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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, 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 1,100 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, Castbox.fm, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Google Play Store, Player FM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: arendale.org, 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 arendale@umn.edu  Thanks for listening, David Arendale

Jan 27, 2017

Ahn is a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities that shares some strategies that are successful in college algebra through her experience as a PAL facilitator. Among her comments she shares strategies to engage the students through intentional peer cooperative learning activities such as jigsaw and the need to have students move around the room to different math work stations to energize them, especially with PAL sessions early in the morning.