How we evaluate our work  

P2PU is largely a grant-funded organization, which means that we encounter a lot of grant reporting requirements. Over the past few years, we’ve often encountered a tension as traditional notions of reporting, assessment, evaluation, and data collection come into conflict with our values of peer learning, community, and equity. None of this is to say…

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Online learning at the library  

The P2PU learning circle project began with the belief that there are tons of good online courses out there, and that we just need to better curate and frame these resources if we want more people to gain meaningful access. Three years into the project, we feel that this belief is only partially true and that, in…

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What happened in Kansas City? P2PU Gathering Recap!  

P2PU Gathering started by introductions held, not surprisingly, in a very large circle. On May 17th, 43 educators and librarians descended on Kansas City for two days. There was a lot of active learning, a lot of strategizing and a lot of BBQ. But what really happened? Here’s an overview of the whole event: Intention Two…

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Advice for Learners from Learners  

Learning circles are different than what you might remember from school. Instead of sitting back and listening to a teacher talk, learners are responsible for running and directing the learning circle, discussing issues as a team, and offering peer support. But don’t take our word for it! In 2018, the Technology and Social Change Group…

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Learning about learning circles  

 Last month we spoke with eleven public libraries who started running learning circles in 2017. For most of them, this was a brand new library pilot initiative and we wanted to know what was working, what needed to be tweaked and if libraries were, in fact, planning to run learning circles in the future….

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Learn To Write Fiction: Creating My Own Online Course  

My name is Anna Draves, and as one of the Reader Services librarians at the Boston Public Library, I facilitate our creative writing Learning Circles. A little bit about me, I’ve been writing fiction for most of my life and though I haven’t published anything yet, I have taken many creative writing classes and have…

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Open learning and financial sustainability  

Here’s an update from Matt Tucker, our business development fellow. He’s been working with P2PU since September to help us articulate revenue models to support learning circles. By the end of February, we’ll begin testing some new concepts that we hope will bring us consistent and unconstrained funding. Our values of peer learning, community, and…

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2018 Goals  

Mission sustainability is as important as financial sustainability,  if not more so. Without and Executive Director, we need to set up internal tools and resources to help maintain our focus and provide reflection points throughout the year. One primary tool we use is called ‘Work in Progress’; a 6-week long cycle that the team meets…

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Libraries adopting innovative model for community learning  

  FOR IMMEDIATE NATIONAL RELEASE For further information contact: Grif Peterson grif@p2pu.org   Libraries adopting innovative model for community learning Libraries are making online education more accessible and interactive by adopting “learning circles”, librarian-facilitated study groups for people who want to take online courses together and in person. This November, 15 public library systems in…

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