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Readings on Peer Learning [May 12, 2012, 5:23 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


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)

Two papers on Lurking: Why Lurkers Lurk (Nonnecke, B., & Preece, J. (2001). Why lurkers lurk. Americas Conference on Information Systems 2001), and Online Lurkers Tell Why (Proceedings of the Tenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, New York, New York, August 2004).

Kirschner, et. al, 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. pdf. (<-- oh, snap. failure of all our deepest held desires :) better read this one!)


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!)

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.

May 5-11:

  • Productive Failure, or More Instruction? :(2 papers): see task w paper links here