How to build (& get feedback from) your learning network

What I Learned Today

I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with a teacher who helped me think more concretely about one of the objectives for students who graduate from my school, Triangle Learning Community (TLC). I want students to build a learning network of interesting people they can learn from throughout their lives.

Specifically, over the course of three years when they work on projects at TLC, I want them to develop at least seven contacts around the world who will write Linked-In type recommendations about the kind of work they can do and what it’s like to work with them on a project. Each student’s TLC peers will also provide feedback at the end of each project about what it’s like to work with that student.

I borrowed this “peer feedback” idea from Randy Pausch’s “Last Lecture” at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  It’s 70 minute long, but it’s worth taking a look if you…

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