Can a group of networked individuals play the same role as a teacher? This course could be a good example. In the short term, I do think such group of networked individuals have played “part” of the role of a teacher… provided the individuals perceived the network as a valuable source of knowledge and experience, which could be trusted and relied upon.
But will there be a timeframe for such role?
How about the emotions of the individuals towards each other? How would the emotions be resolved? An example is if the member was not “liked” or was neglected by other networked members, he/she may decide to leave the network. So how could that member learn or be helped out? How about the lurkers?
Are there any “facilitators” or “leaders” needed in such networks? Will these individuals assume their role as ”teacher” ultimately? What motivate these individuals to stay in the network? Is the network based on a community of practice/interest/project/problem/social reasons? Is there a definite start/end time for such network (like a project)?
To what extent will such network relationship persist?
How will power relationship be developed in external/social network? How will conflicts of power be resolved?
As the network develops, will the “weak ties’ grow into “strong ties” or “transform into something else – like a group”?
Will there be a cycle of network – group?
Will it be similar to the TQM (Total Quality Management) movement, starting with Top TQM Steering committee, quality circles, then formal TQM cross functional teams, Just in time, then leaderless teams, then process re-engineering, best practice, customer service, then lean, six sigma, and now networks (quality networks), then…will it be Network Steering or Community of Practice, network circles again…? And the cycle goes on?
Even if we don’t need teachers, will some people still want to become teachers or like to take up the role of a teacher?
Where will the teachers go? Re-deployed? Will the parents become the teachers?
So will it be schooling then de-schooling, then re-schooling cycle?
Where there is a solution, there may be a set of problems arising from that solution, the TQM movement cited above well illustrates the lesson from history. Does it?