Q. What does transformation of knowledge mean to you? Is it equivalent to “transfer of knowledge”? How does Virtual Choir participation require the transformation of knowledge? Do you see participation in the project as automatically resulting in some kind of learning?
I don’t see transformation of knowledge and transfer of knowledge as the same thing. Transfer deals with issues of how can learning from one context be applied to another context. My future research studies seek to investigate this as I become more familiar with other examples of online informal learning and the complexities that go along with transfer of knowledge. I am not very familiar with the term transformation of knowledge, but to me it would mean gaining knowledge that alters or transforms your existing schema. Kind of a constructivist or sociocultural way of learning, where knowledge is not just some object to be gained, but is constructed. The virtual choir was not designed to be an ‘instructional’ or ‘learning’ environment. But learning is occurring. I don’t think that everyone would claim that they learned something by participating, but examples from my study have shown themes like, “I learned a new piece of music,” while other mentioned that they learned video recording techniques. The learning was personal for each participant because of the flexibility of the environment, but certainly not automatic.