Tuesday, October 21

The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)

"The Peer 2 Peer University is an online community of open study groups for short university-level courses. Think of it as online book clubs for open educational resources. The P2PU helps you navigate the wealth of open education materials that are out there, creates small groups of motivated learners, and supports the design and facilitation of courses. Students and tutors get recognition for their work, and we are building pathways to formal credit as well.

Find out more about what P2PU courses look like, and consider creating your own."

Oh boy, this project looks interesting! Though, you got to be patient, because you can't sign up for any courses before early 2009. In the meantime, you can join the mailing list, and be part of the fun before the big launch.


P2PU learning experience is based on interaction between peers in small communities. They will offer scheduled "courses" that run for 6 weeks covering university-level topics. Learning takes place in small groups of 8-14 students. Each course package contains the syllabus, study materials and a schedule. Courses are designed by someone with expert knowledge, a "sense-maker", and facilitated by a "class tutors" who is familiar with the content, and can support the group of students...bla, bla.

In a nutshell, we can complete the courses faster than usual, enjoy small learning groups, and that makes a lot of learning sense to me.

I think eventually I will have to join and be part of this potentially great learning adventure. And it is wonderful that there happens to be at least one passionate Norwegian Viking (Stian HĂ„klev) behind the scenes. You need real passion, will and support to enable such projects to succeed, and it looks like they have already established a strong team. In short, let's explore :)


houshuang said...

Zaid, thanks for mentioning us, and we are totally expecting you as part of our first cohort. We'd love for you to teach a course as well :)


Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Hi Stian,

Thanks for the offer, but I believe we need the real Professors and educators to get the ball rolling first.

Perhaps, I can teach or facilitate a course in the 3rd or 4th semester :)

Though, I will try my best to be part of the first cohort (whatever that means!) at least :)

Hopefully it is a learning adventure with success (a noble one)!

Warm Regards,