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Integrating Peer Learning

Overview

Peer learning plays a valuable role in the classroom. When engaging with their peers, students can expand their perspectives, teach and learn from each other, get more feedback, and gain confidence in their answers. However, during the pandemic, many students lost out on formal and informal peer learning opportunities. Leveraging peers in the classroom is an effective way to adjust instruction across learners. As you're designing your courses, consider where peer learning may appropriately fit.

Strategies that Integrate Peer Learning

For a description of some of the activities listed below, visit our active learning resource page and check out the learning pauses and classroom assessment techniques guides.

  • Paired or small group discussion
  • Group projects
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Peer tutoring
  • Peer-led review sessions
  • Student-led classes
  • Role Play
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Two-stage Exams
  • Debates
  • Fishbowl activites
  • Gallery walks/learning stations
  • Pause procedure/collaborative note taking