Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2008

Summary of Projects

Project Title

Psychology Peer Assisted Tutorial Support (PPATS): Using Peer Assisted Learning to Enhance Transition, Engagement and Acquisition of Foundational Academic Skills in Large First Year Classes

Project Leaders

Andrea Chester

Funds Approved


Summary of the project, outcomes, impacts and dissemination

The dissemination process has involved presentations at national FY conferences and a series of workshops for RMIT. We are currently working on two journal articles for submission in 2009. Listed below are the conference papers and workshops the team has already produced.

Brown, A., Carmichael, R., & Ryan, R. (2008). An apple a day: Supporting 1st year learning and teaching through academic mentoring & peer tutoring. Paper presented at First Year in Higher Education Conference, Tasmania, August, available from http://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/past_papers/papers08/FYHE2008/content/pdfs/6d.pdf .ppt available from http://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/past_papers/papers08/presentation%20files/6D.pdf

Ryan, R., Chester, A., Xenos, S., Carmichael, R., & Saunders, P. (2009). Engaging first year students through embedded peer tutoring. Poster presented at the First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium, QUT, February.

Coordination and facilitation of a peer-tutoring seminar held at RMIT, at which Sally Kift presented work related to her FY ALTC Fellowship. The PPATS team also presented our methodology and outcomes.

Workshop at the RMIT L&T Expo, December 2008, attended by more than 50 participants.

Contribution to panel presentation at SET College T&L Forum, December 2008.

Electronic dissemination of findings to all participants.

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