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Cruz, Laura; Rosemond, LaNise – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This article provides a review of the literature on coaching in higher education and how the practice connects with the past, present, and future of the field of educational development. As the field shifts its focus from individual faculty to organizational change, the authors highlight the potential of coaching to play an integrative role in…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Educational Development, Higher Education, Teaching Methods
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Berkland, Mara K.; Keys, Jennifer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors argue that although "freshman survival guides" do address the common concerns of entering college students, these books largely entertain, placate, and enable students to circumvent expert advice on how successfully to navigate the transition to college. A content analysis of 10 popular first-year advice books revealed an…
Descriptors: Guides, Socialization, Misconceptions, College Freshmen
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Knowlton, Dave S.; Nygard, Shanda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This article reviews early literature (that is, up to mid-year 2013) about Twitter's use in the higher education classroom. Fragmentations are highlighted as a way of showing that the literature does not cohesively claim advantages or disadvantages of using Twitter as a teaching and learning tool. The article also points to the limitations of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Classroom Techniques, Literature Reviews, Educational History
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Synnott, C. Kevin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author examined the literature regarding college students' use of smartphones during class time. Findings included the following: Students believe they are capable of multitasking with smartphones, but they are not and earn lower grades as a result; students misperceive that their peers use smartphones during class time more than they do to…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, College Students
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Brewer, Pam Estes; Brewer, Edward C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
While online programs continue to grow at an astounding rate in higher education, many faculty remain skeptical of the efficacy of online models. This article provides an overview of some significant benefits of online education while recognizing some common concerns. An examination of the current literature and the authors' own online experiences…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Experience, Best Practices, Higher Education
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Albanese, Mark A.; Dast, Laura – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Over the past 30 years, problem-based learning (PBL) has become a major force in health professions education and even in the broader educational world. This article focuses on the outcomes that have been found from using PBL in the health professions based on at least 20 reviews done since 1990. The outcomes identified in these reviews are…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Evidence, Health, Health Education
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Davidson, Neil; Major, Claire Howell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Since the 1960s, there has been growing and sustained interest in small-group learning approaches at the school level and in higher education. A voluminous body of literature in this area addresses theory, research, classroom practice, and faculty development. The approaches most highly represented in the literature are cooperative learning,…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Problem Based Learning, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Haidet, Paul; Kubitz, Karla; McCormack, Wayne T. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Team-based learning, or TBL, is an application-oriented teaching method that combines small- and large-group learning by incorporating multiple small groups into a large group setting. It has been increasingly used in postsecondary and professional education over the past two decades. Given this increasing usage, many faculty wonder about the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Literature Reviews, Knowledge Level
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Johnson, David W.; Johnson, Roger T.; Smith, Karl A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Cooperative learning is an example of how theory validated by research may be applied to instructional practice. The major theoretical base for cooperative learning is social interdependence theory. It provides clear definitions of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning. Hundreds of research studies have validated its basic…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Instructional Improvement, College Instruction, Theory Practice Relationship
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Moffett, Nelle; Fleisher, Steven C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
The authors describe principles of good teaching drawn from meta-analyses of research on teaching effectiveness. Recent developments in neurobiology are presented and aligned to provide biological support for these principles. To make it easier for college faculty to try out sample instructional strategies, the authors map principles of good…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Neuropsychology, Educational Principles, Meta Analysis
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Bowman, Margo; Frame, Debra L.; Kennette, Lynne N. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
Pedagogical considerations should be guided by empirical, brain-based research on the human information processing system. People build and organize knowledge into a network-like system that connects related information. As learning occurs, learners expand the network to accommodate new information. Instructional strategies can be used to maximize…
Descriptors: Brain, Research, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Processes
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Linvill, Darren L.; Havice, Pamela A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
This review of literature explores current research addressing political bias in higher education. The perception of a pervasive liberal political bias in academia is addressed first. This discussion focuses on the debate surrounding the Academic Bill of Rights, a document that outlines principles defending students' academic freedom and advocates…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Ideology, College Faculty, Literature Reviews
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Langford-Von Glahn, Sara J.; Zakrajsek, Todd; Pletcher-Rood, Susie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2008
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder characterized by poor social skills and restricted interests, but also by extensive knowledge in specific areas and an extensive vocabulary, thereby giving college students with AS specific abilities that are desirable in academe. In fact, young individuals with AS are often referred to as "little…
Descriptors: Asperger Syndrome, Special Needs Students, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming
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Muchinsky, Paul M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Examines military and industrial research on peer assessment and discusses relevance to peer review of college teaching. Gives special attention to practical issues in assessing reliability and validity of peer evaluations, and discusses three characteristics of academic institutions (personal teaching styles/definition of "peer"/nature of…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Business Administration, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Hart, Lynn C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1999
A review of 15 years' literature on research in mathematics education at the postsecondary level indicates that most research has focused on the student or on various pedagogical methods such as cooperative groups, using technology, and contrasting two curricula. Little attention has been given to mathematics teaching, faculty beliefs, or faculty…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Mathematics Education, Postsecondary Education, Research Needs
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