This is presentation I created based on one made by George Siemens in 2006 and other podcasts, articles by Siemens, Stephen Downes and others. This is presentation will be given at the 11th Braz TESOL National Convetion in Fortaleza . I am a psychologist that became and EFL teacher. As a psychologist and a teacher, the learning process has always attracted me. I always like to think about what is inside the black box. I have always enjoyed going beyond warm ups and cool downs and thinking about how learning happens. So, I was amazed and fascinated the first time I heard George Siemens speaking about connectvism in his onthologic presentation (and still like to listening to it while driving on my car radio). In my opinion, this theory makes a lot of sense when it tries to explain the way people learn.
The idea of learning/knowledge not residing in one place and being distributed across our social networks and our brains is especially perceptible for those involved in online e-learning communities of practice. In these environments we perceive the notion of knowledge being distributed across a network. We live and have lived in a networked world. Networks have always existed. They are just more prominent now with the widespread use of computers. Hope you enjoy the presentation.