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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. 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,, 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.  Training manuals and other PAL resources are available by clicking on this link for the website.
This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and podcast apps: iTunes, Libsyn,, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Google Play Store, Player FM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites:, PAL Facebook Page, and the PAL Groups Podcast YouTube Channel.
Please post comments to the individual episodes, post to the iTunes podcast review and rating section, and email to me at  Thanks for listening, David Arendale

Nov 20, 2018

PDF This bibliography is over 500 pages and identifies research articles about the seven major postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs.

Nov 20, 2018

S02-E02 This podcast episode shares a little background on the annotated bibliography of peer cooperative learning programs that is available for download.

Feb 15, 2017

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...

Feb 8, 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 studnent leaders of these college study group sessions, but also interviews with supervisors of PAL programs around the world.  I...

Feb 1, 2017

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...