peer-to-peer learning

Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…


Top 3 Strategies for Collaborative Learning Beyond the Classroom

College students spend a lot of their time doing things other than classwork. Some of that is due to the competing interests at the college level, but some may be because assignments beyond the classroom aren’t as interesting or rewarding as they could be. In order to better engage your students outside of class, consider using cooperative learning strategies and adding group projects, peer review, and collaborative learning ideas to your syllabus.

What are students doing outside of class?

According to Edward Neal of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in his Read More…


Add Peer-to-Peer Learning to Your Teaching Strategies

When creating your course curriculum, you’re certain to think about what teaching strategies you’ll be using throughout the semester. College students may learn in many different styles, but one of the most effective ways to engage your students in the course material is by using peer-to-peer learning techniques. Sometimes called peer assisted learning, peer-to-peer teaching involves giving the students material that they must put into their own words. Having college students teach or critique each other gives them a chance to not only take in the course material, but have to process it in such a way that they Read More…


Teaching Strategies: Peer and Collaborative Learning

One valuable but sometimes neglected teaching strategy is using learning cells, also called peer-to-peer learning, peer learning, or collaborative learning. College students teach other students by working together in small groups or pairs, studying or discussing classroom material. These teaching methods gain students’ attention, helping them retain information and practice critical thinking. Here are some classroom ideas and teacher tips for learning strategies involving learning cells and collaborative learning.

Goals of the learning cell

“The learning cell, or student dyad, refers to a cooperative form of learning in pairs, in which students alternate asking and answering questions on commonly Read More…


College Student Collaboration In and Out of the Classroom

Today’s college students are more accustomed than ever to taking classes remotely and forming their social groups online. Does this mean they’re ready to cut the cord from collaborating with their classmates too? While some interpret the rise of texting to be “the downfall of human language,” in reality, teens and young adults are communicating more than ever before — almost non-stop. The same goes for classroom work, and may be a reflection of the way students hope to access information–instantly. Students have some of the busiest, most chaotic schedules out there, yet collaborating with their classmates doesn’t seem to Read More…


Peer-to-Peer Learning: Tips from a Tutor Turned Author

It’s every professor’s dream to have a student learn a subject so well that he goes on to tutor his peers in it. To have him tutor so well that he publishes a study guide, though, is beyond imagination! That’s exactly what Michael Rosen did in 2008 as a student tutor at the University of Delaware. We spoke with him about his experiences leading up to writing The Guide to Surviving Chemistry, Second Edition.

Michael, what motivated you to make the jump from stellar general chemistry student to general chemistry tutor?

As a student, I understood how frustrating Read More…