Connectivisim and a Personal response

Connectivism…is something new to me …but it is one that makes sense in this changing world! The importance of networks and creating and maintaining connections has become even more necessary with the digital environment.

I enjoyed watching the module video by George Siemens on Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge and a podcast by Ewan McIntosh – Shifting the  Learning Ecology’.  It is also tying in with my reading of Redesigning Education, which I have selected for my scholarly book review.

Siemen, in the video, gives an overview of learning theories leading up to Connectivism. From my brief readings to date, though, I don’t think connectivism is going to replace previous learning theories.  There are echoes from different readings but Dunaway (2011, 683 ) states

It is important to note that a learning theory cannot be considered to provide a complete explanation of how students learn. Driscoll (2000) notes that the complexity of learning makes it perhaps impossible to conceive of a single theory broad enough to encompass all important aspects of learning and still be specific enough to be useful for instructional design.

Each theory provides a different perspective and perhaps build upon each other. On a different pondering…

I  do wonder how these innovative people emerge who are years ahead of their time?   Especially those, who emerged during periods of social and cultural conservatism? People like John Dewey and Piaget, and how their theories of learning not only ‘stand the test of time’ but  also that of the ‘information society’ or ‘digital environments’…of connected learning which is active, real world, hands on, personal, networked, collaborative.

Yes, we certainly have innovative ‘on the edge’ thinkers ahead of their time. But we have entered a time of questioning everything, of accepting that change is inevitable, that we need to be adaptable and flexible and perhaps this makes it easier. Perhaps?

I feel as the course INF530 modules blur and blend into one another. There is alot of information to absorb. Adding substance and depth of understanding as each builds upon the next. Back to my reading…


Dunaway, M. (2011). Connectivism: Learning theory and pedagogical practice for networked information landscapes. Reference Services Review, 39(4), 675-685. Retrieved March 25, 2015, from