Mensbeeld (Imaginem Humana) in a connectivist world #change11

mensbeeldIf we want to know more about Connectivism as a theory of learning or knowledge or teaching, we could look at the “view of man” (mensbeeld) that is implied or expressed in connectivist texts.
A mensbeeld we call a set of assumptions and stories that relates to how people view human beings. Mensbeeld is Dutch for View of Man, Imaginem Humana (Latin), image humane (Fr).
Three bits of connectivist text to start with:
Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.” [Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, 2004, George Siemens]
Do people change when their culture changes? (are people autonomous and independent or are they victim of external forces?)
Do humans change their culture?
Is it human destination to flourish?
Has learning ever been an internal individualistic activity?

This implies a pedagogy that (a) seeks to describe ‘successful’ networks (as identified by their properties, which I have characterized as diversity, autonomy, openness, and connectivity) and (b) seeks to describe the practices that lead to such networks, both in the individual and in society (which I have characterized as modeling and demonstration (on the part of a teacher) and practice and reflection (on the part of a learner)).” [What Connectivism Is, Stephen Downes, 2007]
Is success an important goal of humans in a connectivist mensbeeld?
Are autonomy, openness and connectivity and diversity also part of the connectivist mensbeeld?
“Active MOOC participants are individuals high in the psychological trait of conscientiousness, geared toward duty and achievement” Individual experiences in MOOCs, part 3 diversity openness, Heli Nurmi
How does connectivism deal with uncertainty and questions with no known answer?

“Where structures of connections (ie., networks) differ from sets of observations or measurements is that there is in principle no external entity to which we can appeal in order to check our understanding. In a networked society, every person is a member of the network, and all things being equal, there is not some other networked society against which we can test our conclusions (prior to the days of global communications, societies did test themselves one against the other, but unfortunately though war and other conflict, a solution that was worse than the problem and which clouded their ability to interpret connections in a rational and dispassionate way).” An Introduction to Connective Knowledge, Stephen Downes, 2005
Is being a member of a network a major property of the mensbeeld?
Will humans improve and forget war?
Will there be a future of peace and justice for all mankind?
Is the mensbeeld rational and dispassionate?

” …Creatagogy? This would be based on a pedagogy for human being where learning is viewed as a growth of creativity and capability for people, with technology as affordance, together with digital pedagogy and netagogy. ” Sui Fai John Mak
Is creativity an important trait for the mensbeeld in Connectivism?

(to be continued)


15 thoughts on “Mensbeeld (Imaginem Humana) in a connectivist world #change11

  1. There must be something man-woman differences in viewing connectivism. Somebody said that Change11 cannot be mother of all moocs (as siemens-downes said) – there are no mothers 🙂

    I love your image of man’s mind content, I am very interested in differences between men and women – not scientifically found but they exist anyway. It is not a coincidence that we women want to handle psychological elements as Jenny Mackness and Carmen Tshofen did (the sentence you refer is theirs) in their article in IRRODL Jan 2012.

    I’ll handle psychological questions but I don’t want to explore connectivism. I appreciate CCK courses, they help to find educational technologies – free and open for this purpose. I am glad that web is full of male secretaries who build technologies for participation. I’ve learnt a lot in these courses and like to follow them from distance nowadays. But I do not want to assess connectivism – the facilitators reveal themselves I have no need to do it. Everyone may think whatever, I leave that part of your post outside my answers.
    But thanks about mensbeeld!

  2. Heli, thanks for your comment.
    O English is so very confusing. In English “men” are male humans. In Dutch “mens” is a human person. So to ovoid misunderstanding i used mens-beeld (image of human). And now every English-human reads men’s-image. So confusing.
    Differences are more interesting than similarities.

  3. Yep, differences are interesting. I was so sure about mensbeeld because I know Swedish words man + bild and German man + bild … in Germany man can mean human being.

    Now I stop trying to understand Dutch via other languages, it only seems to be the same 🙂

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