Large Group Learning

The Faculty Development for Large Group Learning (FD-LGL) initiative is designed to support excellence in teaching by improving the quality and consistency of lectures across UBC’s Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME). Lectures have been identified by students as an area requiring improvement. Recent education literature supports a shift in how lectures are delivered, from a traditional, didactic style to an interactive, engaged large group session.

The FD-LGL initiative is not trying to standardize what teachers are doing in large group sessions, rather the goal is to advocate for a scholarly and pragmatic approach to the design, delivery, and assessment of teaching in UGME sessions.

FD-LGL Initiative

The FD-LGL initiative consists of an online primer arranged into three pillar areas (shown below) and require approximately 1 hour to complete in total. MOC Section 3 and Mainpro+ credits are available upon completion of all three primers (see below for more details). To view, the primers require the latest version of Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers. Click on any of the 3 pillars below to start.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 1.25 MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment hours (credits are automatically calculated). This Assessment program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.25 Mainpro+ Self-Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.
Royal College SAP ID#: 00013487
CFPC Session ID#: 194686-001

Please only claim credits after all three primers are completed.

Peer-Coaching for Faculty Who Teach in Large Groups

  1. Complete the Large Group Learning Primers above and log your completion.
  2. Sign-up with a peer-partner or be matched with a partner based on your lecture dates and availability. The forms are found at the end of each primer. If already completed, sign-up below.
  3. Identify your personal goals for the program using the worksheet provided.
  4. Attend an in-person orientation session to learn about the coaching process, the value of peer coaching, and meet your peer coach partner.
  5. Attend your peer coach partner’s large group session and provide feedback using the worksheet provided.
  6. Meet over the phone or in-person and provide each other with feedback after you and your partner have observed each other’s large group sessions.
  7. (Optional and by request only) Discuss your improvement plan further with an experienced lecturer.
  8. Fill out a final reflection on your change in teaching and receive a completion certificate.

The program requires a time commitment of approximately four hours over six months.

Please note peer coaching is not an assessment of teaching and will not be used for evaluative purposes.

Interested faculty can learn more about how to participate in a confidential, peer-review of their large group learning session by entering their contact information below.