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ERIC Number: EJ993597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-18
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In This Online University, Students Do the Teaching as Well as the Learning
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, Jun 2012
As free online courses draw students to star professors at prestigious colleges, Peer 2 Peer University asks whether instructors are needed at all. This article features Peer 2 Peer University, a three-year-old online institution where students learn together, at no charge, using materials found on the Web. The unusual institution, where anyone with a passion for a topic can set up a course, is experimenting with ways that students can navigate together through open courseware that's free on the Web. In the process, the project is stimulating discussion in open-education circles about the evolving roles of peers and professors in the growing number of free online courses. Much of P2PU's traffic comes from word of mouth; the providers attracting most of the attention in the open-course world are the big-name universities offering massive open online courses, or MOOC's.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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