Want to get a good sense of emerging technologies available for learning and training? New Technology Supporting Informal Learning offers a great “state of the field” analysis of change pressures and tools/methods available as a response.
From the article: “Learning networks capture an essential element in learning today, the simple fact that we don’t know what we want to teach…Social networks represent a gradual decentralization of content and contact online…we are currently seeing experimentation in the development of distributed online courses and in software – particularly, the personal learning environment – that support the formation of connections between the far-flung pieces of such courses.”
The need for participatory pedagogy is obvious. Many researchers have acknowledged this for decades. Unique today is the ready access to simple technologies that permit high levels of participation at classroom and course levels.