Information for Course Coordinators

What is PASS?

Weekly 50 minute peer-led study sessions focused on key concepts and skills

Student led learning enhancement activity:

  • Facilitated by students who have recently excelled in difficult courses
  • Responsive to the needs of current students

Course-based retention strategy:

  • Targets courses with high degree/perception of difficulty
  • Supports courses with high attrition/fail rates

What can PASS do for your students?

Improved marks:

  • Approximately 1.2 mark improvement per session attended

Condensed study time:

  • 1 hour of PASS equivalent to 4 hours individual study

Support to stay at university:

  • Twice yearly surveys consistently report students noting PASS as a factor in their decision not to withdraw from courses

Cohort connection:

  • Attending students report PASS has assisted them in connecting with peers in their courses
  • Brings high-achieving students together with those who might be struggling

Based on data drawn from PASS annual reports and studies completed by the Australasian Centre for PASS, University of Wollongong.

What can PASS do for course coordinators?

Provide an auxiliary learning environment for students to engage with and practice applying concepts from your courses

Support your students in developing study skills central to broader disciplines

Facilitate 360 degree feedback based on students’ understanding of content, teaching activities and iterative changes to courses

Course coordinator responsibilities

The Academic Course Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Recommending proposed selected PASS leaders for their respective course; the PASS Coordinator takes the lead in recruitment and selection of leaders (see PASS Recruitment)
  • Providing relevant text books to PASS leaders
  • Providing PASS leaders with an overview of the course, and guidance on key concepts to emphasize
  • Being the reference point for PASS leaders in regard to clarifying academic questions and issues
  • Assisting the PASS Coordinator, in collaboration with Faculty Timetablers, to identify suitable times and venues for their course's PASS classes; the PASS Coordinator will take the lead in proposing a timetable but will seek the Academic Course Coordinator's input as to suitability of times and venues
  • Ensuring that PASS leaders are added as Observers to the relevant Course MyUni or Canvas site so that they can view recorded lectures, power point slides, assessments and related due dates, and course notices (but not grades or submitted assignments)
  • Ensuring that appropriate promotional PASS messages and notices are uploaded to the relevant MyUni or Canvas site, and PASS leaders are given the opportunity to promote PASS at occasional lectures