Monday, July 07, 2008

How/should we structure informal peer learning?

This video of GrĂ¡inne Conole’s presentation "Disruptive Technologies or New Pedagogical Possibilities" at the recent Eduserv Foundation Symposium raised some interesting questions for me:

Now, I'm not suggesting for one moment that you should skip GrĂ¡inne's interesting presentation, but the part which caught my attention was the discussion at the end. (Kudos to the organizers for including the discussion in the video - so often this gets cut off, leaving only the boring fascinating prepared talk.)

In our undergraduate PLE project, after lengthy consideration, we decided to impose structure on learners through assessment.

But is the idea of structure antithetical to Small Worlds, and if it is, how can we ensure the success of this project? In the jargon, what scaffolding does Small Worlds need?