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Tsang, Art – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2020
Oral presentations, activities often assessed and also a means by which learning could take place, are commonplace in higher education. General (delivery) skills in presentations are particularly useful beyond university such as in job interviews and communication with clients and colleagues in the workplace. However, little has been in place to…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Skill Development, Self Management, Communication Skills
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Miller, Kelly K.; de St. Jorre, Trina Jorre; West, Jan M.; Johnson, Elizabeth D. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2020
Digital credentials (or badges) allow evidence of achievement to be more detailed than is possible through grades, and can be shared more broadly than is possible through the academic transcript. Here, we illustrate the potential use of digital credentials in higher education through sharing an approach that utilised digital credentials to…
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Information Storage, Credentials, Higher Education
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Law, Sweety; Baer, Amy – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2020
This article reports an initiative to improve student writing by incorporating technology-based structured peer review in the revision process. Although the most important step of writing, the revision step, is overlooked by students for several reasons. We describe a successful 10-week long intervention with students from upper-level…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Writing Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Technology Uses in Education
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Hodgson, David – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2020
The examination of a PhD thesis marks an important stage in the PhD student journey. Here, the student's research, thinking and writing are assessed by experts in their field. Yet, in the early stages of candidature, students often do not know what is expected of their thesis, nor what examiners will scrutinise and comment on. However, what…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Doctoral Dissertations, Expectation, Supervision
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Soares, André Escórcio; Lopes, Miguel Pereira – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2020
As the role of students and lecturers in higher education changes, several questions emerge about the role of each of them on students' academic performance. This includes questions regarding the impact of the relationships between students, lecturer's characteristics and the social environment on students' performance. To address these questions,…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Educational Environment, Leadership Styles, Security (Psychology)
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García-Almeida, Desiderio Juan; Cabrera-Nuez, María Teresa – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2020
Cooperative learning techniques in teaching activities are becoming increasingly popular. Many studies have documented the benefits of these techniques, but fewer have analysed the factors affecting students' achievement. One of those factors could be the student's proactivity, since cooperative techniques require active involvement of students.…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Student Motivation, Locus of Control, Creativity
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McIntosh, Emily A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article argues that peer learning, specifically Peer Assisted Study Sessions, supported by academic tutors, is a valuable part of the agenda to emphasise the social mission of higher education. This study draws on data collected at two time points from respondents who were trained as Peer Assisted Study Sessions leaders. The data reveal that…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Tutors, Creativity, Innovation
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Allen, Peter J.; Tonta, Kate E.; Haywood, Sophie B.; Pereira, Raphael M.; Roberts, Lynne D. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Peer-assisted study session attendance is associated with multiple indicators of student success. However, attendance levels are generally low. We applied an extended theory of planned behaviour model, incorporating student role identity, to the prediction of peer-assisted study session attendance. Participants were 254 undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Study Habits, Undergraduate Students, Social Attitudes
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Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article presents the case for the use of the 'think-aloud protocol' by teachers who engage in action-research as a source of constructive information about their students' cognitive learning processes. This method calls upon learners to talk their thoughts out aloud, during engagement in some learning activity regarding which the researching…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Educational Research, Action Research, Learning Processes
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Cushing, Debra Flanders; Pennings, Mark; Willox, Dino; Gomez, Rafael; Dyson, Clare; Coombs, Courtney – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Short-term international study experiences, or study tours, aim to increase students' global awareness, educate and empower them to be productive global citizens, and contribute to their future employability. Learning outcomes from study tours often include intangible personal characteristics or soft skills, as opposed to specific disciplinary…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Program Length, Outcomes of Education, Intellectual Disciplines
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Chan, Stephen C. F.; Ngai, Grace; Kwan, Kam-por – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
At many universities, there is a growing realization that the university owes a social responsibility to the community. Society invests in its citizens through the university, and the university empowers its students to realize their potential, both as competent professionals and as responsible citizens. This requires the cultivation of attributes…
Descriptors: Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Social Responsibility, Student Attitudes
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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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