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Jensen, Birgit A.; Altstaedter, Laura Levi – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This quantitative and qualitative study explored students' perceptions of a flipped German course and its measurable impact on their critical-thinking skills. The instructional design of the course shifted grammar and vocabulary instruction outside of class so that students in the newly created collaborative in-class space could engage in more…
Descriptors: Flipped Classroom, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Critical Thinking
Ruder, Suzanne; Brown, Patrick J. P.; Stanford, Courtney – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is an active-learning pedagogy that emphasizes content mastery as well as the development of process skills like critical thinking and problem solving. Although published POGIL materials are available in several STEM disciplines, there are still a number of courses within a variety of disciplines…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Learning Activities, Critical Thinking
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Nodeland, Brooke; Craig, Jessica M.; Meitl, Michele Bisaccia – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Team-based learning (TBL) is a non-traditional method of instruction that utilizes permanent teams working together to solve problems and make decisions. The authors extend the prior TBL criminal justice literature through a detailed explanation of the use of application-focused activities in the classroom. Specifically, application-focused…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Criminology, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving
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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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Deys, Kellie L.; Deys, James L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
For most millennials, information has always been a couple of quick taps away. Sites have seemingly always existed to provide them with "the answer." Instructors must recognize that not only are they teaching material from their disciplines, but also they are trying to teach the skill and value of critical inquiry. Adopting a Freirean…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Brainstorming, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author argues that deliberation is an innovative method for teaching communication skills, particularly group communication, in the undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. A case study using a deliberation activity on global climate change in an introductory biology course demonstrates how deliberative…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Introductory Courses, STEM Education
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Millis, Barbara J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The author explores concrete ways to help students learn more and have fun doing it while they support each other's learning. The article specifically shows the relationships between cooperative learning and deep learning. Readers will become familiar with the tenets of cooperative learning and its power to enhance learning--even more so when…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Students, Learning Strategies
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Savin-Baden, Maggi – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The author argues that there is still too much teaching to the test, and the consequence is growing "constellations" of problem-based learning (PBL), some of which are useful, and some of which are not. Today, what passes for PBL practice often seems more like guidelines than any kind of reasoned pedagogy. While at one level the range of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Knowledge Level
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Marra, Rose M.; Jonassen, David H.; Palmer, Betsy; Luft, Steve – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method where student learning occurs in the context of solving an authentic problem. PBL was initially developed out of an instructional need to help medical school students learn their basic sciences knowledge in a way that would be more lasting while helping to develop clinical skills…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Constructivism (Learning)
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Wismath, Shelly; Orr, Doug; Good, Brandon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Twenty-first century teaching and learning focus on the fundamental skills of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, and collaboration and communication. Metacognition is a crucial aspect of both problem solving and critical thinking, but it is often difficult to get students to engage in authentic metacognitive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Student Attitudes, Reflection
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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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Nwokah, Eva E.; Leafblad, Stefanie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
In this study 44 undergraduate students in a language development course participated in service learning with preschool homeless and low-income children as a course requirement. Students completed a survey, questionnaires, reflective journaling, and small-group debriefing sessions. Based on current views on brain-based learning from cortical…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Language Acquisition, Preschool Children
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De Simone, Christina – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
The author examines using problem-based learning (PBL) to guide preservice teachers' problem-solving abilities. Two classes of preservice teachers were divided into either an experimental group, who were taught to solve classroom problems using PBL, or a control group, who used traditional teaching methods such as discussion and videoclips of…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Preservice Teachers, Problem Based Learning
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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
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Peterson, Michael – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
A study explored the impact of structured team problem solving (STEPS) on 15 cognitive and social skills and examined learning outcomes among 26 undergraduates in a health science course. Results suggest STEPS can enhance problem-based learning (PBL) by improving task completion and group processes and may enable implementation of PBL in larger…
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Higher Education
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