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Hailu, Meseret F.; Deal, Kristin; Tuitt, Franklin A.; Tabron, Lolita A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
The authors present a taxonomy of pedagogical activities that can be used by teacher educators to foster a critical race praxis. The target audience is college- and university-level faculty committed to advancing equity in education. They first review the extant literature about critical consciousness in education. Next, they describe seven…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Programs, Critical Theory, Race
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Wright, Meghan C.; Nichols, Thomas – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The authors describe the traits, typologies, and behaviors of Generation Z (those born after 1997) to set the stage for the changes needed to engage this generation of students in the classroom. Using this knowledge about Generation Z as a foundation, the authors call for innovative approaches to teaching that engage students actively in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Generational Differences, Student Motivation, Educational Innovation
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Park, Ho-Ryong; Kim, Michelle Soonhyang; Mukherjee, Keya; Ates, Burcu – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Due to advancements in technology and the demand for flexible instruction, online educational opportunities are increasing. However, instructors still need guidance to teach students effectively in different types of online courses. This article provides context- and delivery-specific guidelines for those teaching asynchronous, synchronous, and…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Guidelines, Teacher Effectiveness, Synchronous Communication
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Behrens, Susan J.; Fern├índez, Eva M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors, both linguists and directors of Centers for Teaching and Learning, address how many pedagogical issues can be more effectively addressed by a language-aware faculty. Effective teaching benefits from an explicit understanding of the workings of linguistic systems, that is, the ability to use language to talk about language. They…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Metalinguistics, Academic Language, Language Variation
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Brown, Shelley S.; Cruz, Laura; Geist, Melissa; Panter, Nikki; Pelton, Ted; Weathers, Lenly – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors present the individual and collective results of a university-wide initiative to institutionalize a hybrid pedagogical approach--Creative Inquiry--across multiple academic disciplines. The program is intended to systematically combine inquiry-guided learning and creative thinking in order to further enhance the depth and breadth of…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Active Learning, Inquiry, Creative Thinking
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Kinkead, Joyce; Titchener, Frances; Wheatley, Rebecca – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) programs pair students with faculty to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. These programs have the potential to offer a high-impact experience (Kuh, 2008); students feel more connected to learning when meaningfully engaged. UTAs develop important relationships with faculty mentors, hone…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Teacher Student Relationship
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Olszewski, Todd M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Many U.S. colleges and universities have emphasized the value of student-driven undergraduate research as one way to augment the traditional classroom experience. For undergraduate students, human subjects-based research, which typically requires review by an institutional review board (IRB), can have a particularly profound impact on their…
Descriptors: Socialization, Undergraduate Students, Learning Experience, Student Research
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Lovvorn, Al S.; Timmerman, John E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The flipped classroom, based on constructivist theory, focuses on acquiring strengths within a discipline rather than knowledge transmission. While the process of flipping the classroom has been extensively explored, little discussion has followed concerning how to effectively evaluate student learning in this new teaching paradigm. The authors…
Descriptors: Homework, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods
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Bernauer, James A.; Fuller, Richard G. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
The authors focus on the critical role of assessment within a flipped classroom environment where instruction is based on constructivist learning theory and where desired student outcomes are at the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. While assessment is typically thought of in terms of providing summative measures of performance or achievement, it…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework
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Deys, Kellie L.; Deys, James L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
For most millennials, information has always been a couple of quick taps away. Sites have seemingly always existed to provide them with "the answer." Instructors must recognize that not only are they teaching material from their disciplines, but also they are trying to teach the skill and value of critical inquiry. Adopting a Freirean…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Brainstorming, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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Dorfeld, Natalie M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
In today's instant gratification era, it is easy to assume that when faced with the option of reading a chunky literary text or skimming through the condensed electronic version, students will take the path of least resistance. Today's e-guides are quick, painless, and free. The question, then, becomes this: Knowing these e-resources are readily…
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Teaching Methods, Educational Resources, Electronic Publishing
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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
Fry, Catherine L.; Wei, Cynthia A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A growing body of evidence shows that infusing sustainability into undergraduate courses and programs can simultaneously benefit institutional goals, student learning outcomes, and society at large. In addition to being a globally relevant and urgent topic, sustainability can enhance learning of disciplinary concepts and development of broad…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Undergraduate Students, Instructional Innovation, Institutional Mission
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Kaufmann, Kent D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Despite the claim made in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) literature for over two decades that a syllabus is a contract, the courts have uniformly ruled that it is not. While there is no harm in thinking one's syllabus is a contract, there may be legal risk in proclaiming it so. The author provides an analysis of the…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Legal Problems, Contracts, Best Practices
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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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