Submitted Workshop OER14 Proposal: Help Design the Peeragogy Accelerator

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UPDATE 1 | 26 Dec 2013

UPDATE 2 | 26 Jan 2014

Joe Corneli and I submitted a workshop proposal to OER14 titled: “Help Design the Peeragogy Accelerator”. Check out the abstract below, and let us know if you have any feedback or if you’d like to attend!

Abstract for Twitter (140 chars max)
  • Peeragogy Handbook editors will help participants collaboratively accelerate their OER work by leveraging peer learning.
Rationale
  • Editors of the Peeragogy Handbook will lead this workshop, giving participants an opportunity to uncover what they want to learn or achieve within the world of OER.  We aim to help participants improve the efficiency of their learning processes by leveragingthe work of peers. We bring years of experience with projects like the Peeragogy handbook, PlanetMath, Collaborative Lesson Planning, and The Uncertainty Principle and other case studies of “peeragogy in action”. We will briefly present a range of examples, but the focus of the workshop will be on garnering insights of participants, to help specify the problems they are working on in their individual OER projects — both thematic problems like “generating revenue” and “student participation”, as well as more context-specific issues.
Content
  • We will share a set of five principles for effective peer learning that have been explored in practice (see references), as well as a catalog of patterns for peer learning, which serves as a robust method for doing “emergent design”.  Participants will use these design techniques to build a real, functioning, accelerator programme that will operate in a distributed  fashion during the next year. Participants will be able to repeat this activity with their own local communities. We want to be open about the risks involved in building a spontaneous and emergent process – we have had good results in the past, but there are always obstacles, and part of the purpose of this exercise is to understand the current set of obstacles that participants face in their own work.
Delivery Methods
  • The workshop will give participants  the opportunity to reflect clearly on their own educational projects and provide them with an opportunity to figure out how different projects can come together in a way that improves everybody’s work. Outline (90 minute time slot):
  1. 05 Minutes - for technical setup and quick introductions
  2. 10 Minutes – Overview of Peeragogy
  3. 05 Minutes – Attendees complete questionnaire on an Etherpad, providing background their own project and goals
  4. 20 Minutes – Organize attendees into groups of 3 or more, each discussing their project goals with one another and looking for more information on what could achieved in a collaboration
  5. 20 Minutes – Change groups again, repeat the process of looking for connections (first 5 minutes of this section will discuss successes and failures of the previous section)
  6. 20 Minutes – Individuals “report back” what they discovered in their small groups and if they have new ideas for collaboration.  (What could they bring to a Peer Learning Accelerator?  What would they want to get?)
  7. 10 Minutes – Wind down, determine specific action steps for individual groups to move forward on and how to re-incorporate their findings back into the accelerator (e.g. a Peeragogy Google+ working group, or a co-created Collaborative Exploration to deepen the themes that have been raised in the workshop)
References

UPDATE 1 (26 Dec. 2013) OUTCOME

In late December, Joe and I learned our workshop abstract had been accepted. Below are our 3 reviews.

Reviewer 1. OER practitioners rarely have this kind of opportunity to
interact in a hands-on, face-to-face environment with their peers.
Although it is not clear from the proposal what format the
“Accelerator” itself will ultimately take, the workshop itself will
provide a valuable opportunity for individuals from different projects
to learn about each other’s work and build much-needed, potentially
lasting synergies. Moreover should the Accelerator work as proposed,
it will be a valuable contribution to the OER community. The
opportunity for community contribution to this work-in-progress could
ensure its success.

Reviewer 2. A very clearly outlined and engaging workshop that will
have wide appeal to the conference community for whom the majority are involved in OER projects. I like how there will be useful workshop
outputs in the form of survey data and accelerator captures for
participants to collaborate on and for the wider OER community to
access. There were one or two minor words missing in the descriptors
so a further proofing would be advised.

Reviewer 3. Potentially useful workshop. Might be useful if attendees
prepared a little beforehand to focus on goals and understand the
principle bette[r].

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UPDATE 2 (26 Jan. 2014) ABSTRACT SUBMISSION UPDATED

In light of the reviews above, the conference oranizing team kindly gave us the chance to edit our abstract, which we did on this Google Doc and which is re-pasted below:

Abstract for Twitter (140 chars max)

http://peeragogy.org editors will help participants accelerate their OER work by leveraging peer learning.

Rationale

Editors of the Peeragogy Handbook will lead this workshop, giving participants an opportunity to uncover what they want to learn or achieve within the world of OER.  We aim to help participants improve the efficacy of their learning processes by leveraging the work of peers. We bring years of experience with projects like the Peeragogy Handbook, PlanetMath, Collaborative Lesson Planning, and The Uncertainty Principle and other case studies featuring “peeragogy in action”. We will briefly present a range of examples, but the focus of the workshop will be on garnering insights of participants, to help specify the problems they are working on in their individual OER projects — both thematic problems like “generating revenue” and “student participation”, as well as more context-specific issues.

Content

We will share a set of five principles for effective peer learning that have been explored in practice (developed in our early papers, available on paragogy.net), as well as a catalog of design patterns for peer produced peer learning (developed with the many co-authors of the Peeragogy Handbook, available on peeragogy.org). Participants will use these design techniques to help build a real, functioning, globally distributed Peeragogy Accelerator. In the accelerator, projects with a focus on peer learning and collaborative working will join forces to help each other achieve their goals. Participants will be able to repeat this activity and build local accelerators in their own communities.

Delivery Methods

The workshop will give participants  the opportunity to reflect clearly on their own educational projects and provide them with an opportunity to figure out how different projects can come together in a way that improves everybody’s work. Outline (90 minute time slot):

  1. Before Conference – Recommended reading: http://is.gd/PeeragogyAccelerator

  2. 05 Minutes – For technical setup and quick introductions

  3. 10 Minutes – Overview of Peeragogy

  4. 05 Minutes – Attendees complete questionnaire on an Etherpad, providing background their own project and goals

  5. 20 Minutes – Organize attendees into groups of 3 or more, each discussing their project goals with one another and looking for more information on what could be achieved in a collaboration

  6. 20 Minutes – Change groups again, repeat the process of looking for connections (first 5 minutes of this section will discuss successes and failures of the previous section)

  7. 20 Minutes – Individuals “report back” what they discovered in their small groups.  Questions to address:  (a) What could they bring to a Peer Learning Accelerator?  (b) What would they want to get?

  8. 10 Minutes – Wind down, determine specific action steps for individual groups to move forward with (e.g. a Peeragogy Google+ working group, or a co-created Collaborative Exploration to deepen the themes that have been raised in the workshop)

References

  • Corneli, Danoff, Keune, Lyons, Peeragogy in Action, in The Open Book, The Finnish Institute, London, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-9570776-3-8 http://theopenbook.org.uk

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