Learning in and about groups COPY

LEARNING OUTCOMES: After the module the learner will

  • understand the potential and possibilities of small groups and peer groups in university teaching and learning
  • be able to apply the understanding of group learning in own teaching practices
  • increase self-knowledge as a facilitator of group learning through self-reflection
  • be able to critically reflect own position in small group and peer group situations

Content: Social dimensions of small and peer groups; Group learning in experiential learning theories; Starting small or peer group learning; Creating safe atmosphere; Teacher as a facilitator of group learning; Self-reflection as a facilitator

Self-study materials

Welcome to study the module of small groups in learning!
Here is a structure for the self-study of this module.

Task 1. Self-reflection
a) Draw your lifeline on a paper. Mark the 3-5 most significant experiences as a teacher on the lifeline - positive or negative. Describe them in writing. HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO THE SMALL GROUPS IN LEARNING???
b) Write a short reflection on experiences as facilitating small group learning and/or being a learner in a small group. What are the main points or key elements that you can find in your experience?

Task 2. TEEMA
Watch the first video on
After the video write a reflection on your own

Task 3. TEEMA

Task 4. Safety

Task 5. TEEMA


Contact your own University for information regarding guided studies based on the materials.


Specialists: Anita Malinen, University of Jyväskylä, Juha Lahti, University of Jyväskylä, Terhi Skaniakos, University of Jyväskylä.

Video and audio production: Kari Toiviainen, University of Jyväskylä, Ville Vester, University of Jyväskylä.