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Paragogy in a nutshell

We have five principles, with which we endeavor to both describe the phenomenon of effective peer learning, and to prescribe key aspects of its best practice. These principles were conceived by turning Malcolm Knowles principles of adult education ("andragogy") by 90 degrees. In other words, we are looking at learning scenarios in which the standard assumptions about teaching and learning don't apply in a straightforward way. This typically includes learning in peer production environments, like the learning that takes place on mailing lists devoted to free software. Here are the five principles as they stand today. You can read more about them in the papers, and book, linked to below.

  1. Changing context as a decentered center.
  2. Meta-learning as a font of knowledge.
  3. Peers provide feedback that wouldn’t be there otherwise.
  4. Paragogy is distributed and nonlinear.
  5. Realize the dream if you can, then wake up!

Current Projects:

Peeragogy Handbook

We've been working with the Peeragogy project on a handbook for peer learners. (The Peeragogy project was initiated in January 2012 by Howard Rheingold, and was inspired in part by Joe & Charlie's work here on, as noted in Howard's DML Central article "Toward Peeragogy".)

Version 1 of the book:

Version 2 of the book:

Translation Teams

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Italian: Active

Português (pt-Brazilian): Inactive

How can I get involved in translation process

For now, the easiest way would be to post in the Peeragogy Google+ community to express interest, and we'll take it from there. You can also fork the handbook on Github.

SOLE Out of the Box

In SOLE Out of the Box, we describe a strategy to create a self sufficient learning environment, a type of distributed ‘makerspace.’

Peeragogy Patterns

We're revising the Design Patterns collected in the Peeragogy project using a consistent template, hopefully making it easier to use the patterns and add new ones.





Other stuff

Recommended Reading

Our Zotero library contains a fairly expansive collection of references; some of our favorites are below:

  • Schmidt, J. P. (2009). Commons-Based Peer Production and education. Free Culture Research Workshop Harvard University, 23 October 2009.
  • Boud, D. and Lee, A. (2005). ‘Peer learning’ as pedagogic discourse for research education. Studies in Higher Education, 30(5):501–516.
  • Lisewski, B., and P. Joyce (2003). Examining the Five Stage e-Moderating Model: Designed and Emergent Practice in the Learning Technology Profession, Association for Learning Technology Journal, 11, 55-66.
  • Bruffee, Kenneth A. (1984). "Collaborative learning and the conversation of mankind." College English 46.7, 635-652.
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