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Thorington, Katherine K.; Lenzo, Anne; Lyons, Jessica O.; Viscido, Steven V. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
Winston-Salem State University incorporates critical thinking and oral communication into general education learning outcomes and assessment. To teach these critical skills, the authors used active learning techniques in a first-year seminar on animal behavior. Students performed simulation experiments and orally presented their findings. Their…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Critical Thinking, College Freshmen, Speech Communication
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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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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Sloane, Jeremy D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduate students who have previously succeeded in a course and return to assist faculty in engaging current students. The authors used a mixed methods approach to explore changes in LAs' teaching self-efficacy and pedagogical knowledge (PK) over a semester. They found that LAs significantly improved their…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Self Efficacy, Teaching Skills, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Agolini, Susan H. B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
In order to improve the student success rate in a "gateway" undergraduate Biology course, changes were made to both content delivery and classroom support, and the impact of these changes was measured. Requiring students to interact with course material prior to class time by viewing pre-recorded lectures freed up time in class to delve…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Participation, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Mason, Michelle N.; Watson, Rachel Mim; Moon, Kali Nicholas – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The University of Wyoming recently implemented a Learning Assistant (LA) program with the goal of supporting undergraduate students in traditionally lecture-based STEM courses. The authors performed a multi-method qualitative study utilizing a focus group and individual interviews in order to investigate the impact of the program's pilot year on…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Peer Teaching
Martella, Amedee Marchand; Lovett, Marsha C.; Ramsay, Lynnette – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
To investigate the variation in active learning used in college science courses, the authors analyzed 57 comparison studies published in three prominent science education journals. Focusing on three sources of variation--(a) the active learning activities, (b) other pedagogical features, and (c) course structure/design--they found that most…
Descriptors: Active Learning, College Science, Educational Research, Science Instruction
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Johnson, Matthew R.; Eickholt, Jesse; Hinton, Quentrese – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Traditional active learning classrooms can support student collaboration and increase student engagement, but they are costly (Park & Choi, 2014). This study examined students' perceptions of a traditional active learning classroom ($250,000 approximate cost) and a low-cost active learning classroom ($10,000 approximate cost) in an…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Donald, David C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This article examines four years of assessed results and student satisfaction for a postgraduate course offered in a "flipped" or "inverted" mode during a four-year period in Hong Kong. Although final examination results rose in the first year and remained high, student satisfaction dropped in the first year and remained low.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Satisfaction, Flipped Classroom, Foreign Countries
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Peacock, Jessica L.; FitzPatrick, Kathleen; Finn, Kevin E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors determined whether positive perceptions of integrating lecture and lab in Anatomy and Physiology courses persisted from 2015-2018. Students (843) and instructors (56) completed the Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains survey; perceptions were positive and consistent between both groups. Participant narratives identified the…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
Ruder, Suzanne; Brown, Patrick J. P.; Stanford, Courtney – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is an active-learning pedagogy that emphasizes content mastery as well as the development of process skills like critical thinking and problem solving. Although published POGIL materials are available in several STEM disciplines, there are still a number of courses within a variety of disciplines…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Learning Activities, Critical Thinking
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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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Barthold, Christine Hoffner – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Over the past two decades, postsecondary classrooms have been shifting from passive to active learning methods. This shift has been supported by behavior analysis, which has a rich history of strategies that promote active student responding and engagement. One behavior analytic strategy is interteaching, whereby students discuss questions based…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Active Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Lecture Method
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Taylor, Marianne G.; Shore, Wendelyn J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The authors describe the development, execution, and assessment of a one-month study abroad course in London, England. Course learning objectives are discussed, linked to specific assignments, and evaluated using multiple methods. The authors highlight two team-based assignments on expertise development related to (1) navigating the London…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Chan, Isaac; Leung, Vincent; Yan, Kendall; Kwong, Theresa; Lau, Peter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Student-generated materials offer high engagement, connectedness, and satisfaction in learning. In this project, the students merged the concepts and cases learned in class with the experiences of business professionals to create scenarios that can convey the concepts of Business Ethics (BE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to secondary…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Ethical Instruction, Business Education, Social Responsibility
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Gonzalez, Joseph J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Hoping to increase student engagement, the author decided to re-envision his course on contemporary global issues in a "flipped" format. The results proved encouraging--to a degree. Over the course of five semesters, applying lessons gleaned from the literature, students learned how to read challenging texts outside of class and…
Descriptors: Homework, Reading Assignments, Interviews, Teaching Methods
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