You may not think much of it but sharing what you know with others or asking them to share what they know is important for learning, especially in a classroom environment. When teachers use online media with conventional classroom methods in a “blended classroom,” so to speak, peer knowledge sharing can make all the difference in how effective they are in teaching their students.
Share the Wealth of Knowledge to get everyone on the Same Page
Knowledge sharing through peers is an often undermined strategy that may be used to unearth problems, find out what works best in teaching and getting better resources for teaching. Besides, one student may know what the other doesn’t about a particular subject or topic and it would help to bring them all on the same page through knowledge sharing.
After all, in professional life, students will be using knowledge sharing to illuminate others in the organization, once they have reached a certain level in the organization. Here’s how peer knowledge sharing may help.
Get to know the common problems the students have and bring Solutions to the Table
Students often face problems but they are shy to admit they are facing them. This is because of the bystander effect as it applies to the classroom environment. That means they won’t ask the question because they think that they’re the only one facing difficulty in understanding a particular concept being taught.
The interesting thing is that they might not be the only person facing that problem in class. And since others never spoke up due to the same effect, the opportunity to learn passed the whole class by.
Peer knowledge sharing helps overcome this problem to a large extent. When a student is facing problems, they can talk about it with other students who might or might not be facing the same problem. They may come up with a solution together or follow it up with the proposed solution by the pupil who worked their way around it. It might bring new ideas to the table of working around the same problem, thus enriching the teaching experience.
Teachers can also help out, but only after giving students the chance to work out a solution themselves. Peer knowledge sharing in this way also builds a sense of teamwork that will go a long way in the student’s professional life as well.
Learn from other Teachers and Share what works for you
If you’re a teacher facing problems in mentoring students, you can sit together with the rest of your colleagues in the faculty lounge to work on a solution. The faculty lounge is not just meant for having tea or coffee while relaxing on the settee or playing pool/foosball (if the institution provides it). When teachers share strategies for teaching that work for them, new perspectives open up which can lead to more effective solutions. They can pitch in their ideas to get students involved in academics, work a way around teaching difficult concepts to students more easily, keeping them motivated to learn and more. Peer knowledge sharing can improve the institution-wide efficacy in teaching and involvement. It can even do wonders for the brand of the institution and is therefore necessary to practice.