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1 Makis Malliris Dean of Students Office University of the West Of England Raphael Nagel PAL Leader

2  Current Research Case Study for STEM SW  PAL Leader skills for Online Peer Support  Findings from Online-PAL pilot in 2009-10 at UWE

3  Research  into the particular benefits of PAL for students studying HE STEM programmes with an emphasis on the benefits for students from Widening Participation backgrounds  into the benefits for mentors for example, in confidence building, acquisition of graduate attributes and enhanced employability  Investigate different models of PAL including the development of an On-line approach

4  PAL leaders are trained  PAL leaders are supported both centrally and by a member of the module teaching team  Embedded : PAL sessions are timetabled  Academic focus : supports learning through small group discussions where content is drawn from existing course materials (lecture notes, workbooks, textbooks etc..)  Academic recognition

5  Journals  Interactive media in Education  Computer assisted learning  Innovations in Education and Teaching International  Asynchronous Learning Network  Educational Computing Research  Educational Technology Systems  Distance Education ( American)  Adult Learning ( Australian)  Instructional Science  Artificial Intelligence in Education

6  Who is learning?  Conceptualisation of the role of peers  How can we know what occurs in groups?  What has been learnt?  What changes as a result of the interaction?

7  To 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.

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11  Identify the skills needed for effective peer learning through online forums  Compare these with skills needed for effective face-to-face peer learning  Explore the onward implications for assessment of these skills

12 1. Socio-affective  Initiate, participate, share, acknowledge 2. Organisational  Plan, draw on course, draw on experience 3. Interactive process management  Role clarification, request, give feedback, reinforce 4. Cognitive interactive  Generate ideas, guide 5. Reflective evaluative  Reflect, assess, summarise, meta-cognition


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