Laura L. Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Garland Hall, Room 373
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PILOT Learning is a loose acronym for peer-led-team learning. This program was established at Johns Hopkins in 2008 following a model developed by the City College of New York in 1991 and Washington University in Saint Louis in 2001. Extensive research demonstrates that these programs improve student learning.
In the Hopkins PILOT program, students are organized into study teams consisting of 6-10 members who meet weekly to work problems together. A trained student leader acts as captain and facilitates the meetings. PILOT aims to help students make a smooth transition to college life both academically and socially. More importantly, PILOT aims to actively teach and demonstrate how collaborative learning uses contributions from individuals to benefit a group.
The cooperative nature of the program helps reinforce course materials while creating a way for students to meet and work closely with classmates. Previous PILOT participants report that they not only enjoy the time spent working with their teams but also find their time spent working with their peers to be more effective than time spent studying alone. PILOT is not remedial and is carefully developed to help students of all abilities. We have found that students participating in the PILOT program tend to earn higher grades.
The PILOT program supports the following courses:
- Calculus I for Biological and Social Science (AS110.106)
- Calculus II for Biological and Social Science (AS110.107)
- Calculus I for Physical Science and Engineering (AS110.108)
- Calculus II for Physical Science and Engineering (AS110.109)
- Linear Algebra (AS110.201)
- Calculus III (AS110.202)
- Introductory Chemistry I (AS030.101)
- Introductory Chemistry II (AS030.102)
- General Physics I for Physical Science Majors (AS171.101)
- General Physics II for Physical Science Majors (AS171.102)
- General Physics I for Physical Science Majors: Active Learning (AS171.107)
- General Physics I for Biological Science Majors (AS171.103)
- General Physics II for Biological Science Majors (AS171.104)