Peer-to-Peer Pedagogy (P3) Workshop

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Peer-to-Peer Pedagogy (P3) Workshop
September 10, 2010

Duke University
John Hope Franklin Center
2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC
Presented by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) with generous support from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub

Morning Session
Peer-to-Peer Learning UnPanel with Distinguished Guests

Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University
Welcome and opening remarks
Cathy N. Davidson, Co-founder, HASTAC and Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Co-director, HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition

Introduction of HASTAC Scholars
Fiona Barnett, Director of HASTAC Scholars Program

Panelist introductions by three HASTAC Scholar-Mentors*
*Each of these HASTAC Scholar-Mentors conducted interviews with one of the panelists. To read these interviews, please visit .

Peer-to-Peer Learning UnPanel

  • Credentialing & Peer-to-Peer Learning
Nils S. Peterson, Assistant Director of the Office of Assessment and Innovation at Washington State University

Nils Peterson will examine how open communities of peers can and do provide feedback to, and credentialing for, learners, and will consider how this can be brought back inside the traditional University. During the presentation, audience members will provide live feedback & assessment via an online form at with results being displayed in a real-time tag cloud at . A question and answer session will follow.

  • Assessment & Digital Media Learning
David Gibson, Associate Research Professor of Education at Arizona State University
David Gibson will address new possibilities and computational frameworks for assessment stemming from evidence centered design theory, consider the traditional decisions and dilemmas of assessment, and explore the affordances of immersive digital media learning environments. Examples of tools for analysis will include dynamical systems modeling, evolutionary programming, connectionist networks and GIS mapping. A question and answer session will follow.

  • Ethics of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
Anne Balsamo, Director of the Interactive Media Co-Design Lab, Professor of Interactive Media at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and Professor of Communication at Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California

Anne Balsamo will explore the question of the ethics of cross-disciplinary collaboration. She will guide the audience through the process of creating a collaborative tag cloud based on individually produced keywords. The purpose is to demonstrate the process of collective "tagging" and to reflect on the knowledge that is created (or left out) through such digital exercises. A question and answer session will follow.

Lunch Break
OnlyBurger, John Hope Franklin Center Parking Lot

Afternoon Session
Peer-to-Peer Learning Unconference
Room 240 & Breakout Rooms (see map), John Hope Franklin Center

Introduction and outline of process
Ruby SInreich, Director of New Media Strategies, HASTAC

"The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal:
· From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment ‘new idea’ that would be fun to talk about.
· From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new."


For more information regarding unconferences:


Participant pitches Unconference sessions are created by the participants in real time. In advance of today’s workshop, HASTAC Scholars and our distinguished panelists have suggested many possible topics for discussion at . Proposed sessions may include or build on many of these ideas, but are in no way limited to them.

Session organization
Determination of sessions, assignment of rooms, etc.

Unconference Session 1
Please consult the “Grid” and building map to determine the location of your session.

Refreshments served in hallway outside of Room 240

Unconference Session 2
Please consult the “Grid” and building map to determine the location of your session.

Closing session
Room 240
All unconference participants will reconvene in Room 240 to report back to the larger group the activities/discussions held within the various sessions. If possible, please post session minutes, notes, comments, etc. on the P3 wiki at

Closing reception


Anne Balsamo
Anne Balsamo's work focuses on the relationship between the culture and technology. This focus informs her practice as a teacher, scholar, researcher, new media designer, and entrepreneur. Balsamo teaches courses in culture and technology, the cultures of new media, design across the disciplines, and public interactives. She recently completed a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to investigate the future of libraries and museums as mixed-reality learning sites. This research inform the development of an edited volume called: "Ways of the Hand: Tinkering in a Digital Age" that includes an interactive map of DIY culture. Her forthcoming transmedia book project, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work, will be published by Duke University Press in Spring 2011. For more information about her previous projects and the forthcoming book:

Cathy Davidson
Cathy N. Davidson has published some twenty books and is the co-founder (with David Theo Goldberg) of HASTAC (pronounced “haystack,” Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). Dr. Davidson has been teaching and researching the open web and technology for many years. Her blog, "How to Crowdsource Grading," published last year, took the academic world by storm. Her undergraduate class, "This Is Your Brain on the Internet" used the tenets of this blog‑‑grading was by contract. People were curious and furious, and some were encouraged. Along with David Theo Goldberg, she is the author of The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age. Her Now You See It: The Science of Attention in the Classroom, at Work, and Everywhere Else will be published by Viking Press in Fall 2011. Dr. Davidson also chairs Duke University's Digital Futures Task Force, whose university-wide open access policy was unanimously accepted by Duke's Academic Council last spring.

David Gibson

David Gibson is Associate Research Professor of Education at Arizona State University and directs the Continuous Improvement efforts of the Equity Alliance ( ). Dr. Gibson’s research and publications include work on complex systems, modeling of educational processes, the future of learning, using technology to personalize education, and the potential for games and simulation-based learning. He founded The Global Challenge Award ( ), a team and project-based learning and scholarship program for high school students that engages small teams in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to solve global problems. He is creator of simSchool ( ), a classroom flight simulator for training teachers, and the eFolio ( ) online performance assessment system. His business, CURVESHIFT ( ) is an educational technology company that assists in the acquisition, implementation and continuing design of games and simulations, e-portfolio systems, data-driven decision making tools, and emerging technologies.

