Explore the possibilities of small group teaching

Thursday, 9 November 2017 – 8.30-13.15

Per Andersen, Vice-dean for Education, invites all lecturers to an Inspiration Day on small group teaching.

Small group teaching takes many different forms. This is exactly why it is important that we – the lecturers – explore the possibilities available and choose a form that fits the subject and the students we are to teach.

You have the opportunity to be inspired by colleagues who have explored some of the more recent options as regards small group teaching. The programme comprises concrete examples and workshops that allow you to work on your own teaching practice.

We focus on three options: Continuous assessment and feedback, peer feedback using digital tools, and different ways of using cases. The common denominator for these formats is that they contribute to activating students in and between classes and thus also to enhancing the students’ learning.

There are three presentations in the morning, when lecturers from BSS talk about their own experience with the chosen formats for small group teaching. After that there will be three workshops, the content of which will follow up on the presentations (pls see programme below). Participants have the opportunity to attend two workshops each.

The presentations will be in English so that non-Danish speaking colleagues can attend. The workshops will be held in Danish or in English, depending on who participates.

After the workshops, lunch will be served in Stakladen.

The presenters and description of workshops


Case work in collaboration with private and public organisations

Helle Alsted Søndergaard, associate professor, Department of Management

Cases are used in different disciplines in slightly different ways. In her presentation, Helle Alsted Søndergaard will talk about why and how she works with organisations, both private and public, to identify case challenges that she assigns to student groups, so that they work with them during the course of the semester. Furthermore, Helle will reflect on the pros and cons of using live cases in her small group teaching.

Continuous assessment

Mia Skytte O’Toole, associate professor, Department of Psychology

With the new ministerial order on exams in 2016, it has become possible for universities to establish rules for continuous assessment that counts towards the student’s final grade at the end of the semester. In her talk, Mia Skytte O’Toole will tell us how and why she, together with her colleague, associate professor Mimi Mehlsen, has worked with continuous assessment before these regulatory changes, and reflect on how she would like to make use of the new possibilities for grading in the course of the semester.

Peer feedback using peergrade

Eva Naur Jensen, associate professor, Department of Law

An increasing number of colleagues make use of educational technology. To support peer feedback, Eva Naur Jensen has employed the online platform peergrade. In her presentation she will talk about what she has done and why she has done it like this. In addition, she will reflect on the use of peer feedback and how she would like to develop it in the future.

See video (in Danish) about peer feedback with Eva Naur Jensen and Caroline Adolphsen at TREAT.



Using cases at different stages of the learning process

Karen M. Lauridsen, associate professor, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), BSS

At BSS, we use cases in a variety of ways. In this workshop, Karen will briefly introduce different forms of cases, and together we will explore how they might be used for different purposes in concrete contexts.

Continuous assessment and feedback

Annika Büchert Lindberg, special consultant, Science and Technology Learning Lab, ST

In the workshop, Annika will briefly introduce some of the options available for feedback and continuous assessment of student work. The pros and cons of the different options will be discussed with participants in an interactive format.

Digital tools for peer feedback

Maria Hvis Stenalt, Educational IT consultant, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), BSS

In the workshop, Maria will present a selection of digital tools used at BSS for peer feedback activities. The workshop will allow participants to try the tools – with the help of the facilitator.



Date and registration

Thursday, 9 November 2017 – 8.30-13.15

Registration here.
Deadline for registration 26 October 2017

Generel information

  • Venue: Tvillingeauditorierne, Building 1324, room 025, Bartholins Allé 10, 8000 Aarhus C.
  • Price: Free of charge
  • Seats: Limited number of seats which are allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • Language:  The presentations will be in English. The workshops will be conducted in Danish or in English, depending on the participants.     

Event Organizers

Dorte Sidelmann Rossen

Educational it Team Leader
H bldg. 1323, 414
P +4587162568

Karen M. Lauridsen

Associate professor
H bldg. 1323, 418
P +4587165105
P +4524438938

Anna Bager-Elsborg

H bldg. 1323, 424
P +4587164732
P +4587164732


Questions regarding content:

Questions regarding practical matters:

  • Julie Lykke Facius, tlf.: 871 66029




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