What would your ideal learning situation be?
I think my ideal learning situation involves a lot of alone time - where I can read, write, reflect - coupled with opportunities to talk to others about what it is that I've read, written and reflected upon. I should add that this is not a linear kind of process. In other words, sometimes conversations start me down a path of reading. Or the conversations might happen in between reading and reflecting. You get the picture, I'm sure. I've seen this happening a lot in my social media experiences. I follow a lot of smart people who are reading lots of interesting things which I then find myself reading and thinking about. And vice versa.
That said, I also know that some formal structure is good for me. Like this p2pU course, for instance. I think the framework of knowing that I have an obligation to myself and others as part of a learning group/community is motivating. (I also know I operate well under deadline and in response to guilt. :)
I think I also like learning by doing. So opportunities to create and then share what I've made - going public - are important to me.
What's so great about the learning possibilities in the age in which we live, this age of social media, in my opinion, is not necessarily that you can access everything you'd want to with everyone whom you might conceivably want to. Though that can be very cool. It's more that you can be as minute in your pursuits as you could possibly want to be - blog about the nose hairs of your favorite celebrity, for instance - and still find others who share that same arcane interest.
I love that.