Online Learning Update

October 23, 2012

An Online University Reinvents What Learning Online Can Be

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Fast Company

P2PU isn’t just revolutionary because it’s online, it’s revolutionary because it’s reshaping traditional educational models by replacing them with a community of people who are both teachers and students. Ask any college graduate what the most important thing he learned in college was, and it’s unlikely that he’ll refer to facts delivered in the lecture hall. Still, as education increasingly moves online, the lecture remains the traditional method of delivering information–from expert to student, pre-recorded or live–that’s the most common way of digitizing academics. A new online university called P2PU is attempting to take advantage of the openness of the Internet to break away from that model and do something new, creating a community of learners who also teach, code, and shape the direction of the university. On P2PU you’ll find crowdsourced courses in anything from writing to app-development and a community of more than 30,000 registered users (6,000 of whom log on each month) working toward non-credit bearing “badges” instead of degrees.

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