Reflections on Opportunities & Challenges in T&L in Small Groups & Critiques

In groups, we started to list the opportunities and challenges and then added the various strategies that can benefit each point.

Small Groups

We started to look at the opportunities of peer teaching in a small group. This is perhaps a more personalised way of teaching. I believe this is a more effective way to engage in a topic or encourage problems based learning and skills. However, there is a tendency to spend too much time on a student and neglect the rest. To avoid this, I would like each student to prepare a short show-and-tell at a given/specific timing prior to the start of this session. This is as important as the group teaching and should be a considered approach, not on the fly.

One of the challenges highlighted in our group discussions deals with the limited opportunities that arises when the small group does not get the overall overview. This is true in my large group of students. The workaround would be to use a representative in each group to present in a summary session. This way of sharing is similar to what we have done on this exercise: a succinct and diverse way to acquire knowledge in a very short time. However, some students might be reluctant to present in front of a large group. Perhaps, the workaround would be to ask one from each small group to be presenting collectively.

Crits

One of the main opportunities in a critique is the ability to show and build confidence through presenting your work. If a student’s participation is positive and infectious, they can be an asset to their future employer. I believe the ability to present well is a skill that is important for any designer.

The challenges that we have noted down is very closely aligned with a series of anxieties that is commonly expressed in students. This could turn into an opportunity to teach how to advert issues like language shortcomings, nervousness and timekeeping. One way would be to practice with peers in pairs and do so again, this time with questions at the end.

This reduces anxiety and facilitates communications by expressing what they want to say about their work, in a comfortable environment .

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