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Ellis, Robert A.; Bliuc, Ana-Marie – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
As online learning technologies are becoming an integral part of the learning experience at university, the quality of student learning is increasingly shaped by their experience of using these new artefacts. In many cases, the research frameworks investigating the contribution of online learning technologies to quality outcomes are yet to have…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Experience, Educational Quality, Cognitive Style
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Mahoney, John W.; Harris-Reeves, Brooke – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Collaborative testing has been shown to enhance student performance compared to individual testing. It is suggested that collaborative testing promotes higher order thinking, but research has yet to explore this assumption directly. The aim of this study was to explore the benefits of collaborative testing on overall performance, as well as…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Sharma, Amit; Van Hoof, Hubert B.; Ramsay, Crystal – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
The study reported here investigated reading among students from the perspective of how students choose to use their time and whether they self-ration it. A survey of undergraduate students found that their self-reported allocation of time to academic activities other than reading was positively correlated to the reading that they did and that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Time Factors (Learning), Decision Making, Reading Habits
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Roberts, David – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
An important contemporary challenge to the large-group lecture in higher education is that it encourages passive learning which is claimed to be out of sync with academic rhetoric and social needs. Attempts to change this practice have salvaged some aspects of the higher education experience for students, but they have not transformed the learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Visual Aids, Imagery, Higher Education
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Swanson, Elizabeth; McCulley, Lisa V.; Osman, David J.; Scammacca Lewis, Nancy; Solis, Michael – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article reports a synthesis and meta-analysis of intervention studies investigating the effects of team-based learning on content knowledge outcomes. Team-based learning is a particular set of instructional components most often used in higher education classrooms. Authors of team-based learning reviews report that team-based learning…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Meta Analysis, Intervention, Teaching Methods
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Wright, Mary C.; Bergom, Inger; Bartholomew, Tracy – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Small class size is often used as an indicator of quality in higher education, and some research suggests that instructors in smaller classes more often use activities that are learner-centered and that involve physical and mental activity on the part of learners, such as group work, simulations, and case studies. However, we have little…
Descriptors: Class Size, Small Classes, Higher Education, Learning Activities
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Pitt, Adele; Oprescu, Florin; Tapia, Geraldine; Gray, Marion – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Studying at university can be a very stressful experience. Although the literature provides some information regarding different sources of stress among students, studies have not addressed the issue of changes over the course progression. This study aimed to obtain a deeper understanding of the sources of stress for first-year students and…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Mixed Methods Research, Longitudinal Studies, Focus Groups
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Serrano, Maria Martinez; O'Brien, Mark; Roberts, Krystal; Whyte, David – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Current forms of marketisation in university systems create pressures towards purely ends-focused expectations among students and have implications for learning and assessment processes. The potential harm that these trends have on "learning" should be resisted by educators and students alike. Critical Pedagogy approaches offer one way…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Student Evaluation, Higher Education, Interviews
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Livingstone, Nicola; Naismith, Nicola – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The role of an academic mentor is typically diverse, discipline specific and institutionally heterogeneous. Mentoring relationships are commonplace, yet the experience and delivery of mentoring in universities reflect a broad spectrum of approaches and execution. This article reflects on the pedagogic evolution of mentoring, examining the student…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Mentors, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Holmes, Naomi – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Student engagement is intrinsically linked to two important metrics in learning: student satisfaction and the quality of the student experience. One of the ways that engagement can be influenced is through careful curriculum design. Using the knowledge that many students are "assessment-driven," a low-stakes continuous weekly summative…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Evaluation, Curriculum Design, Summative Evaluation
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Gerholz, Karl-Heinz; Liszt, Verena; Klingsieck, Katrin B. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Students participate during service learning courses in a service project, which fits to a community need and has a link to curricular content. Students have a chance while engaged in the service project to apply curricular content in community practice, where they gain insights into civic engagement activities. Empirical studies revealed the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Curriculum Design, Teaching Methods, Intervention
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Chalmers, Charlotte; Mowat, Elaine; Chapman, Maggie – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The setting, marking and providing feedback on assessments form an important part of a tutor's role. Studies into the use of feedback and how it is interpreted by students indicate a mismatch between what students are looking for and what tutors think they are giving. Tutors comment that students are more interested in the mark than the feedback,…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Grading
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Heijstra, Thamar Melanie; Sigurðardóttir, Margrét Sigrún – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The flipped classroom offers a new approach to student-centred teaching and learning by moving the lecture out of the classroom. Research on the topic reveals that the flexibility of viewing the recorded lectures at a time and speed that is convenient to the student is what students appreciate mostly in the flipped classroom. This article examines…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Video Technology, Homework
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Geyer, Paul D. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Some students cope with the conflicting demands of work, family, health, and college by engaging in adjustment-seeking behavior, whereby students try to persuade instructors to make the kinds of personalized adjustments needed to avoid the potential consequences of conflicts between academic responsibilities and their other responsibilities.…
Descriptors: Student Responsibility, Student Adjustment, Student Needs, Student Behavior
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Nicol, Adelheid A. M.; Owens, Soo M.; Le Coze, Stéphanie S. C. L.; MacIntyre, Allister; Eastwood, Christina – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Many academic institutions are investing thousands of dollars in technology-based classrooms to market themselves as modern and adapt to the new generation of students for whom technology forms part of their everyday lives. This technology is also believed to provide the added benefit of better knowledge acquisition, improved critical thinking and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Active Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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