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Taylor, Lucy; McGrath-Champ, Susan; Clarkeburn, Henriikka – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
One activity-rich way to utilize collaborative learning, team-based learning (TBL), can present students and teachers with both opportunities and challenges. TBL requires students to prepare for each class, where they are then assessed for their "readiness" to apply the concepts learned during their pre-class preparation. This study addresses two…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, Academic Achievement
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Kassens-Noor, Eva – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
With the rise of Web 2.0, a multitude of new possibilities on how to use these online technologies for active learning has intrigued researchers. While most instructors have used Twitter for in-class discussions, this study explores the teaching practice of Twitter as an active, informal, outside-of-class learning tool. Through a comparative…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Informal Education, Active Learning
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Tippin, Gregory K.; Lafreniere, Kathryn D.; Page, Stewart – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Factors influencing student perceptions of academic grading were examined, with an emphasis on furthering understanding of the relevance of effort to students' conceptualization of grading. Students demonstrated a conceptualization of grading where effort should be weighted comparably to actual performance in importance to the composition of a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Personality, Grading, Personality Traits
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Mayberry, John; Hargis, Jace; Boles, Larry; Dugas, Alex; O'Neill, Daniel; Rivera, Ajna; Meler, Monika – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Appropriate use of instructional technology can be an elusive quest for many faculty members. The iTouch is one of the latest technologies available to us, yet there is little literature on its use and effectiveness to support learners in their learning. Six new faculty members from various disciplines elected to integrate the device in their own…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Teacher Attitudes, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education
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Lin, Shu-Hui; Huang, Yun-Chen – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Loneliness is a common problem for many students. Research indicates that loneliness is associated with relatively poor physical health and depression among students. Burnout in students is also an important issue since it adversely affects students' learning as well as their health and well-being. Both loneliness and learning burnout are related…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Measures (Individuals), Physical Health, Social Sciences
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Mogus, Ana M.; Djurdjevic, Ivana; Suvak, Nenad – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
By studying the use of a virtual learning environment, many have focused on automatically logged web data in order to detect factors that enhance students' use of the virtual learning environment and that may impact their productive and efficient learning via this means. Following their footsteps, the aim of this research is to examine data…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Virtual Classrooms
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Pryjmachuk, Steven; Gill, Anita; Wood, Patricia; Olleveant, Nicola; Keeley, Philip – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
This article describes the evaluation of an online study skills course unit designed, using evidence-based principles, to support undergraduate students. A mixed-methods approach was employed to establish the extent to which the unit was (a) fit for purpose and (b) effective. Data were obtained from an online survey (n = 63) conducted on entry to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Undergraduate Students, Study Skills
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Jessop, Tansy; McNab, Nicole; Gubby, Laura – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
This article explores the relationship between the lack of visible attention to formative assessment in degree specifications and its marginalization in practice. Degree specification documents form part of the quality apparatus emphasizing the accountability and certification duties of assessment. Ironically, a framework designed to assure…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Evaluation Utilization
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Lichy, Jessica – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
This article reports the findings of a small-scale investigation into the Internet user behaviour of generation Y (Gen Y) students, with particular reference to social networking sites. The study adds to the literature on cross-cultural Internet user behaviour with specific reference to Gen Y and social networking. It compares how a cohort of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Internet
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Mogey, Nora; Cowan, John; Paterson, Jessie; Purcell, Mike – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Keyboarding (typing) is a ubiquitous skill for most UK students, and most coursework essays must be word processed. However, few examinations, other than for students with disabilities, permit the use of a word processor. It is not known how students would respond given a free choice between handwriting and word processing in an essay examination.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Essay Tests, College Students, Preferences
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Williams, Marian H. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Mind Mapping has predominantly been used by individuals or collaboratively in groups as a paper-based or computer-generated learning strategy. In an effort to make Mind Mapping kinesthetic, collaborative, and three-dimensional, an innovative pedagogical strategy, termed Physical Webbing, was devised. In the Physical Web activity, groups…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learning Strategies, Cognitive Mapping, Concept Mapping
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Solvberg, Astrid M.; Rismark, Marit – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Mobile learning (m-learning) environments open a wide range of new and exciting learning opportunities, and envision students who are continually on the move, learn across space and time, and move from topic to topic and in and out of interaction with technology. In this article we present findings from a study of how students manoeuvre and study…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Role, Classroom Environment, Teaching Methods
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Ogba, Ike-Elechi; Saul, Neil; Coates, Nigel F. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Most if not all UK universities and many in other parts of the world support their student learning via a virtual learning environment (VLE). Online resources are going to be increasingly important to students as the internet is very much part of their lives. However, the VLE will require ongoing investment to keep pace with technological…
Descriptors: Advertising, Student Attitudes, Internet, Virtual Classrooms
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Smith, Charlene M.; Sodano, Todd M. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2011
As digital natives from the "wired" Net Generation permeate today's classrooms, and educators adapt to students' digital expectations, exploring the pedagogical use of educational technology is essential for today's faculty. Student competency in oral communication and presentation skills transcends disciplines in higher education, as does the…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Student Attitudes, Educational Technology, Nursing Students
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Micari, Marina; Drane, Denise – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2011
This study examines the relationship of social-comparison concern, comfort, and self-efficacy to course performance and program persistence in a small-group learning environment. As part of the study, 205 undergraduates in a peer-led, small-group science learning program were surveyed at the beginning and end of the academic term; surveys…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Grade Point Average, Self Efficacy, Academic Persistence
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