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Small-group teaching at UCL

Small-group teaching case studies

Below is a selection of case studies showcasing great work going on around UCL.

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How to improve students' writing

Dr Adam Smith's new essay-writing course received 100 per cent positive feedback and led to big improvements. Just don’t call it a skills course More...

Published: Sep 1, 2014 10:42:27 AM

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How to keep students engaged - lessons from the UCL Global Citizenship Programme 2014

Shivani Singh shares what she learned from leading a voluntary summer school course More...

Published: Jul 4, 2014 10:56:14 AM

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From Tumblr to Scribus – A digital art project makes the most of free web technology

Dr Cadence Kinsey, UCL History of Art, brought two sets of students together to produce a piece of web-based art using free online tools More...

Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:24:15 PM

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Putting research-based education into practice – what we learned

Dr Bernadett Kalmar and Dr Barney Bryson have helped their masterclass students design their own research programmes. They shared their findings at a UCL Arena Exchange seminar More...

Published: May 12, 2014 1:17:16 PM

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Students prefer tutorial-based teaching, a new study shows

Clare Goudy reports on a study into student attitudes to small-group teaching, presented at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 More...

Published: Apr 11, 2014 1:58:19 PM

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Better together: How Dr Parama Chaudhury swapped traditional lectures for team-based learning

Dr Parama Chaudhury’s first-year Economics module represents a first for UCL. Based on the concept of flipping lectures, she now provides her learners with a range of sources to study before they meet, and then uses the lecture time to lead the group in team exercises. More...

Published: Mar 21, 2014 3:20:28 PM

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Students chairing tutorials

The Department of Speech and Language Therapy’s Dr Rachel Rees explains why students are asked to chair their own tutorials during the first and second years of their degree. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 1:12:15 PM

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Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 1:00:27 PM

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Using anatomical drawings to help teach Shakespeare

Dr Chris Laoutaris, from the Department of English Language and Literature, explains how he used the UCL Art Museum to help his students understand Shakespeare plays. More...

Published: Aug 9, 2013 12:32:37 PM

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Quick-fire teaching: the languages of the Danube

Find out how nine teaching fellows went about designing a set of six-hour courses aimed at teaching undergraduate students languages from around the Danube. The case study was compiled by Jelena Čalić, Ramona Gonczol, Lily Kahn, Sabine Lins, Christina Parte, Eszter Tarsoly and Olga Willet. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 5:26:13 PM

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Asynchronous language practice for distance learners

Earlier this year, Dr An Vanderhelst was awarded a Teaching Innovations Grant so that she could trial VoiceThread, a video blogging tool that enables distance-learning students to practise their speaking skills in their own time. Here, she discusses her experiences. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:39:24 PM

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Using avatars in a virtual world to teach a distance-learning course

An Vanderhelst, Teaching Fellow in Dutch, explains how virtual world Second Life can help in distance-learning courses. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:23:30 PM

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PeerWise: a repository for student-designed MCQs

Stefanie Anyadi, Sam Green and Kevin Tang discuss how PeerWise fared when it was piloted on a Linguistics module. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 4:19:57 PM

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Filming role-played mental health consultations for assessment

The Anna Freud Centre’s Nick Midgley and Fiona John explain why they introduced filmed role-play assessment to a first-year Master’s module. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2013 3:25:56 PM

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Using 'policy portfolios' to develop students' skills

In 2012, Oliwia Berdak won a Provost's Teaching Award for the policy portfolio scheme she devised as a postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA). Here, she explains the concept and its benefits. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 5:00:01 PM

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Students interviewing their teachers

Charmian Dawson, Teaching Fellow in Biosciences, explains how she boosted student engagement by getting them talking to the academics in their department. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 4:55:46 PM

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Making an existing course online-only and assessing by portfolio

The Institute for Global Health’s Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall and Dr Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli explain the challenges and triumphs they encountered when turning one of their existing modules into an online-only, Moodle-based course. More...

Published: Aug 6, 2013 4:35:38 PM

Further information 

  • Please note that the case studies section of the Teaching and Learning Portal is a continually evolving resource. If you or your colleagues are involved in great projects or practices that others might be able to take inspiration from, please get in touch by emailing teaching.learning@ucl.ac.uk
  • For discipline-specific advice on small-group teaching, contact one of the CALT school-facing teaching fellows

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