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Faught, Gayle G.; Martin, Melissa – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
In a paired-course project, students from psychology and special education collaborated to assess skills of children with intellectual disabilities. In this mixed-methods study, the researchers (1) administered measures of student engagement and career decision making to students pre- and post-project and (2) coded student journals for engagement…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Special Education, Cooperative Learning, Children
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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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Bernauer, James A.; Rook, Rebecca L.; Cope, Kenneth F.; Foster, Shannon L.; Swab, Jenifer A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This study aimed to identify which aspects of online instruction are most and least effective for promoting learning in a cohort-based doctoral program. Four doctoral program alumni and a professor who participated in the inaugural online doctoral program at a medium-sized mid-Atlantic university conducted the study. The researchers used data from…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Doctoral Programs, Online Courses, Web Based 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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Johnson, Staci N.; Dancz, Claire L. A.; Gallagher, Eliza D.; Pfirman, Aubrie L.; Patel, Khushikumari – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The ability to work effectively in teams is an essential skill. There has been recent interest in applying knowledge of striving instincts to improve student attitudes and performance within teams. The authors report results from a mixed-methods study examining the impact of utilizing striving instinct categories for team formation, along with…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Student Satisfaction, Teamwork, Group Dynamics
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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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Shaw Bonds, Mahauganee D.; Newstetter, Wendy C.; Kukura, Madison; Desai, Megha; Le Doux, Joseph – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Group projects center learning as a collaborative process, but they often produce mixed results in terms of student commitment and final products. The authors outline their experience with a course designed to engage undergraduate biomedical engineering students in a semester-long group experience and share data from their students' analyses of…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Problem Based Learning, Cooperative Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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Wan, Sarah Lai Yin; Cheung, Ka Luen; Lin, Xiao Ying – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This study evaluates the impact of applying a flipped classroom model to an advanced psychology course at The Education University of Hong Kong. The study implemented mixed-method design, including pre-post surveys and focus group interviews. Overall findings indicated that students were satisfied with the flipped classroom approach but yielded no…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Flipped Classroom, Psychology
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Hunter, Sally B.; Moran, Hayley B.; Mullican, K. Nicole; Connor, Lisa A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether college students' attitudes toward group work could be influenced by thoughtful group project design. Undergraduate students (N = 123) in a lifespan human development course were assigned to groups and asked to create a smartphone app for a specific life stage. The authors utilized a convergent…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities
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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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Opatrny-Yazell, Christine M.; Houseworth, Matthew A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Understanding student perceptions of the elements that affect positive team experiences helps inform faculty about their use of teams in the classroom. Using Q Methodology (Stephenson, 1935), students evaluated a large set of teamwork elements. The results indicate both areas of student agreement as well as significant differences in perceptions…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teamwork, Q Methodology, Cooperative Learning
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Hay, M. Cameron – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Undergraduate student learning focuses on the development of disciplinary strength in majors and minors so that students gain depth in particular fields, foster individual expertise, and learn problem solving from disciplinary perspectives. However, the complexities of real-world problems do not respect disciplinary boundaries. Complex problems…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Global Approach
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Crawford, Pat; Brazelton, G. Blue; Dalton, Robert; Ewing, Kamahra; Hu, Sihua; Johnson, Amber N. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Incidental learning is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of curriculum. This study evaluated 166 course reflections dated 2002-2011 in the Bailey Scholars Program (a self-directed, learner-centered curriculum). The study utilized 21 incidental learning characteristics to code and analyze the course evaluations. The authors propose a new…
Descriptors: Incidental Learning, Qualitative Research, Montessori Method, Student Centered Curriculum
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Carey, Elaine; Pun, Raymond – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
A collaborative course introduced history students to a variety of digital tools and printed materials for historical research. The authors explore the development of this program by a historian and a librarian as a case study to address the value of teaching history outside of the classroom and allowing students to conduct research on-site. This…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Archives, Primary Sources, Library Role
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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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