Peer learning occurs when students are learning from each other. It differs from collaborative learning in that during periods of collaborative learning, students are learning alongside each other. On the other hand, peer learning allows students to learn from one another. It is not defined by a single instructional strategy, but any activity in which learners are able to explain their ideas and give each other feedback. On top of content mastery, peer learning aids in the development of interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills.
Peer learning is a great strategy breaking up long synchronous sessions. Consider utilizing breakout rooms.
- Peer Instruction for Active Learning – Eric Mazur (13:56 video)
- Peer Learning, Pedagogical Approaches with Canvas, The Pennsylvania State University