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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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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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Paolini, Allison – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2015
This manuscript addresses how post-secondary educators can enhance their teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes through student assessment. Highlights will include evidence-based practices, teaching style, methodology, and the use of assessment data for university instructors. Primary focus will be data obtained from key stakeholders…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Evaluation, Teaching Styles
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Wolf, Kenneth; Dunlap, Joanna; Stevens, Ellen – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
This article describes ten key assessment practices for advancing student learning that all professors should be familiar with and strategically incorporate in their classrooms and programs. Each practice or concept is explained with examples and guidance for putting it into practice. The ten are: learning outcomes, performance assessments,…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Educational Practices, Outcomes of Education
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Divoll, Kent A.; Browning, Sandra T.; Vesey, Winona M. – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2012
Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) or other closure activities are widely promoted for use in college classrooms. However, research on whether CATs improve student learning are mixed. The authors posit that the results are mixed because CATs were designed to "help teachers find out what students are learning in the classroom and how well…
Descriptors: Retention (Psychology), Student Evaluation, Learning Processes, Concept Formation
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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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Berardi, Victor – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2011
Much of the recent research on homework focuses on using online, web-based, or computerized homework systems. These systems have many reported capabilities and benefits, including the ability to randomize values, which enables multiple attempts by a student or to reduce academic dishonesty. This study reports on the impact of using randomized…
Descriptors: Scores, Cheating, Student Evaluation, Tests
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Chenault, Tiffany Gayle; Duclos-Orsello, Elizabeth – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2008
This article extends and expands the existing literature on critical thinking (CT) by both establishing the need for more student-centered research on the topic and reporting on the findings of a CT research project with two central, related goals: 1) To record and analyze undergraduate students' definition of CT and 2) To create an easy-to-use…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Thinking, Sociology, Questionnaires
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Scott, Victoria Groves; Weishaar, Mary Konya – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2008
Increased focus on assessment of student learning, within college classrooms, has lead many professors to routinely employ classroom assessment techniques as a means to make adjustments in teaching during the instructional process. This article describes a technique, Talking Drawings, which was developed by a high school teacher as a teaching…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques, Teaching Methods, Feedback (Response)
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Wolf, Kenneth; Stevens, Ellen – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2007
A rubric is a multi-purpose scoring guide for assessing student products and performances. This tool works in a number of different ways to advance student learning, and has great potential in particular for non-traditional, first generation, and minority students. In addition, rubrics improve teaching, contribute to sound assessment, and are an…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Instructional Design
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McDougall, Roseanne; LaMonica, Jeffrey – Journal of Effective Teaching, 2007
Primary sources in religion and history enable first year university students to connect "content-based" linked courses in the core curriculum. Fifty-four first year university students in three separate pairs of courses worked in teams to present oral critical reports on texts related to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Learning Experience, Writing Assignments