Key terms used around learning and
teaching methods across the University.
A case study is a detailed account of a
situation, event, decision or problem. Case studies are often used
for analysis and problem solving, as a means of relating
theoretical knowledge to real circumstances.
Computer based activities may include stand alone computer
learning or activities that reinforce and add to what you have been
taught in sessions.
Technology enhanced learning is embedded throughout all courses
and activities and can include tutorials, simulations, tests
and web-based research. It may also involve podcasts, blogs
and video, as well as using online materials/resources/e-books.
Demonstrations are often a practical
exhibition or explanation of how something works/is performed, for
example in the laboratory or studio.
E-learning may include a range of
technology-based activities which can be completed on or off-site
and may include video lectures and tutorials, podcasts and the use
of Library e-resources. In some cases, the whole module or course
may be delivered through online learning or certain subject areas
within a module.
Face-to-face learning involves interaction
with/between students and staff, including lecturers, technicians,
guest lecturers and subject specialists or students. It can include
workshops, seminars and tutorials in a classroom, or as synchronous
Fieldwork exercises often refer to
investigations carried out away from the normal place of study and
involve monitoring/assessing human impact from a societal,
psychological or environmental perspective.
Independent study/self guided
Independent learning is an important aspect of developing
knowledge and understanding by exploring ideas, reading and
thinking critically. Study is supported through a range of
resources; e-resources, digital resources and texts, and builds
upon the work undertaken in scheduled contact time.
An Independent Study can also be a term which means a project,
assignment or dissertation.
Laboratory work can include both taught
practical sessions within specialist space and work carried out
independently by students within the laboratory
e.g. research project.
A lecture is a timetabled session where a
subject specialist will deliver and discuss subject content, and
identify further areas of wider learning either through the
, e- resources and
Library. Lecture content will be appropriate for the subject and
level of module, and may provide a contextual background to
tutorial work or practical sessions, be delivered by a
practitioner, or be research-led.
This can refer to the availability of
resources online for you to use as part of your programme of study,
e.g. e-resources from the library.
Practical sessions or work may take place in
a laboratory, studio or classroom, and can be a taught session or a
session where students work independently or collaboratively. It
may involve data handling and problem solving. Practical sessions
may involve observations by the tutor, e.g. in Education where
students may have a practical teaching session.
Presentations (individual or
A presentation is a way of setting out and
explaining your ideas to others in a formal and succinct manner.
Presentations can be delivered either orally or as a poster, and
may be done individually or as part of a group.
Project work (individual or
Project work can involve sustained, in-depth
exploration of a question or problem. Project work can be
individual or collaborative, and is carried out independently with
support from a tutor or supervisor.
A seminar is a group of limited size which
focuses on an in-depth discussion of a particular topic. Seminars
are interactive and usually require some preparation in advance.
The format of seminars may vary according to programme of
A site visit is usually associated with
fieldwork activities or research away from campus, and may include
a range of locations and activities with external agencies, e.g.
Student led activities may include directed
work which is completed independently or collaboratively, and is
supported by a tutor.
Studio sessions are integral to some
programmes of study, and often require students to complete self
directed practical work using specialist resources and learning
spaces supported by tutors and technicians.
Syndicate learning involves small
semi-independent groups working on a joint assignment with tutor
Tutorials (one-to-one or
The format of tutorials may vary according
to the programme of study. The term may be used to refer to
scheduled small group sessions such as seminars or workshops.
Tutorials provide an opportunity for
discussion/explanation/monitoring and academic development. These
are interactive and can be via video or telephone as well as
A tutor-led session is a class, practical or
lecture where the tutor introduces/discusses a topic and provides a
major input in the session.
A workshop is an interactive session where a
group work intensively on a topic or project to develop knowledge
and/or skills, plan activities, and to discuss key themes and
issues. Learning is achieved through participation and