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Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Groups Podcast: College Group Tutoring and Study Review Groups

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Groups Podcast: College Group Tutoring and Study Review Groups

Author: David Arendale

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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 the Curriculum and 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, http://z.umn.edu/peerbib Click this link for PAL training materials and other resources, http://z.umn.edu/peerlearning
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S04-E13 This episode introduces us to Sam who is a student study group leader. She is studying physics and astronomy. Her career aspiration is to become a physics professor and researcher. Her hobbies include running, basketball, poetry, and jamming to music. I was very interested in how she broke down the various challenges of the physics course that she supports. It is clear that her experience as a MavPASS leader will be very helpful with her future career as a professor. I wish I had this experience before I started my teaching career. This episode completes a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at Mankato. MavPASS is their institutional name for Supplemental Instruction. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes and Apple Podcast, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me, arendale@umn.edu Check out my other four podcasts and other social media at www.davidmedia.org  
S04-E12 This episode introduces us to Paige who is a student study group leader. Her major is marketing with a minor in graphic design. Her career aspiration is business/event design, marketing manager, or marketing analyst. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and art. Paige is a study leader for an economics course. She shares how her work experience has increased her communication skills. This is part five of a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at Mankato. MavPASS is their institutional name for Supplemental Instruction. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes and Apple Podcast, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me, arendale@umn.edu Check out my other four podcasts and other social media at www.davidmedia.org  
S04-E11 This episode introduces us to Taylor who is a student study group leader. She is studying family and consumer science with an emphasis on dietetics. Taylor mentioned that the anatomy course she supported was challenging due to the complicated vocabulary. That course was actually the first one supported by SI back at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the exact same reason. In her concluding comments, Taylor talks about how she is a more confident person in so many areas of her life partially as a result of involvement with MavPASS. This is part four of a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at Mankato. MavPASS is their institutional name for Supplemental Instruction. Let’s listen in on our conversation. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes and Apple Podcast, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me, arendale@umn.edu Check out my other four podcasts and other social media at www.davidmedia.org  
S04-E10 This episode introduces us to Osee who is also a MavPASS student leader. He is an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a wonderful story of how he was identified by his teachers in middle school to help other students with their homework. His work as a MavPASS leader is a natural continuation of that role. The conversation ends with Osee’s challenge of growing by getting outside his comfort zone and how the MavPASS program helped him to accomplish that. We continue with part three of a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at Mankato. MavPASS is their institutional name for Supplemental Instruction. Let’s listen in on our conversation. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes and Apple Podcast, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me, arendale@umn.edu Check out my other four podcasts and other social media at www.davidmedia.org  
S04-E09 We continue the interview series with the study group manager and the students that lead the study group sessions. The last episode featured Dr. Laura Jacobi, who is a faculty member and the program manager. Now we begin episodes that feature five of their student study group leaders. In part two of a six-part series featuring the MavPASS program at Minnesota State University at Mankato, we feature an interview with Faith who serves as a student study group leader. MavPASS is their institutional name for Supplemental Instruction. Let’s listen in on our conversation. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes and Apple Podcast, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S04-E08 Beginning with this podcast episode, we start airing interviews with study group program coordinators and student study group leaders from over twenty colleges in Australia, Canada, and the United States. These episodes will likely occur from April through September of 2021. Then, a new series will be recorded during October through November and aired late in 2021 and early 2022. The pattern will be to group together the program coordinator and the student leaders from the same institution and release them as a series. Two episodes will air each week. I will record some podcast episodes in between institutional series with research updates from me concerning my research on peer learning. In part one of a six-part series, we feature an interview with Dr. Laura Jacobi, a faculty member and Program Director for MavPASS, their institutional name for Supplemental Instruction, at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Dr. Jacobi’s previously published research concerning online learning uniquely prepared her to transition the SI program to online in spring 2020. In addition to this audio episode, I also provide several PDF documents: first, a one-page overview of their program, second, a photograph of some of the student study group leaders, and finally a profile of the institution. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S04-E07 I feature a previous publication by me, Administrative Placement of Supplemental Instruction Programs. This was one part of my dissertation focused on several aspects of Supplemental Instruction that was published in 2000. Olivia and Henry, members of my synthetic voice family will narrate the publication. If I were writing this dissertation today, no doubt there would be changes. But, I think the publication is still useful. I have created a new podcast that just features my previous publications. It is named the Equity Podcast: Equal Outcomes for all Students. It is available at www.equitypodcast.org You can also find links to all my podcasts, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels at www.davidmedia.org I am providing a couple of samples of what will appear on that podcast on this one. With the Equity Podcast, I provide a short introduction and then have my synthetic voices do the narration. This episode uses multiple voices to add variety and hopefully a little fun while listening with one voice asking questions and the other answering by reading from the publication. To make it easier to listen to, the narration will not include all the references with dates within the publication nor provide a reference list at the end. You can find the original document by doing a Google search. In addition to this audio episode, I also provide a PDF transcript of the original publication. I hope these words are useful in your work.  