Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching

A Handbook for Self-organizing Self-learners


Kicking off the learning journey of 2013, many MOOCs just started last week, Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum  from Open University (#OLDSMOOC_w1) and #ETMOOC (focused on educational technology) from a group of thought leaders are especially for educators, while DS106 on digital storytelling is for anyone who likes to tell stories in digital forms. Of course, storytelling is an essential way to construct a learning experience.

But, what if you don’t fit into the rules, tastes, requirements (whatever) of the MOOCs built by others. You would like to facilitate an online co-learning community around your interest or your need. Check out this free resources : Peeragogy.

online co-learning

With YouTube, Wikipedia, search engines, free chatrooms, blogs, wikis, and video communication, today’s self-learners have power never dreamed-of before. What does any group of self-learners need to know in order to self-organize learning about any topic? The Peeragogy Handbook is a volunteer-created and maintained resource for bootstrapping peer learning.

This project seeks to empower the worldwide population of self-motivated learners who use digital media to connect with each other, to co-construct knowledge, to co-learn. Co-learning is ancient; the capacity for learning by imitation and more, to teach others what we know, is the essence of human culture. We are human because we learn together. Today, however, the advent of digital production media and distribution/communication networks has raised the power and potential of co-learning to a new level.

What does a motivated group of self-learners need to know to agree on a subject or skill, find and qualify the best learning resources about that topic, select and use appropriate communication media to co-learn it? In particular, what do they need to know about peer learning? This handbook is intended to answer these questions, and in the process, build a toolbox for co-learning. If you and a group of other people want to use digital media and networks to co-learn together, this handbook is a practical tool for learning how to self-organize peer learning – what’s call “peeragogy.” 

The handbook is in part a collaboration, and in part a collection of single-author works. Howard Rheingold, the man behind the resource, is the author of several books : Net Smart: How to Thrive OnlineThe Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic FrontierSmart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
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Peeragogy – Welcome from Anna Keune on Vimeo.

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
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