P2PU - A lab for open social learning, beyond the Harvard circle, Author: Philipp Schmidt | Agile Learning | Scoop.it

I'm intrigued!  This could be the non-exclusive people's community version of Harvard's innovation community.


Excerpt:  How P2PU could become a social learning lab - for massive experimentation?  (Question from the blog author, Phillip Schmidt, to the HASTAC community.)


Besides giving an elite university a lot of cash, how can we foster more innovation in learning and teaching in ways that will affect more people?


How could we make this a lab that you would want to use?


P2PU started as a place that encouraged serendipitous experiences. ...We offer a more robust (release version) of the platform for those who care less about experimentation and just want an easy to use platform for social learning.


Original post -> http://sharing-nicely.net/2011/10/open-learning-lab/


There isn’t really an open lab for learning innovation – and that P2PU could be it.


>if we could model ourselves as a research institute. There would be heaps of experimentation and research, some of it driven by us and some driven by partners who want to work with us, and each year we would publish a string of short reports about what we are learning.


> we could connect it to an annual conference with great speakers from the P2PU community who share the results of their work, and suggested that corporations would be willing to pay substantive amounts of money for this knowledge.


Which brings me to the term “lab”. It’s a term that means different things to different people. And when I explained that it was a mechanism to support experimentation and research, they would ask if it was “kind of like a lab.” And that’s exactly what it would it be like.


Supported by a platform that is extendable, hackable, malleable and customizable – We need a sandbox.  But the sandbox is not the important piece here, it’s a means to an end (or a journey rather).


P2PU would be run by a community that is passionate about peer learning and openness, and thrives on experimentation.