Online peer assisted learning using a synchronous multi-client collaborative software platform
Abstract: We have used a synchronous, multi-client collaborative software platform (Microsoft Lync) to pilot the online delivery of an already established peer assisted learning programme. We found that facilitative, collaborative learning took place within the online peer assisted learning sessions and that the sessions maintained an academic focus. The software was easy to use and provided a toolset suitable and sufficient for our purposes. We found that online PAL in this format could potentially offer a learning experience equivalent to in-class PAL. This brief paper outlines our findings from this proof-of-concept study and our plans to expand the study this academic year. This paper may be of interest to anyone who is considering a synchronous, collaborative online environment for peer-support or teaching.
Presider: Michiko Kobayashi, Southern Utah University