It seems to me that connectivism is a theory for understanding learning as opposed to how to design learning as the theories we have previously studied during this class. In the article by Siemens, it discusses how connectivism can address challenges that corporations face in managing knowledge with their employees and disseminating knowledge. This is different from other theories in that they discuss teaching knowledge to the learners. I liked that the Siemens article refers to “the health of the learning ecology of the organization depends on effective nurturing of information flow.”
This nurturing of information flow is what I think would be beneficial in my project. My content would be to provide (or flow) information on diabetes to new MMAC’s joining the medical group. I could see this theory fitting my project better than any of the theories we have studied to date. The way that I envision this module is that it would be used repeatedly for each MMAC that is on-boarded to the medical group and thus would be in essence transferring knowledge to them.
Obstacles that I foresee in implementing a connectivist approach to online courses is that both articles refer to connectivism as being ever changing. The information that is taught/learned in this approach is constantly changing. This can cause issues in validating the material since it does change over time.
I do see parts of connectivism in this course in that the Siemens article discusses social networks and developing hubs connecting people to help facilitate knowledge flow. The blogs that we create and respond to each week builds these hubs allowing us to knowledge share with our classmates.