The tips, tricks and case studies below relate to small group teaching, for example seminars, hands-on classes or supervision-style teaching sessions, often with groups of between around 2 and 10 people.
Tips and tricks
Case study examples
Hands on activities and group work: "I originally taught literature searching in a very software-dependent way: I demonstrated a search on a database, and asked students to translate what I was doing to their own search topics. It was hard to gauge comprehension this way, unless students were prepared to share their searches on the projection screen with the whole class. I later switched to a method where students were given an example search topic, and a series of cards (for search terms, Boolean operators and so on) and asked to work in groups to combine them, prior to using any databases. This allowed for much more self-teaching, peer learning, and reflection, and was a quick way for me to assess the effectiveness of my own teaching. Students tended to enjoy this activity, as it was a low pressure way to ease into what can be quite a complex topic.
My library has translated this card-sorting exercise into editable Google docs which we share with the students, when we teach this class online. The Google doc lists search terms and Boolean operators out of order, and the students are expected to sort them in the doc."
Adapting sessions based on needs of learners: "In a 'Delivering Presentations' small group teaching situation, we discussed the presentations that each participant was going to give, worked through the slides, and also left lots of time between each slide for questions and areas that participants were particularly concerned about."