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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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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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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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Fukuzawa, Sherry; Boyd, Cleo; Cahn, Joel – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a self-directed learning strategy where students work collaboratively in small groups to investigate open-ended relatable case scenarios. Students develop transferable skills that can be applied across disciplines, such as collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Despite extensive research on…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Problem Based Learning, Undergraduate Students, Anthropology
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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
Sears, Kim; Broderick, Briana; Stockley, Denise; Goldstien, D.; Egan, R. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Working in silos or working within one discipline has not improved the delivery of healthcare. With a goal to advance the healthcare quality agenda and in response to an identified need within both the educational and healthcare sector, Queen's University has established a Master's degree in Healthcare Quality [MSc(HQ)]. The interprofessional…
Descriptors: Health, Health Education, Masters Programs, Program Development
MacNeil, Stephen; Wood, Eileen; Zivcakova, Lucia; Glover, Robyn; Smith, Patrick – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
To support students in an introductory organic chemistry course, scaffolding in the form of weekly Learning Task Inventories (LTIs) were introduced. LTIs are chapter-by-chapter lists of detailed learning tasks students are expected to master during the course. This paper describes efforts to effectively implement LTIs, the effect of differing…
Descriptors: Study Habits, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Duenkel, Nicky – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
This paper encourages shifts in praxis to promote the thoughtful inclusion of creativity into higher education assignments in order to broaden and deepen student experience, and offer greater integration between required assignments and the complexity of students' lives. Obstacles to integrating creativity into academia are also briefly explored.…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Creative Activities, Student Surveys, College Faculty
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Hunt, Gary; Baldwin, Lyn; Tsui, Ernest; Matthews, Les – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
In May 2007, the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Science established an ad hoc subcommittee to develop a new student ratings of teaching survey. The final survey, approved by the Faculty in February 2011, includes statements categorized in the dimensions of teaching shown in previous studies to be correlated with student achievement. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Measures (Individuals), College Faculty
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Flynn, Alison B. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
An instructional method is described that was used in a large, introductory organic chemistry course to ask online, post-class questions and to use the students' answers to design the lesson and learning activities for the following class. Additional goals of this method were to provide relevant, regular, and prompt feedback to students and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Teaching Methods, Instructional Design
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Marcoux, Sarah; Marken, Liv; Yu, Stan – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
This paper describes the results of a pilot project designed to improve students' academic writing in a large (200-student) first-year Agriculture class at the University of Saskatchewan. In collaboration with the course's professor, the Writing Centre coordinator and a summer student designed curriculum for four two-hour Writing Group sessions…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, College Freshmen, Group Activities
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Eng, Edward; Febria, Catherine – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Students seek unique experiences to obtain and enhance professional development skills and to prepare for future careers. Through the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program (LTSPP), a voluntary science outreach program at University of Toronto Scarborough, students are given the opportunity to continually improve on skills which include: the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Skill Development, College Students
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Smit, Julie; Cavallo-Medved, Dora; Poling, Kirsten – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Do you have an idea for a new activity or laboratory exercise that you would like to incorporate into your course but feel unsure as to how it will be received by your students? This was our concern when developing first-year biology labs for a biology majors' course at University of Windsor. Through a Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Course Improvement Projects, Laboratory Training, Laboratory Experiments
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Murray, William C.; Smith, Leslie; Nielson, Keith – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
This study examines the differences that exist among various age cohorts attending a post-secondary educational institution. Respondents were from the New Brunswick Community College's six separate campuses (n = 251). Significant differences were found to exist predominantly around social and family issues. Although differences did appear based on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Students, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
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McLachlin, Derek T. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Music can be used in lectures to increase student engagement and help students retain information. In this paper, I describe my use of biochemistry-related lyrics written to the tune of the theme to the television show, The Flintstones, in a large class setting (400-800 students). To determine student perceptions, the class was surveyed several…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biochemistry, Science Instruction, College Students
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