Modes of Instruction

The following information is from the CBA of EWU/United Faculty of Eastern Final Agreement Approved September 2013–August 2016 EWU BOT.

“Recognizing that the aim of the college/school is to strike a balance between meeting student enrollment pressures, the pedagogy of respective disciplines, and budget constraints, each academic unit and department have the responsibility of allocating its resources in a prudent manner. Each course within a department should be categorized by mode, level, and class size.”

Mode Types

Experimental

Not described in the CBA. Contact catalog editor with questions.

Field Application

This mode of instruction typically involves study in an applied setting distinct from the traditional classroom setting and university environment, and can include intensive experiences in outdoor settings. Students apply theories, principles, methods, and skills of practice acquired through other modes of instruction to an applied or natural setting where professionals, in the student’s field of study, are typically engaged.

Independent Study

In this mode of instruction, an instructor and student meet independently and set goals for the student to reach by the end of the academic term. This mode may include a research project or research literature reports developed by a student under the supervision of an instructor. Faculty credit=0.2 x CR.

Informal Credit Activity

Not described in the CBA. Contact catalog editor with questions.

Laboratory

This mode of instruction requires students to practice and explore principles, theories, and methods in a controlled laboratory environment. The instructor assists students in using instrumentation specific to a discipline and helps students acquire applied skills. Students receive less direction from the instructor and have more independence in this mode than in the “lecture with laboratory” mode.

Lecture

This is the traditional instructional mode of university courses. In this mode, the instructor directly presents information to a group of students. This mode of instruction involves the standard “lecture format” of traditional university courses in which the instructor is primarily a provider of information, and students are recipients of that information, although there may be some limited dialogue between students and instructor.

Lecture with Practice or Discussion

This mode of instruction is similar to the lecture mode in that the instructor directly delivers information to a group of students. Additionally, instructors incorporate a substantial amount of student practice of lecture material and/or class discussion of lecture material into the classroom experience that may include small group work.

Lecture with Lab

This mode of instruction is similar to the lecture mode in that the instructor directly presents information to a group of students, although there may be some dialogue between students and instructor. Additionally, professors supplement lectures with some laboratory work as a minor part of the course with possible collaboration among students.

Non-Credit Activity

Not described in the CBA. Contact catalog editor with questions.

Performance and Simulation

This mode of instruction requires students to practice principles, skills, theories, and methods in a simulated environment other than a laboratory. The instructor assists students performing or simulating tasks specific to a discipline, and helps students acquire applied skills. Students receive moderate direction from the instructor and have considerable independence in this mode.

Seminar and Dialogue

This mode of instruction has a format similar to the lecture mode in that the instructor and the students engage in the direct exchange of information. However, the typical seminar/discussion course is less formal in structure, and may require the students themselves to present, orally and/or in written form, new information to one another and to the professor. In general, this mode of instruction is more interactive between the instructor and the students, and among the students, than the lecture mode, and involves the analysis and synthesis of information gathered through other modes of instruction.

Thesis or Research Project

This mode of instruction represents a summative assessment of the student’s academic competence in his or her field of study. It is distinguished from the summative experience of the field study that focuses mainly on the student’s professional application of skills, knowledge, and techniques in the applied or natural setting. The thesis or research project typically involves the preparation and defense of a research document.

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