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IAPL Webinar Series 2021


July Webinar: The Meaning Making Journey of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leaders in HE

Speaker: Sarah Bailey, Bloomsbury Institute, London

Date: Thuesday 13th July 
Time: 2.00 – 3.30pm BST (GMT+1) 
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the webinar.
Social media: #lovepeerlearning #peerlearningwebinars

The Meaning Making Journey of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leaders in HE

This webinar will focus on a recently published study, set in a small UK Higher Education Institution which investigates how 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students, who facilitate Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) group study sessions and provide pastoral mentoring support to lower year students, make sense of their journey in becoming PAL Leaders. In-depth interviews, including visual data collection, were conducted with six PAL Leaders, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to understand how they made meaning of their experiences. The subsequent analysis and interpretation of the data revealed three super-ordinate themes: social connectedness, self-development, and self-efficacy.  The study highlights how student engagement with PAL schemes can increase a sense of belonging, enhance cognitive and communication skills, promote perspective transformation through critical reflection and stimulate personal growth.  Gaining competence as a PAL Leader, fostered by encouragement and positive feedback, can also increase a student’s self-belief in successfully navigating and overcoming challenges. 
 

The webinar will be free of charge and hosted on Zoom

Registration closed 


June Webinar: "Using Podcasting for Leader Development: Anywhere, Anytime"
 

Speaker: David Arendale, Univ of Minnesota Twin Cities

Link to webinar recording here

Date: Thursday 10th June 
Time: 3.30 – 5.00pm BST (GMT+1) 
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the webinar.
Social media: #lovepeerlearning #peerlearningwebinars

Using Podcasting for Leader Development: Anywhere, Anytime

This webinar provides no-cost and low-cost ways to reach people during those multi-taking opportunities to deliver professional development and training. When considering the use of some of these technologies, think how you could involve your students to produce the media. That is what David Arendale did back in 2006 when his podcast was produced. The Then and Now podcast was a production of his students in his college global history course. Students taught David how to listen to podcasts as well as produce them. Consider this as a partnership opportunity and a place for students to engage as interns that could include the experience on their resumes.

This session will offer a brief overview of podcasting and its potential use for professional development of educators and student study group leaders. Examples of podcasts relevant to peer study programs will be given, such as the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Groups Podcast, www.palgroups.org and Equity Outcomes Podcast, www.equityprodcast.com. There will be an opportunity to learn about the technologies through a demonstration, and time for Q&A.

 

The webinar will be free of charge and hosted on Zoom

Please register before June 3rd  Registration closed. 


May Webinar: "Enhancing New Students’ Journeys through Peer Learning at Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand"

Link to webinar recording here

Date: Tuesday 11th May
Time: 20.00 – 21.30 BST (GMT+1) (this means 12th May 08.00 – 09.30NZDT – if in New Zealand)
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the webinar.
Social media: #lovepeerlearning #peerlearningwebinars


Enhancing New Students’ Journeys through Peer Learning at Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Speakers: Cindy Wee and Margi Grey, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

 

Unitec Institute of Technology, a large diverse polytechnic, drawing a multicultural cohort with a vast range of qualifications, is passionately involved in using the power of education to positively change the lives of students, their families and wider communities. It delivers a mix of hands-on and classroom-based learning from basic certificate to doctoral level. PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions), a peer mentoring programme, provides valuable support for peers to ‘learn how to learn’ with the use of experienced students, who guide and promote independent learning for new students; this enriches the overall student learning experience (Andrews & Clark, 2011).

At Unitec, PASS leaders work with new students mainly one-one. They firstly check on the students individually how they are doing in their learning before addressing any questions that they have. PASS leaders are trained to use a number of strategies as they help their peers. They use effective questioning techniques and make suggestions to help them find solutions to problems, address issues in content and apply theory; share study skills from their own learning and experience, and provide guidance/perspectives on projects. Students’ feedback has given evidence that having PASS leaders being available as friendly peer mentors in their learning environment has enabled them to enjoy their learning thereby enriching the first step of their student journey at Unitec (Stephen et al., 2011).

The webinar will be free of charge and hosted on Zoom

Please register before May 5th. Link to registration here 


April Webinar "Utilising a Digital Workflow to Support Mentor's Development and Enhance Peer Learning"

Link to webinar recording here

Date: Tuesday 20th April 2021
Time: 09.45-11.15am GMT
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the webinar.
Social media: #lovepeerlearning #peerlearningwebinars
 

Utilising a Digital Workflow to Support Mentor's Development and Enhance Peer Learning
 

Speakers: Tom Allars and Amanda Pocklington. University of Exeter
 

The University of Exeter introduces the workflow, a unique digital checklist allowing the University to monitor the development and progress of each mentor, quickly identify and fix any issues within a programme and ensure each student receives exceptional support.  The workflow provides a vital platform for posting training, resources and feedback sessions, collect in registers and allow mentors to enhance their time as a mentor by completing development and networking activities all in one easily accessible place.  This efficient monitoring tool also evidences each students’ hard work and dedication to their programme, reflected within their Higher Education Achievement Report.

The webinar will be free of charge and hosted on Zoom

Please register before April 13th. Link to registration here


March Webinar on Student Peer Mentoring by Gavin Jinks

Link to webinar recording here

Date: Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Time: 14.30-16.00 GMT
Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the webinar.
Social media: #lovepeerlearning #peerlearningwebinars
 


Student Peer Mentoring: The crucial importance of cultivating student self-belief and of a compassionate approach. 

Speaker: Gavin Jinks, Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Work, The University of Derby
 

 

This presentation will explore specific approaches to student peer mentoring that help foster student self-belief. It will involve the discussion of work undertaken by Gavin concerning student-self-belief and highlight the very key role that student peer mentoring can play in achieving this. It will also outline a clear link between student self-belief and student outcomes. The presentation will draw also on a joint piece of work undertaken to look at the impact of cultivating self-belief in primary school children and in non-professional actors involved in community theatre. 
 
Gavin Jinks is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Work at The University of Derby. He has won awards from the Union of Students for his contribution to education at Derby and also for the student peer mentoring scheme on the BA Social Work.

The webinar will be free of charge and hosted on Zoom.

Please register before February 24rd. Registration closed.