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Fall 2021


Peer-led workshops in General Chemistry at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) were affected by COVID-19 restrictions during the 2020-2021 academic year. Most Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) workshops were conducted in person, but with the difference that protocols of distancing had to be observed, and a few were conducted online, so adjustments were necessary to prepare Peer Leaders to conduct their workshops in both types of settings. The facets of the modified PLTL program were supported by the online preparation for facilitation and chemistry content.

The results of an examination of critical incidents are shared here. This qualitative examination of Peer Leaders’ experiences was undertaken because of its exploration of formative events. Through the responses to questions about their experiences, Peer Leaders acknowledged the reality of dealing with Covid-19 restrictions as well as their preparation via a weekly online seminar. This paper, co-authored with Peer Leaders, examines the process of online training and facilitating workshops during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters at UTPB.


Dreyfuss, A.E., Fraiman, A., Montes, M., Hudson, R., Montalvillo Ortega, F., Muniz, J. Piefke, F., Rodriguez, M., Sheila, M., Vargas, K., & Vu, N. (2021). Peer Leading Small Group Discussion During COVID-19. Advances in Peer-Led Learning, 1, 55-67. Online at This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License



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