The UC Humanities Research Institute presents

"P2PU: The Future of Learning? The Future of the University?"
with Philipp Schmidt, Director and Co-founder, Peer 2 Peer University

Bill Maurer, Department of Anthropology and Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion, UCI
Gary Matkin, Dean, Continuing Education, UCI

Monday, March 7, 2011
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building, Room 135

Philipp Schmidt is director and co-founder of the Peer 2 Peer University, the original free and open online university and based in Cape Town. He is a board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, and holds a Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship. He has implemented OpenCourseWare projects at the University of the Western Cape and the United Nations University MERIT. He is an open education activist and researcher. He is active in creating collaborative resources, holding a position at the University of the Western Cape where he also runs projects in the area of open education; and he works with the United Nations University MERIT involving research on Wikipedia as part of the Collaborative Creativity Group. He collaborates with the Mozilla Education team, and is involved in the MacArthur Foundation project to create a badging system  for community based knowledge accreditation.  Schmidt will discuss the Peer 2 Peer University and the process of creating high-quality, low-cost, lifelong learning leveraging the Internet.

This event is free and open to the public. For more about P2PU, visit  For questions about this event, please email

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