Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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A lovely series of illustrations drawn by cartoonist Lauren R. Weinstein after meeting physicist Danielle Bassett, MacArthur “Genius.”
Smart libraries hold the potential to make Netflix-like content recommendations based on student outcomes or faculty preferences. Selected materials can then be pushed to the appropriate course site via the LMS. By mining their deep collection of content, tomorrow’s libraries will present the most relevant materials to instructors, enabling them to efficiently and effectively search, discover, and select the best sources to help students succeed in their courses. This isn’t science fiction; at the most advanced, competency-based institutions like Capella and Western Governors University, institutional research analysts are already using student engagement trends to develop personalized content recommendations based on a range of content qualities.
The most recent knowledge transfer initiative is the SCI Energy Lab, a peer-learning program designed to create capacity for innovation in the development and implementation of sustainable-energy initiatives. This three-year pilot program involves eight cities from seven countries in North America, Europe and Africa. Through this program, city staff from engineering, planning and sustainability departments have been sharing a variety of approaches to accelerate actions on energy efficiency and renewable energy in their communities and neighborhoods,
In describing the new venture, Cox said Facebook was impressed with the Summit Public Schools’ academic performance and experimentation, particularly its use of teacher-created materials, its avoidance of lecture-based instruction, and its efforts to use technology to help students explore their long-term academic goals and interests.
Facebook assigned a small team of engineers to help Summit improve the personalized-learning system. Yet the platform is operating as a “completely separate” entity from the company and will not require users to have an account through the social-media platform, Cox said.
Peer-to-peer learning is not a new idea; it is just a matter of who is creating the content and who the audience is. #CodeHow is unique in that it involves teens teaching teens about coding. There is no power dynamic affecting the learning process, and students share the status as fellow learners, making learning to code more accessible. For those doing the “teaching,” it is an opportunity to pay it forward and externalize their knowledge, both activities that positively affect learning. For those doing the learning, it has the added benefit of presenting a relatable model of what can be achieved, a “possible self.”