Posts By: dirkcuys

Goodbye Bekka


It is with a heavy heart that we take leave of Bekka. From 1 March Bekka is working full time on completing her PhD – we miss her already! Bekka has been with P2PU from the start when a bunch of crazy visionaries first came together in Berlin many moons ago. Since then Bekka has…

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Imagine a world where the university is your local library


While we love online learning, we recognize that for some it can be intimidating and impersonal. Not only are you learning a new topic, but you have to learn new tools and new ways to communicate. Online learning communities can have their own lingo and ways of interacting, just like any ‘real-world’ community.  For many…

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How to use GitHub Pages to Build Your Open Online Course and Community

Pic by Nomadic Lass on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

    Disclaimer: This post will require you to tolerate some techie words and be encouraged to do some technical things.  The level of skill required is ‘click buttons’ not ‘type magic words’. We are always investigating better ways to help you to create open online learning communities. Part of that means creating a home…

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How we Used the Echo Nest API for Engagement & Learning

For our Music MOOC Play With Your Music (PWYM) 5282 folks signed up to learn together. We wanted to put them in groups based on their musical taste hoping to improve group cohesion and collaboration. We decided to use The Echo Nest since they have an API that helps with doing just that! The Echo Nest…

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Three updates to make your life easier!

We would like to highlight 3 actions that just got easier on P2PU! Want to leave a comment on a course? Just head over to the discussion tab and have your say! You only need to be logged in to P2PU, no need to register with disqus before you can comment! Would you like to…

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Building a toolkit for open educators

CC-BY-SA Nick Farnhill

At the start of this year we sketched out a rough tech roadmap. Now is a good time to report on some of the work we’ve done since then, and our plans for the rest of the year. One big shift we made is to move away from thinking of P2PU as one big software…

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Introducing Marvin

Image CC-BY-SA John Greenaway

At the start of the year we spent some time on behind the scenes work. We had a long overdue software upgrade that we needed to perform on our main server. At the same time we took the opportunity to improve how we maintain the systems to run the tools we use for P2PU. Maintaining…

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Our technology plan in a post Mayan era

How all good tech strategies begin - with a couch and some ideas

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what we have done the past year and plan for the year ahead. Before we tell you about the projects that will be happening in 2013, we should talk a bit about our overarching strategy for technology. We build tools for open learning on the web…

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Release Notes: tagging, languages, another School… happy days!

A small little release went through today, but hopefully the impact will be felt 🙂 What changed you ask? First and foremost, the learn page receive a bit of attention! 10 points if you can point out whats different… ok, I will tell you. Language preferences for course listings are simplified and persistent. The default is to look…

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Future of lernanta

We’ve had many discussions about what we would like to achieve with Lernanta and where we want to take it in the future. This is our current take on it: Our technology supports people who make learning happen! Who are these mysterious folks? Broadly, they create opportunities for others to learn. By the way, this…

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