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Soto, Melissa; Gupta, Dittika; Dick, Lara; Appelgate, Mollie – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2019
Higher education faculty benefit from participating in communities of practice focused on developing and improving their own instruction. However, collaborators with common interests are not always located at the same physical location. In this article, we share how participation in a technology-facilitated lesson study provided the means for five…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Valenti, Elizabeth; Feldbush, Tennille; Mandernach, Jean – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2019
While instructors and students generally value the integration of videos in the online classroom, there are a number of practical considerations that may mediate the utility of videos as a teaching and learning tool. The current survey examines faculty and student perceptions of videos in the online classroom with an emphasis on the practical…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Video Technology
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de Jager, Thelma – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2019
A concern in higher education is that most students do not acquire higher-order thinking skills, 'cannot think', are not engaged in reflective student-centred teaching and learning and do not always acquire technology skills. Numerous studies have indicated the importance of a digital learning environment that facilitates the acquisition of IT…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Teachers, Science Teachers
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Savage, Julia; Healy, Jillian – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2019
In Australia, a significant number of students enrol in first-year university biology without the benefit of high school biology. In order to help students support each other, the authors of this paper (a central unit academic developer and a biology coordinator of first-year biology) created a classroom activity that facilitated the distribution…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, STEM Education, Outcomes of Education, Biology
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Matosas-López, Luis; Leguey-Galán, Santiago; Doncel-Pedrera, Luis Miguel – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2019
Likert scales traditionally used in student evaluations of teaching (SET) suffer from several shortcomings, including psychometric deficiencies or ambiguity problems in the interpretation of the results. Assessment instruments with Behavioral Anchored Rating Scales (BARS) offer an alternative to Likert-type questionnaires. This paper describes the…
Descriptors: Likert Scales, Behavior Rating Scales, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness
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Edo, Beshir; Tadesse, Tefera; Mulugeta, Eyerusalem – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2019
Flexibility in course scheduling is an integral part of institutional strategies used to increase student engagement and success, yet little research exists that examines scheduling as a key factor that determines students' experiences and educational outcomes. This study explored the undergraduate sport science students and their teachers at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Courses
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Cooney, Adeline; Darcy, Eamon; Casey, Denis – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
Writing from sources is an important academic skill but students find it a difficult skill to learn. The lesson study method was used to design and evaluate learning and teaching strategies aimed at improving students' writing from sources skills. The team developed a seven-part lesson plan and associated learning activities and practice…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills, Skill Development
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Butt, Adam – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
How students perceive group work is closely correlated with the benefits of group work experience. However, a great variety of influences affect student perceptions of group work. This study quantifies the impact of various influences on the effective working, learning assistance and enjoyment of group work. This is done by analysing 206 responses…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, College Students, Teamwork
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Narendran, Roshni; Almeida, Shamika; Coombes, Rebecca; Hardie, Geraldine; Quintana-Smark, Eunice; Zaher, Nabi; Wang, Hui-Ling; Chowdhury, Ahabab; Stevenson, Barry – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
This study examines the influence of adopting a student-centered active learning approach based on self-determination theory (SDT) to develop independent and motivated first-year Australian business undergraduates. Existing literature demonstrates how active learning approaches can help to improve student motivation. However, there are no…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Curriculum Development, Blended Learning, Case Studies
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Rayner, Gerry M.; Papakonstantinou, Theo – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
Critical thinking (CT) is a highly valued skill, based on feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, and thus academics have long sought to embed CT into undergraduate curricula. In this study, we investigated foundation biology students' self-efficacy of their CT skills (including three CT sub-elements), and whether such self-efficacies changed…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Hostetler, Kirsten; Luo, Tian; Stefaniak, Jill E. – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
Despite the popularity of metacognitive research, and the inclusion of similar concepts in professional guidelines, librarians have not incorporated metacognitive tools into their assessment strategies. This systematic literature review found (1) metacognitive assessments can act as a learning aide in encouraging higher-order thinking; (2)…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Metacognition, Thinking Skills, Performance Based Assessment
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Billett, Paulina; Martin, Dona – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
This article is based on the findings of a three-year study on the outcomes of involving students in the cocreation of knowledge and pedagogical design, 2014, 2015, 2016. It involves three cohorts of second year Sociology students at an Australian University. Data came from recording engagement in class discussion, completion of set reading…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Student Participation, College Students, Sociology
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Lake, Warren; Boyd, William E.; Boyd, Wendy – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
A core indicator of success at University is the grade a student achieves following a period of study. A student's ability to achieve expected grades is often understood in terms of learning and study processes that the student is capable of, chooses to adopt, or masters. However, psychology tells us that our self-efficacy is a major determinant…
Descriptors: Expectation, Self Efficacy, Feedback (Response), College Students
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Anderson, Malcolm; Mitchell, Brett; Northcote, Maria; Williams, Anthony; Petrie, Kevin; de Waal, Kayle; Carton, Janet; McLoughlin, Catherine; Lemke, Gina – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
This article outlines the design and development of a bespoke "Research Training Support Framework," targeting the professional development needs of higher degree research (HDR) supervisors and their students, which was achieved by implementing Patton's (2011; 2012) utilisation-focused evaluation methodology (UFE). The primary research…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Education, Supervision, Student Research
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Wilson, Gail; Myat, Paula; Purdy, Jonathan – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2018
This research examines the design and delivery of a new Foundations of University Teaching Practice (FUTP) program delivered through asynchronous online modules. The freedom to choose defines the new momentum of openness in distance and open learning. University teaching staff expect quality resources to support their professional development…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Professional Education, Educational Resources, Faculty Development
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