Video series on virtual study groups now available on 'Keep Learning' website

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Students who wish to form virtual study groups with their peers can find tips for doing so on the "Keep Learning" website.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students from any Penn State campus who wish to form virtual study groups can now find guidance on the "Keep Learning” website, which provides information and resources relevant to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The site now features six short videos on forming virtual study groups.

“The most challenging courses become easier when students work together to master complex concepts,” said R. Neill Johnson, director of Penn State Learning, who led the effort to create the videos. “We hope these videos will help students who wish to collaborate with their peers to form study groups virtually — now, and even after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us.”

Three of the videos focus on different platforms students can use to form study groups (or collaborate on group projects): Canvas Prides, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. The remaining three videos focus on finding good study partners, establishing ground rules and using effective learning strategies.

The videos were developed by staff in Penn State Learning and the Learning Center at Penn State Berks, and all videos were formatted and edited by staff in World Campus Learning and Design. The students featured in three of the videos lead Guided Study Groups at Penn State Learning.

While the videos provide guidance for students who wish to form study groups of their own, students at the University Park campus can also participate in Guided Study Groups. Guided Study Groups are available for select courses in economics, math, the sciences and statistics and are led by undergraduates who have previously taken and succeeded in the courses. More information on Guided Study Groups is available on Penn State Learning’s website.

Information is also available on learning centers at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses.

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