P2PU (Peer 2 Peer University) is driven by three core values.
Underlying all our work is the understanding that learning is a social activity. We believe that everybody is an expert in something, that sharing and connecting is how we learn best, and that feedback is necessary in order to improve.
P2PU began as a community-centered project, which is reflected across our organization through our volunteer network and governance model. By involving learners and collaborators in all stages of the design and delivery of our work, we foster networks of learners and facilitators, and contribute to the crucial role that informal learning plays in local communities.
Openness enables participation, replication, and accountability. We strive to use openly-licensed learning materials and always share our methodology and resources openly, so that as many people as possible can take leverage our work.
Here's a taste of some other things we've been working on.
Study groups for people who want to take online courses together, in person. Developed in partnership with Chicago Public Library.
Develop your own online course using the methodologies we use at P2PU to build our own web learning communities.
Badges spark feedback between experts and learners about their learning projects. Create and share badges to symbolize these conversations.
An online community dedicating to mix your own songs using the newest tools on the web. Run in partnership with NYU.
An online community designed for teachers, school leaders, and other educators who are interested in encouraging deeper learning in their schools and classrooms. Run in partnership with High Tech High.
Bekka makes the trains at P2PU run on time (or as close to it as possible). A London-dweller by day but a South African in spirit, Bekka is currently finishing up her PhD in Digital Humanities at King's College, and serves as the Coordinator for the Open Coalition.rebamex
Grif keeps a watchful eye over peers and pedagogy at P2PU and is a proud member of the Learning Over Education initiative at the MIT Media Lab. In the past, he worked in investment banking, drove a school bus from London to Mongolia, and lived in Kyrgyzstan.grifpeterson | grifpeterson.com
An Aussie by birth and an attorney by training, Carl has heaps of experience in the open community as the National Copyright Manager for the New South Wales Department of Education and Training in Sydney. He keeps P2PU organized, optimized, spreadsheeted and focused.ender_78
Wizard of 0s and 1s
Though Dirk leads tech at P2PU, everyone on the team can do technical things, which makes him very happy. Dirk is currently traveling through South America and learning Spanish before heading back to his homeland of South Africa. As he nomads about the globe, he’s writing code tutorials, tinkering with Raspberry Pi’s and sharpening his photography-fu.riskycud | thebacklog.net
Co-founder, Director's Fellow MIT Media Lab
Along with a motley crew of edupunks, Philipp co-founded P2PU in 2009 through a Shuttleworth Grant. 5 years later he is still cooking up learning experiences (and mustard) at the MIT Media Lab, and nurturing partnerships for future P2PU projects.schmidtphi | 1l2p.net
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
June is a human-computer interaction researcher at University of Maryland. He bravely collaborates with P2PU on research projects about engagement, motivation and cohorts.ahnjune | ahnjune.com
Project Manager Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
As a board member, Ahrash takes care of staying true to our original values, while pushing us to be more experimental. He is a wise man.
Chair of the Board
As a board member and active community member Delia makes sure things keep running smoothly at P2PU. Next to this she is involved in many of the legal aspects surrounding the organization.
Gunner the Facilitator
It is not without reason that Gunner is our workshop facilitator of choice. He is Executive Director at Aspiration, helping NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change.allengunn
Co-founder, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
As original gang-star par excellence, Neeru didn’t think it was enough to theorize about starting a peer learning platform so she co-founded P2PU and created and organized the‘Behavioral Economics’ pilot course. Neeru has been at the root of P2PU’s success in many ways and now employs her vast experience on the board.
Technical Lead at Talis
When Nadeem is not eloquently luring people at P2PU workshops into letting their emotions about peer learning run freely, he uses his vast experience in programming adds technical perspective to the board.kiyanwang | www.virtualchaos.co.uk/blog/
Executive Director Mozilla Foundation
Mark loves all things open, including wine bars in San Francisco that are still open at 2am. As Mozilla Foundation ED he is leading an army of webmakers to keep the web open. As board member of P2PU he helps Philipp get more done.msurman | commonspace.wordpress.com