Comment: A longish, sometimes hard to grasp but always brave attempt to answer the question of whether connectivism is a learning theory. Before you know it, you are answering such notoriously elusive prior questions as What is a theory?, What is a learning theory?, What is learning?, How does connectivism relate to existing learning theories (and are they theories)?
These questions cannot be answered from first principles in ways that are satisfactory to each and everone, if only because the philosophy of (social) science hasn't had a uniform take on those questions for decades if ever it will have one (pluralism is the current credo). Therefore, any attempt to approach the question of whether connectivism is a learning theory which stands a change of being even moderately succesful, should take a pragmatic route. It should simply ask whether connectivism provides new and useful insights other learning theories do not deliver. Mark Wade does a bit of both, he tries to argue from first principles (the hard-to-grasp part) and wonders what is so distinctive about connectivism (the more succesful part). Still, useful! (peter sloep)
Via Ana Cristina Pratas