Creative Commons launches School of Open events in Tanzania and Nigeria  

Last week, the School of Open launched events in Tanzania and Nigeria in conjunction with Mozilla Maker Party. (SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project.) In Tanzania, CC Tanzania hosted a creative event for kids at the Open University of Tanzania, the first university in the region to…

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Help Write a Children’s Book Online at P2PU  

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…

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Learning Resource Metadata and P2PU  

P2Pu has been working with the LRMI (Learning Resource Metadata Initiative) project for some time, to help make online OERs more discoverable. We’re proud to be profiled in a case study by LRMI’s Lorna Campbell. A lot of projects whose OER work we admire have been part of this initiative, and we’re tickled pink to…

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

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 MOOC providers have countered that retention is an outdated concept that shouldn’t be applied to online courses.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…

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

    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…

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

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…

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How P2PU Became a Totally Open Org  

  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…

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

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…

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P2PU + College Unbound Team Up to Offer “Writing for Change”  

    What’s Writing 4 Change? Peer 2 Peer University has teamed up with College Unbound to offer an 8-week course on Writing for Change. The goal of the course is to help learners accomplish social change through writing effective and compelling op-eds, grant applications and project proposals. This course is for anyone who needs…

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Big Data, Big Problems: Join Audrey Watters, Khan, Mozilla + P2PU  

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. Join us to hear how we think about this emerging field. Join our crew: Vanessa Gennarelli of P2PU, Eli Feasely, Data Scientist…

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