be beneficial to students who are proficient with technology and enjoy working in this context where there isn’t much direct person to person contact.