Peer to Peer Activities

Peer Assisted Study Sessions – University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong is the national centre for the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), a program that has run at the university for over a decade and has been adopted in a number of other Australian universities. While many other universities have also been recognised for the quality of their PASS program, the University of Wollongong is listed here because of its central role in the scheme. The program involves students working in groups to improve their study strategies and network. A national PASS forum is held each year to disseminate ideas and facilitate collaboration. It has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • PASS was identified by a number of project participants as an example of good practice, and has been adopted by many institutions.
  • In 2010 it received an ALTC Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (First Year Experience).
  • It appears on the AUQA Good Practice Database.

PASS addresses English Language Standards 2, 3, 4 and 6.

SNAPVU – Victoria University

SNAPVU is a student-centred “institutional e-learning platform” (Kirkwood, 2012, p. A92) that focuses on peer learning and mutual cooperation to develop the skills required for academic study. Using a strong theoretical foundation, the platform was originally developed in 2010 with the assistance of a grant and has been subjected to extensive feedback and evaluation. It is part of an overall strategy called Students Supporting Student Learning (SSSL). It has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • It was identified by participants in the project as an example of good practice.
  • It has been reported on in the scholarly literature. References include:
    Kirkwood, K. (2012). Provisioning participatory learning: Creating opportunities for student-centred online cooperative academic support. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 6(1), A89-A102.
    Kirkwood, K. (2010). The SNAP platform: Social networking for academic purposes, Campus-Wide Information Systems, 27(3), 118-126.
  • The PASS developers who are part of SSSL received a 2010 ALTC citation for outstanding contributions to student learning.

SNAPVU addresses English Language Standards 2, 3, 4 and 6.