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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,, 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,, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify,, Google Music Store, Deezer, Player FM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, RSSRadio,, Castamatic, and more. It is available through the following websites:, 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  Thanks for listening, David Arendale

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

S02-E01In this podcast episode, we begin our second season of the PAL Podcast.  We are focused on postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs.  Our podcast will include not only interviews with student leaders of these college study group sessions but also interviews with supervisors of PAL programs around the...

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...

Feb 1, 2017

Jered is a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities that shares some strategies that are successful in college Calculus I math through his experience as a PAL facilitator. Among his comments he shares strategies to engage the students through intentional peer cooperative learning activities.