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Case, Kim A.; Rios, Desdamona – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Diversity courses in higher education often seek to deepen understanding of the systematic advantages associated with dominant group membership, such as white privilege. Most pedagogical studies of privilege awareness examine the impact of full-length diversity courses on white privilege awareness (Case, 2007; Kernahan & Davis, 2009; Lawrence…
Descriptors: Intervention, Educational Practices, Consciousness Raising, Whites
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Chick, Nancy L.; Nisselson, Rachel; Claiborne, Lily; Edmonds, Jeff; Yant, Anna Catesby; Hearn, Andrea Bradley – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors discuss a scholarship of teaching and learning project conducted in three first-year writing seminars of different disciplines. The goal was to introduce students to academic inquiry, which they define as the process of critically analyzing class materials, engaging with the larger body of knowledge on a topic, using evidence to…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Criticism, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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Saitta, Erin K.; Zemliansky, Pavel; Turner, Anna – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors present a model for program-wide assessment of the effectiveness of writing instruction in a chemistry laboratory course. This model, which involves collaboration between faculty from chemistry, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program, and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, is based on several theories and…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction
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Brewer, Pam Estes; Brewer, Edward C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
While online programs continue to grow at an astounding rate in higher education, many faculty remain skeptical of the efficacy of online models. This article provides an overview of some significant benefits of online education while recognizing some common concerns. An examination of the current literature and the authors' own online experiences…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Experience, Best Practices, Higher Education
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Yoo, Julia H.; Schallert, Diane L.; Svinicki, Marilla D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined the meaning of flexibility in teaching at the postsecondary level and its connection to teaching effectiveness. A total of 500 college students and 15 instructors participated. Data were gathered using an online survey with open-ended questions for the students and one-on-one interviews with instructors. Analysis followed a…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Yaghi, Abdulfattah; Alibeli, Madalla – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
In order to achieve their course learning outcomes, public affairs instructors can train students to solve real community problems (SRCP). This approach focuses on the learners themselves and aims to transform the role of college professors from traditional teaching (lecturing) to facilitating and coaching students' learning activities. This study…
Descriptors: Community Problems, Problem Solving, Public Affairs Education, Instructional Improvement
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Olson, K. S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
Even seasoned public relations (PR) practitioners can find it difficult to handle communications during a crisis situation when the consequences of making poor decisions may seem overwhelming. This article shares results from using a collaborative simulation to teach college students about crisis communications in an advanced-level PR course.…
Descriptors: Public Relations, Communications, Crisis Management, Teaching Methods
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Pena-Shaff, Judith B.; Altman, William S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
The authors describe the implementation of a teaching strategy combining case-based instruction (CBI) and asynchronous online discussions in two large educational psychology classes. Based on previous use of case studies and on recommendations developed through previous research on asynchronous online discussions, they predicted that students…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Asynchronous Communication, Computer Uses in Education
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Wyandotte, Annette – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
The author examines the effectiveness of a curriculum aimed to raise awareness of prospective English teachers and writers while studying the psychological and sociological impact of language use. Action research tested whether students already knew how to argue and think critically when they came to a 200-level undergraduate course. Finding that…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Action Research, Course Content, Correlation
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Fleck, Bethany K. B.; Hussey, Heather D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
The authors describe an original and unique series of classroom group-work activities organized as a competitive game called "Project Psychology," which was implemented in an Introduction to Psychology course. The project goals included increasing student participation, interest, content comprehension, and motivation. Fostering…
Descriptors: Psychology, College Instruction, Competition, Group Activities
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Thompson, Jonathan E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2004
It is generally assumed that the inclusion of rich audio/visual presentations in Web-based tutorials will increase student performance. Limited data exist that either support this theory or describe the conceptual framework within which Web presentations are most effective. The author evaluated the efficacy of several Web-based tutorials featuring…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Audiovisual Aids, Audiovisual Instruction, Academic Achievement
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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
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Edwards, Sandra; Bowman, Mary Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
A study in a graduate-level occupational therapy class found that questions asked by teachers and the instructional format in which they were asked influenced the frequency and level of student questioning. Subjects were 5 undergraduate and 15 graduate students. It was concluded that improved classroom questioning strategies may contribute to…
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction
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George, Pamela G. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
This study compared selected cooperative learning methods (drill and review dyads, cooperative response techniques, and group grading incentives) with traditional learning methods among a group of 61 undergraduates in 2 educational psychology classes. On three of four measures of achievement, the cooperative group showed significantly stronger…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, College Students
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Bolling, Anna L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
This article describes how collaboration affects the writing process and reports on an experiment involving the use of group and individual journals concurrently in an upper-division college writing course for prospective teachers. It was found that group journals engendered more careful attention to writing performance and greater comprehension…
Descriptors: College Students, Comprehension, Cooperative Learning, Courses
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