Small group teaching
About this topic
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.
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
TopicsFacilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |
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'
TopicsFlipping the classroom | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures | Managing assessments |
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
TopicsFlipping the classroom | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |
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
TopicsSmall group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures | Managing assessments |
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
TopicsFacilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |
Different methods facilitate different kinds of student engagement and opportunities to learn.
TopicsSmall group teaching
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