The Handbook for Economics Lecturers

2 Factors to consider in the design of seminars

This section outlines five important issues to consider when designing an undergraduate seminar programme:

  • the variation in students’ abilities and ways in which to create a valuable learning experience regardless of initial ability in a given subject area;
  • student learning styles and seminar activities that are appropriate to each type of learner;
  • transferable skills and the importance of incorporating these skills into a varied programme of seminar activities;
  • student activity and learning, which includes the importance of students engaging in the learning process and the link between understanding, application and motivation;
  • a discussion of the role of seminars in a programme of teaching and learning.