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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, Deezer, 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

May 13, 2020

Bonus (PDF) This is the draft guidelines for Course-based Learning Assistance which is another term to describe many peer assisted learning programs.


May 13, 2020

S03-E23 The 80+ page guidebook to best practices with postsecondary peer assisted learning programs provides field-tested and approved practices that can enhance any academic support program at a college that uses student-led study groups. This video provides a brief overview of the document. It can be downloaded at


May 6, 2020

S03-E22 This episode provides an overview of the 2020 Postsecondary Peer Cooperative Learning Program Bibliography. It contains 1,550+ publications and research studies on all the major national and international postsecondary peer assisted learning programs: Emerging Scholars Program, Peer-led Team Learning,...


Apr 29, 2020

Bonus (PDF) This is an article I wrote in 2005 describing the questions to ask when choosing among different peer learning programs.


Apr 29, 2020

S03-E21 This episode provides five questions to ask when considering when postsecondary Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) model to use on campus. It is critical to understand the requirements to implement, available resources at the institution, and challenges to overcome.

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