2.8 What are Lectures, Seminars, Workshops and Tutorials?

Most modules are taught by some combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, though in practice the distinction between these three types of class is sometimes blurred.

In lectures, the focus falls on presentation of information and analysis by a member of staff. Lectures offer a good way of covering a lot of information and, more importantly, of conveying ideas to many people at once, but their size often means that extensive discussion is not really feasible.

Seminars, workshops and tutorials provide opportunities for discussion and interaction, often in smaller groups, sometimes over a longer period of time than a lecture. They can permit the use of interactive teaching methods (e.g. student presentations, small group work, role-play)­ to help students to develop their knowledge and skills more actively than in a lecture.