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.
Dr Vicki Stevenson
Published 26 Jan 2024 • 7 minutes read
Dr Vicki Stevenson, of Cardiff University's Welsh School of Architecture presents at the 2019 Learning & Teaching Conference, hosted by the CESI, a case study on: Transformation to “Experiential Learning”
TopicsWays of learning | Flipping the classroom | Facilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |
Published 21 Jul 2021 • 7 mins read
This Pecha Kucha presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference shares effective strategies Caroline has used to engage active class discussion in synchronous online sessions.
TopicsWays of learning | Designing for distance learners | Delivering blended programmes | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |
Rifhat Qureshi and Graham Getheridge
Published 16 Jan 2020 • 18 mins read
In this video, Rifhat Qureshi and Graham Getheridge talk of a collaboration between the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the Enterprise & Start-up Team. Together they developed an interactive workshop to demonstrate the importance of
TopicsWays of learning | Learning journeys | Small group teaching |
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
TopicsFacilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching | Delivering lectures |
#DryLabsRealScience a collaborative network addressing the virtual delivery of the practical experience
Dr Nigel Francis
Published 22 Jul 2021 • 7 mins read
This presentation from the 2021 Learning & Teaching Conference gives an overview of #DryLabsRealScience, a collaborative network established in direct response to the challenge of laboratory teaching online, allowing the sharing of best practice and
TopicsWays of learning | Designing for distance learners | Facilitating group work | Small group teaching |
Julia Tod, Gemma Stacey-Emile, Professor Dianne Watkins, Alison James and Bex Potton
Published 17 Jan 2020 • 14 mins read
Dr Kate Exley
Published 20 Apr 2017 • 20 mins read
Dr Duncan Cole and Dr Richard Jones
Published 14 Jan 2019 • 30 mins read
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
TopicsFacilitating group work | Small group teaching | Large group teaching |
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