Facing up to it: blending formal and informal learning opportunities in higher education contexts

Julie Willems and Debra Bateman


Through an investigation of social networks, with a particular focus on Facebook, this chapter explores how Web 2.0 is blurring formal and informal teaching and learning opportunities in higher education. Using a knowledge-sharing framework brought about by the intersection of two continua (formal and informal learning opportunities; and student-directed and teacher-centred learning), and using a Facebook case study exemplar for each of the four quadrants of the framework, the chapter explores institutional (or teacher)-driven informal teaching and learning; student (or member)-driven informal teaching ...

Get Using Network and Mobile Technology to Bridge Formal and Informal Learning now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.