Solitary and Cooperative Learning
Learning may be accomplished in a number of ways, including study alone or as a result of discussion with peers. While each approach to learning--be it solitary or cooperative--may produce some benefits, each is not always appropriate. Some instructors may suggest or require collaboration in meeting the objectives of certain assignments or projects; similarly, some instructors may provide for peer critique and assessment. When students study or work together, acknowledgement of fellow students as sources of ideas or language in the presentation of assigned work is required. On the other hand, other instructors may feel that the objectives of a course and/or an assignment require the understanding and integration of material which is best pursued in a solitary way. Some instructors may object to collaboration or cooperation in any form.
The instructor for each course will select the mode of learning to be followed in that course, or in a particular assignment, and will expect students to follow such prescriptions carefully. If an instructor does not explain his or her expectations for individual assignments and for the class as a whole, students have the responsibility to seek the necessary clarification from the instructor. In the absence of an explanation to the contrary, it is to be assumed that students will work alone.
In the case of writing assignments, students are encouraged to use the Writing Center unless otherwise directed by the instructor.