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Johnson, W. Brad; Robison, Susan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
There are many kinds of helping relationships--coaching, mentoring, psychotherapy, and others. In this interview with W. Brad Johnson, Susan Robison explores how some of his insights about mentoring can be applicable to other types of helping relationships, like coaching. Mentoring is viewed as a broader relationship, but does include many of the…
Descriptors: Helping Relationship, Mentors, Coaching (Performance), Higher Education
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Frank, Katherine – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2008
The author examines how problem-based learning (PBL) and technology may be combined in the English literature classroom in order to inspire various types of collaboration, which, in turn, improves critical reading, thinking, and writing skills; hones research skills; encourages interdisciplinary study; energizes discussion; enforces connections…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, English Literature, Humanities, College Instruction
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Mihelich, John – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2008
In a reflective essay about experiential learning in the classroom, the author discusses a spontaneous student protest movement and how embracing student resistance as engagement can enhance the learning experience and foster a critical pedagogy. Students in an anthropology class attempted to organize a boycott of a scheduled quiz and, in doing…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Activism, Democracy, Relevance (Education)
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Beidler, Peter G.; Van Vliet, Louise – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2008
This article is a revised and abbreviated version of a session that the authors presented at the 25th annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching, November 19, 2005, in Oxford, Ohio. It arose from their joint conviction that while teaching is the greatest job in the world, teachers do not need to stay in it until death do them part. Beidler and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Retirement, Older Workers, Time Management
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Doolittle, Peter E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
Discusses integration of Lev Vygotsky's theory of the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) with the instructional strategy of cooperative learning. ZPD provides a conceptual basis for explaining the five basic tenets of cooperative learning: positive interdependence; face-to-face interaction; individual accountability; small-group and interpersonal…
Descriptors: Accountability, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning
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Jones, Janet L.; Draheim, Marcie M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
An undergraduate student and a college faculty member describe the benefits and challenges of working together on a textbook. Although some of the consequences of their collaboration were anticipated, several of the most valuable aspects surprised them both. They both concluded that the challenges of an undergraduate student research assistantship…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students, Collegiality
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Ransbury, Molly K.; Harris, Sandra A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
The collaborative effort of a professor of human development with expertise in group process and a general education professor with expertise in Greek mythology and culture uses a case study format to apply theoretical models of group dynamics to the travel and learning experience of study abroad. Implications for course design and group process…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Instruction, Course Descriptions
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Shea, Mary Ann; Knoedler, Andrew S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
The staff in a teaching excellence program at the University of Colorado at Boulder analyzed research on new faculty needs and designed a program to support newly-hired, tenure-track faculty in improving their teaching. The approach used in the program, responses of participating faculty, and areas for future analysis are described. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational Needs
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Harte, Thomas B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
A limited approach to team teaching at the college level is described and assessed. Two instructors with solo assignments collaborated to teach a single instructional unit across separate sections of an interdisciplinary course. The experience demonstrated that small-scale joint teaching can have significant advantages while avoiding the practical…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Course Organization
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Seldin, Peter; And Others – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Questions raised frequently by college and university faculty about use of portfolios to document effective teaching are answered. The questions address such issues as how the portfolio is organized, what it should reflect, how and by whom it is used, preparation time, the mentor's role, reliability, subjectivity, maintaining the portfolio's…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Richlin, Laurie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
An alternative method for college faculty to develop teaching portfolios is outlined, with the objective of minimizing professional risk. It is recommended that faculty work on course portfolios privately rather than in an organizational project, and that teaching philosophy be written last, not first. A two-year curriculum for developing a…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices
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Brooking, Dolo – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Ways in which violating traditional expectations about teaching helps change, shape, and focus student ability to extract meaning from works of art are discussed. Alternative teaching modes include use of inquiry methods rather than lectures, in-class reading of the artwork as text instead of assigned readings about the artwork, and group…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Classroom Communication
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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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Welkener, Michele M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1999
Suggests the subtractive method of sculpting stone as a visual metaphor for framing a proposal for teaching and learning that encourages creation of participatory college classrooms where both logic and imagination are valued. Strategies for promoting an emancipatory classroom climate to encourage creativity include fostering mutual understanding,…
Descriptors: Creativity, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy
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VanVoorhis, Judy L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1999
An interview with Wilbert McKeachie, a leading figure in college teaching and learning, focuses on advice for beginning faculty, including the importance of effective testing, mid-term student evaluations of teaching performance, discussion and questioning techniques, cooperative learning, and peer review strategies to improve college students'…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperative Learning
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