As I reflected on that distinction (theoretic/pragmatic) more deeply this morning, I realized I ought to be speaking the language of Connectivism in lieu of speaking of or about it. Speaking the language could create a context that generates lots more meaningful associations in my conceptual and social networks. This approach could even get me to "learn how to learn" and "reform how I get my/our learning to happen". So I'm going to try out assuming that:
- connections, links and associations are synonymous with learning (noun)
- connecting, linking, associating, tying together are synonymous with learning (verb)
- when I'm strengthening a connection or forming a new connection, I'm learning more than before
- when I'm reforming a connection, I'm learning more ways that the learning is inherently functional or applicable to other endeavors
- when I'm dropping a connection, I'm unlearning something I wrongly assumed, concluded or tied together
- when I lose a previously reliable connection, I'm experiencing the consequences of not using that learning for any purpose
- when I've made a lot of connections, making lots more connections will happen more easily than before
Why didn't you say so sooner?
I was making lots of connections to the question"What is Connectivism?" without associating all those connections that I formed with the pattern of theorizing/neglecting pragmatism.
What difference can speaking the language make?
I associate that question with pragmatism and my fond pursuit of usefulness. Thanks! When I connect with anything deeply, I associate that with a world view or way of seeing everything. I come from there by connecting with it's premises, basis for conclusions and assumptions about it's value. Speaking the language represents all that pattern in an unspoken way so that listeners/readers can form their own connections to that deeper level.
What's a good place to begin "speaking of connections"?
Perhaps connecting what we already know with the possibility that it's retained and accessed as a network of connections. If we start from the experience that our knowledge is already structured as a web of connections, adding more connections is no change at all. We speak the same language as our knowledge and get the benefits of understanding how it functions easily.