The Peeragogy Handbook is a practical guide to online co-learning, a living document that invites comment and invites readers to join the community of editors; the document does not have to be read in linear order from beginning to end.
Citizendium, a "citizens' compendium of everything", is an open wiki project dedicated to creating a free, comprehensive, and reliable repository of structured knowledge.
Philipp Schmidt is executive director and co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), the grassroots community for social open learning. An open education activist, he co-authored the Cape Town Open Education Declaration and served as a founding board member for the OpenCourseWare Consortium. A Shuttleworth, Ashoka, and MIT Media Lab Director's fellow, he delivered one of the keynote speeches at Edulearn13, the 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, held in Barcelona (Spain) on July 1-3, 2013.
During his visit to Edulearn13 in Barcelona, Schmidt shared with eLearningEuropa.info some of his thoughts about the future of higher-education and how technology and internet are contributing to shape a new learning landscape.
“The change is definitely coming. We want it or not, technology will push new [learning] opportunities. For me that is exciting. But it requires that the people who are in the system right now start thinking about their roles in a different way, maybe more as facilitators of learning, or maybe someone who does more research,” explains Schmidt, a keen supporter of peer learning and collaboration.
According to his experience “peer learning works,” as it makes “people engage with each other in a more equal playing field.”
“The process of explaining something to your peers makes you really learn it yourself,” he says. Hence, in his projects at MIT Media Lab and P2PU, he’s trying to put the focus more in collaboration and make people feel they are participating in a community of other learners.
“We think education is best if you are in charge of it, if you learn things that you care about. So we try to create a structure online that allows people to do that”.
Regarding the new MOOCs phenomenon, he admits he is frustrated as many of these massive courses don’t actually open their content.
"Many of them don’t license their content openly, so you can’t use it, translate it, run your own course with it. When the course ends it’s closed, so you can’t even go back to the materials, even if you participated in it."
“Open is what drives innovation”, underlines Schmidt, who feels the OpenCourseWare Consortium “has an opportunity to push on openness now that we are moving into the MOOCs phase.”
You can watch the entire video interview here.
We present the concept of quad-blogging, and its potential for facilitating and enhancing peer-to-peer learning in higher education, specifically in a massive open online course (MOOC) by increasing peer engagement, promoting the practice of blogging and fostering the formation of professional learning networks through social media.
We report on peer-to-peer learning online, describing the role of cooperative, student managed groupings in successful learn-by-MOOC experiences.
We found that to expand learners’ potential in digital culture, it helps to by-pass traditional notions and tools of online learning support, and embrace networked social media.
ReFlex is a tool for learners to record 60-second audio-visual clips of their personal learning experiences, store them on a timeline and share them with teachers, peers and parents.
All recordings by one learner are stored on a personal timeline and are accessible for later review. In addition to the present, learners may also create “time capsule” recordings for the future. Time capsules can only be opened when their set date is reached, and can be used as statements of learning objectives. From the entire pool of recordings, learners can mark important clips by highlighting them. The best way to get an idea of it is to try it.
What if the world went upside down and children could create their own teaching material? This is the philosophy of the dutch project Jonatan Academy. The pupils (10-13 years old) teach other kids how to solve mathematical or linguistic problems by creating videos through Microsoft PowerPoint. They create those movies all by themselves: from choosing a suitable subject to talk about, to writing down a scenario for their explanation and the digitalizing it in PowerPoint. The material is then available for free for all teachers and pupils.
MoViE provides a space for sharing and creating mobile digital storytelling projects. Through these students have an opportunity to take an international perspective into their learning by collaborating and interacting with peers in other countries. Teachers in the Boundless Classroom are also breaking barriers locally as they use mobile digital storytelling as a way of encouraging students to critically explore their local communities and environments.
A virtual community, open to everyone, for sharing ideas, news and events on science teaching in Europe / in your country.
A chance to present your own projects to colleagues from all over Europe. In STENCIL you can directly enter information about your science education project by filling in the Online questionnaire.
An opportunity to get inspired and search for science education projects from all over Europe. In the European catalogue of science education initiatives you will find more than 900 projects realised in schools all over Europe.
The European Online Catalogue of Science Education Initiatives includes initiatives directly submitted online by teachers and schools from all over Europe by filling in a questionnaire which documents the key elements of the school practices. Initiatives submitted are validated by project partners and made accessible by subjects, school levels, country, keywords, etc.
The Annual Reports on the State of Innovation in Science Education are published at the end of 2011, 2012 and 2013 and include the results of the joint reflection on science education themes and models carried out by STENCIL members as well as the detailed descriptions of the innovative practices identified at national and European level, paying particular attention to Comenius and other EU funded projects.
Study Visits are regularly organised from / to schools and other partner institutions in order to illustrate good and innovative practices in science education. A total of 7 study visits will take place in the following partners countries: Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Germany, and Malta, in occasion of partner meetings. Also external users are invited to participate in these study visits, namely teachers and school managers.
Workshops are regularly organised during the project life span for both members and external beneficiaries, mainly teachers, school managers, teacher trainers, etc. focussing on themes and methodologies related to the good practices identified by STENCIL members and adopting a peer to peer learning approach. A total of 7 workshops will take place in the following partner countries: Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Germany, and Malta, in occasion of partner meetings.
International conferences are organised in France, Germany and Italy, addressing teachers, school managers, teacher trainers, school authorities, policy makers, and all key players in science education in order to promote the Annual Reports as well as to present the good practices identified in this framework. They will also to provide occasions of informal exchanges, common reflections and debates, as well as working sessions and social events.
A Call for participants will be launched every year to schools having carried out the successful transfer of a good practice among those highlighted in the Annual Report. An award will be given to the winner school/s.
The Guidelines and Manifesto for teaching and learning science in a creative way will provide educational authorities and policy makers with tools and models for innovating science education in their countries, especially focused on the establishment of contacts between Research and School.
How to join:
If you want to be informed about the STENCIL Network and its activities, please write an e-mail to Ms Francesca Magrefi - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - to be added to the STENCIL mailing list for the promotion of STENCIL activities and events (i.e. study visits, workshops, international conferences).
We are looking forward to establishing a wide range of contacts with practitioners from all over Europe interested in the exchange on science education!
EXPERTS - http://blog.experts.story-telling.eu/ - is an easy-to-handle weblog area for the exchange of experiences among kindergarten teachers. It is about stories of personally experienced situations with children in the daily life of kindergarten teachers and day mothers of different countries all over Europe.
Visit the EXPERTS blog:
EXPERTS – Experts in education reflect by telling stories
EXPERTS is not about telling exciting, extraordinary, unpublished stories or big problems or events. We would simply like to invite you to tell “little pieces of working life you have encountered in your daily working routine”, for example something important for you, or a situation which was difficult to handle, a situation where you were lost for words, a touching experience, a certain problem, situation, event or encounter that you would like to share with other colleagues…
The EXPERTS project is co-funded by the European Commission and aims at building up a Europe-wide network for kindergarten teachers and day mothers providing peer support for this group and lifelong learning through personally experienced situations from working life. The project is coordinated by ILI – Innovation in Learning Institute, Germany, with partners in Finland, Italy, Slovenia and Spain.
Write your story in the EXPERTS Blog!
… read and comment the stories of other Kindergarten teachers and day mothers.
Contribute to the discussion in the EXPERTS Forum!
... read and comment the messages of others, communicate with us and your colleagues in early childhood education about your experiences.
EXPERTS Blog: http://blog.experts.story-telling.eu/
EXPERTS Forum: http://blog.experts.story-telling.eu/forum/