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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Groups : College Group Tutoring and Study Review Groups

Education Podcasts

The “PALgroups Podcast” is focused on college study review groups. PAL is the name for the study review groups used at the University of Minnesota. We drew upon best practices from national models such as Supplemental Instruction, Peer-led Team Learning, and the Emerging Scholars Program. I served on the team that created the PAL model on our campus. I serve as an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department within the College of Education and Human Development. Some episodes share new things I am learning about postsecondary peer cooperative learning groups from the U.S. and countries around the world. Other episodes feature student study group leaders describing session activities that worked well with the subject matter and the students. Those interviews include what the PAL facilitator is learning personally and professionally about their experience. Initially, the interviews will be with PAL facilitators at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, study group leaders at other colleges will be featured. Send an email to David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu, if you or your students would like to be interviewed for the podcast. I also maintain an annotated bibliography of publications about seven major peer learning models. It now exceeds 1,100 publication. Click this link to download the bibliography, http://z.umn.edu/peerbib Click this link for PAL training materials and other resources, http://z.umn.edu/peerlearning

The “PALgroups Podcast” is focused on college study review groups. PAL is the name for the study review groups used at the University of Minnesota. We drew upon best practices from national models such as Supplemental Instruction, Peer-led Team Learning, and the Emerging Scholars Program. I served on the team that created the PAL model on our campus. I serve as an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department within the College of Education and Human Development. Some episodes share new things I am learning about postsecondary peer cooperative learning groups from the U.S. and countries around the world. Other episodes feature student study group leaders describing session activities that worked well with the subject matter and the students. Those interviews include what the PAL facilitator is learning personally and professionally about their experience. Initially, the interviews will be with PAL facilitators at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, study group leaders at other colleges will be featured. Send an email to David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu, if you or your students would like to be interviewed for the podcast. I also maintain an annotated bibliography of publications about seven major peer learning models. It now exceeds 1,100 publication. Click this link to download the bibliography, http://z.umn.edu/peerbib Click this link for PAL training materials and other resources, http://z.umn.edu/peerlearning

Location:

United States

Description:

The “PALgroups Podcast” is focused on college study review groups. PAL is the name for the study review groups used at the University of Minnesota. We drew upon best practices from national models such as Supplemental Instruction, Peer-led Team Learning, and the Emerging Scholars Program. I served on the team that created the PAL model on our campus. I serve as an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department within the College of Education and Human Development. Some episodes share new things I am learning about postsecondary peer cooperative learning groups from the U.S. and countries around the world. Other episodes feature student study group leaders describing session activities that worked well with the subject matter and the students. Those interviews include what the PAL facilitator is learning personally and professionally about their experience. Initially, the interviews will be with PAL facilitators at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, study group leaders at other colleges will be featured. Send an email to David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu, if you or your students would like to be interviewed for the podcast. I also maintain an annotated bibliography of publications about seven major peer learning models. It now exceeds 1,100 publication. Click this link to download the bibliography, http://z.umn.edu/peerbib Click this link for PAL training materials and other resources, http://z.umn.edu/peerlearning

Language:

English


Episodes

Interview, Sara, SI Leader, Housatonic Comm Coll CN

12/15/2021
S04-E27 We feature an interview with Sara who is a biology SI leader for the peer study group program at Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. She shares some of the learning activities that were used during the face-to-face and online SI sessions. Sara finishes the interview by sharing what she has learned personally and professionally from her experiences in the program and the friendships that she formed with the SI participants and other SI leaders. The following links allow you...

Duration:00:08:00

Interview, Kristen, Prog Mngr, Houstanic Comm Coll (CN)

12/13/2021
S04-E26 We feature an interview with Kristen who is the program manager for the peer study group program at Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. She shares about the rapid growth of the SI program and the challenges faced by implementing it at a two-year institution. Kristen finishes the interview by sharing what she has learned personally and professionally from her experiences in the program and with the SI leaders. In addition to this audio episode, I also provide several PDF...

Duration:00:08:01

Interview, Louisa, Study Leader, Florida Int. Univ.

