Small Group Teaching

December 11
UCSF Library
530 Parnassus Avenue, Rm. CL-221&222, San Francisco CA


Key Educational Skills Workshop
Small Group Teaching

  • live at 530 Parnassus Avenue, Teaching and Learning Center, Room CL-221/222
  • via video-teleconference at SFGH Building 20 2nd floor, room # 2202, Ward 22 PRIME-US Telemedicine Videoconference Room

Principal Faculty:

Marieke Kruidering, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Katherine Hyland, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Much of clinical and classroom teaching takes place in small groups. A faculty member can use the skills for leading an effective discussion and encouraging active student participation in a variety of instructional formats including case studies, problem-based learning, and small group discussions. The session will begin with an introduction by the facilitator, who will describe the roles and expectations just as we would with learners in real life. A handout derived from Tools for Teaching will serve as the basis for the discussion.

During this session scholars will:

  • Participate in three groups and subsequent debriefings
  • Interact with expert small group facilitators to address personal facilitation challenges
  • Discuss and formulate successful strategies for creating, leading and guiding discussions, and for asking and responding to questions
  • Practice leading a small group session during a hands-on group exercise.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the characteristics of different kinds of small groups.
  • List two factors for success and two pitfalls to avoid in development of new small group sessions.
  • Create guidelines for asking and responding to questions.
  • Apply small group techniques to effectively teach content currently taught in lecture format in a small group setting.
  • Describe solutions to challenges of small group learning both in design and group dynamics.
  • Establish a reasonable set of targets related to the workshop objectives by completing and Educational Action Plan form.
  • Gather learner feedback about performance of the new teaching skills acquired in the workshop, using a performance-assessment tool.
UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of four AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Course No. MGR13075