Academic divisions, units and programs at the University of Toronto are committed to supporting clarity and transparency regarding student learning experiences within their programs and courses. This commitment includes ensuring the connection and alignment of learning experiences within individual courses and the broader objectives of connected academic programs.
In order to achieve these goals at the undergraduate level, a University-wide typology of course experiences has been developed and integrated within the Syllabus module in the Course Information System (CIS). Currently, the following academic divisions have implemented CIS and will have access to the feature for their undergraduate courses as of Fall 2021:
- Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design
- Faculty of Arts & Science
- Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
- Faculty of Music
- University of Toronto Scarborough
- Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (Fall 2022)
For those divisions, this feature will enable course instructors to identify when particular learning experiences are a major course component expected to be completed by all enrolled students. As a result of this enhanced information, program administrators and curriculum committees will be better able to support clear communication with students over program and course expectations and alignment, as well as provide more pro-active support for course instructors offering course experiences that may require additional supports and resources, such as experiential learning.
Course Experience Typology & Definitions
Course Experience Type
Links to Examples
A work experience that integrates academic learning with its application in a workplace. The experience has an in-class academic component. This type of experience is primarily intended to support the development of professional or industry-specific skills and competencies.
A practice-based experience where students observe or assist a licensed or registered professional through the hands-on application of disciplinary concepts in a professional setting. This type of experience is typically a requirement for professional licensure or certification and is primarily intended to support professional competency development. Students do not have an independent workload/caseload while on practicum.
A practice-based experience where students participate in components of a discipline or profession through the hands-on application of disciplinary concepts. This type of experience typically occurs under the direction or supervision of a non-faculty professional and is primarily intended to support professional and discipline-based competency development. Experiences where students are only observing professional activities (e.g. field trips) are not considered field experiences in this context.
A project-based research, design, consultancy, creative or artistic work experience undertaken in partnership with an organization or individual external to the University or the course. The primary purpose of the experience is typically praxis, knowledge exchange or dissemination, and/or the development of new knowledge, products, technologies or services.
Course Experience Type
Performance and Artistic Production
Students undertake or assist in projects and productions of audio, visual, theatrical or other forms of performance under the supervision of a U of T faculty or staff member. Experiences that take place in partnership with an external organization should be classified as organization-partnered experience.
Simulated Work Experience
Students participate in an immersive learning experience in an educational setting that replicates workplace tools, processes and/or environmental circumstances present outside of the university.
Non-Partnered Field Experience
Students either participate in or observe the application of disciplinary or professional practices under the direction or supervision of a U of T faculty or staff member. This type of experience is primarily intended to support professional or discipline-based competency development.
Students apply design methods, principles, and practices to a significant, open-ended design project. This type of experience typically involves the development of a design project from an initial concept to a final working prototype.
Students participate in inquiry-based laboratory experiments and apply advanced tools and techniques used in research labs.
Students undertake a substantial research project that includes some of the following characteristics: student-generated or selected research questions, methodologies, conceptual frameworks, and project management plans; analysis and synthesis of collected information or data, and; demonstrate an understanding of research results in the context of the broader disciplinary literature.