PLTL in CS Workshop
Indiana University
January 9, 2009

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) involves students working cooperatively in small groups, led by trained undergraduate "peer leaders". PLTL has been used successfully for many years in Chemistry and other science courses to improve retention, boost grades, and increase students' enthusiasm for the subject.

This workshop provides training for those interested in trying PLTL in introductory Computer Science courses. Participants will take part in sample PLTL sessions, learn about resources needed to start a PLTL program, and will hear about the experiences of a faculty and undergraduate peer leader from Duke University. The workshop will be run by Professor Susan Rodger and student Tiffany Yam from Duke University.

Materials for Workshop

Overview of PLTL, Sample PLTL Session and Study (slides) and (handout)
Sample PLTL Sessions materials

Student Perspectives (slides) and (handout)
Learning Styles (slides) and (handout)
Learning Styles Survey
Team Leader Selection and Training (slides) and (handout)
Group Images
Exercises for Role Playing
Working in Groups Attributes
Guidelines PLTL book (slides) and (handout)

PLTL in CS Sites

With funding from NSF, eight universities (listed below with links to their program sites) have been applying PLTL in Computer Science for the past three years. The PLTL in CS web site is The PLTL in chemistry web site is

PLTL in CS sites

University of Wisconsin Madison Duke University Georgia Tech Beloit College
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Rutgers University Loyola College Purdue University

Our work on PLTL was supported by the National Science Foundation, GRANT CNS-0420343 with amendment CNS-638510.

Many of the materials from this workshop were from the PLTL in CS workshop held at Duke University in April 28-29, 2007.

Questions: Send email to Susan Rodger: rodger AT