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

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

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April 28, 2021 13 min

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 he...

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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 f...

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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 ab...

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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 ho...

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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 w...

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(Bonus PDF) This extensive profile of Minnesota State University Mankato provides the context for the MavPASS program which operates there. You will find interesting information about the institution as well as some of its well-known graduates.

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(Bonus PDF) This is a photograph of student MavPASS leaders serving during spring 2020. Five of these students are featured in upcoming PAL Group podcast episodes.

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(Bonus PDF) This is a flyer that describes the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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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 pr...

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(Bonus PDF) This is the transcript to the podcast on the administrative placement of SI. This was a big question back in the 1980s and 1990s when I worked at the National Center for Supplemental Instruction at the Univ. of Missouri-KC. I included that question in my dissertation on SI with a national study of all known SI programs.

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S04-E07 I feature a previous publication by me, Administrative Placement of Supplemental Instruction Programs. This was one part of my dissertation focused on several aspects of Supplemental Instruction that was published in 2000. Olivia and Henry, members of my synthetic voice family will narrate the publication. If I were writing this dissertation today, no doubt there would be changes. But, I think the publication is still usefu...

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(Bonus PDF) This is a transcript of the Understanding the Supplemental Instruction Model podcast episode. The article was originally published in the 1980s.

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S04-E06 In this podcast episode, we feature a previous publication by me, Understanding the Supplemental Instruction Model. I authored this one back in the 1990s. Leslie, a member one of my synthetic voice family will narrate the publication. If I were writing this article today, no doubt there would be changes. But, I think the article is still useful.

I have created a new podcast that just features my previous publications. It is...

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S04-E05 We continue our brief overviews of publications about leader identity emergence by the study session leaders. The narration of the publication overview will be by members of my synthetic voice family. I hope that the interaction that occurs will make the listening more enjoyable. Due to the length of this particular bibliography, it will be spread out over two episodes.

In addition to this audio episode, I also previously p...

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(Bonus PDF) This is the complete annotated bibliography of publications concerning leadership skills and leader identity acquired by study group leaders. This contains all publications mentioned during the podcast plus many more.

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S04-E04  We feature brief overviews of publications about leader identity emergence by the study session leaders. Except for the first two, all the rest are by researchers from around the globe. This begins a series of podcast episodes where we examine entries from the annotated bibliography of peer learning programs. There are nearly 1,700 in this database. Throughout this season and the next, we will share topical bibliographies....

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S04-E03 David shares announcements about new podcasts related to this one and employing a family of synthetic voices to narrate summaries of some of the scholarship shared through the podcast as PDF documents.

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(Bonus PDF) This is an annotated bibliography of Supplemental Instruction which is also known by other names such as PAL, PASS, and others. This is a subset of the larger annotated bibliography of the seven major peer learning programs.

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(Bonus PDF) This is the annotated bibliography of the seven major peer assisted learning programs. 

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March 18, 2021 6 min

S04-E02 Short overview of the updated and expanded annotated bibliography for the seven major peer learning programs. Our colleagues in the field have been productive in the past year with new research and publications to inform us of best practices for peer learning programs. I monitor seven major programs that have been implemented throughout the U.S. and other countries around the globe. Those programs are the Accelerated Learni...

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