Meet-Up for success: the story of a peer led program's journey

Kimmins, Lindy R. (2013) Meet-Up for success: the story of a peer led program's journey. Journal of Peer Learning, 6 (1). pp. 103-117.

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Abstract

Technological advancements have forced space and time to evolve to present a virtual university that allows increasing numbers of students to study from a university rather than at university. The best people to guide and advise students through their university journey are experienced students. As Longfellow, May, Burke, and Marks-Maran (2008, p. 95) put it teachers may be content or subject experts, but current 'students are experts at being students.' Studies by Falchikov (2001) found that student leaders provide 'expert scaffolding' that steps students from one level of learning to the next within the discipline area. Peer-assisted programs contribute to the development of a caring learning community as their trained leaders scaffold learning and negotiation between lecturer and student, both of which are desirable for student success and sustainable learning practices. Peer-assisted programs also provide a body of students with leadership qualities. This paper briefly explores the history and evolution of an on-campus peer led program to one that is embracing technology and online modes of peer learning. The program’s endurance hints at excellence and its dynamic nature is founded on innovation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Journal of Peer Learning. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - Learning and Teaching Support
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 05:55
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2015 05:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: peer learning; student mentors; learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25150

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