The dynamics of open, Peer-to-Peer learning: What factors influence participation in the P2P University?

June Ahn, Cindy Weng, Brian S. Butler

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Abstract

Online learning has matured as a mechanism that can change how we deliver education. Open education resources are proliferating, and institutions are creating massive open online courses (MOOCs). In addition, efforts are underway to develop platforms that allow individuals to create, lead, and participate in their own courses. This bottom-up, peer-to-peer model of education illuminates new dilemmas. For example, open learning environments are heavily dependent on voluntary individual participation, but such participation is difficult to foster. In this paper, we use log data from the Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to explore factors related to active participation in a series of teacher, professional development courses (the P2PU School of Education). We employ learning analytics to identify how features such as course page design and course organizer activity interact with new and returning participants to foster increased participation in open learning groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013
Pages3098-3107
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013 - Wailea, Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2013Jan 10 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityWailea, Maui, HI
Period1/7/131/10/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Ahn, J., Weng, C., & Butler, B. S. (2013). The dynamics of open, Peer-to-Peer learning: What factors influence participation in the P2P University? In Proceedings of the 46th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2013 (pp. 3098-3107). [6480217] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2013.515