Peeragogy Handbook V1.0/How to get involved

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This page is for people who want to help develop/improve this handbook.


Illustrations by Amanda Lyons.

Hello and welcome![edit]

The peeragogy project was kicked off around the time of Howard Rheingold’s January 23, 2012 Regents Lecture at UC Berkeley on Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy. We have put together a handbook about peer learning: you're reading it -- maybe on [website], or in your hammock with the beverage of your choice and our print on demand paperback. Or maybe you grabbed our free PDF or some other remixed version in some other format or flavor from some other place (which would be cool!).

But: there’s still more work to be done. We created this page because you might be interested in getting involved in improving the book or furthering the project in other ways. If so, we’re happy to have you aboard!

What you do here is largely up to you.

The goal we have in mind for our book is for it be a useful guide to peer learning! To achieve that goal we have in mind multiple opportunities for peers to contribute:

  • We're particularly interested in case studies about Peeragogy in Action!
  • Organize a team to tackle a larger section or topic.
  • Make a video (like these on our YouTube Channel),
  • Take notes of live meetings, or grow concept maps,
  • Organize a newsletter for your group or the whole team,
  • Add general purpose bookmarks or post comments and editorial notes about peeragogy.org in this one; and
  • Discuss peer learning matters and this handbook informally with us and with others!

We regularly use Google+, Google Hangouts, forums, and email to communicate asynchronously and pretty much continuously. We also meet irregularly as a group for synchronous audio-video sessions. Further details about all these methods of communication can be found below.

In short: here's how it works:


Summary: Ways we Communicate[edit]

FORUMS AND WIKI - The project got started in the Social Media Classroom hosted by Howard at Howard Rheingold University. To use this resource, you'll need to contact Howard via the email address above, and he'll create a login for you. This system is asynchronous (you can participate whenever you'd like). There are lots of old conversations in the forums that you can read to see how the community of peeragogy handbook creators formed -- and you can add your own voice. You'll find extended discussions of issues and decisions raised in live sessions.

GOOGLE+ COMMUNITY - We created the "Peeragogy in Action" community as a place to gather stories about how people are applying peeragogy techniques. We're also using it to coordinate work on the Peeragogy Project itself. Feel free to join us!

LIVE SESSIONS - We meet synchronously at agreed-upon times, using audio, video, text chat, slides, screen-sharing. For groups of ten or more, we use Blackboard Collaborate, for which Howard has a 50-seat-at-a-time license. These sessions are recorded. For information about scheduling, and recordings, see the forum topic. Participation requires a fairly fast (broadband) Internet connection, a microphone or headset, and (if you wish), a webcam. For groups of ten or smaller (usually for project teams), we use Google+ Hangouts. Individual teams do their own scheduling.

TWITTER LIST - Follow @Peeragogy & to get added to the Peeragogy Twitter list please post your Twitter name here. Stephanie Schipper will then add you.

TWITTER HASHTAG: #peeragogy We even have a FACEBOOK PAGE. questions_1000

Questions?[edit]

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