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Phuong, Andrew Estrada; Nguyen, Judy; Marie, Dena – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
This study examines whether and how an adaptive equity-oriented pedagogy can address diverse college students' needs and preferred modes of learning. Using a mixed-methods approach, we evaluated this pedagogical intervention that synthesizes democratic, assessment-driven, strengths-based, multimodal, and game-based instructional strategies. This…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teaching Methods, College Students, Student Needs
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Krehbiel, Timothy C.; Salzarulo, Peter A.; Cosmah, Michelle L.; Forren, John; Gannod, Gerald; Havelka, Douglas; Hulshult, Andrea R.; Merhout, Jeffrey – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
A group of faculty members representing six colleges at a public university formed a learning community to study the Agile Way of Working--a method of workplace collaboration widely used in software development--and to determine whether the concepts, practices, and benefits of Agile are applicable to higher education settings. After more than two…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness, Computer Software
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Roncolato, Leanne; Koh, Cairynne – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2017
Existing research points to the critical connection between student engagement and deep learning. This paper explores body engagement as one type of student centered learning. While other disciplines are making progress in developing body-engaging pedagogical methods as a complement to traditional lectures, the use of such innovations in…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Centered Learning, Learner Engagement
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Howton, Amy; McGrew, Mandy; Liu, Liyuan; Staples, Lauren L.; Ray, Herman E. – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2020
This study examines the impact of changing the tone of a traditional syllabus to make it more learner-centered. The researchers examined a required wellness course that serves over 8,000 students per year at a large, four-year public university in the southern United States. Concerns about student progression through programs and graduation rates…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Wellness, College Students, Student Motivation
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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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Hunt, Kari A.; Trent, Margaret N.; Jackson, Justina R.; Marquis, Jenee M.; Barrett-Williams, Shannon; Gurvitch, Rachel; Metzler, Michael W. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
To gather more objective information about effective teaching and levels of student engagement, research in higher education has shifted to increased observations within the college classrooms and is focused more on the collection of systematic data. Despite the attempt by instructors to implement various pedagogies and use different instructional…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Outcomes of Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Delivery Systems
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Dumford, Amber D.; Cogswell, Cindy A.; Miller, Angie L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
Learning strategies have been shown to be an important part of success in the classroom, but little research exists that examines differences across major fields concerning the use and faculty emphasis of learning strategies. This study uses data from the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement to explore…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Student Surveys
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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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Grant, Natalie S.; Bolin, Brien L. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
Digital storytelling is explored as a method of engaging students in the development of media literacy and cultural competency. This paper describes the perceptions and experiences of 96 undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university, after completing a digital storytelling project in a semester-long diversity course. Digital storytelling…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Learner Engagement, Media Literacy, Undergraduate Students
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Woods, Kathryn; Bliss, Kadi – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2016
As online course offerings continue to evolve, researchers have examined many strategies for improving the online learning experience for both the instructor and the student. Asynchronous, online discussions are one of the most common components of online courses. This article provides information about the best practices for facilitating…
Descriptors: Facilitators (Individuals), Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses
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Andzik, Natalie R.; Gist, Corinne M.; Smith, Elle E.; Xu, Menglin; Neef, Nancy A. – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
The use of competitive games to increase classroom engagement has become common practice among many teachers and university professors. However, it is unclear if using games, as an assessment tool, is a viable way to increase student performance. This study examined the effects of administering point-earning quizzes through a game-based system,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Evaluation Methods, Video Games, Undergraduate Students
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Parra, Ruben D. – Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
This paper describes pedagogical efforts implemented to promote significant learning in a computational chemistry course. The taxonomy of significant learning advanced by Fink (2013) is used as a framework to discuss the results. Fink identifies six categories of learning: foundational, application, integration, human dimension, caring, and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Chemistry, Computation
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Luquet, Wade – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2015
The instant availability of information has changed the paradigm of teaching. Whereas at one time teaching and learning was information being passed, memorized, and repeated, students can now find their own knowledge. Learning now consists of using information in creative ways and requires a shift in how students are taught. This is quite similar…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Music, Figurative Language, Learning Processes
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Stephens, Geralyn E. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2015
All course activities should be aimed at moving students towards the learning outcomes, including class introductions. This article provides detailed instructions for implementing an online Class Session Introductions (CSI) activity that immediately engages students with their peers, the content and the instructor. The activity may be useful to…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Class Activities, Student Adjustment, Instructional Design
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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
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