A practicum, especially one in a specialized field of study, is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied theory. A practicum is structured practical experience in a professional program, supervised by a practitioner and/or faculty member with whom the student works closely. The students do most of their learning on the ground, at an approved practicum site.
- Dates/times/ room locations are required to be listed in the syllabus and in the Registrar’s course schedule if the faculty member has consistent meetings over the semester. The faculty member may set up individual schedules with the students in to check on their progress during the practicum and in this case, no meeting times would be listed.
- All course materials, syllabi, grades, handouts, video lectures, assignments, etc. must be posted online within The Citadel’s approved learning management system (Canvas).
- All student work must be submitted via Canvas including work done in third-party vendors.
- Faculty will post both online and on-campus office hours in the course syllabus.
- Faculty are required to use The Citadel’s approved videoconferencing tool (Zoom) if needed to work online with students.
Key Principles for Success
By definition, Arranged courses can be facilitated in many ways and for many purposes. They can be very flexible. However, some general principles can reduce confusion and delays:
- Set Clear Expectations: Define the intended outcomes of the course. Make sure students know what the schedule of the course will be and how their work will be monitored and evaluated. In some cases, these conditions may be something you negotiate with the student. Whatever the case may be, have a written syllabus and/or contract that makes the expectations clear.
- Provide Early and Regular Communication and Support: An Arranged course will probably be a deviation from the norm for students, so be in touch by the first day of class or earlier to make sure expectations are clear. Maintain regular contact throughout the term to provide feedback and guidance.
- Post Resources and Grades in Canvas: Even if the course doesn’t utilize significant online content or assignments, students still tend to look in Canvas for course information, submission options, and grades. Using Canvas for these purposes, however limited they may be, is a good way to maintain student privacy and help students stay on top of important information and deadlines.
- Promote Professional Standards: Arranged classes often provide a uniquely experiential learning experience. Help students refer to and follow the standards of the discipline or profession as they engage with their experience.
- Promote Reflection: The quality of students’ reflection on a learning experience determines its impact. Help students reflect on their learning activities so they can connect them to important concepts and consider opportunities for improvement.
- Make Necessary Connections Early: Students may need access to individuals, companies, schools, departments, and technologies to complete their work. Set these up with enough advance time to mitigate potential delays or complications.
- Set up regular communication means: Establish a Zoom schedule, in-person schedule, messaging schedule, or any other means you may need to maintain a connection with your students.
- Send a pre-class message: Students will likely find comfort in knowing how their practicum course will operate before the term officially begins.
- Add resources and assignment submission pages to Canvas: You can use the Canvas Assignments tool to collect work and check for plagiarism, the Canvas calendar to post important milestones, and the Canvas Modules to post important tutorials, forms, and other information.