Small Group Share


Models a think/pair/share in a live class.


Provides opportunities for learners to practice with the content in a small group setting before having to “report out” to the entire course.

Reduces artifacts to grade as each group produces one final product.

Is easily adaptable from smaller questions up to larger projects.

When this works well

This is a great way to have discussions with larger classes.


QM: 3.4, 3.5, 5.2, 5.4, 6.2

UDL: 7.2, 7.3, 4.1, 8.3, 3.4, 4.1, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4

Instructions for Learners and Faculty

This is an alternative format for any of the discussion types when you have a larger class. This works especially well for case studies.

  1. In a small group discussion, create a 2 - 3 paragraph response to the prompt.
  2. Post final to the Class Discussion.
  3. Ask questions of the other group’s final post.
  4. Respond to the question posed to your group.

Grading Criteria

You can use any of the discussion rubrics included, but you will need to make sure you communicate expectations for the small group and then the whole class post.


As a small group discusses the Unhealthy Hospital Case. In the whole-class discussion, post your group’s recommendations on what to cut in order for the hospital to continue to provide high-quality healthcare for the community and remain financially viable.

Discussion Thread (Group B)

 SUBJECT: Freezing Salaries

Based on the information on page 65, the largest savings will in freezing salaries….

 RE: Freezing Salaries

The difficult part of freezing salaries is that will mean less money in circulation in the community...

 SUBJECT: Cuts in business office staff salaries

By making cuts in the business office staff salaries that will have the least impact on actual healthcare...

Discussion Thread (Whole Class)

 SUBJECT: Group B’s Recommendations

Based on our small group discussion, our recommendations to continue to provide high-quality healthcare for the community and remain financially viable are as follows…

 RE: Group B’s Recommendations

We had discussed the freezing of salaries too but felt that would have too great a negative impact on the community. What were some of your rationales for keeping this option?

Updated 12/1/2022

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