The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) has recently been selected as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education in honor of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ 25th anniversary. PLTLIS Board members Mohsen Beheshti (California State University, Dominguez Hills), Mitsue Nakamura (University of Houston Downtown), and Marcelo Sztainberg (NorthEastern Illinois University) are involved with CAHSI, which is headquartered at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Using mobile devices as the technology to support “Cyber PLTL” or cPLTL was tested by a team at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis(IUPUI). Issues of functionality were explored and three platforms were found that offered viable choices for online PLTL programs, as explained in a paper co-authored by Pratibha Varma-Nelson published in Educause.
Janet Liou-Mark and A.E. Dreyfuss, PLTLIS Board members, with co-authors Sandie Han, Laura Yuen-Lau and Karmen Yu, published a paper on Peer-Led Team Learning in mathematics in a Special Edition focusing on academic peer learning, of the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.
Peer assisted learning schemes are operating in at least 56% of Higher Education Institutions in the United Kingdom, according to report authored by former PLTLIS Board Director Chris Keenan.
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“Peer-led Team Learning: An active learning method for the 21st Century” will be presented at the 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, to be held 16th – 18th of November, in Seville, Spain by Ana Fraiman, Professor of Chemistry at Northeastern Illinois University. A paper, co-authored with AE Dreyfuss, will be published in the conference Proceedings. See More
Peer-led Team Learning as a solution to the continued attrition in engineering majors will be presented in a talk at the 45th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference to be held October 21-24, in El Paso, Texas. PLTLIS Board members Jim Becvar and Jeff Saupe, and Michael C. Loui, Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University and former PLTL practitioner at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “Getting Past the First Year: Retaining Engineering Majors.” The paper to be published in the Proceedings is authored by AE Dreyfuss and Melanie Villatoro (NYC College of Technology, CUNY, USA); Michael C. Loui (Purdue University, USA); James Becvar and Geoffrey Saupe (University of Texas El Paso, USA); Wayne Johnson (Mass Insight Global Partnerships, USA).
Professor and PLTLIS Board member Melanie Villatoro, with Peer Leaders Brian Mason and Carolina Mata, will present Peers Empowering Peers in First-Year Civil Engineering Courses, at the 29th Annual Conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, October 10-12, 2015, Miami Beach, Florida. They are representing the PLTL program in Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.