Philipp Schmidt shares nicely, that is on his blog and now with DotLearnt. Director and co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University, a socially charged open educational resource learning community, Schmidt takes on the role of education activist and social entrepreneur. This December, Philipp sat down with Bon and gave us the low down on social learning and how anyone can learn just about anything.
0-5 Seconds: Tell us anything or everything about P2PU in a Status Update.
P2PU is a lab for the future of online learning. We built a platform and fostered a community that enables learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything.
5-10 Seconds: What is the driving force behind P2PU’s schools—The School of Webcraft, Social Innovation, Mathematical Futures and Education?
The idea of “schools” grew out of the initiative and hard work of certain members of the P2PU community. They saw the potential for grouping courses together and partnering with external organizations to design assessments and certification.
10-20 Seconds: Where does the demand for P2PU lie?
The general answer is “everywhere”. P2PU community members come from all over the world, are at different stages in their lifelong learning, and are looking for different learning experiences. However, there is no one-size fits all solution to education, and the nice thing about Schools is that they can target different audiences and experiment with slightly different models and approaches.
20-30 Seconds: What’s the most useful tool in P2PU’s 21st century toolbox?
The innovative and generous nature of our community, and our ability to experiment. There is a lot going on in online education at the moment, and we are constantly looking ahead, and it’s great to see volunteers take initiative, make suggestions for improvements, and then get involved in the implementation of these suggestions. (more…)