I’m interested in peer to peer learning, or paragogy, so I thought it was time to give the Peer to Peer University a go. It doesn’t yet have very many courses on. I’m pretty busy (aren’t we all) so I didn’t want to just pick anything and give up time to learning something unfamiliar. I was also loathe to pick a topic I knew something about as it might be a waste of time. In the end, I went for the latter, thinking I would surely learn something new. I went for the topic on Content Curation or being a digital curator. I found the emphasis was a little too much on using aggregators to scoop current news, as if curation was like being a ‘flypaper’, just catching what was coming up. I made a brief comment about that and instantly got a reply advising me to use a couple of other more academic tools. Both of these were new to me, so that was good. It had the same feeling as Edgeryders, where people immediately respond to your contributions. I had used a few aggregator tools before but there was a really long list provided, and I thought I’d have a go at Scoop.it to curate a topic on Indigenous Learning. http://www.scoop.it/t/indigenous-learning I wanted to gather links on the Sami people, but also about how other indigenous communities are learning and adapting to ecological change. It was very quick to set up and it kept feeding me news that I could discard or publish. However, the links were too news-based so I followed the peer advice and searched for more academic sources. Because I had a Scoop-it plug-in, I could capture any of those sources to my topic board.
It took me around an hour to do the course and the task. I was quicker than I should have been.
I could go back and interact with other people some more. I will probably try out a couple of other tools suggested and will see if that leads to any more group learning.
It was a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous. I was helped out in the task in real time (at midnight) but I could have done it whenever I wanted.
I certainly learned a lot about aggregator tools, having seen a very long list that I’d never seen before and tried one new one.
Compared to traditional classroom learning, I wasn’t held back by a group but helped to progress by a ‘more able other’. I didn’t have to waste time at all. It was totally efficient.
I don’t really mind missing out on the face to face social contact for a topic such as digital curation. The topic I was actually researching, Indigenous Learning, is something I would really love to study more in-depth and immersively, by visiting the Sami in Finland etc. I’m not attracted to learning about it in a classroom environment. Either I want to be immersed in the web and seeking help from others out there online, or immersed in a culture and a place. The classroom doesn’t really provide either of these immersive possibilities.