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Students supporting student learning: T&L Seminar (ELC) NOW 16 March

February 4th, 2016 at 08:02

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Ways for students to offer one another peer support can vary widely from small face to face groups to use of social media such as Twitter. Our expanded series of Teaching & Learning Seminars (for the Elearning Community and other academics and teaching support staff) continues in February with a session on the theme of students supporting each others’ learning.

Dr Steve Cox (Mathematical Sciences) will talk about a scheme in his school where undergraduates in their second year and beyond assist first-years in their transition to university. PASS [Peer Assisted Study Support] leaders hold fortnightly, timetabled sessions for typically a dozen students each. These cover areas ranging from mathematical topics through exam strategies and module choice to advice on where to seek general help and information. The scheme has already proved to be popular with and beneficial to both the first-years and the PASS leaders. Dr Cox will explain how and why.

At the other end of the undergraduate life cycle, the Vet School runs an evening revision club for fourth and final year undergraduates through Twitter. It helps students to develop their reasoning skills and revise important topics and also demonstrates a professional way of using social media. Students interact with the host and with each other. The #vetfinals hashtag is used and student reps subsequently use Storify to record the session and store the result on WordPress, thereby creating further useful revision resources. Dr Liz Mossop will talk about how the sessions are run, why students use them and ask whether this learning is “peer assisted” or “tutor led”.

Date: Wednesday, March 16th,  2016

Time: 12.30 p.m. with hot drinks from 12.15 p.m.

Location: B01, ESLC, University Park

To be sure we have enough tea and coffee, please e-mail laura.dominguez@nottingham.ac.uk if you intend to be present.

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