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Faust, Jennifer L.; Paulson, Donald R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Presents a catalog of active-learning techniques aimed at fostering student learning in the context of a lecture course. Activities range from listening practices to short writing exercises to complex group exercises. Barriers to implementing active learning, and some solutions, are explored and personal experience with the techniques are…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Bernauer, James A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Describes a teaching method based on the need to identify important learning outcomes and integrate them throughout all stages of the teaching-learning cycle. Stages include pretesting, classroom instruction, outcomes, and long-term impacts. A fundamental principle is that students know what outcomes are expected and that teachers and students…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Strategies
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Anstendig, Linda; Meyer, Jeanine; Driver, Martha – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Goals for undergraduate English courses typically include increasing students' critical reading, thinking, and research skills, providing literary-aesthetic experiences, and encouraging students to express themselves analytically on complex topics. Authors describe experiences in two advanced writing classes and a core literature course using…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication
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Robertson, Douglas L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Few college teachers understand the process learners go through during periods of insight, large or small. Many treat this transition from one paradigm of knowledge to another as purely cognitive when, in fact, it is also highly emotional. A model of the transition is presented and a reflective guide is offered to help teachers facilitate this…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Concept Formation
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Abbott, Judith – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
One college history teacher finds lively and constructive classroom discussion in a survey course is primarily a result of the teacher's attitudes toward and assumptions about students. The teacher must create a safe atmosphere in which students can speak, and be direct and respectful with students, which clears the classroom of anxiety and…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction
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Randall, Lynda E.; And Others – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Two studies, one quantitative and another qualitative, of learning style preferences of physical education majors are reviewed. The quantitative study investigated variation in relation to gender, age, and ethnicity and how preferences compared to those found in other disciplines. The qualitative study identified common themes in student…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style, College Instruction
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Nikolova Eddins, Stefka G.; Williams, Douglas F. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Outlines a model for research-based learning (RBL) in undergraduate study, using thematic, collaborative research and related activities as learning tools. The results of a four-year project illustrate that RBL serves more students than traditional undergraduate research models, encourages faculty-student interaction, stimulates new scholarship,…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students
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Nikolova Eddins, Stefka G.; Williams, Douglas F. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Research-based learning (RBL) is a model for merging research and undergraduate education. To link RBL with a curriculum across the institution, the authors used discipline-specific RBL strands, each of which is a set of interconnected course options that couple out-of-class research experiences with an established curriculum. Student learning is…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Design
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Clay, Ellen; VanderBilt, Deborah – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Outlines a method college teachers can use to create a course mission statement by considering the course in terms of desired processes and outcomes. The method serves both to help instructors and students work toward the same goals and as a tool for evaluating the effectiveness of particular pedagogies and content. A case study illustrates the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Course Descriptions
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Duffy, Donna Killian; Duffy, John J.; Jones, Janet Wright – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Describes a schedule for college classroom "preventive maintenance" that focuses on four classroom components: classroom community; students; course content; and faculty. A checklist allows assessment of these components during specific time periods in the semester, and a tune-up kit that includes diagnostic questions, sources of relevant…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Fallon, Moira A.; Hammons, Jo-Ann; Brown, Susan; Wann, Jennifer Sanders – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Examines issues in monitoring students' growth and performance as they progress through a training program. These include ensuring faculty and advisor access to evaluation information; demonstrating student growth while remediating weaknesses; and tracking trends in student work. A model for developing a continuous assessment project at one…
Descriptors: Access to Information, College Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education
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Cowan, Marjorie Murphy – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Argues that epidemiology, the study of disease in populations, is an ideal upper-level course for undergraduate liberal arts curricula because it offers a forum for learning and applying critical-thinking skills, as well as other skills important for the liberally educated student, such as analysis of political, social, and demographic contexts…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Instruction, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design
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Moore, Matthew M.; Voth, Ben – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Examines use of video portfolios as a pedagogical and self-evaluation tool in college-level basic public-speaking courses, including a review of literature, explanation of the video portfolio concept, strategies for application within a curriculum, discussion of pedagogical benefits, and suggestions for educators. The method is seen as providing…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Higher Education, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Waksler, Rachelle – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
Presents nine teaching strategies to increase correspondence between visual and auditory modes of presentation. The techniques, focusing on presentation syntax, instructor placement/movement, and methods of eliciting students' input, were originally designed for students with hearing and visual impairments, but have proven to promote clarity for…
Descriptors: Auditory Stimuli, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Style
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Mallinger, Mark – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Describes application of collaborative learning in a German business school, focusing on use of self-managed learning and examining the cultural implications for student-directed pedagogies. Strategies for dealing with student resistance are offered, including not taking students' resistant behavior personally, designing many process options,…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Business Administration Education, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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