Peer2Peer University - week one

October 26, 2008, [MD]

After two years of discussions, that for my part began at iSummit in Dubrovnik in 2007, we finally decided to put our thoughts into action. We were featured in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Monday, which even included a video of Philipp talking about the idea. Philipp blogged about the project on Monday, and I was planning to post on the same day, but it never happened. The advantage is that I can now do a small round-up of what has been said and written about the Peer2Peer University in this last week. I used Diigo to tag links I came across that mentioned P2PU, and it let me generate the following list very easily.

You can read much more about the project on our current homepage, and sign up for our p2pu-announce mailing list for very infrequent updates, or the p2pu-discuss mailing list to discuss the ideas and the development of the project. We have had wonderful responses and feedback during the first week since we “went public”, with numerous people emailing us and offering to be “sense-makers”, tutors, advisors and volunteers. We also really appreciate the thoughtful comments on blogs and otherwise, and I hope to engage more with the ideas that have been put forward, later.

From the current webpage:

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.

Some of the links that mention Peer2Peer University:

The University of Western Ontario newspaper wrote about us

Open Education News both wrote about us, and about George Siemens’ reaction

We had two mentions in German:\

And one in French:

And we were even “slashdotted”

I started a discussion about the project on Global Swadeshi

George Siemens’ challenges us to be more peer-to-peer based, and Mark Oehlert agrees

We’re mentioned on

First tweet about p2pu?

Brief mention on Miriam Jones’ blog, with some great pictures of how an Open University could look…

Writing about the view of brick and mortar universities, whether they would allow their professors to participate, or even fight the effort like the record companies are fighting P2P

Sharon questions who the volunteers who will teach are, and how sustainable the project will be

Ali Zaid Alsagoff is excited about the P2PU.

Some thoughts on the P2PU presentation at Open Ed ‘08 at USU

Photo of three of the p2pu core group in Dubrovnik ‘07

Philipp Schmidt introduces the project on his blog

Mike Caulfield introduces the project (p2pU) on the OCW blog.


Stian Håklev October 26, 2008 Toronto, Canada
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