Cognitivism vs Connectivism


Infographic presenting cognitivism vs. connectivism learning theories


Learning Experience of Social Cognitivism

The best example of learning based on social cognitivism is learning to play Tenor Saxophone in public school band. Much of my learning was observing and processing what I was observing into behavioural adoptions. When I wasn’t quite understanding the organisation of the fingers for a note or the proper mouth position, the instant reinforcement would come from the sound of my instrument (in comparison to the rest of the band). I would then need to create or invent a new way of presenting what I had observed to see if I had gotten back to the original observed result.


Learning Experience of Connectivism

My recent experiences with learning more about learning and development has included a wide range of connectivism. My experiences within the field are limited, due to the time spent, so I have had to learn and make connections from reading online and my prior experience. I have also been able to join quite a few communities where I am learning through the diversity of opinions and maintaining connections with people/sites that have more experience than I do. Within learning and development, there always seems to be a next thing on the horizon (shifting realities), so all of this knowledge is providing a basis for my changes in decision-making based on the new situations.


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