Reality bites: Connectivism
Posted April 30, 2015on:
I did not have the heart or space to critique this on Twitter.
First, it is hard to take seriously any slide about progressiveness that features MSIE. I always have to tell my workshop participants to use any browser other than MSIE if they want to get work done. Even mobile browsers work better than MSIE because they are more up-to-date and standards-compliant.
Second, a transition or evolution implies a movement towards or a general adoption of newer ideas. Conduct a straw poll on a representative sample of teachers and see how many are aware of connectivism and can define it. I dare say that only thought leaders and those who follow them closely can do that.
Even fewer know how to put that theory into practice. That is ironic considering how connectivism was a theory borne of practice.
Ideally “today, it’s about connectivism”. In reality, more teachers need to be on social media to connect with each other and experience that connectivism. Only then will they see why knowledge resides in connections. Only then will they see the value of opening up their classrooms.