Student Mentors in Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces

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Kirkwood, Keith, Best, Gillian, McCormack, Rob and Tout, Dan (2012) Student Mentors in Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces. In: Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education : Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment. Keppell, Mike, Souter, Kay and Riddle, Matthew, eds. Information Science Reference, Hershey, Pa., pp. 278-294.


This chapter explores the human element in the learning space through the notion that once a learning space is inhabited, it becomes a learning place of agency, purpose and community involving both staff and students. The School of Languages and Learning at Victoria University in Melbourne has initiated a multifaceted peer learning support strategy, ‘Students Supporting Student Learning’ (SSSL), involving the deployment of student peer mentors into various physical and virtual learning spaces. The chapter discusses the dynamics of peer learning across these learning space settings and the challenges involved in instituting the shift from teacher- to learning-centred pedagogies within such spaces. Both physical and virtual dimensions are considered, with the SNAPVU Platform introduced as a strategy for facilitating virtual learning communities of practice in which staff, mentors, and students will be able to engage in mutual learning support. The chapter concludes with calls for the explicit inclusion of peer learning in the operational design of learning spaces.

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Item type Book Section
DOI 10.4018/978-1-60960-114-0.ch017
ISBN 9781609601140 (print), 9781609601164 (online)
Subjects Current > Division/Research > VU College
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Keywords ResPubID24258, peer learning, tutors, tutoring, teaching, students supporting student learning, SSSL, School of Languages and Learning, SNAPVU Platform, virtual learning communities, Victoria University, Melbourne
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