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 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 write down or ask questions about the content of the lessons and get feedbacks 24/7 from IBI’s teachers at home or are already prepared to ask these questions to their teachers in their eConversations. 
 
eClasses were designed based on the innovative combination between workbook method and repetition method which is not only educative, but also fun for children to learn. IBI authoring tool - eTeractive helps transfer knowledge to students by practicing it through exercises. This way, students not only remember what they have acquired fastest but also amusing to use.
 
 
2. eConversations: 
 

eConversations is the environment that helps students 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 equipped with powerful features and range of useful tools such as interactive whiteboards, text chatting, and teacher-managed control options. Based on these features, our teachers, combine with our teaching method to lead the live class dynamically through applying group discussion, learning activities such (serious games, quizzes, board games, jeopardy...) and team competition. 
 
Convenience: IBI's LMS was built with high level of automation and personalization in which students can enroll, choose schedules, register and take classes INDEPENDENTLY;
 
Class size: Small class size with 6 students / class. This number is an ideal number to learn live online that was carefully studied by our experts.
 

3. Outdoor activities: 
 
By integrating excursion program into our curriculum, students are encouraged to apply what they have learnt into real life. 
 
IBI excursion program offers a valuable experience for the children to draw on several different aspects of learning; it enables children 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 children are encouraged to become confident and involved learners by doing different small innovation projects and such further developing their dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. 

 

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