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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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Hay, M. Cameron – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Undergraduate student learning focuses on the development of disciplinary strength in majors and minors so that students gain depth in particular fields, foster individual expertise, and learn problem solving from disciplinary perspectives. However, the complexities of real-world problems do not respect disciplinary boundaries. Complex problems…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Undergraduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Global Approach
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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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Shaw, Mahauganee D.; Dumford, Amber D.; Cole, Eddie R.; Nelson Laird, Thomas F.; Haywood, Antwione M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Data from the 2010 administration of the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement were used to identify pairs of disciplines in which faculty want to be compared based on research practices, teaching practices, and perceptions of student engagement in academic activities. The goal of this study was to group disciplines by a method with which faculty…
Descriptors: Preferences, College Faculty, Intellectual Disciplines, Sociometric Techniques
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Jandciu, Eric; Stewart, Jaclyn J.; Stoodley, Robin; Birol, Gülnur; Han, Andrea; Fox, Joanne A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors describe a model for embedding science communication into the science curriculum without displacing science content. They describe the rationale, development, design, and implementation of two courses taught by science faculty addressing these criteria. They also outline the evaluation plan for these courses, which emphasize broad…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Undergraduate Students, Integrated Curriculum, Communication Skills
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Love, Anne Goodsell; Dietrich, Alexa; Fitzgerald, Jason; Gordon, David – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Wagner College's academic program emphasizes interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, and reflection on theory and practice. The curriculum is enhanced by a rich array of opportunities in New York City. In the course of their undergraduate studies, students enroll in three learning communities, two of which include experiential learning and…
Descriptors: College Students, Cooperative Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Communities of Practice
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Coryell, J. E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
In the current era of global society, adults need to cultivate cognitive and affective capabilities for interacting in a wide variety of work and living situations. Studying abroad can provide unique learning opportunities toward this end. Good intentions in offering study abroad experiences do not, however, always produce the kind of learning,…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Instruction, Instructional Design, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Carney, T.; Geertsema-Sligh, M.; Savage, A.; Sluis, A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2012
The authors provide a case study of how a group of faculty members was able to initiate transformation in student learning and institutional structures at a small university in the Midwestern U.S. through the introduction of collaborative feminist organizing and pedagogy. It details faculty-led initiatives that set the stage for innovative…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Sircar, Sumit; Fetzer, Ronald C.; Patterson, James; McKee, Heidi A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
Electronic portfolios can enhance student reflection and the in- tegration of learned concepts as well as demonstrate their overall proficiency to peers, teachers, and potential employers. The authors administered pre- and post-questionnaires in several classes among diverse disciplines to gauge students' perceptions of e-portfolios and…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Attitudes, Electronic Equipment, Internet
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Goodman, Sheryl Baratz; Cirka, Carol Cabrey – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
The authors investigated changes in self-efficacy in writing and writing apprehension in a sample of first-year college students in an interdisciplinary writing-intensive course taught by faculty from varied disciplines at a liberal arts college. Results showed that self-efficacy in writing significantly increased while writing apprehension…
Descriptors: Writing Attitudes, First Year Seminars, Self Efficacy, Liberal Arts
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Hubball, Harry; Albon, Simon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2007
Faculty learning communities provide an authentic forum through which to engage academics from diverse backgrounds in the scholarship of teaching, learning, and curriculum practice. The authors examine the development and impact of FLC strategies that were employed in an 8-month faculty certificate program on the scholarship of teaching and…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Foreign Countries, Educational Certificates, Data Collection
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Anstendig, Linda; Meyer, Jeanine; Driver, Martha – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Goals for undergraduate English courses typically include increasing students' critical reading, thinking, and research skills, providing literary-aesthetic experiences, and encouraging students to express themselves analytically on complex topics. Authors describe experiences in two advanced writing classes and a core literature course using…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication
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Harte, Thomas B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
A limited approach to team teaching at the college level is described and assessed. Two instructors with solo assignments collaborated to teach a single instructional unit across separate sections of an interdisciplinary course. The experience demonstrated that small-scale joint teaching can have significant advantages while avoiding the practical…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Course Organization
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Eddins, Stefka G. Nikolova; Williams, Douglas F.; Bushek, Dave; Porter, Dwayne; Kineke, Gail – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1997
A University of South Carolina program provides marine science students with learning opportunities that merge research and undergraduate study. In three semesters, students mastered complex scientific concepts and important professional skills such as critical and independent thinking, teamwork, and problem solving. Student/faculty and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions