Title: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) – a case for multi-modal delivery
Presenter(s): Monique Moloney
Study Centre, Melbourne
Session Type: Podcast Q&A
When: Friday, November 20th 2020 @ 10am – 11am
Abstract: The Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Program is a peer-to-peer learning program that supplements the delivery of subjects in the MIT and MPA degrees at Melbourne Study Centres. High achieving students reflect on their experience with a subject to create weekly study sessions focussed on deepening their peers’ content knowledge in addition to successful study methodologies. Since 201660, the program has been delivered face-to-face to students however with the relocation of campus services in April 2020, sessions have since been delivered via Zoom. The participation attendance data indicates that the transition was successful since most subjects were attended in comparative or higher number than to face-to-face sessions in the previous term. This podcast will discuss challenges and opportunities experienced by both PASS Leaders and program participants to gauge whether an either/or approach to program delivery could be replaced by a multi-modal format whereby PASS Leaders deliver both virtual and face-to-face study sessions while maintaining the essential elements of the program. This podcast format will allow for interviews with PASS Leaders, PASS participants and lecturers, seeking to determine the educational and social benefit of the program in both formats.