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Peer 2 Peer University

This – Peer 2 Peer University – is one of those concepts that I would love to strongly endorse as a step in a different direction from traditional universities. It reflects much of what I write about on this site (parts of the proposed document read very much like my post on content, conversation, and accreditation). Yet, as I reviewed the site, I find myself in disagreement with certain elements. I like the approach of openness (it’s hard to argue otherwise, especially in education where we can open doors to more hopeful futures simply through providing access to learning opportunities). I like the view of shorter courses. I like the grassroots “we had a good idea and did something about it” approach. I also like the participatory design of learning.
What do I disagree with? I disagree with the notion of “sense makers”. We make sense personally. No one makes sense for us. I’m also somewhat unsure of the formality of this approach. It bears within it too much of the existing university model. Why centralize things? The only thing we really need to centralize is the accreditation (i.e. open accreditation). Who really cares where or how people “got their learning”? Use existing networks of learning opportunities. This is P2P University administered through centralized models (which, then means, it’s not really P2P). I love the concept. I like the vision. I don’t like the execution. It’s foreplay when we need consummation.

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  1. Hey George:

    Thanks for the post, the nice words, and the critical ones. Would you be interested in helping us make the execution of the project more similar to its vision?

    What you refer to as the centralised model is only one option we want to provide for those that are looking for such an option – we are very much trying to make the boundaries permeable, to allow linking to learning and accreditation outside of such a central place.

    And, of course you are right about having been quite an influence on our thinking. Thank you for that!

    Best – P

    Monday, October 27, 2008 at 3:41 am | Permalink

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