11/29/2021
S04-E25 We have a conversation with Louisa who is a student study group leader at Florida International University. While she provides academic support for a number of courses, I asked her to focus on one course and why it is challenging for first-year students. Louisa provided insight to why the Organic Course was challenging. She then provides examples of learning activities used during the study sessions. Her comments were similar to other study group leaders who focused on building the...

Duration:00:11:03

Interview, Emily, Study Leader, Florida Int. Univ.

11/26/2021
S04-E24 We have a conversation with Emily who is a student study group leader at Florida International University. This is part three of a four-part series from FIU. We begin our conversation with Emily when she describes her vocational path to becoming a school teacher as a result of her experiences as a tutor, small group study leader, and influence by family members. She then explains how she provides support for several biology courses and a course in research methods in psychology....

Duration:00:09:01

Interview, Mario, Study Leader, Florida Int. Univ.

11/23/2021
S04-E23 Mario is a student study group leader at Florida International University. This is part two of a four-part series from FIU. We begin our conversation with Mario describing his experience as an international student. He describes his journey to becoming a tutor at the institution. Among the topics that Mario is responsible for, he describes why physics is challenging for many students. Careful listening to student needs is a key element to the sophisticated approaches that Mario...

Duration:00:12:07

Interview, Vicenta, Program Mngr, Florida Int. Univ.

11/22/2021
S04-E22 We have a conversation with Vicenta who leads the program that hosts the campus tutoring and small study group program at Florida International University. She provided an overview of the academic support program and how it adapted to online services during the COVID pandemic. Then the conversation turns to certification programs that have guided the student support programs. We end our conversation with Vicenta sharing her life journey to her current position at FIU and the lessons...

Duration:00:13:05

Interview, Morgan, SI Leader, Alvernia U. PA

11/19/2021
S04-E21 This episode introduces us to Morgan who is a study group leader for the SI program at Alvernia University in Pennsylvania. Morgan shared her experience as a study group leader in a general anatomy and psychology course. Topics of our conversation included how she became a study group leader, reasons that the A and P course was challenging for many first-year students, some of the most effective study group session activities and how she uses Kahn Academy videos during her sessions,...

Duration:00:09:14

Interview, Brendan, Student Leader, Vancouver Island Univ. (CA)

11/15/2021
S04-E20 This episode introduces us to Brendan who is a study group leader for the SI program at Vancouver Island University in Canada. This is the final part of a series on the VIU program. Brandan shared his experience as a study group leader in two accounting courses. Topics of our conversation included how he became a study group leader, reasons that the accounting courses were challenging for many first-year students, some of the most effective study group session activities, and what...

Duration:00:07:41

Interview, Natasha, Student Leader, Vancouver Island Univ. (CA)

11/11/2021
S04-E19 This episode introduces us to Natasha who is a study group leader for the SI program at Vancouver Island University in Canada. This is part three of a four-part series of the VIU program. Natasha shared her experience as a study group leader in a general psychology course. Topics of our conversation included how she became a study group leader, reasons that the psychology course was challenging for many first-year students, some of the most effective study group session activities,...

Duration:00:12:23

Interview, Madelaine, SI Leader, Vancouver Island Univ. (CA)

6/15/2021
S04-E18 This episode introduces us to Madelaine who is a study group leader for the SI program at Vancouver Island University in Canada. This is part two of a four-part series of the VIU program. Like many other study group leaders, she reported how she served as a tutor in high school and enjoyed the experience of assisting the teacher. In addition to sharing her two favorite learning activities she used during study sessions, she also shared why they are effective. We had an extended...

Duration:00:12:16

Interview, Shelley-Anne, SI Program Manager, Vancouver Island Univ. (CA)

6/14/2021
S04-E17 This episode introduces us to Shelley-Anne who manages the SI program at Vancouver Island University in Canada. A majority of our conversation was spent with how Shelley-Anne has organized former SI leaders to serve as mentors to the new SI leaders. A great deal of responsibility has been delegated to the mentors with the training system, observations of the SI leaders, and other responsibilities. As a result, Shelley-Anne reports what the mentors say they have learned from their...

