Social Media · Virtual PAL

A Guide to Implementing Virtual Peer Assisted Learning (VPAL): an HEA-sponsored workshop

by Shazia Ahmed This time last year Lorna, Sarah and I ran a workshop in Manchester as part of the ‘Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL)’ series of events organised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Our session Using Facebook for Peer Assisted Learning in Mathematics and Computer Science was very well-received and following that event,… Continue reading A Guide to Implementing Virtual Peer Assisted Learning (VPAL): an HEA-sponsored workshop

Conference · Maths Support

Scottish Maths Support Network annual meeting

by Shazia Ahmed The SMSN 2013 meeting took place on Friday 28 June at the University of Aberdeen with 20 delegates representing 11 universities from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland – not bad for a wee network! The keynote speaker was David Bowers who is chair of the Sigma network. Other speakers included Ewan Russell… Continue reading Scottish Maths Support Network annual meeting

Conference · Maths Support · Social Media · Virtual PAL

Virtual Peer Assisted Learning (VPAL) using Facebook Groups

by Shazia Ahmed and Lorna Love As part of her previous post of Retention Officer (a few years ago) for the College of Science & Engineering, Lorna co-ordinated Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions for level one Mathematics and Computing Science students. Although the demand for PAL was present, attempts at organising these sessions proved to be… Continue reading Virtual Peer Assisted Learning (VPAL) using Facebook Groups

Conference · Maths Support

Trip to Belfast

by Shazia Ahmed Back in December, Lorna and I were at the Irish Mathematics Learning Support Network (IMLSN) annual meeting at Queens University Belfast. Prof Sarah Moore from the University of Limerick gave an excellent keynote address: Engagement, progression, retention, student effort and learner support – key principles for performance in higher education.  She pointed… Continue reading Trip to Belfast