How Do You Assess Open Education Resources Peer To Peer Learning In An Online Classroom

When Anna Miller first tried peer to peer learning in K-12, she found it to be an overwhelming experience. Now, the assistant professor at Oregon State University has developed a new method to conduct K-12 curriculum design in a peer to peer learning environment.

What Is Peer To Peer Learning?

Peer to peer learning refers to a unique feature of online classes: It is powered by feedback. People use peers to work at solving problems and consequently learning.

There are a variety of online, collaborative learning environments, from virtual teaching to crowd-sourced video editing. They act as online lab coats and save instructors time, and learners the hassle of organizing.

How Do You Assess It?

The best way to measure peer to peer learning is to ask people directly how it went.

Question yourself if the instructor did a good job, how long it took, and whether or not the course worked for you.

First consider whether this type of class would be useful in an environment where instructors and students don’t know each other. Is the ability to swap resources about the quality of your learning?

If there is a lot of online communication between students, but the instructor is far away, are you stuck using audio and video instead of words? Use your class time to teach and learn together. In this type of learning environment, you should be able to voice your concerns or continue to work on problems together.

A big question is how to appropriately measure things like graded “paperwork” or students willing to revise answers, but also the effects of peer assessment.

Interacting with a teacher can make or break any course.

A typical online class or small group class will engage students and prompt them to think about concepts.

Student to student collaboration will accelerate learning and increase student achievement.

For this issue, think about why you want to assess peer to peer learning. Are you interested in how it’s going for you personally or how it’s going for your students?

You can ask how well your classmates are doing in the online class or ask them what they are struggling with so you can give them tools to resolve the problem.

If you have video of students collaborating on a project, ask your teacher to make sure they can have an active role in how the video is edited. Instructors should ensure there is interest on the part of students, but also participate and submit their own feedback to peers.

If students talk about how much they are learning from each other, don’t ask them to fill out a short survey. It’s valuable to hear their own assessment of themselves and their classmates.

How To Edit a Peer to Peer Classroom Video Together

Create a low enough editing level that they (student participants) are not afraid to take part. The next-level-up editing level will require more time, but it will also enable you to train your student participants in the editing process.

Assess your student’s editing skills on how long they take to edit the video and how they have conversations with each other to hash out solutions to problems they have.

The bottom line? Good problems to resolve are not easy problems. Ask your students questions to start the conversation that encourage mutual learning, including:

How are you sharing information about the project with your classmates? How can I add mine?

What’s our budget/time limit?

As you edit your peer to peer learning video together, be sure to keep these conversations going!

An added bonus? Your peer to peer video will be shared with the entire class as a video clip so students can study and engage.

Maryanne Roller, NYC-based writer, recently upgraded to Gmail Plus, and she doesn’t mess around in her classwork! You can read more of her writing on her award-winning blog VelvetVinylSlim. She was inspired to write this post because many parents still request that her students send them videos via email!

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