Can the two ideas– open, networked learning communities and open courses affiliated with and/or products from institutions not only co-exist, but feed off of one another? I get the asymmetry aspect, I really do, but I’m not convinced that institutions have no worth or that the situation for continuing– maybe even increasing– that worth is hopeless, whereas a complete push away from courses and into communities that can’t provide some of the pragmatic resources and recognition pre-supposes that the institutions don’t have a place at the table. Maybe there’s still a bit of fight left in me after all.
And my apologies to Dave, as I only skimmed this post and am mostly responding to Scott and what I glean from HIS response. That’s networked learning, baby.