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Alexander, James A.; Cruz, Laura E.; Torrence, Michael L. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
"Gamification" is often (incorrectly) assumed to mean using games in the classroom, but its primary purpose is to integrate differentiated strategies of motivation and engagement into a number of activities, including teaching and learning. The authors synthesize research and practice in the field of gamification (also called gamified,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Games, Learning Activities
Boye, Allison P. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
Essay exams offer many benefits for instructors who seek to vary their assessment methods and engage students in critical discourse, yet they also pose many challenges and require thoughtful construction and evaluation. The author provides an extensive overview of the literature to illuminate best practices for designing and assessing effective…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Prompting, Responses, Writing Assignments
Luo, Linlin; Kiewra, Kenneth A. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
Students often fail to write effective synthesis essays that compare multiple sources across common intersecting categories. Instead, they compose flawed essays that focus primarily on one source and then add a few ideas from other sources (patchwriting); report ideas from all sources in a disjointed fashion (tag-all writing); or draw from one…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Synthesis, Writing Instruction, Essays
Haladyna, Thomas M. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
The author discusses valid and reliable ways to assign grades in an academic course in any discipline. "Validity" means the accuracy of a grade's reflection of student learning and achievement. "Reliability" concerns the degree of random error that might be present and affect validity. First the author defines a grade as a…
Descriptors: Grading, Validity, Reliability, Evaluation Criteria
Benton, Stephen L.; Li, Dan – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
Periodically, articles reporting research on student ratings of instruction (SRI), aka student evaluations of teaching, appear in the higher-education press. This literature often summarizes studies that challenge the validity and reliability of SRI. However, before drawing a conclusion about a quantitative study touted in the media, readers…
Descriptors: Credibility, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Statistical Analysis, Evaluation Criteria
Thomas, Rebecca; Linder, Kathryn E.; Harper, Nick; Blyth, Warren; Lee, Victor – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
Augmented-reality (AR) technology, and its impacts on teaching and learning, have already made their way into elementary, secondary, and higher-education classrooms. The authors discuss why AR matters in the higher-education context, and they describe current examples of AR use that can enhance teaching and learning across multiple fields in…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Educational Benefits, Technology Integration, College Faculty
Bair, Emily; Niemer, Rachel; Lee, Chia-Ju; Anderson, Olivia S. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
EPortfolios can showcase students' learning progression, achievements, and abilities through the purposeful collection of their work. The implementation of ePortfolios within curricula can also demonstrate institutional accountability and serve as primary evidence for accreditation. The authors explore the current available ePortfolio platforms…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Electronic Publishing, Scoring Rubrics, Comparative Analysis
Benton, Stephen L. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2019
IDEA's Teaching Essentials (TE) is a useful tool for gathering student feedback on how frequently an instructor exhibits each of seven behaviors that correlate most highly with student perceptions of course and teaching excellence. TE is appropriate for instructors who desire quick, sound student feedback on (a) displaying personal interest in…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Competencies
Anastasio, Daniel; Ingram, Ella L. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
Questions form the core of both the learning experience and the teaching experience. Because of their importance in the educational enterprise, questions (i.e., their structure and use) should receive more attention from educators. The authors construct what they call productive questions (those questions that produce meaningful responses) and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Critical Thinking, Questioning Techniques, Thinking Skills
Payette, Patricia R.; Brown, Marie Kendall – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
A valuable supplement to student evaluations of teaching (SETs) is the mid-semester feedback (MSF) technique, an intervention that can facilitate meaningful improvement of the teaching and learning experience. Scheduling time for an MSF enables a systematic, formative evaluation of instruction on a specific student population in a given semester.…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Formative Evaluation, College Faculty, Evaluation Methods
Inman, Johanna; Myers, Simuelle – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
Recent trends in higher education, including online learning and the flipped classroom, have led to a large increase in the creation and use of video lectures in college teaching. Although the literature suggests that video lectures can be an essential pedagogical tool in 21st-century teaching, research is still emerging regarding best practices…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Higher Education, Blended Learning, Lecture Method
Haladyna, Thomas M. – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
Writing multiple-choice test items to measure student learning in higher education is a challenge. Based on extensive scholarly research and experience, the author describes various item formats, offers guidelines for creating these items, and provides many examples of both good and bad test items. He also suggests some shortcuts for developing…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Multiple Choice Tests, Test Items, Higher Education
Benton, Stephen L.; Young, Suzanne – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
Effective instructor evaluation is complex and requires the use of multiple measures--formal and informal, traditional and authentic--as part of a balanced evaluation system. The student voice, a critical element of that balanced system, is appropriately complemented by instructor self-assessment and the reasoned judgments of other relevant…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Feedback (Response), Teacher Improvement
Kiewra, Kenneth A.; Colliot, Tiphaine; Lu, Junrong – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
Students are incomplete note takers who routinely record just one third of a lesson's important information in their notes. This is unfortunate, because the number of lesson points recorded in notes is positively correlated with student achievement. Moreover, both the activity of recording notes and the subsequent review of notes are advantageous.…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Skill Development, Writing Skills, Teacher Role
Gregg, Andrea; Wilson, Brent G.; Parrish, Patrick – IDEA Center, Inc., 2018
The field of learning analytics holds considerable promise for higher education, with reports of successful uses now emerging in selected institutions. At the same time, critics have expressed concerns regarding privacy, ethics, and intrusions into teachers' pedagogy. Without attentive planning, higher-education professionals applying learning…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Higher Education, Vendors, Academic Achievement
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