Duration:00:13:03

Interview: Teresa, Student Leader, Drexel University (PA)

5/25/2021
S04-E16 This episode introduces us to Teresa who is a doctoral student in the medical school at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Teresa shares a variety of strategies that she uses to help her student succeed. She explains how she learns along with her students. Listen for her final statement to the podcast listeners where she advocates that it is the display of empathy that can be the key to supporting students to be successful. This episode is the final one of a three-part series...

Duration:00:14:49

Interview: Jill, Student Leader, Drexel University (PA)

5/25/2021
S04-E15 This episode introduces us to Jill who is a doctoral student in the medical school at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Jill shares a variety of strategies that she uses to help her student succeed. She explains how she learns along with her students. Jill advocates that it is not important to know everything about the subject matter to be an effective study group leader. She displays humility in admitting what she does not know as Jill engages in the learning process along with the...

Duration:00:09:59

Interview: Marissa, Program Manager, Drexel University (PA)

5/25/2021
S04-E14 This episode introduces us to Marissa who is the study group program manager at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She shares about the support the study group program provides to the physician’s assistant program. Marissa also explains the highly involved role that the faculty members play with the study group program. This episode begins a three-part series featuring the study group program at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes...

Duration:00:11:52

Interview: Sam, Student Leader, MN State U Mankato

4/28/2021
S04-E13 This episode introduces us to Sam who is a student study group leader. She is studying physics and astronomy. Her career aspiration is to become a physics professor and researcher. Her hobbies include running, basketball, poetry, and jamming to music. I was very interested in how she broke down the various challenges of the physics course that she supports. It is clear that her experience as a MavPASS leader will be very helpful with her future career as a professor. I wish I had...

Duration:00:13:04

Interview: Paige, Student Leader, MN State U Mankato

4/26/2021
S04-E12 This episode introduces us to Paige who is a student study group leader. Her major is marketing with a minor in graphic design. Her career aspiration is business/event design, marketing manager, or marketing analyst. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and art. Paige is a study leader for an economics course. She shares how her work experience has increased her communication skills. This is part five of a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at...

Duration:00:09:28

Interview: Taylor, Student Leader, MN State U Mankato

4/21/2021
S04-E11 This episode introduces us to Taylor who is a student study group leader. She is studying family and consumer science with an emphasis on dietetics. Taylor mentioned that the anatomy course she supported was challenging due to the complicated vocabulary. That course was actually the first one supported by SI back at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the exact same reason. In her concluding comments, Taylor talks about how she is a more confident person in so many areas of...

Duration:00:07:59

Interview: Osee, Student Leader, MN State U Mankato

4/19/2021
S04-E10 This episode introduces us to Osee who is also a MavPASS student leader. He is an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a wonderful story of how he was identified by his teachers in middle school to help other students with their homework. His work as a MavPASS leader is a natural continuation of that role. The conversation ends with Osee’s challenge of growing by getting outside his comfort zone and how the MavPASS program helped him to accomplish that. We...

Duration:00:13:04

Interview: Faith, Student Leader, MN State U Mankato

4/14/2021
S04-E09 We continue the interview series with the study group manager and the students that lead the study group sessions. The last episode featured Dr. Laura Jacobi, who is a faculty member and the program manager. Now we begin episodes that feature five of their student study group leaders. In part two of a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at Mankato, we feature an interview with Faith who serves as a student study group leader. MavPASS is their...

Duration:00:06:37

Interview: Dr. Laura Jacobi, MavPASS Program Manager, MN State U Mankato

4/12/2021
S04-E08 Beginning with this podcast episode, we start airing interviews with study group program coordinators and student study group leaders from over twenty colleges in Australia, Canada, and the United States. These episodes will likely occur from April through September of 2021. Then, a new series will be recorded during October through November and aired late in 2021 and early 2022. The pattern will be to group together the program coordinator and the student leaders from the same...

Duration:00:14:40