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DeMonbrun, Matt; Cañas, Jessica; Finelli, Cynthia J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Several reports have highlighted the need to improve teaching within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly at the undergraduate level. These reports have encouraged the use of more evidence-based teaching practices in the classroom to improve teaching. The authors explore how faculty members' decision to…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Kwong, Theresa; Hafiz, Muhammad; Lau, Peter; Chan, Isaac – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Differences in cultural background and prior academic background significantly affect the perception of academic integrity and ethics (AIE) among university students. While upholding the highest standards of AIE is crucial both academically and professionally, such abstract concepts are difficult to teach in the traditional classroom. With mobile…
Descriptors: Integrity, Ethics, Cultural Background, Prior Learning
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Grace, Christine Cooper – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This article advocates using Leventhal's (1980) justice judgment theory to incorporate distributive and procedural justice into summative assessment of student learning in higher education. It reviews important commonalities between the process of employee performance appraisal in organizations and practices to assess student learning in academe…
Descriptors: Justice, Summative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, College Students
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Quaye, Brenda R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Academic dishonesty is pervasive on college campuses, but few researchers have explored students' situational decisions about cheating. This qualitative study explores influences on students' decisions about academic dishonesty, particularly how students' course contexts affect their decisions. The author found that course context factors heavily…
Descriptors: Cheating, Plagiarism, Integrity, College Students
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Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author argues that deliberation is an innovative method for teaching communication skills, particularly group communication, in the undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. A case study using a deliberation activity on global climate change in an introductory biology course demonstrates how deliberative…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Introductory Courses, STEM Education
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Haidet, Paul; Kubitz, Karla; McCormack, Wayne T. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Team-based learning, or TBL, is an application-oriented teaching method that combines small- and large-group learning by incorporating multiple small groups into a large group setting. It has been increasingly used in postsecondary and professional education over the past two decades. Given this increasing usage, many faculty wonder about the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Literature Reviews, Knowledge Level
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Roberson, Bill; Franchini, Billie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Group and team tasks are the culminating outputs of student learning in team and collaborative learning environments. How they are conceived and designed, therefore, can directly determine the success of the pedagogical strategy. A key design issue for creating effective tasks is how best to focus student knowledge, observation, and analysis…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, College Students, College Faculty
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Collins, C. S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
From a student perspective, grades are a central part in the educational experience. In an effort to learn more about student motivation for learning and grades, this study was designed to examine student reactions to the opportunity to choose between the traditional individual grading structure and a group grading structure where all students…
Descriptors: Grading, Cooperative Learning, Educational Experience, Peer Influence
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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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Richlin, Laurie; Manning, Brenda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Describes seven principles for developing a workable system for evaluation of college teaching, and provides both process and decision matrixes for groups interested in building such a system for their own evaluation. Argues that the system must be safe, explicit, manageable, formative, and satisfy environmental demands for accountability and…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, College Instruction, Decision Making
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Schuhmann, Peter W.; McGoldrick, KimMarie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1999
Used the statistical technique of conjoint analysis to examine students' choices of elective courses. Computed the relative contributions to student satisfaction, or "utility," of five course- and instructor-level attributes hypothesized to influence registration decisions. Found that students' choices are in large part a function of the course's…
Descriptors: College Students, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Elective Courses