Peer -Assisted Learning Facilitator Training Overview

Prior to each semester and throughout the academic year, all 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, modeling productive learning behaviors, and understanding group dynamics.

In addition to the intensive pre-service training sessions, facilitators meet together weekly throughout their tenure to plan upcoming sessions, share facilitation strategies, and reflect on prior sessions. Observations of PAL sessions by peer facilitators and the PAL Coordinator also provide valuable feedback to improve skills.

New facilitators also take a one semester course - Introduction to Peer Cooperative Learning - which focuses on such topics as classroom assessment techniques, social interdependence theory, metacognitive knowledge, and self-regulated learning.