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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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Rawle, Fiona; Bowen, Tracey; Murck, Barbara; Hong, Rosa Junghwa – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Curriculum mapping can be used to document, align, visualize, and assess curricular data, such as learning outcomes, assessment materials, instructional techniques, and student pre- and post-testing scores. A cross-disciplinary Curriculum Mapping Initiative currently underway at the University of Toronto Mississauga aims to: (1) develop guidelines…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Concept Mapping, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Strategies
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Lekhi, Priyanka; Allen, Meghan; Leung, Fok-Shuen; Gilley, Brett; Rieger, Georg; Fox, Joanne A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Students who engage in undergraduate research experiences acquire many benefits, including an understanding of how scientific knowledge is constructed, recognition that knowledge can be complex and uncertain, and the habit of viewing knowledge critically. This paper describes a first-year two-course sequence that provides multidisciplinary…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Curriculum Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Delivery Systems
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Poole, Heather; Khan, Ayesha; Agnew, Michael – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
More and more Canadian post-secondary institutions are introducing a fall break into their term calendars. In 2015, a full week fall break was introduced at our university in order to enhance academic performance and improve mental health amongst students. Our interdisciplinary team surveyed undergraduate students at our university about their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Students
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Gillis, Daniel; Nelson, Jessica; Driscoll, Brianna; Hodgins, Kelly; Fraser, Evan; Jacobs, Shoshanah – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Transcending disciplinary boundaries is becoming increasingly important for devising solutions to the world's most pressing issues, such as climate change and food insecurity. Institutions of higher education often present challenges to teaching students how to work and innovate on transdisciplinary teams. We first define transdisciplinarity and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Web Sites, Higher Education
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Cockcroft, Robert; Symons, Sarah L.; Goff, Lori; Knorr, Kris; Robinson, Sarah J.; van Wersch, Geneviève; Charney, Devra; Farquharson, Michael J. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Transitioning to university can be a daunting endeavour, with student success dependent on a myriad of effects (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). Understanding how to navigate university systems, who to meet, how to get help, how to study, and what goals to set can be hard to grasp (Valle et al., 2003). We provide an overview of the new…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Science, College Freshmen, Mentors
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Feltham, Mark; Krahn, Mary Anne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In this essay, we tell the story of how a team of English and nursing professors came together to develop curriculum for a mandatory first-semester writing course in the collaborative Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) at Fanshawe College and Western University, both in London, Ontario. The discussion focuses on the implementation of the course…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Writing Instruction, Nursing Education, Foreign Countries
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Feltham, Mark; Sharen, Colleen – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Students often express surprise at their grades on papers. This gap between expectation and achievement may stem in part from lack of facility with revision strategies. How, then, can teachers work with their students to foster more effective revisions? This question in teaching and learning has inspired an interdisciplinary collaboration: one of…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Revision (Written Composition), Metacognition, Writing Processes
Fox, Joanne A.; Baloy, Natalie; Sens, Allen – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC), UBC Mix creates interdisciplinary learning experiences for students by developing partnerships between existing courses, and between existing courses and other learning opportunities. UBC Mix connects faculty members interested in making their courses more interdisciplinary, and facilitates…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods
Watson, Gavan Peter Longley; Kenny, Natasha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Critical reflection is a highly valued and widely applied learning approach in higher education. There are many benefits associated with engaging in critical reflection, and it is often integrated into the design of graduate level courses on university teaching as a life-long learning strategy to help ensure that learners build their capacity as…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Critical Thinking, Reflection, Foreign Countries
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DeLathouwer, Erin; Roy, Wendy; Martin, Ann; Liska, Jasmine – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
A problem common to university faculty and students is an implicit sense of inadequacy regarding institutional hierarchies and disciplinary boundaries. Through a focus on multidisciplinarity, learning communities enable members to navigate multiple points of view within, between, and beyond apparent institutional boundaries. After having led a…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Anxiety, Cooperation, Communities of Practice
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Robinson, A. Helene – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
This paper provides an example of an innovative solution to program development that addresses the diverse needs of teacher educators throughout various geographical locations in Florida, through a collaborative multi-university, multi-agency teacher training program funded by one collaborative grant. In this time of economic uncertainties,…
Descriptors: Creativity, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Collaboration
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Barrett, M. J. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
Many environmental educators and philosophers have identified anthropocentrism and the socially constructed separation between humans and "the more-than-human world" (Abram, 1996) as primary root causes of current ecological devastation. This separation is embedded in Western schooling content and structures and is often unintentionally…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Epistemology, Environmental Education, Educational Philosophy
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Carter, Irene; Quaglia, Christine; Leslie, Donald – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
This paper recommends that faculties of Social Work incorporate Disability Studies in their curriculum by embracing its interdisciplinary deconstructionist perspective. Disability Studies encourages Social Work to move beyond person-in--the-environment and anti-oppressive approaches to find more effective ways of removing barriers for persons with…
Descriptors: Social Work, Professional Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Curriculum
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