From: Rebecca Kahn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Peer 2 Peer University is gearing up to launch its third cycle of
courses this coming September, and we’re looking for new faces to join
the community. Do you have an idea for a six week course? Whether it’s
Physics 101 or Poker and Strategic Thinking, all ideas are welcome.
You can propose a course here (deadline is August 6, 2010).
If you’ve never designed or run a course before, that’s okay, too.
P2PU is running a Course Organizers Orientation for newbies to
introduce organizers to the practice of online facilitation and
provide support while they build a new course. The orientation will be
three weeks long and will enable future course organizers to:
Experience open social learning first-hand
Distinguish peer-2-peer learning from formal online teaching
Navigate the different features of the P2PU site
Design a course on a topic of their choice on the P2PU site
Learn how to use different synchronous/asynchronous platforms effectively
Review and provide feedback for others; revise and refine syllabi for
Weekly video conferences will be held to discuss important aspects of
community building, course design, finding and creating course
content, open educational resources (OER), and troubleshooting.
Conferences will be recorded and posted for those unable to attend.
The orientation leader will also post office hours to provide
Building on the feedback from participants and organizers in the last
two cycles of courses, the P2PU community realised that many potential
course organizers had reservations about some of the technological and
pedagogical aspects of running courses online. This orientation aims
to address these concerns, as well as help organizers become an active
part of the P2PU community.
The P2PU community consists of a diverse group of people. They are
writers, teachers, designers, doctoral and alternative grad students,
artists, copyright specialists, scientists, and blues guitar players.
Above all, they are learners–peers working together to learn from each
More information, including how and where to sign up, can be found on
the P2PU wiki: wiki.p2pu.org/orientation You can submit course
proposals until August 6, 2010.
Visit Peer2Peer University at http://peer2peeruniversity.org