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Huang, T.K., Cui, J., Cortese, C. & Pepper, M.
Internet-Based Peer Assisted Learning: Current Models, Future   Applications, and Potential.
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Huang, T.K., Cui, J., Cortese, C. & Pepper, M.   (2015). Internet-Based Peer Assisted Learning: Current Models, Future   Applications, and Potential, Handbook   of Mobile Teaching and Learning, pp 1-13.
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is recognized as an effective academic support program designed to assist students’ learning needs. At the tertiary level, universities in Western countries have developed and implemented various forms of PAL programs catering for students across disciplines, commonly targeting transitional subjects which are perceived to be difficult. Studies have demonstrated that PAL programs positively contribute to better student performance and higher student retention rates.
However, there has been relatively little discussion on how new technological trends can be applied to extend the PAL platform in order to suit the evolving student lifestyle and changes in learning behaviors. In this chapter a number of models for internet-based PAL are discussed and evaluated. The chapter also outlines some of the technological and other requirements for the establishment and maintenance of these internet-based PAL programs. Finally, an evaluation of the potential outcomes is presented. The discussion highlights that internet-based PAL programs can be used as an instructive complement to existing face-to-face PAL programs, further extending the benefits of student peer learning and social exchange with the convenience of mobile technology.
Key words
Mobile technology, Mobile learning,   Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)
Other interesting information
The social aspect of PAL   enhances learning.
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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