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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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Turki, Fared Jdaitawi; Jdaitawi, Malek; Sheta, Hani – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Although some attention has been given to student issues at university, the literature on the relationship between social connectedness, achievement motivation and emotional-social learning with student adjustment is relatively limited. Therefore, this study investigates the impact of social connectedness, achievement motivation and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Adjustment, Interpersonal Competence
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Broadbent, Jaclyn – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
There is limited research on the quality of assessment moderation in large classes. Effective moderation practices can improve reliability, as well as reduce marker bias, attenuate prevalence of 'hard' or 'soft' markers, increase student and staff confidence in marking, and enhance the development of staff. This article shares a marking moderation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Large Group Instruction, Grading
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Del Río, M. Luisa; Díaz-Vázquez, Rosario; Maside Sanfiz, José M. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The undergraduate dissertation is characterized by a conflict between autonomy and support, in which the role of the supervisor is outlined; however, this role is not consistently defined either in the literature or in practice. As a result, a mismatch may arise between the dedication of the supervisor and the dedication expected from the student,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Theses, Supervisory Methods
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Demirbilek, Muhammet; Talan, Tarik – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether off-task multitasking activities with mobile technologies, specifically social networking sites and short messaging services, used during real-time lectures have an effect on grade performance in higher education students. Two experimental groups and one control group were used in this research.…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Comparative Analysis, Social Media
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Islim, Omer Faruk – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
This article explores how the use of concept mapping, with and without technology support, assists students in learning complex concepts to which they may have had limited previous exposure. Students were engaged in a group-based concept mapping activity, wherein they created two concept maps over the course of several weeks in a large lecture…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Group Activities
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Machida, Keitaro; Chin, Michelle; Johnson, Katherine A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
To optimize learning in lectures, students need to maintain a sustained level of attention to the lecture material. Previous research has suggested, however, that student attention declines over the course of the lecture. One strategy suggested to improve sustained attention of students during the lecture is to encourage note-taking by students.…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Attention, Lecture Method, Learner Engagement
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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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