Our first week of CCK11 has introduced Connectivism and the idea that the content of the curriculum can't be defined in advance. As an instructional designer, I am challenged by that assertion.
My current conception of ID is that we continue to define and develop content, concepts and learning activities in containers variously called modules, courses or training events with more or less distinct boundaries and with varying degrees of specificity. What has changed is that content has become "commoditized." Instruction, particularly the design of the learning activities, is the value-add in the online learning environment.
I'm still pondering what the role of ID is in a connectivist learning environment; or even the role of teacher/instructor.
As an aside, but something that seems relevant at least to me, is this article from the Guardian online - National curriculum review puts emphasis on facts.
As practitioners on the educational front lines, we seem to be always trying to reconcile the competing agendas of various stakeholders. Connectivism seems a vision for the future in a world where everyone has the option of being connected (and wants to be connected).
Locally, a parents group calling themselves "Citizens for Safe Technology" is lobbying to have WiFi networks removed from the schools as a health issue. The current reality is indeed one of enormous complexity!