Creative instruction involves seeking, discovering, and implementing effective new approaches to learning. This can include innovative and experiential alternatives or supplements to conventional classroom instruction. The acquisition of knowledge should be a positive and enjoyable experience for the student in order to maximize the knowledge gained and its retention. Students differ in how they learn best; however, for some it is through experiences and applied activities in contrast to primarily theoretical instruction. The approach used at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute combines theoretical instruction and applied activities ("hands on" experiences). The latter are obtained through course laboratory activities, practicums, internships, independent and group studies, and more recently through international field study (or study tour) opportunities. Study tours to Ecuador, Spain, and Andros Island, Bahamas, are offered as college credit courses and give students the option to participate on either a credit or noncredit basis.
field study, study tours