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Akkaraju, Shylaja; Wolf, Alexander – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
A "threshold concept" is a challenging concept that acts as a doorway leading to deeper understanding and a dramatic shift in perception. A learner that is involved in grasping a threshold concept is said to be undergoing a threshold experience within a "liminal space" or learning environment. We used the blog as a liminal…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Science, Introductory Courses
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Akkaraju, Shylaja – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
To help students master challenging, threshold concepts in physiology, I used the flipped learning model in a human anatomy and physiology course with very encouraging results in terms of student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and performance. The flipped learning model was enhanced by pre-training and formative assessments that provided…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level
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Sherr, Goldie; Akkaraju, Shylaja; Atamturktur, Seher – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
The intensive nature of gateway biology courses often results in poor student performance. This issue can be resolved with the usage of the flipped classroom method. Our application of this model to a human anatomy and physiology course increased the retention and passing rates. However, the beneficial effects of flipping a classroom can be…
Descriptors: Nursing Students, Nursing Education, Biology, Homework
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Akkaraju, Shylaja – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2018
Handwriting is a multisensory process known to enhance memory, focus, engagement, and cognition in the learner, thereby making it a valuable study skill. In an attempt to embed handwriting as a study skill in a gateway science course, I used a combination of scaffolding and individual student consultations. Scaffolding emphasized the use of…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Writing Instruction, Study Skills, Science Instruction