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Course Design Orientation

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Course organiser: Alison Jean Cole
About the Course Organiser: 

The Orientation is a community driven project. The Course Design Handbook is the distillation of community and expert wisdom. What's my role? To facilitate discussions around course design topics and organize meetings between experts and you!

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Want to create a course with P2PU? The P2PU Course Designer's Orientation is the best place to start!


The Orientation is always running. Sign-up to join the conversations!

The P2PU Course Organizers' Orientation aims to introduce new organizers to the practice of online facilitation for open social groups and to provide support while they build a new course.

The is a community driven resource and our primary reference during the orientation. Each week we will hold a meeting with experts in the field or Q&A's with previous course organizers.


Most aspects of course design will be discussed in the forums. Some community members will offer seminars regarding elements of course design (see syllabus below). Because of various timezones, not all seminars will suit everyone's needs. Don't worry, seminar notes will be shared back in the forums!

If you are enthusiastic OSQA systems, you may also take questions to the larger community on

Learning objectives

The goal of the orientation is to let P2PU future course facilitators ... 

  • experience open social learning (like a P2PU course) first-hand to know what it feels like for participants in your course. 
  • develop the ability to differentiate P2PU from formal online teaching
  • become acquainted with the different features of the P2PU website 
  • design their own course on a topic of their choice and upload their session content to the website
  • experience the use of different synchronous/asynchronous platforms and how to use them in their own sessions
  • provide review and feedback for each other to revise and refine the syllabi for their P2PU sessions



I am planning to sign up for

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Patrice Kaufman
Mon, 2011-01-03 14:29

I am planning to sign up for the Orientation. I am working on my Course Draft and plan to complete it and then sign up for the Orientation. I use email and can skype. I've participated in online webinar type courses as a student. This will be my first time leading a course with P2PU.

Hi, My name is Ryan Wold, and

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Ryan Wold
Sun, 2011-01-09 06:56

Hi, My name is Ryan Wold, and I'm preparing my first P2PU course (and first of any course). I'm available by email, chat, and can do Skype, IRC, or other channels.

The course draft for Transparency 101 for Citizens is here:

I look forward to learning and sharing with others very soon.

Hola. My name's Daniel Canet

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Daniel Canet
Sun, 2011-01-09 23:48


My name's Daniel Canet and I'm preparing a course about Drupal theming and development.

I'm available by email, chat, IRC, skype ( dcanetma ), and tokbox.

Still working on the course syllabus.

Hola too :) I'm Enric, I'm

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Enric Senabre Hid...
Mon, 2011-01-10 00:33

Hola too :)

I'm Enric, I'm preparing a (first for me too) course in P2P around MediaWiki and looking forward to start here and there:

I'm esenabre in skype and Twitter



Ostres, Enric. Que guai que

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Daniel Canet
Wed, 2011-01-12 16:31

Ostres, Enric.
Que guai que també facis el curs.
Ens podrem passar els apunts :P

Hi everybody,my name is

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Marisa Ponti
Mon, 2011-01-10 12:37

Hi everybody,

my name is Marisa Ponti. Together with Joe Corneli I am co-organizing this course titled: Open Governance and Learning. This is the first time I am organizing a course at P2PU.

The draft in progress is here:

I am available via email, Skype, chat, and Facebook.


Hi! My name is Juan and I am

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Juan Vicente Garc...
Mon, 2011-01-10 14:32


My name is Juan and I am organizing a course entitled "INTRODUCCIÓN A LA INNOVACIÓN". This first edition is foreseen to be held in spanish.
I teach at the University in Spain and my filed of research and teaching is innovation.

Happy to learn from you all



Hello, My name is Nuno

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Nuno Morgadinho
Mon, 2011-01-10 14:51


My name is Nuno Morgadinho and I'm preparing a course about WordPress development. Here is the course draft:

I normally use email, gtalk, irc or Skype for online communication.

This is will my first time participating in an online course but I'm very excited about it and plan to do my best.

Keep up the good work,

Hi! I am interested in

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Melda Yildiz
Thu, 2011-01-27 07:58


I am interested in developing a course on Global Education.
P2PU seems to be a unique tool. I am looking forward to our collaborations!

Peace, Melda

On the

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Nick Doiron
Sun, 2011-02-20 18:16

On the theme for the site, the Login and Logout buttons have been invisible for a few days. Can someone please fix this?

I hope this course will be

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Olufemi Olubodun
Fri, 2011-03-11 14:20

I hope this course will be helpful in joining and participating in P2PU programmes. I look forward to it. I hope Nigeria time will be considered in scheduling the dates.

Hi Olufemi, As far as

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Jamie Curle
Fri, 2011-03-11 19:04

Hi Olufemi,

As far as possible we'll try to accomodate everyone's needs, but it's always going to be a balancing act to meet everyones perfect times.

A lot of the work can be done asynchronously so you'll be able to work at a time that suits you.

Thanks for stopping by and registering your interest.



where are our assignments?

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Seth Alley
Mon, 2011-03-28 20:31

where are our assignments?

Hi, I´m Paulo and found out

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Paulo Seth
Wed, 2011-04-13 13:19

I´m Paulo and found out about P2PU today. It sounds like an interesting concept and I want to understand...
1. If it is taken seriously by the people in charge of it and its contributors.

2. What can the tool do. What features are there available for online content development / delivery. Can I upload videos, presentations and have voice + video + desktop sharing sessions with other people? Can I create and run assessments with the tool. Is this tool an online LMS with content delivery capabilities?

Looking forward to sharing experiences with all of you.
Rgds, Paulo.

Welcome Paulo! We're

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Alison Jean Cole
Wed, 2011-04-13 19:46

Welcome Paulo!

We're currently working on a new platform at and definitely working away from standard LMS models. Definitely have a look.

The current site (this one/ has some of the qualities of an LMS but is essentialy the basic minimum that a group would need to learn together. A lot of screen sharing activities can be done offsite with other tools.

There's a pretty comprehensive list in the course design handbook:

Welcome! The P2PU platform is

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Dan Diebolt
Wed, 2011-04-13 15:18

Welcome! The P2PU platform is in its first few years of operation on Earth (an early stage Class C open learning planet). Consequently, learning content on-platform is largely limited to web and email sharing of rudimentary rich text content (underline, bold, italic, font selection etc) and hyperlinks to off-platform content, resources and services. Although on-platform hyperlinks do expose substantially more advanced content expected of a Class C open learning planet, the lack of platform integration is a substantial impediment to collaborative learning. Efforts by some P2PU users to embed off-platform web content [] into the P2PU platform has met noticable resistance and low development prioritization.