Posts Categorized: General

P2PU.org – New Direction, New Look

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2014 has been a year of evolution for P2PU, and, like a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon, we’ve changed our look too. And because beauty is not just skin deep, we’d like to give you a bit of a tour around the spectacular butterfly that is the new p2pu.org   Our changes aren’t just superficial…. Continue Reading →

Why A Shaped Web Would Be Bad for Education

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  This week, P2PU and the School of Open (along with thousands of other non-profits, start-ups, and even porn sites) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in the United States  on the matter of net neutrality. We thought you might like to see a bit of what we told them: Current proposals would mean a… Continue Reading →

Help Write a Children’s Book Online at P2PU

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This is a guest post from  Ioana Literat, a PhD candidate at USC Annenberg who is facilitating an amazing writing course on P2PU. Hi. I’m writing to introduce a new P2PU course that I am facilitating, Crowdsourced Art: A Participatory Exercise in Collaboration and Collective Creativity. This initiative was born out of my belief that creativity… Continue Reading →

Retention – Why MOOC providers can’t have it both ways

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This is a repost from Philipp Schmidt’s sharingnicely blog  MOOC antagonists have long used the dismal completion numbers as a sign that MOOCs don’t work. MOOC providers have countered that retention is an outdated concept that shouldn’t be applied to online courses. Neither are right. Why we should not care about retention: Retention is a very… Continue Reading →

Better Learning Analytics: Lessons from EdX, Hack Education, Mozilla + P2PU

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    Yesterday, Audrey Watters of Hack Education,  Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla Foundation, Justin Reich of HarvardX and Berkman Center, Vanessa Gennarelli of P2PU came together to discuss the current obsession with the field of learning analytics.  Check out the conversation here as we cover: Whether learning analytics are a new field What sorts of data can be collected (engagement versus comprehension/recall) Difficulties in acquiring/sharing reliable… Continue Reading →

Join Us to Talk Learning Analytics With Audrey Watters, Justin Reich and Andrew Sliwinski: 8/19 at 12 pm EST

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Big data, big problems.  We all want to help learners be successful. What “success” means and how we measure it means different things depending on your point of view. Additionally, issues of privacy and security haunt the conversation. Joinus to hear how we think about this emerging field. Join our crew:  Audrey Watters of Hack Education,  Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla… Continue Reading →

How P2PU Became a Totally Open Org

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  About six months ago we put out a search for a new Executive Director. Our ED Philipp Schmidt, took a position at the MIT Media Lab, which required transitioning from  a hands-on ED to a more advisory (although no less involved) role. In theory, Executive Directors oversee fundraising and set the agenda of the… Continue Reading →

How We’re Bridging Online/Offline Authentic Learning: Adam Bush of College Unbound

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This blog post comes to you from Adam Bush, the freshest addition to the P2PU Crew. He’s the founding Director of Curriculum of College Unbound: a college degree program in Providence, RI working to contend with retention rates for first generation college students by equally incorporating voices outside of the academy in the teaching and evaluation of its… Continue Reading →