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    PAL Groups

    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 Curriculum & 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. 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.  Training manuals and other PAL resources are available by clicking on this link for the website.   Click on this link to subscribe to this podcast through a variety of apps, directories, YouTube and Facebook pages, and following us on Twitter.

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    Jun222017

    (PDF) Annotated Bibliography of Postsecondary Peer Cooperative Learning Programs

    For many years I have maintained an annotated bibliography of publications about peer learning programs at the postsecondary level. This annotated bibliography does not attempt to be inclusive of this broad field of literature concerning peer collaborative learning. Instead, it is focused intentionally on a subset of the educational practice that shares a common focus with increasing student persistence towards graduation. At the end of this overview, several suggestions are made for differentiating the models from each other and the level of institutional resources and resolve with implementing them. The seven student peer learning programs included in this bibliography meet the following characteristics: (a) the program must have been implemented at the postsecondary or tertiary level; (b) the program has a clear set of systematic procedures for its implementation that could be replicated by another institution; (c) program evaluation studies have been conducted and are available for review; (d) the program intentionally embeds learning strategy practice along with review of the academic content material; (e) the program outcomes include increased content knowledge, higher final course grades, higher pass rates, and higher college persistence rates; and (f) the program has been replicated at another institution with similar positive student outcomes. From a review of the professional literature, six programs emerged: (a) Accelerated Learning Groups (ALGs), (b) Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), (c) Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), (d) Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL), (e) Structured Learning Assistance (SLA), (f) Supplemental Instruction (SI), and (g) Video-based Supplemental Instruction (VSI).
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    Jun222017

    (S02-E01) Season Two Overview Spring 2017

    In this podcast episode we begin our second season of the PAL Podcast. We are focused on postsecondaru peer cooperative learning programs. Our podcast will include not only interviews with studnnt leaders of these college study group sessions, but also interviews with supervisors of PAL programs around the world. I will also include episodes that share emerging research on peer learning. Also, look for PDF documents that come along with the audio podcast episodes. These will be training materials and draft versions of future articles. Send me email at arendale@umn.edu Check out my webpage where I provide more information on this topic. My website is located at http://arendae.org To directly reach those materials on the website click on this link, http://arendale.org/peer-learnng-resources/
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    Jun222017

    (S01-E06) College Algebra with Rhonda

    Rhonda is a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities that shares some strategies that are successful in college algebra math through her experience as a PAL facilitator. Among her comments concerning competitive learning games in PAL sessions. She carefully uses it in class to energize students before major exams where shes uses a version of Jeoprady with them. Most of the semester she has them work in small groups on work sheets which require teamwork to complete.
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    Jun222017

    (S01-E05) College Precalculus Math with Jered

    Jered is a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities that shares some strategies that are successful in college Calculus I math through his experience as a PAL facilitator. Among his comments he shares strategies to engage the students through intentional peer cooperative learning activities.
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    Jun222017

    (S01-E04) College Algebra PAL with Ahn

    Ahn is a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities that shares some strategies that are successful in college algebra through her experience as a PAL facilitator. Among her comments she shares strategies to engage the students through intentional peer cooperative learning activities such as jigsaw and the need to have students move around the room to different math work stations to energize them, especially with PAL sessions early in the morning.