Check out this exciting new venture from Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Future of Higher Education!
The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities.
“Half a year ago we teamed up with Anya Kamenetz to bring a social wrapper to her book, The Edupunk’s Guide to a DIY Credential. We created a study group on P2PU and amazing things happened. We realized we wanted this kind of support to be available to learners anytime, anywhere. We also wanted to help people through the first big step into the world of DIY education – making a personal learning plan.
We took our experience with the study group and transformed it into a project based challenge on P2PU. Independent learners can sign up at anytime, work through the steps at their own pace and receive support along the way. People feeling more experienced in their learning journeys are encouraged to join as a mentor!
Why does building a personal learning plan matter? As more and more people are taking advantage of the access they have to information and social networks, their ability to use it towards continuing their education greatly increases. Being able to structure dispersed learning bolsters the ability to get recognition for it.
Anyone can take their dream and build a plan to make it a reality, whether it’s learning how to become a working class activist, a steampunk engineer, fluent in ancient languages, a better project manager, brushing up on dusty skills or making a radical decision to drop out and strike forth on your own..