CCK11 Connectivism – theory and practice reflection

Here is my response to Ken on my previous post, and I think it’s better to compose this new post for further sharing.

Thanks for your valuable comments, well said too. I could see your point about the paradox of hospitality. Would connectivism welcome other views? I think we (Roy, Jenny and I ) and many others (Rita, Wendy) have tried addressing that based on our researches, that relate to the conversation in the networks, reflecting the views of the respondents, and now these are reflected in the debates about what and how it could be applied via various media and spaces – blog postings and comments (like what we are doing now).

If you (or we) don’t find enough “hospitality”, could we create them? I understand that you are referring back to the hosts as being George and Stephen, right? But haven’t they also suggested us to create our own spaces, hosts? How you and others sense and feel about these sorts of interaction, could best be reflected back to the host(s) – George and Stephen then. I have also shared many of those views in my blog of PLENK, when Chris and many others were concerned about the ethics of research and experimentation. I carried out the research into the Design and Delivery of MOOC – PLENK. I also welcome anyone interested in sharing their views and learning together. Isn’t it all about learning?

George and Stephen: what are your views?

Is Connectivism about personal possession of a theory with principles, beliefs, values, and rules (the normative practice) only? Isn’t it about participation, interaction, communication (of values, beliefs) based on openness and mutual respect when applied in practice? Stephen has emphasised openness, diversity, autonomy and interactivity throughout the course and he also stressed the importance of modelling with networks. Networking (in particular social networking) cannot operate in a vacuum, or merely with technology, though mediation via technology and the web is often required if it is about virtual or online networking. It is the human elements which make it happen – and that’s why we have the Community of Practice, the Social Networks, etc.

Theories must follow an analytical, logical positivist philosophical approach. So true. Theory is neutral in itself, though, as we could all sense it through the lens of scientific theories – as some of them are based on laws of nature. However, the application of education and learning theory requires a more humanistic approach towards how such theory would impact on human activities (especially education, teaching and learning) and its ecology. We are dealing with people, and so any impact due to technology could have significant implications on the quality and value of our life, as part of the human evolution. That also explains why there were always critics about learning theories – Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, Social Constructivism and now Connectivism, where a more extensive inquiry is required to understand how they could add value to the education system and personal learning.

Education and learning is two sides of the coin, without which the society would lose its balance. As you shared “An integration of the various schools of thought, to encompass the qualities you have noted above, may not be possible. Each school basks in its own self-image, and can only have an image of its-self, when it can distinguish its-self from the other schools. And no school openly welcomes another, they all compete for the most admirers and apply their individual hosting rules to new-comers and guests.” That is likely due to the economic rationalism and the competitive nature of the education system, where each school, community and country is trying to adopt a “knowledge economy”, based on the creation and development of “knowledge workers” to excel in the global market. This also explains why social media is having its share in education (formal and informal learning) – and the issue raised (#4) about social media and the commodification of learning in Neil Selwyn’s Elluminate Session.

What might all these be? Looking forward to your writing about it.


Here Lindsay is sharing about her views and experience on Connectivism and its practice.