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Shaw, Lindsay; Brown, Kristin; Ellis, Donna; Wolf, Peter; Dawson, Debra; Goff, Lori; Kustra, Erika – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Teaching culture is the product of a dynamic interplay among the embedded patterns, behaviours, values, beliefs and ideologies about teaching and learning within and across the many microcultures that make up a university. Educational researchers from across Canada developed a set of Institutional Teaching Culture Perception Surveys (ITCPS) to…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Foreign Countries
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Hull, Kerry; Lawford, Heather; Hood, Suzanne; Oliveira, Vanessa; Murray, Michele; Trempe, Maxime; Crooks, Jamie; Jensen, Murray – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
The increased prevalence and severity of academic-related distress is of significant concern on college campuses. Of particular relevance to instructors is the anxiety relating to classroom teaching and evaluation practices. Sources of evaluation anxiety include student uncertainty about the nature of the expected demands as well as their ability…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Test Anxiety, Student Evaluation
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Shaw, Jenessa Louise; Cramer, Kenneth – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Peer reviews offer a unique assessment of post-secondary students' writing, wherein students grade fellow students' (or peers') essay submissions according to a provided rubric. Previous research found that students' personality dimensions were related to the grades that students both gave and received through peer assessment. The present study…
Descriptors: Correlation, Personality, Grades (Scholastic), Grading
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Bornais, Judy A.K.; Andrews, David M.; Cassidy, Alice L.E.V.; Wright, W. Alan; Monette, Marie-Jeanne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Though much literature describes the value of experiential and place-based learning experiences for participants, we have found little comparable literature regarding the facilitator experience. This paper provides current and future facilitators of workshops, especially those that take place outdoors, our reflections and ideas as facilitators,…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Workshops, Facilitators (Individuals), Place Based Education
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King, Bev; Dinsmore, Christina; Thornton, Antoinette; Beyer, Wanda; Akiva, Keren; Dalton, C. J. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
This study examined the experiences of three new online instructors supported by a multidisciplinary, team-based model of course development and how their experiences may transform their knowledge of teaching and learning. In-depth, individual interviews with instructors during the course development process provided insights into participants'…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Teamwork, Electronic Learning, Beginning Teachers
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Sproule, Robert; Drewery, David; Pretti, T. Judene – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Lifelong learning has emerged as an important learning outcome across the Canadian post-secondary education system. However, assessments of lifelong learning have been limited to students' self-reports, particularly questionnaires. In programs that offer work-integrated learning experiences, students' reflections may provide a window to further…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scoring Rubrics, Lifelong Learning, Work Experience Programs
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Coletta, Giulia; Kamran, Rakshan; Khan, Ayesha; Dej, Kim; Pritchard, Janet M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Community service learning (CSL) activities in undergraduate programs are associated with improvements in self-efficacy (confidence related to performing a specific task) and academic achievement. This study aimed to understand the impact of a CSL assignment on self-efficacy related to teaching community members about evidence-based nutrition and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Self Efficacy, Service Learning, Nutrition Instruction
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Haave, Neil; Keus, Kelly; Simpson, Tonya – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This study analyzed the effect of a learning philosophy assignment on students' intellectual development and mastery of first-year biology and second-year biochemistry course content. We used pre- and post-surveys to assess students' cognitive complexity, and compared students' midterm and final exam marks to assess mastery of course content. The…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Philosophy, Assignments, Intellectual Development
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Hanley-Dafoe, Robyne; Bruce, Cathy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
How can universities ensure that the first-year learning experiences are purposeful, personal, and transformative? This study explores challenges post-secondary institutions face in the ever-changing landscape of first-year teaching and learning. It spanned 18 months and included surveys, reflections, and an environmental scan of 92 first-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Surveys, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Lockhart, Wallace; Wuetherick, Brad; Joorisity, Nola – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This paper presents perspectives and outcomes from a multi-stage research project focused on improving understandings of foundations for student success. The research has shifted from a focus on the phenomenon (developing an understanding of student diversity and its impacts on student success), to experimental research (studying the impact or…
Descriptors: Success, Research Projects, Business Administration Education, Student Diversity
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Jeppesen, Alison; Joyce, Brenda – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Does participation in a reflective teaching development program transform educators? In a three-year teaching development program, faculty met in small interdisciplinary groups with peer facilitators and used online resources to complement their learning activities. The first two cohorts of participants found that involvement in a teaching…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Faculty Development, Peer Teaching, Group Activities
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Chen, Victoria – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Course instructors often rely on student participation to increase interaction and learning in the classroom. However, while verbalizing thoughts can help students learn, students in this study felt that frequency of contributions was often rewarded over quality. They called this "verbal diarrhea" and explained how prominent it was in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Interaction, College Students
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Mengel, Thomas; Tantawy, Maha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This study at a small Canadian university describes the student-centered re-design of a course about social entrepreneurship. The project was aimed at improving students' engagement and satisfaction. Our data suggests that the course redesign improved students' learning experience, clarity of course requirements, and students' self-directed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Entrepreneurship, Student Centered Learning
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Visser, Rebecca; Flynn, Alison B. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Organic chemistry has its own representational language and as with any language, any barrier with the language makes understanding the message difficult. In this article, we describe the design of an open education resource that empowers students to master this language. We also describe the structure and findings of a pilot study designed to…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Resource Units, Technology Uses in Education, Vocabulary
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Ahmad, Arshad; Stockley, Denise; Smith, Ron; Hastings-Truelove, Amber – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
In 2016 the 3M National Teaching Fellowship reached a milestone in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first fellowship in 1986. The fellowship is the premier award of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and each year up to 10 fellows are announced. Thus far, there has not been a systematic review or evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Fellowships, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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