Five practical strategies to get a grip on large group cooperative virtual learning in medical education


  • Ryan Peters Queen's University
  • Neshaya Wijeratne Algonquin Lakeshore District Schoolboard
  • Meghan Bowman Queens University
  • Don Thiwanka Wijeratne Queen's University



The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rapid replacement of in-person classroom learning with virtual large group learning. Done well, virtual large group learning can be an effective tool that provides flexibility, accessibility, and collaboration between learners. However, despite its potential benefits, human and technological challenges limit engagement and overall efficacy of large group virtual learning. The following account provides an evidence-based framework to maximize cooperative learning, learner engagement and retention of medical education in the virtual setting.


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Peters R, Wijeratne N, Bowman M, Wijeratne DT. Five practical strategies to get a grip on large group cooperative virtual learning in medical education . Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2023 May 30 [cited 2024 Jun. 21];14(4):116-9. Available from:



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