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Bolter, Nicole D.; Taylor, Sherria D.; Gomez, Dulce H.; Eliason, Michele; Van Olphen, Juliana; Veri, Maria J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Undergraduate research methods courses help shape students' perceptions about research. Given the lack of diverse researchers in STEM fields, these perceptions are particularly important for underrepresented minorities. This study tested a social justice pedagogy intervention to determine the effects on various psychosocial constructs. Three…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Undergraduate Students, Research Training, Social Justice
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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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Fong, Jack – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have made a dramatic entry into higher education. Promising to provide an affordable, if not free, education, MOOCs are celebrated for promoting learning in lieu of the physical classroom. This exploratory study employs content analysis to make visible how MOOCs are viewed by academically oriented observers.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Content Analysis, News Reporting
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Robinson, Jennifer Meta; Kearns, Katherine Dowell; Gresalfi, Melissa; Sievert, April K.; Christensen, Tyler Booth – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The "collegium" learning community teaches mid-career graduate students intentionally to prepare for and create learning opportunities for their undergraduate students, what the authors call "teaching on purpose." The design addresses the lack of alignment between research on learning and preparation of faculty for teaching,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Communities of Practice, Educational Change, Undergraduate Students
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Grassian, D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
The author argues that while outcomes assessment may be an imperfect process, if completed in a systematic and deliberative manner, it can help determine the overall direction, culture, and success of an academic department. Most important, assessment can spark meaningful pedagogical and curricular discussions that can lead to substantive academic…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Accreditation (Institutions), Evaluation Utilization, Accountability
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Wentzell, G. W.; Richlin, L.; Cox. M. D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
In Michael Wesch's (2007) now widely seen video "A Vision of Students Today" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o), a camera pans across a large, traditional classroom where college students hold up messages about themselves as members of the current generation of learners, who have been dubbed Millennials (Howe & Strauss, 2000). The video…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Characteristics, Video Technology, Generational Differences
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Jenkins, Deborah Bainer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2007
The culture at the authors' institution raised barriers to changing from traditional assessment to portfolio assessment in the doctoral program. A Culture of Independence presented barriers of time and functional inadequacy. A Culture of Compliance raised trust, group process, and membership issues. These barriers were managed and overcome using…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Portfolio Assessment, Doctoral Programs, Educational Change
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Smith, Ronald A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Drawing on experiences of a Concordia University (Ontario, Canada) task force in considering the teaching portfolio as an instructional evaluation tool, several issues are discussed: the place of teaching in an academic culture; how teaching is and should be evaluated; and possibilities for changing the status quo. Issues in implementation and…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Instruction, Educational Change, Educational Environment
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Richlin, Laurie; Cox, Milton D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1992
This article briefly reviews assessment trends in higher, secondary, and elementary education and argues that approaches to evaluating learning evolve slowly with experience and commitment to change. It also notes that qualities that lead individuals into education may militate against their being interested in--or able to--grade others. (JB)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Educational Trends