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What we can learn from Self Organized Learning Environments / Sugata Mitra

I downloaded the brochure about SOLE Sugata Mitra’s TED Prize project. It’s relevant to our work at P2PU in a number of ways: The need for facilitators The SOLE model relies on educators to model curiosity, prompt questions, and support the learners through the process. I would love to see how they scale up the […]

P2PU Strategy post / Blog identity crisis

Last week I put up a P2PU Strategy post over at And I’ve increasingly been posting things related to P2PU over there. Which puts this blog into somewhat of an identity crisis, since most of my work and writing is P2PU related these days. Ok, I admit it. I’m also writing this here to […]

Learning Like the Web

Illich wrote of learning webs that provide access to people, materials and tools to support interest-driven learning. Open source software communities have demonstrated how self-organized communities of practice can function as learning webs online. I just spent two days with some of the leading people in the MOOC space. There was much agreement about what […]

Analytics and The Art of Learning

I posted a long piece about analytics and the (lost) art of learning over on the P2PU blog. It is quite a personal reflection and made me think about my own personal journey, and the influence my parents’ have had on the way I think. I had originally considered posting it here, rather than the […]

Good tools make you smile

I recently downloaded Sketch, an inexpensive vector drawing tool for OSX. I was actually hoping for a pixel / photo editing tool that could replace Seashore, which is free and I appreciate the fact that it exists, but also regularly drives me crazy. So much for careful product review before purchasing. Good news however: Sketch turns […]

The great ideas in edtech are old. And that’s an opportunity.

I’ve been participating in the edtech reading group here at MIT, which brings together people from the Media Lab and CSAIL (Computer Science and Artifical Intelligence Lab). We have mainly looked at technology as a way to increase quality, efficiency, or measurability of learning – similar to a lot of the discussion in the education / […]

How children (and everyone else) succeed

Paul Tough’s recent book “How Children Succeed” weaves together a broad body of research with stories of students, teachers, and principals to propose that there is hope for improving the disaster that is education in low-income communities. I am mostly convinced, but have been thinking a lot about the implications of his findings on my […]

How to get a Shuttleworth fellowship

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the Shuttleworth fellowship is gold-dust for people interested in starting a venture at the cross-section of technology, learning, and “open”. Word seems to have gotten around and I frequently get asked for advice on how to apply, what “they” are looking for, and any other tips. […]

Let’s make badges not stink

There is a lot of noise about badges at the moment with opinions ranging from “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges” to “badges will lead to global peace.” I have been one of the original instigators (PDF) of the badges for learning movement (is it really a movement?), but my favorite session at the recent DML […]

Some going-ons at P2PU during the last few months

For those who’ve been here before you know that I have been fortunate to hold a Shuttleworth Fellowship. One of the (very reasonable) expectations to fellows is to share progress on a quarterly basis. I like to use these occasions to step back and reflect but I’m on the conference circuit (went from DML straight […]