Web based technologies and even the telephone can enable us to do peer learning across distance and even time. A simple exchange of emails between two librarians. A webinar (a live event held on the web using specific technologies that allow people to see shared visuals, hear each other and often do text chat, hand-raising and polling) can enable practitioners from across the state to focus on a particular learning need or issue for an hour without having to travel farther than their closest computer.
Facilitating peer learning online requires two sets of skills: group facilitation in the online environment and knowing enough about technology to pick and/or use the online tools to support the group process of peer learning. This is also known as Technology Stewardship. We'll address this in Learning Path #7: Technology Stewardship.
Types of Online Learning Interactions
Facilitating Synchronous Events
See this separate page on Telephone Conference Call Facilitation Tips
Facilitating Asynchronous Events
See Facilitating Online Peer Learning Checklist