7.1. Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) Orientation

Actimator uses and supports the PLTL model to encourage teamwork and collaborative learning among peers.

7.1.1. What is Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL)?

PLTL is an active, engaged learning experience for learners working collaboratively on challenging content while guided by a peer leader. It is learning through collaboration and participation.


Image from PLTL International Society

7.1.2. How does it work?

Peer Leaders help guide learners using various learning strategies for problem solving, offering timely assistance when an individual or the group needs help and providing guidance as well as encouragement.

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Images from

  1. https://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/scholarship/pltl
  2. https://teachingcenter.wustl.edu/scholarship/pltl/peer-leader-training

image3 - PLTL: A Short Dialog Video

7.1.3. Roles

a student who embarks on a learning adventure in collaboration with peers
a peer who has successfully completed the course that they wish to lead, and will guide learners through the completion of active learning exercises in a peer-mentoring environment. Leaders are facilitators, not instructors, not answer-givers. They are coaches, facilitating with a “light hand” connecting learners to resources and other peers who can help.


7.1.4. Expectations

  • PLTL is all about working together as a group.
  • Peer leaders are trained to be facilitators, not lecturers or teaching assistants. They do not provide answers to learners; instead they guide them toward answers and set a tone for group discussion and learning.
  • Learners do most of the explaining and reasoning with the rest of the group.
  • Individual points of view and ideas are respected.
  • Criticism is constructive.
  • All members have an equal opportunity to participate.

7.1.5. What do leaders gain from PLTL?

  • Increased confidence.
  • Better understanding of the material and better performance in the material for themselves (Knowledge Building).
  • Improved communication, critical thinking skills, and problem solving.
  • Appreciation of value of collaborative learning and trust in the group problem-solving process.
  • Community Service experience: (mentoring, helping fellow students)
  • Educator experience
  • Leadership Skill Building
  • These are skill sets frequently sought by employers.

7.1.6. Should you consider becoming a leader?

image5 If you meet the following requirements and responsibilities:

  • Understand and be fluent in content you will be leading.
  • Be willing to learn and help others!
  • Attend leader training (already in progress!)
  • Participate in every session of next Cohort as a peer leader (6 sessions total; 2 times a week for 3 weeks)
  • Participate in an interview after the sessions are completed

image6 This is NOT for you if...

  • You cannot commit to being at every session for entire upcoming Cohort.
  • You do not care to be part of a group learning setting
  • You do not to want to prepare for the sessions.



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  • Discussion on prior knowledge or experience with PLTL or any form of collaborative learning or collaboration in general.
  • Student Questions