For a while, I've been wrestling with the problem of segueing elegantly from novice to expert in computer-mediated environments. Tony O’Driscoll, in an Educational Technology article, shoehorned in this diagram about how the role of formal and informal knowledge changes as you move up in expertise. We are comfortable using formal methods (training, blended, etc) to provide the basics, and we know that experts continually are negotiating new understandings at the very top. I’m looking for how we bridge the gap between the formal fixed and the informal ongoing discussion.
My current thinking is that from perhaps completely ‘off the shelf’ courses for the utter basics, we need to very quickly get people doing projects creating representations together, even for relatively fixed understanding, so that the skill of representing and discussing develops the skill sets that become the basis of informal knowledge negotiation at the top (in addition to the other reasons to support this approach). It may also help learners build useful social networks. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.