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Soetanto, Danny; MacDonald, Matthew – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
It is through working in groups that students develop cooperative learning skills and experience. However, group work activity often leads students into a difficult experience, especially for first-year students who are not familiar with group work activities at university. This study explores obstacles faced by first-year students during their…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Group Structure, Cooperative Learning, Group Dynamics
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Freeman, Scott; Theobald, Roddy; Crowe, Alison J.; Wenderoth, Mary Pat – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Although a growing literature has documented the effectiveness of informal group work during class sessions, virtually no data exist on which students are collaborating. As a result, instructors rarely know whether students are self-sorting in ways that maximize learning. This article explores which undergraduate students worked together on each…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Cooperative Learning, Group Dynamics, Heterogeneous Grouping
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McCarthy, Josh – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
This article explores the efficacy of formative assessment feedback models in higher education. Over 1 year and two courses, three feedback techniques were trialled: staff-to-student feedback in class, peer-to-peer feedback in class and peer-to-peer feedback online, via "the Café," an e-learning application hosted by…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Higher Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning
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Cheruvalath, Reena – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Attending classes develops an ability in students to understand others' perspectives and help them to interact with their fellow peers in more adaptive ways. Teacher-student interaction and student-student interaction in a classroom facilitate students' participation in various class activities, which in turn oblige them to regard human values.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Compulsory Education
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Dong, Jian-Jie; Hwang, Wu-Yuin; Shadiev, Rustam; Chen, Ginn-Yein – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
In a big classroom, it is not easy for instructors to be aware of whether or not all students are engaged in the lecture and who has difficulty understanding learning content. One way in which the engagement between instructor/lecturer and students in the classroom is via technology designed to facilitate this. A computer system, making use of…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Audience Response Systems, Handheld Devices, Learner Engagement
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Remón, Javier; Sebastián, Víctor; Romero, Enrique; Arauzo, Jesús – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
This work addresses the use of tablets and smartphones to enhance both student learning and engagement. Tablets were tested as potential substitutes for digital whiteboards, while smartphones were tested as potential survey media in the classroom using a question and answer method. Two teaching strategies were evaluated and compared: (1)…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Audience Response Systems
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Chung, Ethel; Turnbull, Deborah; Chur-Hansen, Anna – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Resilience is related to students' well-being and academic success. While challenges associated with students who are from historically underrepresented backgrounds (i.e. "non-traditional students") have been frequently reported, their resilience has received lesser attention. The primary purpose of this study was to compare levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resilience (Psychology), Nontraditional Students, Comparative Analysis
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Katz, Larry; Hallam, Megan C.; Duvall, Michael M.; Polsky, Zoe – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Interactive student response systems, commonly referred to as clickers, have increased in popularity in higher education classrooms as a means to improve engagement and enhance learning. Clicker systems come with handheld devices as well as a radio frequency receiver. A Wi-Fi connection to the receiver is possible, enabling students to use their…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Handheld Devices, Audience Response Systems, Feasibility Studies
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Nkhoma, Mathews; Sriratanaviriyakul, Narumon; Quang, Huy Le – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
There is a need to examine the effect of using discussion cases to enrich students' learning outcomes. A research framework was created to study this multidimensional relationship, via the instruments of interactivity, students' time devotion and students' engagement in order to find which factors could improve learning outcomes, including…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Curriculum Enrichment, Academic Achievement, Interaction
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Päuler-Kuppinger, Lena; Jucks, Regina – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
This study examines how academics and students from different disciplines perceive teaching and knowledge acquisition. University academics and students from both hard and soft disciplines completed the Domain-specific Epistemological Beliefs Questionnaire and the Approaches to Teaching Inventory. Results showed that academics held more…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Beliefs, Questionnaires, Teaching Methods
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Stentoft, Diana – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Problem-based learning is often characterised as an approach encompassing interdisciplinary learning; however, little attention has been explicitly paid to what a claim of interdisciplinary problem-based learning means in practice. Even less attention has been given to address the consequences of interdisciplinary problem-based learning for…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Barriers, Problem Based Learning
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Burke, Alison S.; Fedorek, Brian – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
"Flipped" or inverted classrooms are designed to utilize class time for application and knowledge building, while course content is delivered through the use of online lectures and watched at home on the students' time. It is believed that flipped classrooms promote student engagement and a deeper understanding of the class material. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Homework
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Daniel, Sarah R.; Jordan, Michelle E. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Working in collaborative groups has been shown to have beneficial outcomes; however, these benefits are linked to the quality of group member interactions. "Heedful interrelating," which entails interacting with sensitivity to the task at hand while paying attention to how one's actions affect overall team functioning, is theorized to be…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Mixed Methods Research, Metacognition
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Kapitanoff, Susan; Pandey, Carol – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Whatever their major, students are often required to take at least one course in statistics. After graduation, statistics is a key skill in numerous workplace settings. However, for many, it is a particularly difficult course. One factor that may play a role is the lingering misconception that women are not as good as men in mathematics subjects…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Anxiety, Gender Differences, Underachievement
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Lee, Jenny J.; Bell, Lydia F.; Shaulskiy, Stephanie Levitt – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
This study examined undergraduate students' approaches to service learning based on their perceptions as mentors. As part of a university multicultural service-learning program, mentors met regularly with assigned mentees in low-income middle schools to promote college participation. Based on an analysis of mentors' written reflections about their…
Descriptors: Mentors, Service Learning, Interpersonal Relationship, Civics
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