Short Course: Engaging Students Using Small Group Teaching in Business Education

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Seminar Room 6.30, Level 6, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Parkville

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Tessa Brinley

  • Improving Teaching

Short Course: "Engaging Students Using Small Group Teaching in Business Education"

Delivery Format: This is an online short course. Participants complete this professional development during the specified dates (3-week period).

The aim of this three-week online short course is to introduce participants to the benefits of small group teaching in both face-to-face and online classes. It will demonstrate how appropriate activities foster engagement and deep learning, while developing a range of students’ employability skills (such as communication, presentation, problem-solving, negotiation and collaborative/teamwork skills).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this online short course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of different types of small group teaching activities
  • Identify points in your lesson relevant for small group teaching
  • Evaluate small group teaching activities and select the most appropriate for meeting the learning outcomes of your subject
  • Implement strategies for facilitating and managing small group teaching in your classroom


Dr. Valerie Cotronei-Baird is a Senior Lecturer in the WCLA, she works directly with academics across FBE to innovate teaching and assessment practices.  Valerie makes a valuable contribution to experiential learning and authentic assessment practices and has been instrumental in the development and delivery of tutor-training program, professional development programs on teaching, learning, assessment & rubric development, and engaging students in the classroom both online and on campus.