Program-based peer assisted learning

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Peer assisted learning (PAL) is recognised as a successful way to improve academicoutcomes amongst groups of students [1,2], whilst also encouraging personal growth anddevelopment [3].
Many universities support unit-based peer-assisted learning (PAL) activities [4,5]. To date,such PAL activities have usually targeted 1st year units. In addition to supporting theachievement of formal learning goals they also assist students' transition to university, andencourage the development of independent and social learning skills.
Recent changes in Learning and Teaching policy at Macquarie University prompted a shift infocus to program-level curriculum design (as outlined in the University’s L&T StrategicFramework). This presented an opportunity to rethink peer-assisted learning, and to developa complementary PAL framework that focuses on program learning outcomes and disciplinespecific competencies that are expected to develop over a complete learning program.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, AAE2016 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCoffs Harbour, Australia
Place of PublicationBarton, ACT
PublisherAustralasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) Annual Conference (27th : 2016) - Coffs Harbour, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20167 Dec 2016
Conference number: 27th


ConferenceAustralasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) Annual Conference (27th : 2016)
Abbreviated titleAAEE2016
CityCoffs Harbour

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  • Peer assisted learning
  • project based learning
  • supplementary learning


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