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ERIC Number: EJ1030140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
A Framework for Interaction and Cognitive Engagement in Connectivist Learning Contexts
Wang, Zhijun; Chen, Li; Anderson, Terry
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v15 n2 p121-141 Apr 2014
Interaction has always been highly valued in education, especially in distance education (Moore, 1989; Anderson, 2003; Chen, 2004a; Woo & Reeves, 2007; Wang, 2013; Conrad, in press). It has been associated with motivation (Mahle, 2011; Wen-chi, et al., 2011), persistence (Tello, 2007; Joo, Lim, & Kim, 2011), deep learning (Offir, et al., 2008) and other components of effective learning. With the development of interactive technologies, and related connectivism learning theories (Siemens, 2005a; Downes, 2005), interaction theory has expanded to include interactions not only with human actors, but also with machines and digital artifacts. This paper explores the characteristics and principles of connectivist learning in an increasingly open and connected age. A theory building methodology is used to create a new theoretical model which we hope can be used by researchers and practitioners to examine and support multiple types of effective educational interactions. Inspired by the hierarchical model for instructional interaction (HMII) (Chen, 2004b) in distance learning, a framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts has been constructed. Based on cognitive engagement theories, the interaction of connectivist learning is divided into four levels: "operation interaction", "wayfinding interaction", "sensemaking interaction", and "innovation interaction". Connectivist learning is thus a networking and recursive process of these four levels of interaction.
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Language: English
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