Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning at IUPUI, Purdue, and Florida International University: A Next Generation Learning Challenges Project

By Nancy Millichap1, Pratibha Varma-Nelson2

1. Educause 2. IUPUI

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Transforming Education from Innovation to Implementation Conference: Session E3
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The Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative of EDUCAUSE, with support from the Gates and Hewlett Foundations, is a collaborative, multi-year grant program aimed at dramatically increasing college readiness and completion through applied technology, especially for lowincome and minority students, who face particular challenges in achieving their educational goals. Additional details about this initiative are found in the abstract for the 6:30 Monday breakout session featuring two other NGLC projects. In this session, conference participants will learn about the concepts and their realization to date from the principal investigators of the Wave I project Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning: Using Communications Technologies to Support Learning and Persistence.

The project addresses blended learning. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Purdue University, and Florida International University are participating as a consortium to test the transportability of Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) developed at IUPUI. During its development, CPLTL was supported with funding from Academic Affairs and the National Science Foundation. The model has been studied at IUPUI and is showing positive impact on student learning in introductory chemistry. Purdue and Florida International Universities were selected as replication sites because they have the infrastructure and the interest necessary for introducing CPLTL into their introductory biology courses.

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL), the face-to-face predecessor to CPLTL, has proven to be a high-impact pedagogy in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. PLTL is a model of teaching that preserves the lecture and replaces recitation in science courses with a weekly two-hour session. During these interactive sessions (workshops), six to eight students work as a team to solve carefully constructed problems under the guidance of a peer leader.

An NGLC program officer will introduce the session and be available to address questions about the initiative as a whole.