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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

Jan 27, 2017

I am hosting a new audio podcast series available for free subscription through Apple's iTunes store or free downloading through this blog page. It is called the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Groups Podcast. It features short episodes of about 10 minutes devoted to interviews of students that facilitate and guide study review groups with other college students. This blog page is devoted to sharing new things that I am learning about peer assisted learning (PAL). This podcast is a natural extension of that information by sharing the personal stories of the people who actually provide the service, the PAL facilitators themselves. Each episode features several PAL session activities that worked well with the subject matter and the students. The interview ends with the PAL facilitator reflecting on what they are learning personally and professionally about the experience as PAL facilitator. Initially, the interviews will be with PAL facilitators at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Eventually, study group leaders at other colleges will be included. Please email me if you or your student study group leaders would like to be interviewed for the podcast,  I was on the team at the University of Minnesota that developed the PAL model to meet the needs of our students in historically-difficult first-year courses.