A look into the National PAL/PASS Conference 2018

Back in November, a team representing BU attended the Annual National PASS/PAL Conference at the University of Manchester. The team consisted of myself, our PAL Intern Jess, Michael Knight from the faculty of HSS and three student PAL Leaders, all of whom made BU very proud with their contributions during the conference to sharing best… Read more »

Student Placement Opportunity for PAL Leaders

Library & Learning Support are offering an extended student placement opportunity. Application is open to PAL Leaders. The successful candidate will join the Central PAL Team and support the internationally recognised Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme at BU. For more details and to apply take a look at: myCareerHub   or BU website Please contact… Read more »

8th Annual UK and Ireland PASS/PAL Conference, Cork

Following the amazing 7th Annual UK and Ireland PASS/PAL Leader Conference held at BU in 2016 this year’s annual conference in November took the PAL Team, including four BU students (Jessica Jones, Franceska De Ruyter, Joshua Carr and Katrin Mahfuz), to the Cork Institute of Technology.  Delegates from 24 universities and institutes of higher education from the… Read more »

Placement Development Advisor for the Faculty of Media and Communication, authors an article on Placement Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Apologies for cross posting but an excellent article here on the implementation of the Placement Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme, from original faculty pilot project to campus-wide initiative. The article has been authored by Vianna Renaud, Placement Development Advisor for the Faculty of Media and Communication, and published in the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Phoenix… Read more »

Peer Assisted Learning Script Development Workshops

Philip Mathews reports on a project titled Peer Assisted Learning Script Development Workshops. The project which was supported by the Centre for Excellence in Learning’s Fusion Investment Fund aimed to establish a course wide approach to critical reading, reflection and peer to peer learning and support through developmental scriptwriting workshops. This peer to peer development workshop was intended to promote collaboration, student development,… Read more »

Peer Facilitated Learning: An evaluation of the student and academic experience of participating in reciprocal sharing of knowledge

Dr Susan Way and her team recently completed a project supported by the CEL Fusion Investment Fund. The aim of the project was to evaluate the experience of Peer Facilitated Learning (PFL) delivered through group presentations and engagement in discussion by second year student midwives. Understanding from academics regarding the assessment process and assisting in the… Read more »

Best paper award for CEL

Dr Debbie Holley and David Biggins presented a paper, co-authored with Dr Marketa Zezulkova and George Evangelinos, at the 3rd EAI International Conference on e-Learning e-Education and Online Training (eLEOT) in Dublin between 31st August and 2nd September 2016.  The paper was entitled Digital Competence and Capability Frameworks in the Context of Learning, Self-Development and… Read more »

The PAL award ceremony

It was a real pleasure to attend the PAL award ceremony on Monday evening.  The ceremony marks the end or many students’ engagement with PAL before recruitment starts next week for the new cohort. Graham Beards presented the certificates. It was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the commitment and achievement of the PAL leaders and… Read more »

Erasmus Staff Mobility Visit to Oslo- April 2016

Michael Knight and I recently visited Oslo University College of Applied Sciences to primarily experience peer learning and library academic skills in an established European University, building further relations with them and sharing best practice of our own Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) schemes. Additionally, is was an opportunity to help Oslo and Akershus University College… Read more »

New publication from our fantastic PAL team: Peer learning leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students

Colleagues, I am delighted to share some good news with you: Peer learning leaders: developing employability through facilitating the learning of other students …authors: Neil Ford, Charlotte Thackeray, Paul Barnes, Katharina Hendrickx …and abstract: Employability is a key theme in higher education and attitudes towards its development have shifted from a focus on technical skills… Read more »