Observations from the Peeragogy project – We used a strategy of “open enrollment.” New people were welcome to join the project at any time. We also encouraged people to either stay involved or withdraw; several times over the first year, we required participants to explicitly reaffirm interest in order to stay registered in the forum and mailing list.
Setting the initial challenge and building a framework for accountability among participants is an important starting point.
8 weeks + 4 for working
Activity – Come up with a plan for your work and an agreement, or informal contract, for your group. You can use the suggestions in this guide as a starting point, but your first task is to revise the plan to suit your needs. It might be helpful to ask: What are you interested in learning? What is your primary intended outcome? What problem do you hope to solve? How collaborative does your project need to be? How will the participants’ expertise in the topic vary? What sort of support will you and other participants require? What problems won’t you solve?
Not so obvious to invent something that really works
Want to build the university that gives the infrastructure to make it actually possible to conduct Open Research
Joe CTechnology – Familiarize yourself with the collaboration tools you intend to use (e.g. WordPress, Git and LaTeX, YouTube, GIMP, a public wiki, a private forum, or something else) and create a first post, edit, or video introducing yourself and your project(s) to others in the worldwide peeragogy community.
Tech: Next steps
Dorotea's drafts / notes onto Github
LaTeXML and SkelML to publish to web pages
Place to gather - installing a WP multisite (Accelerator 2.0 / Peeragogy Labs? / Libre University 1.0)
Show that we're experienced in the subject, show that we have some value to offer... e.g. consultancy, mentorship, sustainability
Joe CSuggested Resources – The Peeragogy Handbook, parts I (‘Introduction’) and II (‘Peer Learning’). You may also want to work through a short lesson called Implementing Paragogy, from the early days before the Peeragogy project was convened. For a succinct theoretical treatment, please refer to our literature review, which we have adapted into a Wikipedia page.
Further Reading – Boud, D. and Lee, A. (2005). ‘Peer learning’ as pedagogic discourse for research education. Studies in Higher Education, 30(5):501–516.
Observations from the Peeragogy project – We had a fairly weak project structure at the outset, which yielded mixed results. One participant said: “I definitely think I do better when presented with a framework or scaffold to use for participation or content development.” Yet the same person wrote with enthusiasm about models of entrepreneurship, saying she was “freed of the requirement or need for an entrepreneurial visionary.”
I think we need to have some kind of plans for development... which we can just start working on here. For example these could include things like: moving from badges to certificates to degrees ; also some goals about the specific kinds of content we'd like to deal with. (Motivated mostly by what we want to work on!) Right now I'm feeling motivated by this quote:
Jim Pitman, statistician at UC Berkeley, May 2014:
"It is clear that the metadata map of mathematics is going to be more or less fully open for exploration within a year or two. Any good data wrangler with enough computational power in the UK could make some rough version of it legally available as Open Data within a month due to the new UK law on data mining. Lets get on with it! Show us some cool open source data visualization tools. Show us some serious maps of mathematics, some recommender services, some methods of efficiently deduplicating and merging overlapping bibliographic metadata sets from various sources."
If that's true then a lot is going to change, I think -- I was inspired to work in this direction in 2003 (see ), and haven't made a lot of progress on my own yet! If someone can make a map within a month, I'd be surprised. But maybe in a year or two, it's possible.
But if we can make a data-based map of mathematics, then maybe we can do it with other fields too. This is what I was saying about "logistics" above, for example.