Posts By: Nico

What happened in Boston?

From September 18 to 20th, we welcomed 55 educators, librarians, and learning circle advocates to Boston for a P2PU Gathering. This came on the heels of a similar event in Kansas City last year, and we are grateful to the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Siegel Family Endowment for providing us with the…

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Educating the Public

If you’re like me, you probably grew up thinking that serious learning only happened in school, college and university. The consequence of this belief is that it devalues, denies, and discriminates against how most of the world actually learns, which is outside of formal education. If we’re serious about achieving education for all, then we…

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What is a learning circle?

Peer 2 Peer University is a global community of people who believe that everyone should have access to free, community-driven and social learning experiences. To reach this goal, learning circles combine free online courses with peer learning practices in public spaces. Learn more by hearing from what others have to say, checking out useful resources, seeing where learning circles…

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Should libraries replace universities as centers of education and learning?

What do you think? Should libraries replace universities as centers of education and learning? Universities are increasingly expensive and commodified, offer a top-down curriculum, and reinforce the status quo. No thanks! Wouldn’t it better to have a ‘university’ that was free and that had a mission to serve everyone? A university for the people and…

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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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