Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) – How Enlisting the Aid of Student Leaders Increases Student Success

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Ana Fraiman, Ph.D.
Emerita Professor of Chemistry
Northeastern Illinois University
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Kimshi Hickman, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Retention and Completion
The University of Texas at Arlington
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James E. Becvar, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry
University of Texas at El Paso

Learn how faculty and administrators across the country are working together to enlist the aid of student leaders to increase student success. During this presentation, three speakers will describe how  PLTL programs work, how you can create one at your institution, and what can be accomplished by implementing PLTL:

Dr. Ana Fraiman shares how faculty can lead efforts to develop PLTL at their own institutions. This includes how to gain and leverage institutional support to incorporate PLTL, prepare faculty to run these programs, train peer mentors, and collaborate across departments to increase success.

Dr. Kimshi Hickman noticed learning losses in gateway math and engineering courses. Students needed support in Pre-Calculus to succeed. Dr. Hickman worked with engineering and math faculty to develop a Pre-Calculus PLTL that led to higher pass rates and positive student feedback. The PLTL program has now expanded to mathematics, chemistry, and engineering courses.

Dr. James Becvar pulls from the success of a twenty-two-year PLTL program to show how faculty can nurture strong student leadership and capture the creativity and entrepreneurial value of student leaders to facilitate learning in an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.