The Study Tour as an Academic Experience

The study tour is an academic experience. This entails careful preparation of students, precise planning, thorough assessment (matching Learning Objectives) and debriefing.

In-class preparation for the Study Tour

Students must be carefully prepared for their study tour, and this should be considered as part of formal contact hours. In particular, students must precisely be apprised of the destination(s), the assessment for the study tour, as well as its rationale. Students should be prepared for their trip, including activities for their study tour, type of transportation, accommodation, etc. Students must register for meals and accommodation on the LUX325 Canvas site (this is also used for spring study tour courses). Please check that your class has access to the site and students have registered for meals and accommodation. The registration (CMS, students' drive...) is developed on the Blog platform. Students must understand that if they are not registered for specific meals (including allergies) and have not shared their accommodation preferences 2 weeks prior to departure, it will not be possible to accommodate their preferences on the study tour neither for meals nor for accommodation.

Assessing and grading the Study Tour’s experience

As the study tour is an integral part of a course (Sprint Study Tours and Summer Study Tours), or receives a separate credit (Semester Study Tours), all study tours should carry a grade, either as part of the final grade representing virtually a third of the work of the class (Sprint Study Tours) or as a separate grade (Semester Study Tours). As for any assessment, students must be precisely informed about the study tour evaluation process in their syllabus at the beginning of the semester.

Assessment should (Sprint Study tours and Summer Study Tour) or must (LUX325) coincide with Learning Outcomes detailed at the beginning of this document.

Attendance and late policy

Attendance and late policy must be included in the Tour leader’s communication with students. In particular, students must be aware that missing more than 60 minutes of activities in LUX325 results in them being in violation of MUDEC attendance policy. At any rate, the fact that attendance to all events is mandatory should be indicated.

Debriefing the Study Tour

Once the Tour is completed, the Faculty member should debrief the entire Tour in the classroom. A short debriefing session should also be organized with the STOT to report positive and less positive aspects of the tour. This session can be organized with the Accompanying Staff Member at the Faculty member’s discretion.

Short debriefings with the students during the study tour are recommended.

The study tour is assessed separately the week after students return.

Reporting to the Dean

The Dean debriefs the Study tour during a faculty meeting. If issues must be shared privately, the faculty member makes an appointment with the Dean to share his/her concerns.

The Faculty member should write a report detailing the evaluation of the Study Tour as part of her/his annual report. This is mandatory for LUX325.

The Accompanying Staff Member writes a closing report about the use of cash and returns remaining amounts. A short debriefing session should also be organized with the STOT to report on the tour.