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Huijser, H., Kimmins, L. & Evans, P.
Peer Assisted Learning in Fleximode: Developing an Online Learning Community.
Full referencesHuijser, H., Kimmins, L. & Evans,   P. (2008). Peer Assisted Learning in Fleximode: Developing an Online Learning Community, Australasian Journal of Peer   Learning 1: 51-60.
Evidence suggests that   peer-assisted learning schemes on campus help students establish social   networks which can have a positive influence on their learning achievements.   At the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the majority of students are   off campus, which raises the urgent question: how to harness the advantages of Meet-Up (formerly PALS: Peer Assisted Learning Strategy) in an online   environment? Given that the potential problem of social isolation is even   more acute in distance education, how do we develop a peer assisted learning program online which creates a sense of community for its participants? Since   2006, MSN Messenger has been used on a relatively small scale to facilitate   this at USQ, with largely positive initial results. Based on evaluations of   this initiative, this paper explores the potential of Wimba software, within   an institution-wide Moodle learning management system, to extend peer   assisted learning programs in a Web 2.0 context.
Key words
PAL, learning environment,   community
Other interesting information
Same as above: The social   aspect of PAL enhances learning. Students learn better when they belong to a   community.
Interest for the project
Contributor´s name + email
Stéphanie Barillé -   stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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