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Jhangiani, Rajiv S.; Dastur, Farhad N.; Le Grand, Richard; Penner, Kurt – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2018
The increase in the cost of college textbooks together with the proliferation of digital content and devices has inspired the development of open textbooks, open educational resources that are free, openly licensed, and often peer-reviewed. Although several published studies have investigated the impact of open textbook adoption on educational…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Flaherty, Joan; McAdams, Bruce G.; LeBlanc, Joshua E. – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Anecdotal evidence suggests that post-secondary institutions in Canada and beyond are experimenting with the practice of substituting conventional, discipline-centred course titles with more creatively phrased, learner-centred titles. However, we could find no scholarly research to affirm, challenge or guide this practice. This study represents a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Courses, Student Surveys
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Norton, Cole; Martini, Tanya – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Canadian university students tend to endorse employment-related reasons for attending university ahead of other reasons such as personal satisfaction or intellectual growth. In the present study, first- and fourth-year students from a mid-sized Canadian university reported on the benefits they expected to receive from their degree and rated their…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Higher Education, Intellectual Development, Foreign Countries
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Normandeau, Magdalen; Iyengar, Seshu; Newling, Benedict – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Concept inventories (CI) are validated, research-based, multiple-choice tests, which are widely used to assess the effectiveness of pedagogical practices in bringing about conceptual change. In order to be a useful diagnostic tool, a CI must reflect only the student understanding of the conceptual material. The Force Concept Inventory (FCI) is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Scientific Concepts, Mechanics (Physics)
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Bishop-Williams, Katherine E.; Roke, Kaitlin; Aspenlieder, Erin; Troop, Meagan – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Interdisciplinary (i.e., university-wide programming) and disciplinary (i.e., programming open to participants from one college or department) teaching development programs for graduate students have been used for many years in higher education. Currently, research on the benefits of these teaching models remains scant in terms of a contextualized…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Interdisciplinary Approach, Online Surveys
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Murray, Jacqueline; Lachowsky, Nathan J. – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
The Internet, which has made information ubiquitous and seemingly infinite, has transformed education. Universities are challenged to educate students to navigate and evaluate critically the undifferentiated information of the Internet so that students gain the ability to transform it into knowledge. To better understand the effects of taking a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Internet
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Omar, Faiza; Mahone, James P.; Ngobia, Jane; FitzSimons, John – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2016
Mentoring graduate students is very challenging, even when both the student and faculty have similar cultural values. Many international students have a different culture from that of Canadian. Their challenge is adapting to their new environment, and for their faculty advisors to understand and work well with them. This research explored the…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Mentors, Interpersonal Relationship
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Pachai, Matthew V.; DiBattista, David; Kim, Joseph A. – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2015
Multiple choice writing guidelines are decidedly split on the use of "none of the above" (NOTA), with some authors discouraging and others advocating its use. Moreover, empirical studies of NOTA have produced mixed results. Generally, these studies have utilized NOTA as either the correct response or a distractor and assessed its effect…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Test Items, Introductory Courses, Psychology
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Yates, Thomas; Wilson, Jay; Purton, Kendra – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine the methods of experiential assessment in use at a Canadian university and the extent to which they are used. Exploring experiential assessment will allow identification of commonly used methods and facilitate the development of best practices of assessment in the context of experiential learning (EL) at…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Best Practices
Waller, Lauren E.; Papadopoulos, Andrew – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2015
The University of Guelph Master of Public Health program is a professional degree program that seeks to prepare graduates to meet complex public health needs by developing their proficiency in the 36 public health core competencies. Provision of experiential learning opportunities, such as a semester-long practicum, is part of student development.…
Descriptors: Public Health, Masters Programs, Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries
Cash, Penelope A.; Tate, Betty – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2012
In a milieu where traditional views of scholarship are embedded in the culture of educational institutions, and nursing programs in particular, this paper reports on a research project designed to support nurse educators' capacity to engage in scholarly activities. Rogers' (2003, 2004) "Diffusion of Innovation" model provided a…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Feedback (Response), Ideology, Nursing
Goff, Lori – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2011
A peer-mentoring program was developed for students in an introductory biology course at a university in Ontario, Canada. Students could attend up to five peer-mentoring sessions during their first semester. Quantitative-survey, participation, and academic data spanning from 2003 through 2007 were reviewed for the purpose of evaluating the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Biology, Foreign Countries, Mentors
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Dawson, Teresa; Fedko, Sarah; Johnston, Nancy; Khoo, Elaine; King, Sarah; Mall, Saira; Olaveson, Mary; Patterson, Janice; Persaud, Kamini; Sardone, Frances; Shahbazi, Zohreh; Skene, Allyson; Young, Martha; Hasenkampf, Clare A. – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2010
We have undertaken an integrated and collaborative approach to developing foundational skills of students in a first year, Introductory Biology course. The course is a large lecture and laboratory course with enrollments ranging from 800-1000 per year. Teaching and Learning experts were brought into the course as weekly "Foundation Skills for…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Biology, Introductory Courses, College Science