Nils S. Peterson

Nils S. Peterson ( ) is Assistant Director of the Office of Assessment and Innovation at Washington State University and a founding member and 2009-10 Board Chair of Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, a public charter school in Moscow, Idaho using the Expeditionary Learning model ( ). He has 25 years of experience implementing technologies for teaching and learning. Recently, Peterson and colleagues at WSU have been working on questions related to credentialing peer-to-peer learning—including the Harvesting Gradebook ( )—its impact on faculty roles and implications for organizing the University and peer-to-peer pedagogies beyond the university. He collaborates in the Community Learning blog ( ).

HASTAC Scholar-Mentors @ P3:
· Ana Boa-Ventura, University of Texas
· Dixie Ching, New York University
· Bridget Draxler, University of Iowa
· Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, University of Florida
· John Jones, University of Texas
· Amanda Phillips, University of California - Santa Barbara
· Margaret Rhee, University of California - Berkeley
· Jentery Sayers, University of Washington
· Kim Singletary, Northwestern University
· Michael Widner, University of Texas

HASTAC Staff @ P3:
· Fiona Barnett, Director of the HASTAC Scholars
· Mandy Dailey, Senior Program Manager (919 599-0144 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 919 599-0144 end_of_the_skype_highlighting)
· Nancy Kimberly, Program Manager (919 450-5794 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 919 450-5794 end_of_the_skype_highlighting)
· Sheryl Grant, Director of Social Networking
· Ruby Sinreich, Director of New Media Strategies (919 883-5224 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 919 883-5224 end_of_the_skype_highlighting)
· Anna Rose Beck, Intern

About Your Hosts

Founded in 2002, HASTAC ("haystack") is a free, voluntary network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities. Dedicated to new media, critical thinking and participatory learning, HASTAC believes the digital era provides rich opportunities for informal and formal learning and for collaborative, networked research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the "two cultures" of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders.

HASTAC administers the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Competition --an annual effort designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. The infrastructure for HASTAC has been largely provided by the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies and the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute . More information is at .

HASTAC Scholars
The HASTAC Scholars program is comprised of over 165 graduate and undergraduate students from all over the world who are engaged with innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media & learning, 21st century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Scholars blog, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. For more information and to see Scholars discussion forums, please see the HASTAC Scholars website ( )

Supported by
Digital Media and Learning Research Hub
Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of its Digital Media and Learning portfolio, the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub is a major initiative of the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Both the UC-wide Humanities Research Institute and the Research Hub are based at the UC Irvine campus.

The MacArthur Foundation launched its five-year Digital Media and Learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way people, especially young people, learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations.

With special thanks to
John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Duke University
The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies is a unique consortium of programs committed to revitalizing notions of how knowledge is gained and exchanged. Participants from a broad range of disciplines converge to explore intellectual issues, including some of the most pressing social and political themes of our time: race and race relations, the legacy of the African-American experience, equality and opportunity among diverse populations, the implications of accelerated globalization. At its core, the Center claims an intrepid and daring mission: to bring together humanists and those involved in the social sciences in a setting that inspires vigorous scholarship and imaginative alliances. In this way, historians, artists, literary scholars, and philosophers contribute to a rich understanding of moral and ethical issues like the question "who can do my homework?".

Inspired by the example of John Hope Franklin--Duke professor emeritus, historian, intellectual leader, and lifelong civil rights activist--the Franklin Center embraces a creative cross-pollination of ideas, perspectives, and methodologies. Using such sophisticated resources as multimedia and high-speed videoconferencing, the Franklin Center employees advanced technologies not only as a means to an end, but as objects of critical inquiry themselves. These striking new directions in higher education require the marriage of philosophical imagination and pragmatic design.

John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University
The mission of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University is to encourage and enable serious humanistic inquiry, and to promote a heightened awareness of the centrality of the humanities to the quality of human life, social interaction, and scholarship in all fields. To these ends, we emphasize a broad conception of interdisciplinarity – one that encompasses all methods and approaches, and which acknowledges the importance of the core humanities disciplines – as well as scholarly work that examines issues of social equity, especially research on race and ethnicity in their most profound historical and international dimensions. In this ambitious mission, we are inspired by the late John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History.
Founded in 1999, the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) is built on a fundamentally collaborative model fitting Duke’s emphasis on facilitating interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. FHI’s new **Humanities Laboratories** initiative aims to contribute to Duke's research and pedagogical missions by convening groups of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates around discipline-crossing projects, in spaces designed specifically to facilitate collaborative work. Complementing our historic strengths in supporting faculty and graduate scholarship, the Labs invite undergraduates to participate as researchers themselves, helping to define emerging and future areas of humanistic inquiry. The inaugural Humanities Laboratory will be the **Haiti Lab** , which coalesced in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake with the goal of merging research, education, and practical applications of innovative thinking for Haiti's disaster recovery and for the expansion of Haitian studies in the U.S. and Haiti.

Supported by a grant
from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub:

With special thanks to