P2PU – the social wrapper on open courseware

Seen today: P2PU – ‘Peer to Peer University‘ on Social Media in Learning

The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) 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.

It’s an interesting concept; coming on the heels of what I was thinking about yesterday (economics of online learning), it’ll be interesting to see what happens next:

The pilot phase of P2PU (Peer 2 Peer University) ended in October, after having run for six weeks with seven courses and approximately 90 participants. Last month, the pilot phase volunteers, including the course organizers, met in person for the first time at the first ever P2PU Workshop in Berlin. The goal of the workshop was to integrate pilot phase experiences into a working plan for the future of P2PU. Judging from the outcomes, the workshop achieved its goal. Check out CC Learn’s video download of the workshop at Blip.tv, Vimeo, or YouTube. (It’s CC BY, so feel free to share and remix!)

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One thought on “P2PU – the social wrapper on open courseware

  1. Shawn,
    You might also be interested in our venture – NalandaU. We aggregate and mashup educational videos into courses. There are about 300 courses in 60 different subjects ranging from History to management, Law and Computer Science. It is free and no signup is needed.

    Here is the history collection that might be of your interest:
    http://www.nalandau.com/course/50/history

    regards,
    Balaji

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