Posts By: Vanessa Gennarelli

In Learning, Community Comes First #SLR14

In Learning, Community Comes First

  Assessment in a Community of Practice What’s your strongest memory of learning something new? Was it learning to play poker? Telling a story at a StorySlam? Getting your Google Hangout to work? Chances are, that learning experience had three elements: other people, ideas and expertise. Knowledge emerges when those pieces are intact and interacting…. Continue Reading →

#Rhizo14′s Secret Sauce: Unraveling Learning on the Web

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Quick Friday post on how things are progressing in the “Rhizomatic Learning” course on, brought to you by the edupunk sparkplug Dave Cormier. With the proliferation of learning platforms on the web and abundance of resources, Dave envisioned a course where the “community is the curriculum.” Rhizomatic learning asks us to rethink our assumptions… Continue Reading →

Mindsets and Motivation: 2014, Start Your Engines


The Motivation Landscape. In the wake of Badges, the spectre of behaviorism, and the proliferation of learning platforms on the web, how are we as practitioners and researchers to move forward in light of what we’ve learned? How have recent discussions about motivation, growth mindsets, and malleable intelligence affect how we design for learning? What’s… Continue Reading →

Data Explorer Mission Recap

BACKGROUND From October 19-21, the School of Data (a collaboration between Open Knowledge Foundation and Peer 2 Peer University) held a Data Explorer Mission focused on Garment Factory Data–collecting it, collating it, mapping it, and telling a story with data. This course had several points of innovation and experimentation, including: Time: instead of a longer… Continue Reading →

NYU + MIT Media Lab + P2PU Offer “Play With Your Music”: A Free and Playful Introduction to Audio Engineering

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Signup opens today for “Play With Your Music” ( a free, 6-week online course where participants will explore, mix and remix songs, using the newest tools on the web. Learners will master the ins and outs of audio production, while working with music they already know and love. Anyone with an interest in making music… Continue Reading →

Badges in the Bronx: P2PU + Youth Voices

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P2PU took peer learning up to the Bronx this past Tuesday when I was invited to give a workshop on Badges to a classroom of high school writers. These intrepid folks were part of the Youth Voices Summer Program, a project sponsored by the National Writing Project and headed up by the very stellar Paul Allison. Youth… Continue Reading →