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Cramer, Ken; Pschibul, Rebecca – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
The present study investigated the time usage and levels of perceived stress, academic workload, and recreation time for 177 students at the University of Windsor before, during, and after Fall Reading Week (FRW). Over a three-week span (at various times of the day), students received a message to their smartphone to complete a 20-second survey…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Time on Task, Recreational Activities, Reading Habits
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Fukuzawa, Sherry; Boyd, Cleo; Cahn, Joel – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a self-directed learning strategy where students work collaboratively in small groups to investigate open-ended relatable case scenarios. Students develop transferable skills that can be applied across disciplines, such as collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Despite extensive research on…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Problem Based Learning, Undergraduate Students, Anthropology
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Cramer, Kenneth M.; Page, Stewart; Burrows, Vanessa; Lamoureux, Chastine; Mackay, Sarah; Pedri, Victoria; Pschibul, Rebecca – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Based on analyses of Maclean's ranking data pertaining to Canadian universities published over the last 24 years, we present a summary of statistical findings of annual ranking exercises, as well as discussion about their current status and the effects upon student welfare. Some illustrative tables are also presented. Using correlational and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Classification, Institutional Advancement
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Kanevsky, Lannie; Xin, Cindy; Ram, Ilana – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In this paper, we describe and investigate small group discussions of assigned readings in an online version of a "triple-entry activity" in a blended course used an annotation tool, "Marginalia". We wondered if students would interact in this structured, critical, reflective reading activity as effectively online as they had…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Student Attitudes
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Riddell, Jessica – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
This paper explores ways in which frequent feedback and clear assessment criteria can improve students' essay writing performance in a first-year English literature course. Students (n = 68) completed a series of three scaffolded exercises over the course of a semester, where they evaluated undergraduate essays using a predetermined assessment…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Essays, Expository Writing, Introductory Courses
Kuruganti, Usha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
As part of the undergraduate curriculum, the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) requires all students to take an undergraduate course in physical activity, health and wellness in their third year of study. This capstone course allows students to integrate concepts from their program regarding physical activity,…
Descriptors: Health Education, Health Promotion, Wellness, Surveys
Prins, Sebastian; Jones, Edward; Lathrop, Anna H. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
In recognition that student academic misconduct is a complex issue that requires a holistic and institutional approach, this case study explores the impact of an intervention strategy adopted by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (comprised of approximately 80 faculty and an average of 3,240 undergraduate students) at Brock University, St.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, Ethics, Strategic Planning
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Hickson, Clive; Wilson, Margaret – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Similar to faculty development offerings at other North American post-secondary institutions, the University of Alberta has delivered orientations and short programs that primarily focus on teaching techniques. While this type of professional development is an important element of enhancing teaching, the literature stresses the need for learning…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Foreign Countries, Professional Development