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This category collects learning materials and procedural pages in support of a project on Peer Educational Resources (PERs). This project addresses a host of problems that I've observed arising in efforts to develop Open Educational Resources (OERs).

In connection with this idea, I envisioned a way organizing materials that uses the concepts of Focal Nodes and Peer Nodes.

  • Focal nodes serve as hubs for collections of related resources, in particular, activities and articles.
  • Peer nodes are roughly parallel pages on different sites that are not necessarily identical in content — especially as they develop in time through interaction with diverse populations — but they should preserve enough information to reproduce each other, more or less, in case of damage or loss.

I'll try to articulate a more detailed rationale on this and other pages later on, but this project is somewhat more experimental than thoroughly worked out ahead of time — as I'll be looking for new ways to break out of developmental ruts that I've observed over the last decade.

First Readings

Though I don't recall being fully aware of it at the time — we were focused on the issues of integrative education and the potential of "transversities", not the active geometry of the Web — many of these developments were already anticipated in a paper that Susan Awbrey and I wrote for a conference on Re-Organizing Knowledge, Trans-Forming Institutions and later reworked for the journal Organization.

  • Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (May 2001), "Conceptual Barriers to Creating Integrative Universities", Organization : The Interdisciplinary Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society 8(2), Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 269–284. Abstract.
  • Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (September 1999), "Organizations of Learning or Learning Organizations : The Challenge of Creating Integrative Universities for the Next Century", Second International Conference of the Journal Organization , Re-Organizing Knowledge, Trans-Forming Institutions : Knowing, Knowledge, and the University in the 21st Century, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Online.

Jon Awbrey

Peer Nodes

Pages in category "Inquiry"

The following 91 pages are in this category, out of 91 total.