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Small group teaching

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Small group teaching involves learning and teaching sessions with small groups of students.

There is no “ideal” number of students, as this depends on the activity to be undertaken. However, group sizes between 3-10 students are typically considered effective in most situations; with small group teaching approaches still possible in larger classes by simply dividing the students into smaller groups.

One of the most important aspects of small group teaching is that it is student-centred, promotes student engagement, involves active learning and that the educator acts more as a facilitator to the students learning. Therefore, discussion, dialogue and collaboration between staff and students is fundamental to effective small group learning.

At Cardiff University a diverse range of small group teaching methods are implemented as effective approaches to learning and teaching. These include, but are not limited to; tutorials, seminars, problem-based learning, inquiry-based learning and workshops, all of which can be delivered directly or online.

This topic presents examples of how small group teaching provides a dynamic and interactive environment for students to construct their learning, in addition to providing the opportunity for students to obtain immediate formative feedback from both their peers and tutor.


Case Studies

'Electronic notebooks and portfolios for laboratory work'

Dr James Redman

Published 04 Oct 2017 • 19 mins read

Dr James Redman of Cardiff University's School of Chemistry presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the outcomes of his Education Innovation Fund project of 'Electronic notebooks and portfolios for


Topics

Small group teaching | Large group teaching |

0 recommendations

Modern learning environments and large group teaching in Physiotherapy

Jill Morgan

Published 13 Mar 2019 • 6 minutes read

Video case study from Jill Morgan from the School of Healthcare Sciences describing how she's been able to transform how she delivers large group teaching within the new flexible lecture theatre in the School


Topics

Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |

3 recommendations

Successful deployment of lecture capture and e-assessment: case study

Dr Annabel Cartwright

Published 16 Aug 2017 • 18 mins read

Dr Annabel Cartwright of Cardiff University's School of Physics & Astronomy presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the subject of 'Successful deployment of lecture capture & e-assessment'


Topics

Flipping the classroom | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures | Managing assessments |

0 recommendations

Making Panopto work for you: The perils of Panopto: Perfection, PowerPoint and Prosaics.

Dominic De Saulles

Published 16 Aug 2017 • 15 mins read

Dominic De Saulles of Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the subject of 'Making Panopto work for you: The perils of Panopto: Perfection, PowerPoint


Topics

Flipping the classroom | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |

0 recommendations

Please turn on your devices: Inviting mobile technology into the classroom for formative assessment through polling software

Dr Michael Munnik

Published 16 Aug 2017 • 18.5 mins read

Dr Michael Munnik of Cardiff University's School of History, Archaeology and Religion presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the subject of 'Please turn on your devices: Inviting mobile technology


Topics

Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures | Managing assessments |

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Cardiff Resources

Lesson Planning Guidance

Dr Iain Mossman

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 10 mins read

A downloadable visual guide on how to design and plan a lesson.


Topics

Ways of learning | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |

4 recommendations

Case based learning in the School of Medicine

Dr Zarabeth Newton & Dr Marcus Coffey

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 10 mins read

A presentation by Dr Marcus Coffey and Dr Zarabeth Newton on how case based learning was introduced to the C21 MBBCh Medicine course.


Topics

Ways of learning | Facilitating group work | Small group teaching |

2 recommendations

Online Content Curation Tools Technology Reviews

Dr Duncan Cole and Dr Richard Jones

Published 14 Jan 2019 • 30 mins read

This resource reviews a range of the most well-known platforms and piloted and assessed them as support tools for use in higher education.


Topics

Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |

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An on-line support resource for PGRs new to the teaching role

Dr Kate Exley

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 20 mins read

This resource aims to help postgraduate research students gain confidence, knowledge and skills in their new teaching role.


Topics

Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Providing feedback |

0 recommendations

Best Practice in Online Content Curation in Higher Education

Dr Duncan Cole & Dr Richard Jones

Published 18 Jan 2019 • 30 mins read

This best practice document aims to provide advice on how to get the most from using a curation platform, and indeed identifying whether a curation platform is right for the job you have in mind. We present this as a series of key consideration with


Topics

Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |

2 recommendations

Small group teaching: Methods & Techniques

Dr Nathan Roberts

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 10 mins read

Different methods facilitate different kinds of student engagement and opportunities to learn.


Topics

Small group teaching

8 recommendations

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