Small group teaching will be face to face where possible, limited to modest group sizes, with physical distancing and face coverings to protect staff and students.
Some students may not be able to attend small group sessions in person and alternative ways for them to engage will need to be found.
Interaction between students as well as between students and tutor(s) is central to small group learning and it would be wise to plan for a combination of synchronous face to face and asynchronous remote interaction:
The visuals below show possible ways in which you might organise a small group teaching session.
It is also possible to bring remote students into a face to face small class, although it can be tricky to facilitate so that remote students are engaged. Here are some possible strategies:
Canvas and Microsoft Teams (often referred to as MS Teams or simply Teams) provide you with the functionality you need to effectively deliver small group teaching remotely.
Canvas allows you to create structured content and resources for students to access as well as a means contacting students and receiving work. Discussion boards can be set up to have asynchronous discussions on a topic. Posts in the discussions can have files attached as well as links, images, audio or video embedded within the text.
Teams provides live conferencing with audio, video and screen sharing. The chat functionality is good for informal discussions. If as part of your teaching you want students to “break out” into smaller groups to discuss a topic, explicit functionality supporting this within Teams is expected by Michaelmas Term. Shared whiteboards and polling are other ways to add interactivity to live Teams sessions.
Setting up your Canvas course to be inclusive
Case studies on how digital tools are used for independent learning at Oxford - Centre for Teaching and Learning guidance
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