You may think it is an oxymoron to be able to have an intimate learning experience when technology, videos, the internet... are involved. But you can. I remember when I took my training for being a certified business and life coach. The curriculum was intense and extensive - all done virtually. Hundreds of hours of study done over a telephone bridgeline with students from all over the world in class at the same time.
That was back in 2000, and the first thing that struck me was that it was such an intimate way to learn and to really connect with people and get to know them. I remember thinking this kind of learning should be mandatory in every learning establishment at every level for at least a few classes. Why? Because the class setting removed judgement and distractions often present in "regular" classroom settings. It was also possible to go back and experience the material on my own time at my own pace and I could dive into the other materials provided from anywhere with access to the internet.
I realize now what I experienced, though it was very powerful and effective, was in the "stone age" compared to all the new things technology is unfolding each day. One example of intimate learning and technology is Khan Academy started by Salman Khan who was trying to be a good cousin and help his younger cousins with their homework. Today it is an amazing virtual academy with over 2,100 videos and more than 2 million people engaged with all the things to learn and explore. Sal is the only person who "works" at the academy. The technology allows people to learn and explore things in their own way and pace and it fires the imagination and sparks the light of learning with others.