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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 at the Univ. of Minnesota. Before UMN, I served at the Center for SI at the Univ. of Missouri-KC. 
Some episodes share new things I am learning from around the world. Common names for peer learning groups are Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL). Other podcast episodes feature student study group leaders and program coordinators describing session activities that worked well. Those interviews include what they are learning personally and professionally from their experience. Send an email to David Arendale,, if you or your students want to be interviewed for the podcast.  I also maintain an annotated bibliography of publications about seven major peer learning models.  It now exceeds 1,700 publication.  Click this link to download the bibliography.  Training manuals and other PAL resources are available by clicking on this link for the website.


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Dec 15, 2021

S04-E27 We feature an interview with Sara who is a biology SI leader for the peer study group program at Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. She shares some of the learning activities that were used during the face-to-face and online SI sessions. Sara finishes the interview by sharing what she has learned...

Dec 13, 2021

(Bonus) This infographic provides information about the SI program at Housatonic Community College.

Dec 13, 2021

(Bonus) Housatonic Community College (HCC) is a public community college in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system. HCC grants associate degrees and also has...

Dec 13, 2021

S04-E26 We feature an interview with Kristen who is the program manager for the peer study group program at Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. She shares about the rapid growth of the SI program and the challenges faced by implementing it at a two-year institution. Kristen finishes the interview by sharing...

Nov 29, 2021

(Bonus) Organic chemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds, which contain carbon in covalent bonding.  Study of structure determines their structural formula. Study of properties includes physical and chemical properties, and evaluation of chemical...