Why Peer Learning is Essential?

Peer learning infuses more human connection into today’s school experience. This is a match for today's students while they are tech-oriented, they strongly value relationships and in-person interaction.

 

Why peer learning is essential?

The opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange can create an environment that allows for vulnerability and support— providing feedback, sharing insight, and learning from the experience of others. Overall, peer interactions help to humanize the process of learning.

There is a natural social component to learning as well. In her dissertation, Valeria A. Russ states that while the goal of tutoring is to “assist students to improve academically,” it is also a “social process where motivation and learning skills improve through social interaction.” A modern curriculum not only includes and encourages opportunities for learning through social interaction, but it understands that these opportunities are rich in what they provide. According to Frontiers in Psychology, collaborative learning has a neuroscientific component that provides greater benefits by creating feelings of well-being, contentment, and even excitement.

We cannot forget that peer learning also invites human connection since utilizing this support is a form of help-seeking behavior. Educators recognize that, whether it is for mental health, adjusting to campus, or academics, “help-seeking is a sign of social competence.” In addition, students who may not even identify themselves as part of a community or group but are working with peers (especially those with whom they have an existing friendship) enjoy the benefits of an “implicit community.” While human interaction is a given for in-person learning, technology empowers online programs to build opportunities for connection as well.

 

Peer Learning is the Modern Route

Peer learning itself is a modern choice. Executing peer learning through the use of technology makes exchanging knowledge more reflective of the sharing economy model than ever before, empowering this mode of support to be more accessible and appealing to students of the iGeneration.

In addition, peer learning is embedded in many of today’s high-impact practices(HIPs), which have been widely tested to show great benefits for students. According to the NSSE, traits of HIPs include encouraging collaboration with a diverse group of people, facilitating learning outside the classroom, and engaging in meaningful interaction with faculty and students.

Peer learning is also becoming the modern choice because the benefits are clear. Research has shown that peer tutoring is more effective than professional tutoring.  It was also found that peer-tutored students have more confidence in their ability to master the material and that the social component was key; the closer the tutor and tutee are in age, the greater the results.

The peer support it creates not only encourages learning but also forges bonds between students. These kinds of learning experiences provide great opportunities to develop the emotional intelligence.

 

IBI flipped learning - The eLearning model that promotes peer learning

Unlike other eLearning platform, IBI eLearning model - Online English for children and online English for teenagers was designed based on the harmonious combination between IBI self -pace learning - eClasses, IBI live classroom - eConversations and curriculum integrated outdoor activities to make digital learning just as real: 
 
1. eClasses: 

Students learn interactive lessons with IBI self-pace learning courses - eClasses before joining IBI virtual live classroom - eConversations to collaborate with real teachers and peers for discussions, sharing ideas and playing games.

This process helps students to study reading, listening, writing and pronunciation skills whilst can write down questions related to their eClasses lessons, then get feedback 24/7 from the teachers at their own space or at least prepared to ask these questions in their eConversations.
 
eClasses is designed based on the innovative combination between workbook and repetition method not only educative, but also fun for students to learn!
 
IBI authoring tool - eTeractive makes it easier to transfer the knowledge to students based on real world eLearning activities to actively engage learners with the lessons. In this way, students not only acquire the lessons fastest but also amusing to use.
 

2. eConversations:

eConversations is the environment that helps students to practice and use the knowledge they have learnt from eClasses efficiently and effectively.

  • Collaboration: IBI's Cloud-based Real Time Communication - eConversations allows students and teachers to interact LIVE on a personal and group level. Thanks to a wide range of powerful features and useful tools - interactive whiteboards, text chatting and teacher-managed control options - our teachers are able to optimize our teaching method to dynamically lead the live class via group discussion, learning activities (educational games, quizzes, board games, jeopardy etc.) and team competition. See eConversations features
     
  • Convenience: IBI's LMS was built with high level of automation and personalization that allows students to enroll, choose schedules, register and take classes INDEPENDENTLY;
     
  • Customization: eConversations can be customized based on the requirements of your organization’s real-world challenges. It can help develop productive new networks among employees;
     
  • Class size: Small class size with six students per class. Based on careful researches and observations by our experts, this is the ideal number to make the most of live online learning since it enables to build stronger relationships among students as well as between teacher and students. Moreover, it promotes peer learning.
     
  • Combination: eConversations' learning content is highly professionally designed in harmony with eClasses to maximize your learning experience.
     

3. Outdoor Learning:

IBI outdoor learning program (I-Innovation) offers a valuable experience for students to draw on several different aspects of learning through innovation projects; it enables students to respond to the diversities with the people they see and the different environment they are involved in. It is also essential for educators to guide their joy in being part of the world offered outside our doors.

The students are also encouraged to become confident and involved learners by further developing their dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.

Skill-based learning: By applying this method, students in the IBI Flipped Learning not only can develop all of their English skills effectively but also are trained with the skills they need for innovation such as communication skill, problem solving skill, design thinking and creativity.

 

Partnership opportunity

 

Personalized Learning Just Happens In a Proper Flipped Learning Framework

In order to support pathways, classroom instruction needs to focus on each learner and adapt according to their needs. By personalizing classroom instruction students will learn in ways that work for them, focusing on their skills and personal interests.