Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a proven method of small-group peer learning used at colleges and universities all over the world. PLTL groups typically consist of 6-8 students who work together to solve problems, and are facilitated by a Peer Leader. More information about this national pedagogy can be found at The Center for Peer-Led Team Learning and the Peer-Led Team Learning International Society web sites.
The PLTL program at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) was introduced in General Chemistry in 2001. The model has expanded to Calculus and is being translated for Engineering courses.
Characteristic elements of PLTL at WUSTL include:
Explicit focus on process development goals
Robust peer leader training
Research on PLTL at Washington University has demonstrated our model’s effectiveness in improving student learning. This website provides details about the philosophy behind our model, as well as its structure. It also presents resources for institutions that consider duplicating our model.
Faculty interested in implementing PLTL may contact Gina Frey, Executive Director of The Teaching Center. For information about day-to-day administration of PLTL at WUSTL, please contact Megan Daschbach, Director of the Chemistry PLTL Program, or Lisa Kuehne, Director of the Calculus PLTL Program.