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Iwona's Dream:Increased Peer2Peer Connectedness in a Self-Directed Learning Environment

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Iwona G
24 January 2013

Tags: peer2peer elearning ESL languages selfdirectedlearning openlearning newcomers

The stakeholders’ contexts:


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.



  • adults (19+)
  • stay-at-home  moms, shift workers, limited or no access to f2f classes
  • located in the city of Winnipeg, in the regions of Manitoba and pre-arrival immigrants headed to the province (different timezones)
  • permanent residents, provincial nominees, Canadian citizens, refugee claimants living in Manitoba
  • varied digital skills from very basic to high users
  • varied language skills from basic to intermediate
  • varied educational and cultural backgrounds
  • approximately 1600 learners registered, 300-400 active every month (unique logins to LMS)
  • pick and choose the content and activities they want to engage in


  • non-profit organization
  • funded 100% by the province of Manitoba
  • not funded to develop content
  • e-learning content developed by 3rd party
  • 2.5 FTE  e-facilitators
  • continuous intake
  • synchronous learning options: drop-in virtual classes offered weekly
  • asynchronous learning options: self-study courses based on interactive modules, weekly tips, discussion board, Twitter, Wiki with self-directed learning strategies
  • blended learning options: 4-week courses (1 synchronous class per week plus a # of self-study activities)
  • e-facilitators respond to queries, guide to resources, deliver synchronous classes, weekly tips, moderate discussion board and feedback on journal reflections
  • custom-built LMS with limited social functionalities; L not able to contact another learner through the LMS





The change you would like to see (challenge)


What do you hope to achieve?






What would be different if you succeed?

  • a toolkit of  instructor-initiated collaborative and engaging peer-to-peer activities to increase learner connectedness
  • a toolkit of peer-initiated activities


Increased L engagement in self-directed learning with EO.



How you might go about bringing that change


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

  • a survey to find out about learner preferences and ideas
  • the Discussion Board inside LMS
  • project-based learning incorporated into the virtual classes
  • social media




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