Peer learning takes place in a variety of ways across the university. Some departments have formal peer learning schemes already in place; informally, students are engaged in peer learning in study spaces across campus.
Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is a type of peer learning support which involves:
PAL sessions are typically (but not always) embedded in 1st year undergraduate modules, and can therefore assist new students who are getting used to university study.
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PAL sessions focus on what student participants want to discuss. PAL Leaders use a variety of activities aimed at giving students ample opportunities to collaborate with their peers to:
PAL helps students to adjust to university-level study and helps in developing a range of interpersonal skills. Regular attendance at PAL sessions has been proven to build student academic confidence.
PAL Leaders are 2nd and 3rd year students who volunteer an hour or so of their time each week to help their peers. There are many proven benefits to volunteering as a PAL Leader:
You will not be expected to teach or give any answers to academic questions or coursework.
The following departments are looking for PAL Leaders to lead sessions with first year students on the following modules for Spring Term 2019:
If you are interested in registering to become a PAL Leader on any of these modules, please complete the 2018/19 registration form.
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We are not able to support any further PAL schemes for Spring 2019. However, we are taking enquiries for PAL to begin in Autumn 2019 so please get in touch soon to start the ball rolling.
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The Learning Enhancement team is currently piloting a framework which will assist departments in developing their own PAL schemes. The framework will:
PAL has many benefits. The focus of PAL sessions is on the process of learning and how to get answers. Students who attend peer-led sessions are engaging in a wider community of practice and therefore feel integrated into their discipline more quickly. Students report increased confidence in their learning, as well as improved interpersonal skills, teamwork, and collaborative problem solving.
PAL Leaders also benefit. They receive quality-assured, highly interactive training. They learn key skills in facilitating small-group collaborative learning. They develop their interpersonal skills and leadership qualities; volunteering as a PAL Leader helps to improve their own academic performance as well as knowing that they're helping others to develop confidence.
Benefits for departments include:
PAL is known to help with student engagement and retention (Dawson et al, 2014).
We are happy to visit your department to discuss how PAL can enhance student learning and be a useful addition to your programme design. Please contact Tamlyn Ryan and Francis Duah: email@example.com