A presentation from the STEM Annual Conference 2014.
PAL (peer assisted learning) at the University of Bedfordshire has been running since September 2011. The emphasis on student ownership and developing a community of practice differentiates it from other schemes in the sector. This talk will outline the scheme and how student PAL leaders (2nd and 3rd year students) take the lead in shaping the scheme in recruiting and training the next generation of PAL Leaders and in developing their own employability skills.
A unique CPD scheme and participation in the university's employability award (The Edge Award) ensures PAL Leaders do more than merely facilitate PAL sessions. Experienced PAL Leaders have opportunities to become student interns with specific PAL related roles including developing materials data gathering and mentoring new PAL Leaders. This talk will focus on PAL in computing science and in the biosciences area and how PAL has enhanced the student experience and the wider skills and confidence of the PAL Leaders. It will also report on the use of peer observation between PAL groups which will be a feature for 2013/2014.