Peer-Assisted Learning Facilitator Training Overview

Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) facilitators are well-prepared before they enter the classroom. Prior to each semester, facilitators undergo training built on the extensive experience of the International Supplemental Instruction Program and the research of Dr. David Arendale. The two-day fall semester training and one-day spring semester training sessions emphasize cooperative learning theory, cultural competency, modeling productive learning behaviors, and understanding group dynamics. 
Throughout the semester, teams of facilitators meet weekly to share strategies and activities that promote student interaction and the integration of study skills during the PAL session. Facilitators observe each other in the classroom to provide supportive coaching. In addition, the PAL director observes each facilitator at least once a semester to improve and evaluate their facilitation skills. 
The PAL program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, as are individual facilitators, for Level I, and for Level II, the latter which requires additional hours of training, service, and completion of the course OUE 3050 - Introduction to Peer Education. The course focuses on such topics as classroom assessment techniques, social interdependence theory, metacognitive knowledge, and self-regulated learning. The PAL experience provides undergraduate facilitators with valuable para-professional skills such as leadership, time management, assertiveness, problem-solving, and team work. To view and obtain PAL training materials, visit our webpage: Guide for Peer Learning Facilitators

SMART Hours & Locations

Location: Room 204 | Map
Phone: 612-624-1584
Hours: The SMART room is available during library hours.
Location: Basement | Map
Phone: 612-626-8262
Hours: The SMART room is available during library hours.
Location: Room 75 | Map
Phone: 612-624-2125
Hours: The SMART room is available during library and extended study area hours.

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Rooms in SMART's Walter and Magrath locations can be reserved for two-hour blocks up to two weeks in advance.

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