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Durr, Tony; Barber, Larissa K.; Hales, Patrick – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
This study explored the relationship between graduate students' sense of community in online learning environments and their academic behaviors (online activity and final grades). Sense of community refers to social (connectedness) and feedback (learning) aspects of the environment that can potentially promote engagement and academic performance.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Sense of Community, Grades (Scholastic), Online Courses
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Faught, Gayle G.; Martin, Melissa – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
In a paired-course project, students from psychology and special education collaborated to assess skills of children with intellectual disabilities. In this mixed-methods study, the researchers (1) administered measures of student engagement and career decision making to students pre- and post-project and (2) coded student journals for engagement…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Special Education, Cooperative Learning, Children
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Wright, Meghan C.; Nichols, Thomas – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The authors describe the traits, typologies, and behaviors of Generation Z (those born after 1997) to set the stage for the changes needed to engage this generation of students in the classroom. Using this knowledge about Generation Z as a foundation, the authors call for innovative approaches to teaching that engage students actively in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Generational Differences, Student Motivation, Educational Innovation
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Gilbert, Jacqueline A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Although many professors realize that note taking while listening to a lecture results in shallow learning and a lack of student engagement (Hartley & Davies, 1978), lecturing remains the primary mode of instruction. A recent challenger to the dominant notetaking/PowerPoint paradigm is Reacting to the Past (RTTP). To capitalize on the…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Business Administration Education, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods
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Ting, Fridolin Sze Thou; Shroff, Ronnie H.; Lam, Wai Hung; Chin, David C. W. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This study aimed to better understand the effect that the flipped method of instruction has on students' learning approaches using interactive math lecture videos in a second-year vector calculus course. Three hypotheses were tested to determine if students' perceptions of their level of active engagement, the number of interactive lecture videos…
Descriptors: Flipped Classroom, STEM Education, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Zehler, Alexis; Cole, Britt – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The literature supports the concept of a flipped classroom as a pedagogical approach that can improve critical thinking, enhance clinical judgment, and promote student engagement. This project implemented the flipped classroom concept in two nursing specialty courses, one didactic and one clinical. Data were gathered from both courses using a…
Descriptors: Flipped Classroom, Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking, Learner Engagement
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Heinsch, Patrick; Handke, Jürgen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Humanoid robots are gradually becoming part of everyday life as well as education. Virtual agents have demonstrated their benefits for years, and experts expect similar positive effects from the use of humanoid robots in education. Project H.E.A.R.T. (Humanoid Emotional Assistant Robots in Teaching), from Philipps-University Marburg, has developed…
Descriptors: Robotics, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Universities
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Lee, J. Hannah – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
To increase student engagement in diversity learning, a method using student poster presentations was applied in an undergraduate cultural psychology course. Twenty-two students in the course created posters summarizing published research articles on cultural psychology, displayed their posters at a public event on campus, and discussed real-life…
Descriptors: Diversity, Multicultural Education, Psychology, Cultural Influences
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Kinkead, Joyce; Titchener, Frances; Wheatley, Rebecca – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) programs pair students with faculty to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. These programs have the potential to offer a high-impact experience (Kuh, 2008); students feel more connected to learning when meaningfully engaged. UTAs develop important relationships with faculty mentors, hone…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Teacher Student Relationship
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Dempster, Michaux E.; Dempster, Gregory M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This article discusses a study conducted to evaluate the effect of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) University College's Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Program on student performance in first-year core curriculum courses. First, a description and history of the UTA program are provided. Next, the authors describe how quantitative…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hunter, Sally B.; Moran, Hayley B.; Mullican, K. Nicole; Connor, Lisa A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether college students' attitudes toward group work could be influenced by thoughtful group project design. Undergraduate students (N = 123) in a lifespan human development course were assigned to groups and asked to create a smartphone app for a specific life stage. The authors utilized a convergent…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities
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Lai, Ka Man; Ko, Tiffany; Ng, Man Shan Grace – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This study investigates a novel approach to training first-year science faculty students in laboratory safety and ethical awareness. Students were exposed to videos of laboratory incidents via their smartphones. They had to respond to the scenarios by scanning QR codes transfixed on certain equipment or taking photos of the laboratory's…
Descriptors: Laboratory Safety, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Ethics
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Chan, Isaac; Leung, Vincent; Yan, Kendall; Kwong, Theresa; Lau, Peter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Student-generated materials offer high engagement, connectedness, and satisfaction in learning. In this project, the students merged the concepts and cases learned in class with the experiences of business professionals to create scenarios that can convey the concepts of Business Ethics (BE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to secondary…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Ethical Instruction, Business Education, Social Responsibility
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Gonzalez, Joseph J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
Hoping to increase student engagement, the author decided to re-envision his course on contemporary global issues in a "flipped" format. The results proved encouraging--to a degree. Over the course of five semesters, applying lessons gleaned from the literature, students learned how to read challenging texts outside of class and…
Descriptors: Homework, Reading Assignments, Interviews, Teaching Methods
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Pelletier, Kathie L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This study extends the empirical findings of the use of continuous, lecture-embedded assessments to increase engagement and enhance learning. Outcome data (exam performance and attendance rates) from college students in three upper-division business course sections who took quizzes and wrote two-minute papers (test group) were compared to outcome…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, Self Efficacy
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