In a ‘mesh‘ network (Like the image ,without central node) every person (node) has ‘teacher-function’ . Teacher functions are aspects of the role of teacher. A teacher explains, guides, coaches, has social leadership functions, relates to students, enthusiasms, supports, etc. In a high quality mesh network every node will/must show some of these teacher functions.
Even in a classroom some pupils do show some teacher functions, like asking questions, being enthusiastic, helping other pupils. In some schools team teaching and specialized teacher roles make use of these teacher functions.
In a learning network these teacher functions should be more or less evenly distributed. Distribution of functions in a network makes the network more sustainable and stable.
In a learning network all roles should be present. A learning network where the only present function is ‘fostering enthusiasm’ will die soon. A network with a too high presence of criticism will not last long either.
A Massive Open Online Course MOOC is a network with a lot of nodes, and chances are low some teacher functions are not present in a MOOC.
Collaboration (with teacher functions) is not just a “way”, it’s a requirement, a profile, a skill and virtue that needs to be taken into account and empowered by all educators.
So, what is your point of view here? Do you think our education system esp. network teaching, needs to starts by turning our students and teachers personalities to collaborative human beings?