This is a US study and a really interesting example of how to facilitate a networked learning experience. Watch the video and see how students construct a personal learning environments for the purpose of independent inquiry and the teacher’s role in supporting and facilitating this. The learning theory that is behind this approach to teaching and learning is called connectivism.
If you prefer you can read the article by Wendy Drexler from the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(3), pp. 369-385, 2010.