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Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2019
This report explores the benefits of having guest speakers, who also teach academic writing to undergraduate students, discuss the writing journey they take when they write. The purpose of the exercise was to continue to explore ways to enrich students' experiences in the writing classroom. When students were asked for their thoughts on whether…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Teachers, Story Telling, Team Teaching
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2017
The purpose of this study was to discover some of the difficulties that first-year students have when they begin university. It was important to get the students to articulate those difficulties, in their own words, so that a better understanding could be attained. As expected, most of the difficulties centred on the institution itself. Students…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Experience, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2015
The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of how students viewed the marking rubrics that they were expected to follow in the course ARTS 1110 Introduction to University. The research questions were "Can first-year students taking the Arts 1110 Introduction to University course articulate their understanding of the marking rubric?…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, College Freshmen
Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2014
The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of the kinds of prior knowledge students bring with them from high school as it relates to the conventions of writing that they are expected to follow in ARTS 1110 Introduction to University. The research questions were "Can first-year students taking the Arts 1110 Introduction to…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Writing (Composition), College Freshmen, Essays
Soiferman, L. Karen; O'Brien Moran, Michael; Podolsky, Tim – Online Submission, 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of providing students with access to formatted copies of lecture notes based on the PowerPoint slides used by the instructor. The research question was as follows: "Can first-year students taking the ARTS 1110 Introduction to University course be taught how to make better use of online…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Introductory Courses, Lecture Method, Notetaking
O'Brien-Moran, Michael; Soiferman, L. Karen – Online Submission, 2010
This study involved a one-time survey of first-year undergraduate students at a Canadian University to determine their expectations when beginning a writing intensive course (i.e., the so-called "W" course, which is required of all first-year undergraduates at the University of Manitoba.) In this study, we focused on the University's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Undergraduate Students, Writing (Composition)