Peer to Peer Learning

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By Philipp Schmidt March 10, 2014 - 9:25am Comments
I often get asked questions like these: Does peer learning really work? Don’t we need experts to learn from? Can the (proverbially) blind really lead the blind? Those are good questions and I will get back to them in a second. Then, there is another question about peer learning that doesn’t get asked very much, which I would like to talk about in this post: Could peer learning be the (only) answer to scale meaningful learning and education for a growing global population?
The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme Blog Image
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By Philipp Schmidt August 16, 2013 - 7:55am Comments
Computers and the Internet are really good at copying information and sending it to lots of people at low cost. That's why many of the recent innovations in online learning focus on packaging knowledge in the form of short video lectures, and sharing them online. Khan Academy and the recent spate of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are successful examples.
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By Howard Rheingold April 22, 2013 - 3:35pm Comments
Humans are by far the most skilled social learners of this planet’s millions of species. We’re biologically equipped to pay attention to and learn from each other, and we’ve devised cultural tools such as speech and writing to augment our biologically endowed cognitive capabilities. We’ve created institutions to equip our young people to benefit from and contribute to civilization.
In Pursuit of In(ter)dependent Learning: Kio Stark Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold November 26, 2012 - 7:40am Comments
It’s ironic that assessment in schools is most often “something adults do to students,” as Rick Stiggins puts it, because all humans are highly evolved for learning, and self-assessment is a powerful tool all learners use.
Assessment: Turning a Blunt Instrument Into a Powerful Learning Tool Blog Image
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By Jeff Brazil September 24, 2012 - 12:50pm Comments
John Seely Brown has been immersed in innovation and learning for the last three decades. As a visiting scholar and adviser to the provost at the University of Southern California, co-chair of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, former chief scientist at Xerox Corporation and director of its research center, PARC, he has deep expertise in radical innovation.
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By Howard Rheingold August 30, 2012 - 10:25am Comments
Nearly two years before Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun shook up educational institutions with their massive open online course on artificial intelligence, using videos, blogs, wikis, and online tests, photography educators Jonathan Worth, Matt Johnston, and Jonathan Shaw at Coventry University organized online classes for thousands of students in hundreds of cities, using blogs,
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By Doug Belshaw August 20, 2012 - 12:55pm Comments
I’m currently iterating some work around Web Literacies for the Mozilla Foundation (you can see the latest version of my thinking here). Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another.
Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? Blog Image
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By Liz Losh August 9, 2012 - 12:45pm Comments
Professor Anne Balsamo has been collaborating with Professor Alexandra Juhasz and a group of more than one hundred feminist scholars to pilot a new kind of online course devoted to feminist dialogues on technology.
Learning from Failure: Feminist Dialogues on Technology, Part II Blog Image
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By Liz Losh August 6, 2012 - 4:00pm Comments
Next year, over a hundred feminist scholars are slated to teach a new kind of online course—the first “MDCLE” or “massively distributed collaborative learning experiment”—tentatively titled “Feminist Dialogues on Technology."  Drawing on the model of the “MOOC,” or the massively open online course, like the artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction courses at Stanford that have enrolled tens of thousa
Bodies in Classrooms: Feminist Dialogues on Technology, Part I Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold April 20, 2012 - 7:35am Comments
As digital media and networks make possible more networked and collaborative pedagogies, who teaches the teachers how to take advantage of the opportunities (and avoid the pitfalls) that new technologies afford?
Teachers Teaching Teachers: Interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
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By Raquel Recuero February 13, 2012 - 9:00am Comments
Last year, Rio de Janeiro saw the birth of a new type of battle in the streets of the favelas: the "Small Step Battle.” In this battle, hundreds of kids and teenagers from the poor parts of Rio are fighting with a major weapon: dance steps. Everyday, kids are posting videos of themselves performing creative and often very difficult 'funk' dance steps on YouTube. These videos are now a fever: some have millions of viewers.
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By Cathy Davidson January 25, 2012 - 9:35am Comments
When Frederick J. Kelly invented the Kansas Silent Reading Test, now known as the “multiple-choice test” or the “bubble test,” he was looking for an efficient way to pass students through the U.S.
Why We Need a 4th R:  Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms  Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold January 23, 2012 - 9:40am Comments
Editor’s Note: This evening Howard will deliver the 2011 Regents’ Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. His topic: the transformative power of social media and peer learning. Here, in a continuing series, Howard reflects on his ongoing experiment in high-end, peer-to-peer, global learning via the internet and social networks.
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By Jeff Brazil May 23, 2011 - 7:55am Comments
Meet Philipp Schmidt, co-founder and executive director of Peer to Peer University, an emerging, Web-based global learning community. At P2PU, study groups form and gather online to learn a particular topic. They do group work together and provide constructive feedback for one another. All courses are free and open. Schmidt started P2PU after he and a few friends wanted to learn more about psychology together.
P2PU: Learning for Everyone, by Everyone, about almost Anything Blog Image
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By Cathy Davidson May 16, 2011 - 4:40am Comments
This is the last in a three-part “end of term” series of blog posts on “Doing Better by Gen Y.”  In the first post, one of my students spoke about the paucity of opportunities to actually think critically about the role of digital media in society, in learning, in global relations, in local and global inequalities, and in the workplace.  In the second
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By Cathy Davidson April 21, 2011 - 1:35pm Comments
Two weeks ago I blogged on DML Central on “Doing Better by Generation Y” and the tendency for pundits to criticize Gen Y’s absorption with new media, critique how little they know, blame their lack of attention, and castigate their inability to sustain real friendships (rather than “superficial” social networks).  I argued that, even if this point of view were correct, it neither helps young people by providing them with better ways of understanding the social imperatives of the Internet cul
What Are Digital Literacies?  Let’s Ask the Students Blog Image