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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 international 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 am an Associate Professor Emeritus in the 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. Outside the U.S. common names for peer learning groups are Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL). While some of those approaches have used elements from programs that were developed in the U.S., often they have created new pedagogies that are sophisticated and cuting-edge. Other podcast episodes feature student study group leaders from the U.S. and other countries 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. 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 1,600 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, Castbox.fm, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify, RadioPublic.com, Google Music Store, Player FM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, Radio.com, Castamatic, and more. It is available through the following websites: arendale.org, PAL Facebook Page, my Twitter account, 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 arendale@umn.edu  Thanks for listening, David Arendale

Dec 10, 2019

Bonus (PDF) This document provides some information about PASS, a major peer learning program at the University of South Australia. This is from the university webpage.


Dec 10, 2019

S03-E10 Claire shares about her experience as a student PASS leader and what she has learned from the experience. A bonus PDF accompanies this short episode with information about PASS at her institution.

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Dec 8, 2019

Bonus (PDF) This document outlines guidelines for best practice for  PASS  (Peer  Assisted  Study  Sessions) in the Australasian region and distinguishes it from other peer learning initiatives. For more information on PASS, contact the National Centre for PASS,


Dec 7, 2019

Bonus (PDF) Article describers tertiary education (called higher education in the U.S.) This provides a context for the Australian study group leaders who will share how they lead study group sessions in their classes.


Dec 7, 2019

S03-E09 Short overview to five-part series of interviews with college study group leaders in Australia. The common name for most programs is Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) in Australia. Accompanying this overview is an article about tertiary education (common name for higher education) in Australia.

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