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Raye, Lee – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Scholarship on instructive technologies in higher education has emphasized the use of high-tech facilitative technologies for long-term use, and low-tech props to illustrate single topics. This paper, on the contrary, discusses the use of a long-term, low-tech instructional technology: Llewelyn the Lynx was a soft animal used to assist with…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Higher Education, Case Studies, First Year Seminars
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Murphy, Cheryl A.; Jensen, Thomas D. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
Higher education faculty learn how to teach through courses, seminars, or workshops during and after their doctoral program. Perhaps the more prevalent way faculty learn to teach is through observational and self-directed learning. In order to assist with self-directed teaching improvements we developed the Multidimensional Matrix of Teaching…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models
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Kenney, Christine K.; Sreckovic, Melissa – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
Words and labels used about a person inevitably have an impact, whether intended or unintended. This article discusses the need for intentional and overt, critical reflection and discussion in higher education regarding the language faculty and students use. The authors provide language examples commonly used in courses that could have varied…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Language Usage, Labeling (of Persons), College Students
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Cornell, Heidi R.; Sayman, Donna; Herron, Jason – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
A sense of community among learners is recognized as contributing to positive student outcomes. Synchronous learning opportunities may serve as one way to create a sense of community among online learners. Findings are shared from a mixed-method study that examined the impact of synchronous discussion sessions on students' sense of community, as…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Synchronous Communication, Outcomes of Education, Online Courses
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Jaipal-Jamani, Kamini; Figg, Candace; Gallagher, Tiffany; Scott, Ruth McQuirter; Ciampa, Katia – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2015
This paper describes a professional development initiative for teacher educators, called the "Digital Pedagogies Collaboration," in which the goal was to build faculty knowledge about technology enhanced teaching (TPACK knowledge), develop a collaborative learning and research community of faculty members around technology enhanced…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Educators
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Churcher, Kalen M. A.; Downs, Edward; Tewksbury, Doug – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2014
Social media and web 2.0 technologies are an attractive supplement to the higher education experience and are embraced as a way to foster intra-and extracurricular knowledge generation among a class community. However, these collaborative media require a rethinking of the theoretical framework through which we engage student communities of…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Mass Media Use, Classroom Techniques, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Bowen, Glenn A. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2014
Service-learning is a high-impact pedagogical strategy embraced by higher education institutions. Direct service based on a charity paradigm tends to be the norm, while little attention is paid to social change-oriented service. This article offers suggestions for incorporating social justice education into courses designed to promote social…
Descriptors: Social Change, Service Learning, Course Descriptions, Educational Strategies
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Regmi, Krishna – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
Several studies have documented that teaching methods in HE (generally involves work towards a university or college level education), are the most important aspect of a curriculum. This is because they serve as an interface between the learners and the philosophy of the curriculum. It is, however, difficult to define how knowledge is…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Lecture Method, Facilitators (Individuals), Higher Education
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Kohut, Gary F. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
With the growth in the global economy and the rapid development of communication and information technologies, global virtual teams are quickly becoming the norm in the workplace. Research indicates, however, that many students have little or no experience working in such teams. Students who learn through these experiences benefit from higher task…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Global Approach, Virtual Classrooms, Teaching Methods
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Crosby, Dorian B. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
When teaching diversity courses that discuss sensitive issues, such as racial, gender, sexuality, religious, and ethnic discrimination, it is possible to encounter student resistance, which can subsequently prevent students from comprehending the content. While teaching an introductory course on African American history in a Black Studies…
Descriptors: Sensitivity Training, Intellectual Disciplines, Higher Education, Resistance (Psychology)
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Burke, Alison – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2011
Many students cringe and groan when told that they will need to work in a group. However, group work has been found to be good for students and good for teachers. Employers want college graduates to have developed teamwork skills. Additionally, students who participate in collaborative learning get better grades, are more satisfied with their…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Educational Benefits
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Cox, Thomas D. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2011
It can reasonably be said that the discussion board is the "heart" of an online course. The discussion board can and should help the learner to make meaning of the content or topic and to find relevance to their lives. When this "engagement" does not occur, the individual does not benefit from the discussion, and it becomes…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Group Discussion, Interaction, Online Courses
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Melander, Lisa A.; Wortmann, Susan L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2011
Instructors of large, general education lecture courses face a number of student engagement and learning challenges. In this article, we develop and assess an interactive lecture that introduces a theoretical perspective and three related concepts to two introductory sociology general education classrooms (n = 433). This interactive lecture…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Popular Culture, Introductory Courses, Lecture Method
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Burnap, Charles A.; Kohut, Gary F.; Yon, Maria G. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2010
Most institutions of higher education require evidence of effective teaching as part of the review process for reappointment and for tenure/promotion. This study examines the relative importance of various documents placed in the teaching section of the dossier as rated by pre-tenured faculty members and review committee members. Results indicate…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, Stakeholders, Teacher Effectiveness
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Werth, Alexander J. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2009
An anonymous survey instrument was used for a ten year study to gauge college student attitudes toward evolution. Results indicate that students are most likely to accept evolution as a historical process for change in physical features of non-human organisms. They are less likely to accept evolution as an ongoing process that shapes all traits…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Student Attitudes, Evolution
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