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Svinicki, Marilla D. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
Because instructors are very concerned about how to motivate their students, this paper describes some of the most prominent and practically relevant contemporary theories of motivation, specifically expectancy value theory, goal orientation theory, and self-determination theory. After describing each theory and its basic components, suggestions…
Descriptors: Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Educational Theories, Concept Teaching
Proctor, Janice; Bumgardner, Tiffany – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
This paper focuses on the authors' experiences teaching on Ohio University's Learning Network (OULN), which uses interactive television and real-time face-to-face interaction as a distance-education (DE) delivery tool. One of the authors is a sociology professor, and the other is her former student and an experienced OULN system operator. The…
Descriptors: Conventional Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
Richmond, Aaron S. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
Educators increasingly agree that a learner-centered syllabus is associated with better rapport between students and teachers and increased student motivation, achievement, and empowerment. Accordingly, in 2009 Cullen and Harris developed a rubric for assessing the degree to which a syllabus is learner-centered versus teacher-centered. To date,…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Educational History
Barr, Jason J. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
Classroom climate is a broad construct, made up of students' feelings about their instructor and peers. Although there is a plethora of research on the effects of classroom climate on student outcomes at the secondary level, there is a relative dearth of such research on the postsecondary level. However, much of the research that does exist shows…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Influence, Student Participation
Benton, Stephen L.; Ryalls, Kenneth R. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
Data from student ratings of instruction (SRI) are used ubiquitously as a key element in providing instructors with valuable feedback and evaluators with critical student input. Nonetheless, calls for the elimination of SRI continue to appear in academic journals and higher education periodicals. This paper brings to bear the huge body of research…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Evidence, Educational Benefits
Millis, Barbara J. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
Metacognition has increasingly been recognized as essential for learning. This paper defines metacognition, discusses its importance, and specifies how faculty can nurture it in students to promote positive learning outcomes. The paper then offers extensive examples based on two formats: (1) activities offered before, during, and after lessons or…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Definitions, Reflection, Learning Strategies
Riggs, Shannon A.; Linder, Kathryn E. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
Active learning activities and pedagogical strategies can look different in online learning environments, particularly in asynchronous courses when students are not interacting with the instructor, or with each other, in real time. This paper suggests a three-pronged approach for conceptualizing active learning in the online asynchronous class:…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Student Participation, Active Learning
Li, Dan; Benton, Stephen L.; Brown, Ron; Sullivan, Patricia; Ryalls, Kenneth R. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2016
This report describes statistical analyses performed on data collected in the Spring of 2015 from the pilot study of proposed revised and new items in the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) system. Described are the methods employed, results obtained, and decisions made in selecting items for the updated instruments. The procedures occurred…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Rating Scales, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Course Evaluation
Benton, Stephen L.; Li, Dan; Brown, Ron; Guo, Meixi; Sullivan, Patricia – IDEA Center, Inc., 2015
This report describes the processes undertaken to revise the IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) system. The previous revision occurred in 1999, as described in IDEA Technical Report No. 11, "Revising the IDEA System for Obtaining Student Ratings of Instructors and Courses" (Hoyt, Chen, Pallett, & Gross, 1999). The procedures…
Descriptors: Review (Reexamination), Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Rating Scales, Test Items
Benton, Stephen L.; Li, Dan – IDEA Center, Inc., 2015
Most institutions of higher education have some system in place for collecting student ratings of instruction (SRI) data from classes on a systematic basis. SRIs are a relatively simple way of gauging student perceptions of teaching and the course. Since the initial development of IDEA SRI in 1975, much has changed about higher education. Many…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Rating Scales, Test Reliability
Benton, Stephen L.; Li, Dan – IDEA Center, Inc., 2015
This study examined which teaching methods are most highly correlated with student progress on relevant course objectives in first- and second-year (lower-level) general education courses. We specifically sought to identify teaching methods that distinguish progress made by students taking a general education course from that made by students…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, General Education, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness
Braseby, Anne M. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2014
Use of the word "flipped" has become the latest buzzword in the educational world. This paper explores the different uses of the term "flipped," examines the research to date, and discusses how and why teachers are starting to use the new model. It offers suggestions for activities both inside and outside of the classroom to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Blended Learning, Video Technology
Plank, Kathryn M. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2013
Team teaching has the potential to have a profound impact on both teaching and learning. Many who have taught as part of a team report the break from solitary practice brings renewed excitement for teaching and the course that makes them better teachers. It also creates a learning environment in which students can explore multiple perspectives and…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Relationship
Qualters, Donna M.; McDaniels, Melissa; Cohen, Perrin – IDEA Center, Inc, 2013
Although universities often teach ethics courses, they do not always teach students how to apply ethical course content to ethical dilemmas they encounter on a day-to-day basis. The Awareness-Investigation-Responding (AIR) model of ethical inquiry bridges this gap by scaffolding the reflective process and empowering students to make more caring,…
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Relevance (Education), Models
Kiewra, Kenneth A. – IDEA Center, Inc, 2012
Students often have difficulty learning from texts and lectures because information is commonly organized in blocks or lines that obscure important relationships among ideas. This article introduces graphic ways to display information so that relationships are apparent and easily learned.
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Visual Aids, Educational Research, Instructional Effectiveness
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