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You're Invited! Howard Rheingold's Peeragogy Project Welcomes Co-Learners

Howard Rheingold, legendary author of Smart Mobs and the forthcoming NetSmart (MIT Press, March 2012) doesn't "teach" at Stanford and Berkeley.  He "colearns" and not just with students there but with anyone who wants to participate.  And that means us.  He has extended an open invitation to be part of his "Peeragogy Project."


What he is up to this semester is a collaborative, open peeragogy handbook--a wiki-based collaborative project where anyone who joins in can contribute bibliography, ideas, examples, and other content to an open resource to guide others in the fine art of peer-to-peer teaching.  As Howard notes:  "In preparation for this project, I've asked a talented student to put together a peeragogy literature review, based on my unorganized collection of links about paragogy. Here is a proposed initial outline for the source book. And here is my post for dmlcentral "Toward Peeragogy."


And this is open to anyone in the HASTAC community too, Howard says:   "The wiki is open and anyone who wants to join the project is advised to contact me; I register people to read and write in the forums and write to the wiki. I've found that to be a very simple and so far effective filter. Everyone who has requested participation has turned out to be the kind of person I'd like to participate." 


I love that.  It seems to me to be the very best model of participation in its feedback loop:    The kind of person likely to make the effort to participate is the kind of person one wants to participate.  Perfect metaphor for the best kind of collaborative, connected, participatory learning.

If you are interested, you can contact Howard Rheingold in several different ways via social media:

Howard Rheingold <---Rheingold U!




Cathy N. Davidson is co-founder of HASTAC, and author of The Future of Thinking:  Learning Institutions for a Digital Age (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg), and  Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking Press). She is co-PI on the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions.   NOTE:  The views expressed in Cat in the Stack blogs and in NOW YOU SEE IT are solely those of the author and not of HASTAC, nor of any institution or organization. Davidson also writes on her own author blog, .

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It's great to see this experiment in open learning. I was able to attend Rheingold's lecture a few weeks back at the UC-Berkeley iSchool where he outlined his vision for peeragogy. Rheingold mentioned that opencourseware is great for procedural knowledge (e.g. programming), but more abstract learning requires an interactive community. This model pushes forward the potential of open learning projects, and I can't think of a better leader for this than Rheingold.