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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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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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Lebec, Michael T.; Kesteloot, Lauren – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A common challenge in higher education is teaching required content for which students traditionally have lower levels of interest. Physical therapist education programs experience this challenge when training entry-level students to document in the medical record. The authors compared learning outcomes among physical therapy students taught…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Documentation, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Taylor, S. A.; Goodwin, S. A.; Melton, H.; Hunter, G. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
Student engagement is a significant challenge facing administrators and faculty at institutions of higher learning (Carle, Jafee, Vaughn, & Eder, 2009). While the research emphasis to this point has been on students' perceptions of overall engagement (macro-engagement) across all of their experiences within a university, the authors assert that it…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Psychometrics, Instructional Effectiveness
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Saunders, Martha Dunagin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Describes one college-faculty member's research project based on the experiences of five college students involved in service learning with children's organizations. Students served as participant-observers at an international conference on children's issues and their field reports yielded a solid profile of ideal environments for children…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students, Higher Education
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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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Evans, Robert C.; Omaha Boy, Nancy H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
Reports on a two-year project in a biology course for nonmajors in which lectures were replaced with guided learning activities and weekly exams designed to help students gain the confidence to be independent learners, especially in science, assume responsibility for their own learning, improve study skills, and make more effective use of class…
Descriptors: Biology, Higher Education, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness
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Fabry, Victoria J.; Eisenbach, Regina; Curry, Renee R.; Golich, Vicki L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
A study investigated the effect of classroom assessment techniques (CATs) on both content and process of college students' learning. Instructors ask students to provide regular, anonymous feedback about their understanding of course material and the effectiveness of class structure. Comments of students in biology, business management, political…
Descriptors: Biology, Business Administration Education, College Instruction, Formative Evaluation
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Ransbury, Molly K.; Harris, Sandra A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1994
The collaborative effort of a professor of human development with expertise in group process and a general education professor with expertise in Greek mythology and culture uses a case study format to apply theoretical models of group dynamics to the travel and learning experience of study abroad. Implications for course design and group process…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Instruction, Course Descriptions
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Litke, Rebecca A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Three beliefs college faculty have about teaching large classes, and five challenges associated with teaching them, are discussed. A survey of 126 college students concerning what enhances or detracts from learning in large classes is then reported. Discrepancies between teacher beliefs and student experience are examined, and recommendations for…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Class Size, College Instruction, Excellence in Education
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Stanton, George C.; And Others – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
A study compared student outcomes in general education courses of 135 on-campus students; 22 students, remotely located, received simultaneous instruction via interactive television. Results found the process acceptable to both teachers and students and no apparent difference in achievement or attitude related to location. The importance of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Distance Education
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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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Montgomery, Kathleen; Deery, Cathleen; Brown, Susan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
In a foundations-of-education course based on experiential learning, 120 college students formed partnerships with elementary school children and, using letters and interviews, asked them about teaching and learning. It was found that the students clarified their educational philosophies, enhanced communication skills, and overcame preconceptions…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Bias, College Instruction, Communication Skills
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Waehler, Charles A.; Kopera-Frye, Karen; Wiscott, Richard; Yahney, Eric O. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1999
Evaluated an instructional model designed to promote responsibility among college students (n=197). Students were instructed with verbal presentation only, combined verbal and visual presentation, or verbal and visual presentation coupled with student self-monitoring in journal entries. Significantly higher test scores and fewer disruptive…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness
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Finkel, Deborah – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1999
Incorporated group and class discussions in two psychology courses to promote critical thinking and interaction among students. Discussion, writing of position papers, and readings from "Opposing Viewpoints" texts were used. Quantitative and qualitative data from student evaluations suggested that the discussions improved interaction, engaged them…
Descriptors: College Students, Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Higher Education
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