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Peer learning online

Material used courtesy of Chalmers University of Technology.

What is peer learning?

Peer learning is an educational strategy, promoting reciprocal, two-way learning activities, where students learn from each other for mutual benefit. It promotes the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and experience between the learners and places students – formally or informally – in the role of peer teachers (as well as learners). Activities include, for example, student partnerships, discussion seminars, study groups, peer-assessment schemes, collaborative projects, or laboratory work etc.

Why using peer learning?

Research is accumulating more and more evidence that peer learning can result in major benefits for the students learning experience. Among them:

  • Greater confidence and independence in learning
  • Higher-level thinking, deeper understanding, and improved grades
  • More personalized learning experience
  • Stronger connection between learners (particularly important in online education)
  • Better integration of disadvantaged students
  • Scalable (works for large classes)
  • Frees time for teachers to focus on other course aspects

How to use peer learning?

Peer learning can be integrated in your online course in different forms and on different levels. Most common activities include:


Contact Information

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Pedagogen Hus A, Västra Hamngatan 25, Floor 1

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Utskriftsdatum: 2023-05-31