The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S04-E06 In this podcast episode, we feature a previous publication by me, Understanding the Supplemental Instruction Model. I authored this one back in the 1990s. Leslie, a member one of my synthetic voice family will narrate the publication. If I were writing this article today, no doubt there would be changes. But, I think the article is still useful. I have created a new podcast that just features my previous publications. It is named the Equity Podcast: Equal Outcomes for all Students. It is available at www.equitypodcast.org You can also find links to all my podcasts, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and YouTube channels at www.davidmedia.org I am providing a couple of samples of what will appear on that podcast on this one. With the Equity Podcast, I provide a short introduction and then have my synthetic voices do the narration. While this episode is just one voice doing the narration, the others in the series will use multiple voices to add variety and hopefully a little fun while listening with one voice asking questions and the other answering by reading from the publication. To make it easier to listen to, the narration will not include all the references with dates within the publication nor provide a reference list at the end. You can find the original document by doing a Google search. The following links allow you to subscribe: iTunes, Amazon Music/Audible, Castbox.fm, Deezer, Facebook, Gaana, Google Podcast, iHeartRadio, Player.fm, Radio Public, Samsung Listen, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Twitter, Vurbl, and YouTube. Automatically available through these podcast apps: Castamatic, iCatcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RSSRadio, and more. Please post comments to the podcast website, www.palgroups.org, iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S04-E05 We continue our brief overviews of publications about leader identity emergence by the study session leaders. The narration of the publication overview will be by members of my synthetic voice family. I hope that the interaction that occurs will make the listening more enjoyable. Due to the length of this particular bibliography, it will be spread out over two episodes. In addition to this audio episode, I also previously provided a PDF copy of the topical bibliography. You can see the other topical bibliographies as well as the master copy on my web site. A shortcut web link is https://z.umn.edu/peerbib This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S04-E04  We feature brief overviews of publications about leader identity emergence by the study session leaders. Except for the first two, all the rest are by researchers from around the globe. This begins a series of podcast episodes where we examine entries from the annotated bibliography of peer learning programs. There are nearly 1,700 in this database. Throughout this season and the next, we will share topical bibliographies. I use the word “we” since I will provide the introduction and short commentary about each. The narration of the publication overview will be by a member of my synthetic voice family. I hope that the interaction that occurs will make the listening more enjoyable. Due to the length of this particular bibliography, it will be spread out over two episodes.
S04-E03 David shares announcements about new podcasts related to this one and employing a family of synthetic voices to narrate summaries of some of the scholarship shared through the podcast as PDF documents.
S04-E02 Short overview of the updated and expanded annotated bibliography for the seven major peer learning programs. Our colleagues in the field have been productive in the past year with new research and publications to inform us of best practices for peer learning programs. I monitor seven major programs that have been implemented throughout the U.S. and other countries around the globe. Those programs are the Accelerated Learning Program, Peer Assisted Learning, Peer-Led Team Learning, Structured Learning Assistance, Supplemental Instruction which is also known by other names including Peer Assisted Learning, Peer Assisted Study Sessions, and Video-Based Supplemental Instruction. I hope my words are useful in your work to help students achieve their dreams.   This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S04-E01 Overview to Season Four of the PAL podcast. Last season we included interviews with several Australian study group leaders. This season we will continue the same with interviews of student leaders in the U.S. and other countries. We will expand the interviews to also include the coordinators or managers of study group programs as well. If you and your student leaders would be interested in being interviewed, let me know. I just completed an update to the annotated bibliography of the seven major peer learning groups. I will highlight that in the next podcast episode and will also provide a PDF copy of the document. Throughout the year I plan to share some publications from the bibliography related to different topics such as leader identity emergence, professional development, and the process used by student leaders as well as others. There are amazing publications being written and research studies conducted about the effectiveness of peer learning programs to benefit both the participants and the student leaders. Stay tuned to this podcast. Join us next time for news about the updated bibliography and the opportunity to download it. I hope our words are useful in your work to help students achieve their dreams. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
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 https://z.umn.edu/peerguide This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
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, Peer Assisted Learning Program, Structured Learning Assistance, Supplemental Instruction/PASS, and Video-based Supplemental Instruction. The website to download the document is https://z.umn.edu/peerbib This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
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. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S03-E20 Video-based Supplemental Instruction (VSI) is a course delivery system on video and processed in small groups that integrate mastery of rigorous course content and learning strategies. Students earn academic graduation credit for paired-courses (content and learning strategies). In the 1990s, co-developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City by Dr. Deanna C. Martin and Robert A. Blanc. Since then, it has been implemented in a wide variety of places such as Eastern Europe and South Africa. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S03-E19 Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic enhancement and support program. SI creates a supportive learning community that empowers the students to develop their academic capacity to become powerful and independent learners. It was created at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1973 by Dr. Deanna C. Martin. Since then, it has expanded to 33 countries in 1,500 institutions plus more by the regional training centers Regional training centers in Australasia, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. SI is known by a variety of names included Peer Assisted Study Groups (PASS) and others. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
S03-E18 Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) is a mandatory workshop that support the academic success of all students enrolled in historically-challenging courses. SLA was developed at Ferris State University and is used at colleges across the U.S. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu  
S03-E17 Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) is a model of teaching undergraduate STEM courses that integrates peer-led workshops as an integral part of a course to increase success for all enrolled students, especially those that are historically-underrepresented. PLTL was created at City University of New York and is used at colleges around the world. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network which is a group of family-friendly podcasts bringing a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network at http://LifePodcast.net This podcast is available through the following podcast directories and apps: iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, Radio.com, RadioPublic.com, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, Overcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, iCatcher, iHeartRadio, RSSRadio, and Castamatic. It is available through the following websites: http://Arendale.org http://palgroups.org, David Arendale’s LinkedIn web page, and David ‘s Twitter feed @davidarendale. Please post comments to the individual episodes at iTunes and other apps, or email to me. Thanks for listening, David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu
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