Breakout sessions A & B:
Peer Led Team Learning- A Pedagogical Model that Creates Good "Chemistry"

Breakout sessions A & B
Peer Led Team Learning - A Pedagogical Model that Creates Good "Chemistry" for Learning

Saturday, October 11, 2003
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:30 - 3:00 pm

John A. Goodwin, Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Physics- Coastal Carolina University

Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) ( began as "Workshop Chemistry" a decade ago. Since the pedagogical model is very robust in adaptation and easily transferable to other disciplines, several science and non-science disciplines have adopted it. It has been disseminated through Chautauqua courses, the CCLI-AA program and the NSF-funded Multi-Initiative Dissemination (MID) Project (

PLTL involves students in study groups that meet regularly outside of class time with student facilitators who have already successfully completed the course. These workshop leaders are trained to lead students in taking responsibility for their own learning in a socially supportive group. Exemplary course materials are designed for group work and are available for a growing number of introductory science courses; however, instructors are encouraged to develop their own materials tailored to their classes.

Adaptations at Coastal Carolina University that will be discussed include pre and post quizzing using WebCT and the development and use of computer-based learning objects in the traditional Workshop Chemistry setting. Resources for adoption in other disciplines will be presented.