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Stancil, Stephanie K.; Bartlett, Michelle E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
Reusable, or non-disposable, assignments are becoming increasingly popular with the proliferation of Open Education Practices. However, no clear nomenclature and taxonomy for these assignments exists in the literature. This literature review explores the various names and conceptualizations under which non-disposable assignments are discussed.…
Descriptors: Assignments, Classification, Definitions, Educational Benefits
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Young-Erdos, Crystal L.; Egan, Kristina A. Wenzel – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
A responsibility of faculty at liberal arts colleges is to help students make connections between bodies of knowledge through interdisciplinary programs. One opportunity for faculty to create interdisciplinary learning opportunities is with a short-term study abroad course. The purpose of this article is to provide a model of an interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Interdisciplinary Approach, Study Abroad, Curriculum Development
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Haladay, Jane; Hicks, Scott; Jacobs, Mary Ann; Savage, Tamara Estes – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a historically American Indian university that is experiencing major climate change impacts from hurricanes, was the setting for four service-learning projects seeking to advance sustainability in a racially diverse community. Courses in American Indian Studies, English, and Social Work, in…
Descriptors: Service Learning, American Indian Education, Minority Serving Institutions, Social Problems
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Borkoski, Carey; Donaldson, Sara; Caldwell, Karen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The transactional distance created by asynchronous online course formats poses unique challenges to the development of a collaborative learning environment. The lack of face-to-face interaction also challenges instructors' ability to make adaptive changes to course content in response to emerging student needs. The authors describe a professor's…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Online Courses, Sense of Community, Educational Improvement
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Knipe, Mallory R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Student development of critical consciousness is essential in higher education if we are to promote civic engagement and educate students to be constructive global citizens. Research on consciousness raising reveals that instructors who have done due diligence in developing their own critical consciousness are best equipped to promote its…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, College Instruction, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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Yang, Yan; Ellis, Christopher; Harvey, Chelsie; Lovvorn, Elizabeth Grace – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Reform efforts in college teaching emphasize the importance of using innovative pedagogical approaches to make online learning more meaningful and successful. The authors present individualized project-based learning (iPBL), an innovative pedagogy derived from a traditional project-based learning (PBL) method. They describe their design model…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Distance Education, College Instruction
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Wolfe, Christopher R.; Dandignac, Mitchell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Students in a course on the psychology of language and thought first wrote flash fiction stories and analyzed them using course concepts. As an experiential learning exercise, they subsequently analyzed those stories for a number of psycholinguistic variables using the discourse technology Coh-Metrix. Their assignment was to change a number of…
Descriptors: Psycholinguistics, Fiction, Writing (Composition), Discourse Analysis
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Deka, Teddi S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Confidence in social science research diminished in the 2010s when several published research results failed to replicate. This "replication crisis" increased awareness that findings need to be substantiated, but academic researchers have little incentive to engage in repeating others' research. College students can advance their…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Social Science Research, Replication (Evaluation)
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Getty, Stephen R.; Barron, Kenneth E.; Hulleman, Chris S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
To improve student motivation, the authors propose a five-step process that entails learning about a motivation framework, identifying students' motivational challenges based on that framework, adopting interventions to address those challenges, and assessing the effectiveness of the interventions. In particular, they recommend adopting the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, College Students, Introductory Courses, Psychology
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Chappell, Kimberly L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The persistence of postgraduate research students is an ongoing challenge for many university programs. The author describes several curriculum innovations that were implemented based on the recommendations in the literature for improving student persistence and self-efficacy for conducting research and the results of a qualitative needs…
Descriptors: Student Research, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Self Efficacy
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Harkins Monaco, Elizabeth A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Introductory college courses are designed to comprehensively introduce divergent disciplines (Zipp, 2012) and can prepare students to understand the risks for multiple minoritized identities in their fields of study (Shriberg, 2016). This approach is effective, however, only if faculty are appropriately equipped to use intersectional pedagogy.…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Higher Education, College Faculty, Social Discrimination
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Grant, Derisa – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
When faced with unexpected and charged conversations about race, class, gender, and other social identities, faculty often seek a list a strategies for what to say or do. Yet numerous, sometimes contradictory, strategies for navigating these discussions already exist. This article explores the issue of how might faculty and/or the faculty…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Teaching Methods, Intention, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Nodeland, Brooke; Craig, Jessica M.; Meitl, Michele Bisaccia – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Team-based learning (TBL) is a non-traditional method of instruction that utilizes permanent teams working together to solve problems and make decisions. The authors extend the prior TBL criminal justice literature through a detailed explanation of the use of application-focused activities in the classroom. Specifically, application-focused…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Criminology, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving
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Heinsch, Patrick; Handke, Jürgen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Humanoid robots are gradually becoming part of everyday life as well as education. Virtual agents have demonstrated their benefits for years, and experts expect similar positive effects from the use of humanoid robots in education. Project H.E.A.R.T. (Humanoid Emotional Assistant Robots in Teaching), from Philipps-University Marburg, has developed…
Descriptors: Robotics, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Universities
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Hunter, Karla M.; Westwick, Joshua N.; Chromey, Kelli J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Despite criticism suggesting that online courses could pose significant challenges for dually enrolled students, online dual-enrollment continues to increase, especially in rural areas and within general education curricula. These academic and student development concerns call into question the merits of offering college courses online to high…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Online Courses, Dual Enrollment, Electronic Learning
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