To look at the evolution of education, a huge shift occurred when computers became the necessary means to deliver effective and engaging instruction. We now see a classroom where students are no longer handed textbooks, but instead given laptops and iPads. So in a world where the technology drives the instruction, it is impossible to say the Connectivism is NOT a learning theory.
I was in the group that supported Connectivism as a learning theory, so I would like to address the argument that is not. One reason for the argument is that Educators disappear. The opposition is to believe that laptops and technology take over that that the role of the teacher will eventually become obsolete. That is not about a learning theory, but instead about delivery instruction. But the truth is, even if you take a class and put it online, the role of the educator is still present and still exists. You cannot have instruction, of any kind and eliminate the instructor.
The argument states..”.The thought of full technology running the student, would put concern on whether or not they were gaining appropriate knowledge of social aspects in education.”
Yes, it would be concerning if technology was running the student, but the truth is, is that connectivism is not saying that technology replaces the instruction. The theory states that students use connections to enhance the learning. The technology is simply the means to the end. Not the end itself. Connectivism is about making connections, and yes, in today’s day and age the technology will allow that to happen quicker. However, connections can be made in other ways, it’s just that technology is more accessible and quicker to access.