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Why peer-to-peer learning is beneficial during lockdown

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

In the last few months, businesses have had to adapt to a new world of remote working and learning. Many employees are looking to learn new skills to make the most of their time at home.

Anywise has a work culture that believes in harnessing the expertise of its employees. Peer-to-peer learning is a great way for employees to share their expertise with each other to learn and build new skills.

Why is peer-to-peer learning beneficial?

Learning from someone that everyone in the company is already familiar with can be less intimidating than learning from an outside consultant. While most learning is happening remotely, it’s more fun and collaborative when everyone is already known to each other.

Peer-to-peer learning makes employees feel valued and that their skills are worth sharing with others. Additionally, no one is more aware of a business’ workplace values and ethics than the people who work there, so peer-to-peer learning can not only teach people new skills but utilise them directly in their day-to-day work tasks.

Another benefit of peer-to-peer learning is that the person facilitating the lesson may know of other great resources that their colleagues can use if they want to further improve their skills outside of the program time. It’s often difficult to know which websites or applications are the most useful for further learning especially if costs are involved, which is why asking peers is an easier way to find out rather than reading reviews online.

Adam running a Python class about how to automate your computer mouse.

High demand skills

Demand for data science skills is growing due to AI and machine learning. Anywise is running a weekly Python class which is headed by data analyst, Adam Williamson.

Each week, Adam picks a task that workmates regularly undertake that can be done more efficiently using Python, such as extracting and aggregating useful information from a variety of sources, whether it be a document or a website.

It’s an informal class but it’s a great way for other Anywise employees to realise the benefits that learning to code in Python can help them do their jobs more efficiently.


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