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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
Peer Assisted Learning is a pilot project funded under the Teaching Fellowship scheme. It is aimed at students in the BA International Business and Languages, a programme run by the School of Languages in DIT. The project was initiated in September 2009. Second year students are acting as mentors to first year students by providing them with a broad range of support, from academic content to very practical queries. The School’s objectives in setting up PAL is to facilitate students’ integration into DIT, help first years acquire third level study skills and improve pass rates and retention. It is hoped that PAL will become an embedded feature of the programme. As the year progresses, it has become evident that second years are showing greater commitment and enthusiasm than first years. In consultation with students, the project has evolved from the initial work-plan to include alternative ways to engage 1st years. This case study will present the implementation stages of the process, the means of communication used, the launching events organised, the result of a survey, some statistics and the students’ feedback. It will provide an insight into the challenges encountered and the lessons learned.
Gabaudan, O.: Peer Assissted Learning for Year 1 Students. Presentation. 4th Annual PAL Symposium, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, 2010