Developing a peer-assisted learning community through MSN Messenger: A pilot program of PALS online

Huijser, Hendrik and Kimmins, Lindy (2006) Developing a peer-assisted learning community through MSN Messenger: A pilot program of PALS online. In: OLT 2006 Conference: Learning on the Move, 26 September 2006, Brisbane, Australia.


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Evidence suggests that peer-assisted learning schemes on campus help students to establish social networks that can have a positive influence on their learning achievements. At USQ, the majority of students are off campus, which raises the urgent question: how to harness the advantages of PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategy) in an online environment? Given that the potential problem of social isolation is even more acute in distance education, how do we develop a PALS scheme online that creates a sense of community for its participants? These questions are explored by reflecting on a pilot program that was conducted during the first semester of 2006 in two different courses and made use of MSN Messenger to build collaboration amongst learners in a variety of geographical locations. This pilot program is evaluated through a survey with PALS leaders and participants, and also through comparisons with other such programs in different institutions.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:36
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 00:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peer-Assisted Learning, Collaboration, Online Communities
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing

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