Presentation on theme: "Taking Peer Assisted Learning out of the classroom"— Presentation transcript:
1 Taking Peer Assisted Learning out of the classroom Makis Malliris Dean of Students OfficeUniversity of the West Of EnglandRaphael NagelPAL Leader
2 Presentation Outline Current Research Case Study for STEM SW PAL Leader skills for Online Peer SupportFindings from Online-PAL pilot in at UWE
3 Aims of the STEM-SW Project Researchinto the particular benefits of PAL for students studying HE STEM programmes with an emphasis on the benefits for students from Widening Participation backgroundsinto the benefits for mentors for example, in confidence building, acquisition of graduate attributes and enhanced employabilityInvestigate different models of PAL including the development of an On-line approach
4 How PAL operates at UWE PAL leaders are trained PAL leaders are supported both centrally and by a member of the module teaching teamEmbedded: PAL sessions are timetabledAcademic focus: supports learning through small group discussions where content is drawn from existing course materials (lecture notes, workbooks, textbooks etc..)Academic recognition
5 Literature review Journals Interactive media in Education Computer assisted learningInnovations in Education and Teaching InternationalAsynchronous Learning NetworkEducational Computing ResearchEducational Technology SystemsDistance Education ( American)Adult Learning ( Australian)Instructional ScienceArtificial Intelligence in Education
6 Why worry about the intricacies of peer interaction? Who is learning?Conceptualisation of the role of peersHow can we know what occurs in groups?What has been learnt?What changes as a result of the interaction?
7 Aims of the case studyTo evaluate whether PAL can be delivered effectively in an online format.To evaluate the suitability of the chosen software for online PAL delivery.To evaluate the impact that online PAL delivery has on the work load of the PAL leaders.To investigate whether online delivery affects the group dynamic during a PAL session.To investigate how online delivery of PAL might affect how knowledge is transferred amongst the group.To determine the scalability of online PAL for future roll out.
11 The Online Approach at UWE Identify the skills needed for effective peer learning through online forumsCompare these with skills needed for effective face-to-face peer learningExplore the onward implications for assessment of these skills
12 Online-skills for PAL Leaders Socio-affectiveInitiate, participate, share , acknowledgeOrganisationalPlan, draw on course, draw on experienceInteractive process managementRole clarification, request, give feedback, reinforceCognitive interactiveGenerate ideas, guideReflective evaluativeReflect, assess, summarise, meta-cognition