Activity: microteaching

Introduction to Microteaching – Learning activity 3

(Wednesday 6 June to Wednesday 20 June)

The microteaching activity gives you an opportunity to practice or experiment with teaching styles and technologies in front of a group of other MOOC participants.

Microteaching is a required activity for those participants who have opted to be assessed by the course tutors, but we hope that many of you will engage in this activity and provide each other with feedback.

A successful MOOC relies on open sharing of ideas and resources and your participation in the microteaching activity is a concrete experience of this phenomenon for you to reflect upon.

What is a Microteaching activity?

A micro-teach is a well-established activity for a teacher to receive structured feedback on a live example of their teaching practice


The primary purpose of microteaching is to give you a chance to discuss and get feedback on a snapshot of your own teaching, whilst gaining knowledge through observing others. Observing others’ teaching is a good prompt to re‑consider your own teaching, particularly when you are exposed to teaching techniques from other disciplines. As an observer, you also gain experience in giving constructive feedback to your colleagues. As a teacher, you will receive insights from your peers on their experience as learners in your class.


Each member of the group has an opportunity as  “teacher” and receives feedback from their peers on what they have delivered. At Oxford Brookes University, we use a 'Teaching Observation Feedback Sheet' (see attachment) when observing and providing feedback on a peer’s teaching. You might like to use it, or another form that you have used. If you use a different form perhaps you could share it with MOOC participants.

Microteaching in several modes

  1. Prepare a 10-minute learning activity for teaching in your subject, which could be delivered online. This could be for pure online delivery or as a component of a blended learning activity.
  2. Include a lesson plan and some information about the tools and resources you would use and why
  3. If you have the time and resources you alternatively may wish to capture a 10-minute section from your real-time teaching in the form of a short video or Podcast . You will need to upload this to YouTube  
  4. Whichever approaches you use upload your completed Microteach for other MOOC participants to see.
  5. The audience will be other MOOC participants and the facilitators, George, Jenny and Marion. If possible treat the ‘class’ as if they were your own students at an appropriate level rather than beginners.
  6. Relax and enjoy the microteaching experience.

Giving feedback to participants- some general pointers

  • Consider an advance how you would like to receive feedback yourself and therefore how you might give constructive feedback to others
  • Start with the positive
  • Ask questions to promote discussion
  • Allow enough time
  • Acknowledge your own bias/preferences
  • Treat it as a two-way learning opportunity

Giving feedback to participants – some specific points to comment upon

  • Clarity of objectives
  • Methods or approach used
  • Delivery and pace
  • Content
  • Opportunities for learner participation/interaction
  • Use of learning resources

Receiving feedback- and how to use your feedback positively

  • Be honest and open
  • Engage in discussion
  • Ask for what you would like feedback on
  • Request examples
  • Consider your own self-awareness and reactions
  • Respond with your own ideas
  • Integrate the feedback with your own personal action plans

Where to post your completed microteaching activity

You can choose where to post your completed activity; it could be on your blog, in the Moodle discussion forums, in one of the MOOC groups or on the course Wiki. The important thing is to make it easy to find for MOOC participants, in order to receive feedback - so don’t forget to tag your post with #fslt.

If you have selected to be assessed, you should post your completed activity, or a link to it, in the 'Activity 3: Microteaching' area of the Assessment section,  by Wednesday 20th June.

The Microteaching Activity Showcase

The showcase for the Microteaching activities will take place during the Blackboard Collaborate session on Friday 22nd June 3.00-5.00pm (London, BST)

On this final day of the course, we will celebrate by sharing some of your microteaching examples and giving you the opportunity to discuss what you have learned about teaching in Higher Education.

How does the Microteaching activity fit into the PSF and assessment within the MOOC?

The activity relates to the professional value A1 of the PSF“ Design and plan learning activities/ and or programmes of study” and within the MOOC we have considered reflective practice within teaching with reference to Brookfield’s (1995) ‘Four Critically Reflective Lenses’ (see the links in the References section)

Participation in the Microteaching activity will enable you to utilize the lens of  ‘our colleagues experiences’ because you will be inviting others to watch what you do and hold a short critical conversation where you will receive feedback.

This will provide you with fresh and alternative perspectives on your teaching practice. You may wish to capture some of this experiential learning within the MOOC in your final reflections.


Brookfield, S. (1995) Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher.  San Francisco. Jossey-Bass.

Four Lenses Evaluation Resources from the University of Sydney:

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