I am unsure how Connectivism differs currently. I would say that it explains how knowledge travels externally instead of internally. I can see why it is a theory that is debated though as it does seem a little like an observation versus an explanation of the processes of learning. However, when you think of a theory for explaining external learning processes I can see that.
Honestly, I feel like this is theory is in many ways a natural result of eLearning. I I feel that by making a eLearning course that a has a design that focuses on shared communication, that it would be a natural result. I suppose where it may not happen the same way is in an eLearning course where content is presented and there is no way in which to share knowledge or learning with one another.
In terms, of what I am planning, I am planning on having a design that allows for communication, networking, and interactivity. So, I suppose connectivism will be an active part of it. What I envision is to create a module that will also form or build a community where individuals can share current knowledge and future knowledge around the topic. I hope in this way it will be easier for individuals to build confidence in re-mediating documents around accessibility.
I think some of the challenges is in creating those “nodes” and networks. If those are not developed Connectivism is not going to occur. The facilitator has to provide content but also has to construct the course in a way that encourages this process. Another, draw back I see is resources. By resources I mean time and knowledge of technology. I know many of our participants have limited experience with technology and accessing multiple sites for communication such as through blogging may prove difficult. Also, having participants put aside accurate time to form these “pipelines” could also be a challenge. So, I think it is learning the audience and trying to find a balance that works.
I have seen connections to Connectivism is this course. The emphasis on blogging and responding. The emphasis on Twitter and Feedly. Providing an environment that expands our knowledge and shares our knowledge within a broader environment other than the classroom. I am still not a fan of social media such as Twitter. I just find it to be a bit distracting. I am not a huge social media person. I don’t like to be connected all the time. I am ok with the blog and have found it fun. It did push me out of my comfort zone slightly because I do not like my thoughts or information to be public. Technology can be a scary place and I have often been taught to be very censored in what I present on the web. Perhaps, that can be a barrier to Connectivism in some ways. If people are afraid to present all of their thoughts in an open forum regardless of whether it is the web or in person. Although, the web can have a longer shelf live and a larger audience, so to speak.