N°17- Opportunities and Challenges

In this session Lindsay had us brainstorm about the opportunities and challenges using one on one teaching, small group teaching, one to many and crits. See them outlined below:

One to one teaching

Opportunities

● Personalised, inclusive – can meet diverse needs ● Private/confidential ● Can be straight with individuals who need a push ● Build relationship & trust ● Look at personal development and progress

Challenges

● Parity of student experience ● Repetition of effort ● Have to be on one another’s wavelength ● Feedback limited by teacher’s experience ● Puts onus on tutor ● Can turn into pastoral care ● Can create dependency ● Easy to go off topic ● Time management

Small Group Teaching

Opportunities

● Less intimidating than bigger groups ● Space to move around ● Ideal for practical/technical skill development ● More democratic, less hierarchical? ● Intimate, personalisable ● Facilitates exchange of ideas, participation ● Peer to peer learning ● Cover more ground than in 1-2-1 teaching? ● Easier to pitch at right level than with large groups ● Good for technical/hands on teaching ● Good for brainstorming ● Reflects many aspects of professional practice ● More onus on students ● Build students’ confidence ● Can explain or set outcomes at the start

Challenges

● Enforced participation ● More time-intensive than with larger groups ● Balancing contributions from participants ● Feedback more generic/less personal ● Forming the groups ● Keeping students off their mobile devices ● Placement of multiple groups in room ● Individual personalities/attitudes have more impact ● Attendance/punctuality can radically alter group dynamic ● Getting feedback from group ● Evaluating learning/grading e.g. collaborative projects ● Keeping up momentum ● Relies on verbal communication

One to many (lectures)

Opportunities

● Can pre-determine structure ● Good for giving an overview of a subject ● Good for introducing complex ideas ● Can help to develop the lecturer’s own thoughts ● Easy to use multimedia – videos, images, etc ● Can see lots of students in one go ● Can help to create a community ● Student perception of contact time and value for money ● Parity of student experience ● Can record/lecture capture ● No repetition ● Bringing in guest lecturers ● Suits students who are ready to engage

Challenges

● Not personalisable ● Managing large numbers ● Ensuring attendance ● Difficult for those on the language boundary ● Meeting diverse learning needs ● Gaining and maintaining attention ● Performance anxiety ● Keeping them awake ● Limited opportunity for dialogue ● Difficult to check understanding ● How can they ask questions? ● Reliance on IT, Tech

Crits

Opportunities

● Formative assessment – student can see how they are doing ● Student learns to articulate and reflect on own work ● Identify strengths and weaknesses ● Peer feedback ● New perspectives, varied feedback ● Sharing info & references ● Strengthening of group/sense of community ● Develop critical analysis skills ● Build confidence in presenting ● Can see students’ work as a whole ● Can involve everyone ● Preparation for ‘real world’

Challenges

● Negative affect (emotions, stress) ● Potential for tutor to dominate ● Potential for some students to dominate ● Student absence due to fear ● Developing an open, honest process ● Cultural friction? ● Requires full engagement ● Takes a long time ● Breadth of knowledge needed

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