Promoting Effective Peer Learning

Promoting Effective Peer Learning:
Experience Sharing of Implementing Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) in General Education Foundation Programme


Dr Szeto Wai Man(General Education Foundation Programme)
Dr Li Ming Kenneth (General Education Foundation Programme)
Dr Wu Jun Vivian (General Education Foundation Programme)
Dr Yip Lo Ming Amber (General Education Foundation Programme)

Date: 28 January 2019
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Venue: Rm 701, Hui Yeung Sing Building
Language: Cantonese

Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) is a widely adopted peer learning model with proved effectiveness in enhancing student learning. For the implementation in the two required courses under the General Education Foundation Programme (GEFP) at CUHK, PASS consists of weekly one-hour, voluntary group study sessions led by “PASS Leaders” who excelled in the specific course in the past and also understand the struggles typically faced by students enrolled in the course. In PASS, students work together in a relaxed and supportive learning environment to consolidate understanding, reinforce key concepts and develop effective study strategies.

In this GE lunch seminar, the speakers will share their experience of implementing PASS in the GEFP since its pilot stage in 2010, with the illustrations from its regular evaluation. The speakers will explain how PASS has been developed in GEFP, including the expansion of the PASS Leader team and the PASS Supervisor team, the involvement of “Senior PASS Leaders”, the implementation of PASS in the form of reading workshops, and the application of the Socratic method by PASS Leaders. Invited PASS Leaders will also share their first-hand experience of leading PASS sessions and facilitating students’ learning. This seminar will also illustrate how the general PASS model can be adapted to target courses to promote effective peer learning.

Speakers' Bio

Dr Szeto Wai Man, Dr Li Ming Kenneth, Dr Wu Jun Vivian and Dr Yip Lo Ming Amber are Lecturers of the General Education Foundation Programme (GEFP). After completing the accredited PASS Supervisor Training held by The Australasian National Centre for PASS, they formed the PASS Working Group to implement PASS in GEFP and to collaborate with other units to promote PASS in CUHK.