The learning context
Small group teaching does not take place in a vacuum. The diagram below shows how teaching and learning methods interrelate and need to be aligned with learning outcomes/objectives, assessment, and evaluation and quality assurance. The teacher has a role in ensuring that each session forms part of the whole curriculum by creating opportunities (through selecting appropriate teaching and learning methods and creating a stimulating learning environment) for learners to achieve the stated outcomes and thus be capable of passing assessments and becoming competent practitioners.
See the Setting Learning Objectives module for more information about planning learning events, the wider aspects of course planning and design, and how learning outcomes relate to setting assessment criteria as part of curriculum alignment.