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Aspects of implementing Peer Assisted Learning

Date/time: 2-4pm, Wednesday 8 Oct 2003.
Place: Teaching & Learning Service, 53 Hillhead Street.
How to get there: Instructions


Fiona Black,   Student Network
Quintin Cutts,   Department of Computing Science
Steve Draper,   Department of Psychology
Alison Mitchell,   Department of Computing Science
Scott Sherry,   Student Network


Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) refers here to a scheme in which weekly groups for students on a given course are run, led by students who took the course in previous years. It thus has aspects of mentoring, learning through peer discussion, academic and social integration in Tinto's sense, reflection, and perhaps deep learning. PAL is being trialled in this university, and this seminar will be presented by five of those involved. Audience comments are welcomed, particularly comparisons and contrasts with other schemes for involving students in mutual help schemes.

Issues / tensions / tradeoffs with PAL include:

PAL was first developed in 1973 in the USA, and introduced into the UK in 1990 at Kingston University. It has spread to about a dozen UK sites, and was introduced at Glasgow by the Student Network in 2002 in a Computing Science course. This year it is being tried on some Psychology courses.

Some notes on PAL and pointers to papers are also available.

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