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Taking Peer Assisted Learning out of the classroom. Makis Malliris Dean of Students Office University of the West Of England Raphael Nagel PAL Leader. Presentation Outline. Current Research Case Study for STEM SW PAL Leader skills for Online Peer Support - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Taking Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) out of the classroom: An exploration of the interpersonal in the on-line space

Taking Peer Assisted Learning out of the classroom

Makis MallirisDean of Students OfficeUniversity of the West Of England

Raphael NagelPAL Leader

Presentation OutlineCurrent Research Case Study for STEM SWPAL Leader skills for Online Peer SupportFindings from Online-PAL pilot in 2009-10 at UWEAims of the STEM-SW ProjectResearch 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 employabilityInvestigate different models of PAL including the development of an On-line approachHow PAL operates at UWEPAL 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 recognition4Literature reviewJournalsInteractive media in EducationComputer assisted learningInnovations in Education and Teaching InternationalAsynchronous Learning NetworkEducational Computing ResearchEducational Technology SystemsDistance Education ( American)Adult Learning ( Australian)Instructional ScienceArtificial Intelligence in Education

Why worry about the intricacies of peer interaction?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?

Aims of the case study

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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The Online Approach at UWEIdentify 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 skillsOnline-skills for PAL LeadersSocio-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