Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)

A model of collaborative learning, which involves students working in small groups led by trained peer leaders.

  • Students actively work together in groups to learn subject-specific content and solve complex problems
  • Peer leaders facilitate small-group learning sessions
  • Students actively work together and learn from and with others
  • Students discuss ideas in a non-threatening environment
  • Group size is small, atmosphere is relaxed, and structure is informal
  • Faculty assumes the role of mentor and facilitator of learning

For additional resources visit PLTL in MDC LibGuide.

Differentiated Instruction (DI)

Differentiating content, process, products, or learning environment to meet the individual needs of students.

  • Recognizes students’ varied background knowledge, readiness levels, language preferences and interests, and tailors instruction accordingly
  • Promotes flexible student grouping by readiness, interest, and learning profiles
  • Employs various modes of instructional delivery
  • Plans relevant learning opportunities that are student-centered
  • Maximizes each student’s growth and individual success by meeting each student at their level of need
  • Nurtures a change in faculty “mindset” not simply the use of “different” instructional strategies

For additional resources visit DI in MDC LibGuide.

Project Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)

The process of students, with individual roles, constructing new knowledge through interactive group work.

  • Purposeful synthesis of content to be learned
  • Incorporates student collaboration and analytical thinking
  • Students work on specifically designed problems and material
  • Employs inquiry and the constructivist framework to develop students’ process skills
  • Uses carefully designed classroom materials to guide the learning of self-managed teams
  • Faculty assumes the role of “facilitator of team learning” rather than the knowledge purveyor

For additional resources visit POGIL in MDC LibGuide.