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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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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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