Peer-to-peer (P2P) knowledge-sharing is well-established practice in both universities as well as work environments. It has been suggested that the main value of P2P knowledge-sharing relies on the premise of being mutually beneficial since it also allows for sharing ideas and experience between people in a similar situation.
While there is a wealth of knowledge and skills within our RMIT design community, knowledge-sharing activities among students currently happen in a sporadic, smaller, and private manner for the most part. Then, there seems to be a greater opportunity for a more established peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing culture. The literature highlights that all individuals have a skill or knowledge that can be shared; still, trust, the use of time in an efficient manner, as well as payoff are challenges to engage in a more consistent way in peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.
Co-Spark is a student-led service that promotes a knowledge-sharing culture among RMIT Industrial Design community by offering a range of opportunities to meet with other students through design-related events. The service promotes semi-organic off-line weekly interactions enabling students to learn and exchange insights or ideas in a bigger scale. in a. Co-spark is a catalyst to create a more ‘established’ P2P knowledge sharing design community to maximise the learning opportunities for ID students to later on be expanded to the whole School of Design.