Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader

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Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader

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School of Kinesiology

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School of Kinesiology - Student Engagement

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Job Description
The Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader works collaboratively within the School of Kinesiology to design and facilitate PASS sessions that engage learners in a collaborative and experiential learning activities.

PASS Sessions Overview
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are high quality, informal drop-in and collaborative study sessions connected to a specific course. The sessions are hosted on a drop-in basis, and are designed to improve the learning for students enrolled in historically difficult first-year courses. For Winter 2017/18 Term 2, the course that the School of Kinesiology’s PASS program will be supporting is KIN 191 – Anatomy and Physiology II.

Position Overview
PASS student leaders are positioned as expert learners of a course subject, and not course content experts. PASS leaders work collaboratively within a team to design and facilitate one or two PASS sessions per week that engage learners in collaborative learning activities that emphasize high quality study techniques. PASS Leaders work collaboratively within their departmental team of other PASS Leaders to design and facilitate PASS sessions for small groups of students in a first-year course. PASS Leaders are required to lead one to two of these sessions per week, facilitating experiential learning activities that emphasize study skills and learning strategies, not course-specific content.

Organizational Relationship
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions Program (PASS) is a collaborative endeavour shared between the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers (CSI&C) and the individual academic departments and courses in which the PASS sessions are held. The School of Kinesiology’s PASS Leaders work directly with Elise Le Brun (Student Engagement Officer) and Paul Kennedy (Associate Director, Academic).

Responsibilities of a PASS Leader
PASS leaders must attend training to hone their understanding of the course material, of meta-cognition and learning strategies and group facilitation skills. Attending training alongside leaders from other courses and disciplines, PASS leaders also have the opportunity to work in a group of student leaders.

Training Dates
• Mandatory PASS Leader Training: (Thurs Jan 4, 2018 & Fri, Jan 5, 2018)
• Ongoing training through weekly Department-specific meetings
• Attend one PASS session conducted by another faculty (Applied Science)

Interview Dates
Candidates must be available for an in-person interview on one of the following dates:
November 20, 21, 27, 28

Weekly Commitment (up to 10 hours) to the program for the term includes:
• Design and facilitate either two 1-hour or one 1.5 hour Peer Assisted Study Sessions per week for students in KIN 191 – Anatomy & Physiology II
• Attend regularly scheduled weekly meetings with PASS Leaders and the PASS Coordinator within the School of Kinesiology
• Post a Learning Plan to the PASS Online Blog detailing facilitation strategy at least three days prior to facilitating a PASS session
• Post a Critical Reflection to the PASS Online Blog detailing personal experiences and observations of own facilitation strategy within three days of facilitating a PASS session
• Comment on one Learning Plan and one Critical Reflection posted by a PASS Leader from another faculty.

Other responsibilities include:
• Facilitate exam-preparation PASS sessions prior to final exams in April
• Maintain contextual understanding throughout the term on the course instruction and content being covered (assisted by the PASS Coordinator), including attendance at lectures and engagement in Blackboard/Canvas as needed
• Make periodic announcements in class about PASS sessions to the students, as needed
• Provide course schedule and availability for leading PASS sessions and attending weekly meetings and PASS training at earliest convenience.
• Ensure that all PASS assessments and evaluations are completed in a timely manner
• Role-model behaviours conducive to academic success and the creation of a Respectful Environment whenever on resident/campus
• Maintain confidentiality and privacy in accordance to the FIPPA guidelines
• Uphold a professional standard of behaviour around matters such as class standards, grades and student complaints

General Skills and Qualifications:
• Currently registered as an undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) and have a minimum second year standing
• Completed KIN 190 and KIN 191 at UBC and demonstrated strong academic success in the course (minimum 75%)
• Keen interest in developing facilitation and leadership skills
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent communication and listening skills
• Keen interest in working with a diverse student population
• Passion for enhancing and supporting the Kinesiology student experience
• Ability and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team

$16.61 per hour for up to 10 hours per week

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10 hours per week

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