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Boyd-Kimball, Debra; Miller, Keith R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Laboratory courses are often designed using step-by-step protocols which encourage students to conduct experiments without thinking about what they are doing or why they are doing it. Such course design limits the growth of our students as scientists and can make it more difficult for a student to transition to the expectations of a research…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Clark, Joe C.; Johnstone, Jennifer – College & Research Libraries, 2018
This article examines the mindset and process of undergraduate music majors conducting research in their discipline. While working with students in a writing-intensive music history class, the authors conducted several surveys, focus groups, and task-based assessments. Results indicated that most were overconfident in their research abilities,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Music Education, Information Seeking, Writing Exercises
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Woods, David M. – Information Systems Education Journal, 2018
Cloud computing is a rapidly emerging topic, but should it be included in an introductory IT course? The magnitude of cloud computing use, especially cloud infrastructure, along with students' limited knowledge of the topic support adding cloud content to the IT curriculum. There are several arguments that support including cloud computing in an…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Internet, Computer Science Education, Computer Software
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Alessio, Helaine M.; Malay, Nancy; Maurer, Karsten; Bailer, A. John; Rubin, Beth – Online Learning, 2017
Online education continues to grow, bringing opportunities and challenges for students and instructors. One challenge is the perception that academic integrity associated with online tests is compromised due to undetected cheating that yields artificially higher grades. To address these concerns, proctoring software has been developed to address…
Descriptors: Supervision, Scores, Computer Assisted Testing, Undergraduate Students
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Hoskins, Tyler D.; Gantz, J. D.; Chaffee, Blake R.; Arlinghaus, Kel; Wiebler, James; Hughes, Michael; Fernandes, Joyce J. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Institutions have developed diverse approaches that vary in effectiveness and cost to improve student performance in introductory science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses. We developed a low-cost, graduate student-led, metacognition-based study skills course taught in conjunction with the introductory biology series at Miami…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Graduate Students, Intervention
National Survey of Student Engagement, 2017
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its companion projects serve bachelor's degree-granting colleges and universities committed to assessing and improving the quality of the undergraduate experience. While each participating institution receives a detailed, customized "Institutional Report," the "Annual…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Seniors, Learner Engagement, Student Surveys
Ferguson, Heather Loraine – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Problem: Higher education serves many stakeholders including students, parents, faculty, staff, university administrators, and other contributors. Those stakeholders are all linked with one purpose: the success of the student. That success or failure is most commonly measured by achievement through grade point average (GPA). The academic demands…
Descriptors: Motivation, Self Efficacy, Correlation, Academic Achievement
Joshi, Swaroop Ravindra – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Piaget's classic work on cognitive development showed that engaging learners in critical discussions with peers about ideas that are "different" than theirs leads to deep conceptual understanding. Implementing such an approach in college-level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) courses has some specific challenges: (a) Short…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Competition, Teaching Methods
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Fox, Jonathan J.; Bartholomae, Suzanne; Letkiewicz, Jodi C.; Montalto, Catherine P. – Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2017
This study analyzes factors associated with anticipated difficulty with repayment of debt accumulated during college using a basic model of credit risk that includes socialization processes influencing college student financial decisions. The empirical analysis uses data from the 2010 Ohio Student Financial Wellness Study. Results provide evidence…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Undergraduate Students, Student Financial Aid
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Sit, Stefany M.; Brudzinski, Michael R. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The recent emphasis in higher education on both student engagement and online learning encouraged the authors to develop an active e-learning environment for an introductory geohazards course, which enrolls 70+ undergraduate students per semester. Instructors focused on replicating the achievements and addressing the challenges within an already…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Electronic Learning, Introductory Courses, Geology
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Bussell, Hilary; Hagman, Jessica; Guder, Christopher S. – College & Research Libraries, 2017
This article reports on a study of research needs and learning preferences of graduate students at a public research university. A sequential exploratory mixed-method design was used, with a survey instrument developed from an initial qualitative stage. Significant differences were found between master's and doctoral students' and on-campus and…
Descriptors: Research Needs, Preferences, Graduate Students, Public Colleges
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Bradley, Evan D.; Bata, Michelle; Gibbon, Heather M. Fitz; Ketcham, Caroline J.; Nicholson, Brittany A.; Pollock, Meagen – Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 2017
Mentoring research and development often uses a mentor-protégé model, but research often takes place in teams. In this exploratory study, the authors identify the structures and prevalence of multi-mentoring teams by surveying undergraduate researchers about the people who helped them and the support they received. Research teams were common, and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Research Projects
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Manisaligil, Alperen; Bilimoria, Diana – Journal of Management Education, 2016
We describe an in-class activity that helps students improve their skills in media selection and use to reinforce effective communication. The activity builds on media richness and channel expansion theories through an examination of the media selection and use of NBA athlete LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert during…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Class Activities, Mass Media Use, Media Selection
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Soundarajan, Neelam; Camp, Stephen M.; Lee, David; Ramnath, Rajiv; Weide, Bruce W. – Advances in Engineering Education, 2016
The number of freshmen interested in entrepreneurship has grown dramatically in the last few years. In response, many universities have created entrepreneurship programs, including ones focused on engineering entrepreneurship. In this paper, we report on NEWPATH, an innovative NSF-supported program at Ohio State, designed to nurture students to…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Engineering Education, Entrepreneurship, State Universities
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Kalaf-Hughes, Nicole; Mills, Russell W. – Journal of Political Science Education, 2016
Much of the research on the use of simulations in the political science classroom focuses on how simulations model different events in the real world, including political campaigns, international diplomacy, and legislative bargaining. In the case of American Politics, many simulations focus on the behavior of Congress and the legislative process,…
Descriptors: Simulation, Political Science, United States Government (Course), Federal Legislation
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