I dare not touch on the politics, because I am afraid of the strong “ism” associated with it.
Here are my views:
1. I am passionate in embracing those transformation (big changes) in education and learning with communication, technology as enablers.
2. I believe that network learning (or connectivism) opens up new opportunities and widen our horizons in learning.
3. Throughout the past decades, we have the computer, internet, then the web tools, and I agree that we are in the midst of big changes. And that nothing is constant, but change is.
4. But my questions are: Have we really changed our way of thinking? Or have we changed our way of learning? Ask any educator, learner and adminstrator and I think you may have different answers.
5. Learning theories could be changed. But why? We need to have a new learning theory… for a purpose: I think it is to help us in understanding how we learn at this digital age, and learn better ways of learning, to explore all learning opportunities..and keep improving our learning experience…
Is that the purpose of Connectivism?
And George and Stephen have clearly explained their reasons in their papers and presentation…
So we may need to look at the impact and outcome of such transformation before we could judge whether we are in the midst of learning revolution. What is the impact on our society from a political, economical, social and religious… point of view? What are the changes in values and long term impact on our society? Are these changes sustainable? How does it affect this and next generation? ….
How do all these compare to first and second industrial revolutions?
Can we call ourselves having a third industrial revolutions?
Or a communication technology revolution?
Or an education or a learning revolution?
History will surely tell…. and these are our legacy.