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Readings on Peer Learning [May 1, 2012, 9:46 p.m.]


Add resources here! Any interesting papers you come across related to peer learning, open education, motivation, reward, recognition, incentives, online environments, tools, community development, etc.....

Putting a paper here doesn't mean you promise it's interesting or that we have to read it. It's just a place to keep a list of items that pique your interest and a place to get ideas for choosing readings. As we go through and actually read some of them, we'll hopefully get a cool reading list emerge that others can use, extend, fork, whatever. 

Also note that we don't all have to read exactly the same papers -  some weeks we might have two papers that appeal to different subsets of the group, for example maybe some people are into a community formation paper and others want to read an evaluation paper. All good.  

Please include:

Title, authors, publication venue and year, with a link to the paper if at all possible. 

Also include your name so we know who proposed each paper. (The proposer doesn't necessarily have to be the "owner" of a paper when we read it, but that would probably be the default). 

Paper List


Current Paper


April 28 - May 4:  Bielaczyc, K., Collins, A., O’Donnell, A., Hmelo-Silver, C., & Erkens, G. (2006). Fostering knowledge-creating communities. Collaborative learning, reasoning, and technology, 37–60. Lawrence Erlbaum.


Possible Future Papers


Minds on Fire - The classic by John Seely Browne and Richard P Adler [Philipp]

Resnick. All I Really Need to Know (About Creative Thinking) I Learned (By Studying How Children Learn) in Kindergarten. Creativity & Cognition conference, 2007. [Jessy]

Yochai Benkler, (2006). The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300110561. link

Fischer, G. (2011). Understanding, fostering, and supporting cultures of participation. interactions, 18(3), 42-53. [Vanessa]

C. Yang, Y.-S. Chang, Assessing the effects of interactive blogging on student attitudes towards peer interaction, learning motivation, and academic achievements, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, June 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2011.00423.x  (Wiley site, PDF) [Jessy]

Are Online Learners Frustrated with Collaborative Learning Experiences? IRRODL Link (This paper analyzes reasons for frustration in collaborative online learning) [Who?]

Kapur, M., & Bielaczyc, K. (2012). Designing for Productive Failure. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 21(1), 45-83. doi:10.1080/10508406.2011.591717 (Crocodoc, can also download)

Kirschner, P. A., Sweller, J., & Clark, R. E. (2006). Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching. Educational Psychologist, 41(2), 75-86. doi:10.1207/s15326985ep4102_1 (download, or Crocodoc)

Past Papers


April 20-27th: Goggins, Laffey & Gallagher. Completely online group formation and development: small groups as socio-technical systems. Information Technology and People, 2011. [Jessy]

  • link to the paper on crocdoc here. you can annotate and highlight the paper there!
  • discussion page here. (post comments/discuss/rant/links/etc!)