Designing Futures for
Peer-to-Peer Learning

A workshop at CSCW
Sat, Feb 15, 2014
Baltimore, MD

Submission deadline: Sun, Dec 1, 2013
      Tues, Dec 3, 2013 (extended)
Submit to: Notification: Mon, Dec 16, 2013

About This Workshop

Open, online learning environments, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and open learning communities have been promoted as a way to expand equitable access to quality education. Such learning experiences are potentially enriched via extensive networks of peer learners. Even though challenges exist to realize these aspirations, open, online learning environments can serve as a mechanism for how we provide transformative learning experiences. This workshop aims to bring researchers, designers, and practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore how the body of CSCW knowledge can better support the vision of sustaining peer-to-peer learning in online environments.

Call For Proposals


We are interested in themes that leverage open and networked settings to engage learners from a diversity of backgrounds. These settings also include systems that enable learners to design learning experiences for other learners and any other emergent learning practices, peer-to-peer or otherwise, enabled by the networked and collaborative systems. The workshop topics and themes will revolve around these and similar topics listed below. We view these example topics as guide-posts:


Please submit a 2 to 4 page “vision” paper that connects to the workshop themes listed above. In this vision paper, select a setting or specific scenario related to online learning environments. Submissions should address three questions:

In addition, provide a 100 to 150 word biography to describe your interests and skill sets you envision contributing to the workshop. We will review all submissions based on the relevance to the workshop themes, supporting a diversity of topics and disciplinary backgrounds.

Please format submissions in CHI Extended Abstract Format.


Part 1: Opening Plenary

Part 2: Introductions

In one-minute, participants describe who they are and why they are in the workshop.

Part 3: Designing Futures Workshop Approach

Part 4: Next Steps

We will discuss future steps to sustain a community of researchers and practitioners, drawing from the visions and implementation plans of participants. Concrete plans and products could include: partnerships, designs and implementation projects, plans for research proposals, symposia or panel proposals for conferences, new empirical studies to conduct, or publications to write.


Peyina Lin, University of Washington

Ricarose Roque, MIT Media Lab

Peter Wardrip, University of Pittsburgh

June Ahn, University of Maryland, College Park