Most of my learning during the undergraduate years happened outside the school by making connections and collaborating with people having similar interests. Before coming to the Media Lab, I had a false assumption that the top-down culture holds a prominent role only in my country, India, but surprisingly most of the schools today worldwide are alike in many ways. The article, “Learning Web”, addresses that, “An individual with a schooled mind conceives of the world as a pyramid of classified packages accessible only to those who carry the proper tags”. It’s interesting to see how this “pyramid of classified packages” is completely contradictory to Philipp’s “pyramid of peer learning” which deeply cares about helping people to build connections and find their peers.
Highly inspired from the “Pyramid of Peer Learning”, I envision to start a “Meet your Peer Buddy - Conversation Series” using the Unhangout platform, for underrepresented undergraduates (starting from an undergrad school in India) who are a long term victims of the education model that forces passive absorption of information. As part of this first series, I have invited facilitators from diverse backgrounds including designers, engineers and entrepreneurs from within the community who wish to host an individual breakout conversation about their favorite topics. With these conversations, we desire to address the curiosity of learners and make them feel comfortable enough so that they don’t hesitate and feel shy about asking questions and communicating with speakers.
Hoping this experiment would be fun, students would feel empowered by participating in these conversations, and would be able to approach the speakers for queries post event as well. Here is the url for the event page - https://unhangout.media.mit.edu/event/peerbuddies
Would love to hear your thoughts on this idea!!!