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Leydon, Joseph; Wilson, Kathi; Boyd, Cleo – Journal of Geography, 2014
Poor quality writing skills among undergraduate geography students is a significant concern among university instructors. This article reports on a multipronged strategy aimed at improving student writing in a large, first-year human geography course. The strategy emphasized ways to provide effective feedback through teaching assistant training,…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Geography Instruction, Writing Ability, College Freshmen
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Fukuzawa, Sherry; Boyd, Cleo – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
In 2005, the undergraduate advisory committee at the University of Toronto Mississauga found that across all disciplines, writing proficiency was the skill weakness that generated the greatest concern. Students reported that they often found writing tasks intimidating, and suggested that effective feedback and guidance would improve their writing.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Writing Skills, Language Proficiency
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Wilson, Kathi; Boyd, Cleo; Chen, Liwen; Jamal, Sarosh – Computers & Education, 2011
The main objective of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of computer-assisted formative assessment in a large, first-year undergraduate geography course. In particular, the paper evaluates the impact of computer-assisted multiple-choice practice tests on student performance in the course as well as student opinions of this type of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Formative Evaluation
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Piunno, Paul A. E.; Boyd, Cleo; Barzda, Virginijus; Gradinaru, Claudiu C.; Krull, Ulrich J.; Stefanovic, Sasa; Stewart, Bryan – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
The advanced interdisciplinary research laboratory (AIRLab) represents a novel, effective, and motivational course designed from the interdisciplinary research interests of chemistry, physics, biology, and education development faculty members as an alternative to the independent thesis project experience. Student teams are assembled to work…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Teaching Methods, Chemistry