Tony Bates (who covers international developments in the eLearning space) links to a summary of thoughts on this topic from the Online Educa Berlin 2008 conference.
With the rise of the Internet age, a social and a cultural revolution is taking place right in front of us. But at the same time, a "crisis of significance" is occurring in our classrooms. Learners want to be active, just like they are in the world wide web. When surfing on the Internet, they filter, comment, rate, as well as create knowledge and thus take an active part in gathering information and knowledge. On the other hand, in our classrooms they are still forced into a passive role, merely consuming the information that is offered to them by others.
- Dr. Michael Wesch, Cultural Anthropologist, Kansas State University
This was labeled a "problematic expectation" in the summary.
In my mind, the only way this expectation is problematic is that it creates more work. Much easier to drift along using old materials and processes than it is to create new materials. Furthermore, it's easier on the instructor to just tell people what to think / do than it is to actually engage the student.
The fact that our current generation of students and new workers are no longer tolerating the "old ways" of doing things can do nothing but help the rest of us - as students and as instructional designers. Think about the amount of material that needs to be repurposed!!!!