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Symbaluk, Diane G.; Howell, Andrew J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This study examined online student feedback to determine the extent to which students identify strengths of character in their perceptions of professors and whether student-identified character strengths could distinguish between teaching-award winners (n = 120) and research-award winners (n = 119). A content analysis of posted comments on…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response)
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Freeman, Greta G.; Wash, Pamela D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
Teaching in the digital age has become increasingly challenging for college and university faculty. Application, relevance, and active engagement rather than traditional PowerPoint slide show lectures are what our technology-savvy, socially networked students crave and need to keep their attention and interest levels high. Using a combination of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Brain, Learner Engagement
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Brezhneva, Olga A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2008
The Russian-educated author describes active-learning classroom activities that she created and implemented during her first experience teaching lower- and upper-level undergraduate mathematics courses in the United States. The article begins with a discussion of how the author incorporated humorous stories and memo-pictures into the classroom.…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Play, Teacher Effectiveness, Learning Activities
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Berk, Ronald A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
A three-year study evaluated the effectiveness of 10 systematic strategies for using humor as a teaching tool. Student ratings at the end of three undergraduate and five graduate statistics courses assessed the extent to which each strategy reduced anxiety, improved the ability to learn, and made it possible to perform one's best on problems and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Anxiety, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment