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AnitaMonty:My dream: Learning Design project: Peer-to-peer learning online

How to bring in informal ways of learning online in a formal course online. I will try to bring in more peer-to-peer learning.

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Anita Monty
11 January 2013

Anita Monty: Peer-to-peer learning and assessment in an online course model

Tags: Peer-to-Peer learning, Peer-to-Peer assessment, informal learning, knowledge sharing, performance in job, 

Anita's situation

I would like to focus more on peer-to-peer activities in formal online courses. My course is a continuing education course delivered by a university for the energy industry. So it's a formal course but I would like to bring in more informal ways to learn. Therefore I would like to bring in more peer-to-peer activities into this learning design for this online course. The course is about energy and is a continuing education course. Participants in this course are busy people! They are in jobs at the same time they enrol in this course. It takes extra efforts for participants to be highly involved when they try to combine job, family and education. 


Describe the material and social characteristics of the environment in which you operate. Where will your project take place? Who are the main actors involved? Include images, videos, sketches - anything that would help others understand the opportunities and constraints you are dealing with.

The course is running in the Learning Platform called "Itslearning". The materials are course pages with information and weekly structured e-tivities, powerpoints with speak (Adobe Presenter) designed by teachers in course, and tools in the Learning Platform for participants to use for the weekly e-tivities: discussion rooms, questionnaires, chat room and web cam room. 


The main participants are people from the energy industry who wants to learn a software and how to use it in practice. 


The course is structured with weekly activities. Participants are going to watch/read course materials and also to take part in online discussions designed by the teacher but with fellow learners and the teacher to discuss with. Participants are divided into smaller groups and the teacher take part in discussions as an e-moderator. The questions to discuss are related to the content in the video/powepoint they have wathced or related to practice. 






The change you would like to see (challenge)


What do you hope to achieve? What would be different if you succeed?

My goal is to develop a model where more of the activities/discussion rely




more on peer-to-peer learning. Because it has been shown that this is good for learning, since peers listen much more to feedback from peers.







If I succeded then teachers are less burden with many hours online and at the same time the learning process is better for students.
















How you might go about bringing that change

I don't know yet - I hope I found out during my participation in this MOOC :-) 



What is your pedagogical approach? Which technologies will you use to implement it, and how?

My approch is learner-centered and the model I have now is based on professor Gilly Salmons five-stage model for online teaching. The Learning Platform is not a cloudworks like this, it's a Learning Management System, so my challenge would be how I can arrange activities to be more informal and let participants have more choice to decide people and subject they would like to work with during the course. I help teachers in designing e-tivities for online teaching and now I would like to put more focus on e-tivities which could be more informal and loose (like in this course, where we choose by ourselves which clouds to follow, learn from and involve in). I would like to use peer-to-peer activities which rely more on participants own activity/design.


In this project the teachers design the e-tivities for participants to engage in. It can be questions in a discussion forum or questionnaries. Also teachers produce learning materials, which can be powerpoints with speak.


I'm very satiesfield with the five-stage model, which basic idea is to use e-tivities to build up a community so learners will start to share knowledge and collaborate.The teacher is the e-moderator. The learning design is good, because all participants are always heavily involved in discussions and ask questions during course in order to understand and learn. 



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