The Lowdown on Peer Learning
- Define what "peer learning" means to you
- Sketch out a peer learning project
Step 1: What is Peer Learning?
We bet you're here because you want to run a course on P2PU. We are very psyched about that. Let's get started.
Generally, peer learning at P2PU has 3 "givens":
- Everyone has expertise in something.
- We learn by connecting with each other and sharing what we know.
- We give each other feedback to improve our projects.
So, Peer 2 Peer University is a bunch of people who like to learn this way:
Step 2: What is a Peer Learning Project?
Basically a peer learning project has 3 core "pieces":
- Skills: what do you want folks to know?
- Projects: what do you want folks to make to demonstrate that understanding?
- Feedback: how do you want folks to share their projects and integrate that feedback?
Step 3: Design your Peer Learning Project:
Select a skills set you want folks to know--some ideas:
- precise feedback
- design thinking
- community engagement
- video production
Select a project that peers can make that will demonstrate those skills--some ideas:
- make a video tutorial
- write a song
- craft a mockumentary
- produce a drawing, photo or game
- hack together robots
- draft a recipe
Select a feedback mechanism so peers can work together and share--some ideas:
- a Badge for a data visualization project
- design critique each week
- accuracy check: check each other's work
- webinar to showcase a project
Now that you have your skills, your project and your feedback mechanism, complete the following Mad Libs-esque prompt:
In my _(catchy title) course my peers will master _(skills) by doing _ (project) and __ (peer interactions) .
Here is an example:
In my "Web; The Movie" challenge my peers will understand how the web works by producing a mockumentary and giving design critiques.