Answers to thoughtful questions about the intersection of Inforal Learning and Instructional Technology as a field

As part of the qualifying exam process at Indiana University, we have to present and defend a dossier comprising our research, teaching, and service competencies. As part of my dossier presentation, I received questions that were very beneficial in really keying in on central issues related to informal learning and its relation to the field of Instructional Systems Technology.  

I welcome comments and feedback as this can hopefully serve as a conversation starter for considering informal learning and its relationship to other fields. Some of my responses are well developed, while others may remain a bit scattered, but hopefully this may further clarify and inform others about informal learning, and specifically, online informal learning environments.

I will post each question along with my answer as a separate post.