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September 29, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Recommendations for Peer-Peer Academic Support Programming: Pandemic Adaptations


Webinar-- Recommendations for Peer-Peer Academic Support Programming: Pandemic Adaptations


Drawing from data and experiences adapting peer-peer academic and technology support services at the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s central Learning Commons, we will describe how we developed a hybrid model of peer support throughout 2020, outlining our resources and practices: from the systems we implemented to manage our student staff team, to creating synchronous and asynchronous academic and digital engagement support resources. We will collectively identify and develop solutions to implementing hybrid peer-peer support models with implications for a post-pandemic context, where hybrid models of student learning, development, and engagement will remain integral to the higher education landscape.

Wednesday, September 29

1:00 ET, 10:00PT, 2:00ATL

60 minutes


Emma MacFarlane, Learning Commons Coordinator, University of British Columbia

Alex Kuskowski, Learning Services Librarian, University of British Columbia

Emma MacFarlane

As Learning Commons Coordinator, Emma manages the development and delivery of various programs and services in the Chapman Learning Commons at UBC-Vancouver that support and enhance students’ learning and academic growth, leadership, and engagement. She applies her experiences as an educator and researcher, as well as her M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from SFU, in her work with a large team of student staff and colleagues at UBC Library.

Alex Kuskowski

Alex joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library in October 2016 as a Learning Services Librarian. A UBC Alumni, Alex graduated with a Master’s in Library Science from the UBC School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Prior to working in the Learning Commons, Alex was a writer and editor for a children’s book publishing company. Alex enjoys hiking and crafting in her free time!

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