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This course, site, and game are an experiment in a new type of education.  I am a firm believer in constructionism, the learning theory that centers around the idea that knowledge is constructed by the learner, as a result of their experience and thinking about a subject.  I also believe in connectivism, a learning theory that emphasizes the necessity of and benefit of connections in accumulating knowledge, skills and experience. Knowledge, I believe, can never really be ‘transmitted’ at all.  In these theories, the role of the educator is a coach: guiding, cheering, and prompting a learner, who must build their own understanding.