The controversy surrounding the formal/informal roles has suddenly created a flurry of excitement around a post on eLearn Mag. However, I’ve addressed it over at the TogetherLearn site, as it seemed somewhat appropriate to respond from the perspective of a champion of social and informal learning.
In short, I point to the issues covered in the Broken ID series, and say that formal instruction isn’t the greatest thing to champion in it’s current form. It may persist, but hopefully in a far better state than most formal we see today. No one’s championing the demise of formal, but certainly improvement, and in conjunction with informal, not as a single solution.