On Brindley, Walti and Blascke 2009
This text is about grading compared to other learning strategies. Stresses the importance of small group working together (“social learning”) in communities as better ways to learn than “the grading” system produce. Many opportunities to connect and interact are better ways to learn than grading one another.
Siemens study 2005 is important as a starting point for the authors. Siemens stresses that old theories for learning are not valid in a time where technology has reorganized our lives, our communication, ways of learning and more.
The result of the study is that collaborative learning seems to “increase a sense of community” and this has positive effects on the learners ability to learn. I find the study interesting but to me it became obvious while reading this that we need more research on this topic. The authors state that “/a/lthough assessment may enhance participation for some students, observations … suggest that other factors, in particular instructional strategies, accomplish the same goal, perhaps more effectively and with added benefits for the learner”. This conclusion I find bad reinforced in this paper although the main result is exciting.
 George Siemens, Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, 2005 (http://www.ingedewaard.net/papers/connectivism/2005_siemens_ALearningTheoryForTheDigitalAge.pdf, 2014-11-14).