Guided independent study (GIS) provides students with the opportunity to work individually and in small groups with faculty mentors.
Each course that uses the GIS model provides materials and reference resources to help the student achieve clearly defined course objectives. As in traditional lecture courses, a GIS course describes the methods of evaluation used to determine the student’s grade.
Guided independent study provides students with opportunities for close one-on-one interactions between other students and their mentors through regularly scheduled meetings. This level of supervision assures that the student has sufficient guidance and is making appropriate progress through the course materials.
In this learning process the student must be able to make a commitment to working on the course goals and to maintain continuous self-motivation.