In 2007 the Curricular Affairs Committee* approved the following list of definitions for methods of instruction for the various courses at the University of Rhode Island.
Lecture: A course in which the primary method is presentation and students are expected to participate in a variety of ways, such as small-group discussions, questions and answers, writing-exercises, etc.
Laboratory: In-class applied course work, generally involving experimentation or observation, typically using special equipment (including computers and specialized software).
Recitation: Separate sections of a lecture course regularly scheduled for discussion.
Studio: In-class, supervised work with an emphasis on performance and creativity in which faculty instruct, assist, and critique.
Seminar: Course offered to a small group (usually no more than 20 students) where participants actively exchange ideas and findings based on readings or research.
Independent Study: One-on-one instruction in which the student enters into an agreement with the instructor that defines the focus of inquiry and nature of activities. Includes tutorials, directed readings, special projects.
Practicum: Structured experiences where the primary aim is to connect theory with practice. Includes clinics, internships, externships, student teaching, field experiences. May include regular class meetings.
Workshop: Similar to a seminar, with emphasis on applied rather than theoretical learning, but not offered for degree-program credit.
Online:A course that is delivered entirely online. (CAC policy includes possibility of a required organizational session, etc.)
*Faculty Senate Curricular Affairs Committee's Four Hundred and Fifty-First Report (April 3, 2007), Revision of definitions in the CAC's Three Hundred and Seventh Report (October 13, 1993).
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