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Alverson, Ryan – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The author assesses the evolution of classroom community through an examination of three subsequent semesters of a large undergraduate education course at a regional, comprehensive university. The evolution and modification of course format and assignments across three semesters are treated as interventions to foster interactions among students…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Undergraduate Students
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Devany, Emral – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Instructors expect students to read before class to engage them in using higher-order thinking skills that are critical to performing in group work and engaging in discussions. As many instructors are aware, however, for various reasons many students don't read the assigned textbook. In this study, science news articles were used as prereadings to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Journal Articles, Readiness, Thinking Skills
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Reynolds, Katherine; Ludlow, Larry – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Student perceptions of instructor availability outside of class are examined both as a predictor of instructor quality and as an outcome of student, instructor, and course characteristics. Data represent a 30-year case study record of course evaluations and instructor professional and personal variables. Student perceptions of instructor…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Course Evaluation
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Peacock, Jessica L.; FitzPatrick, Kathleen; Finn, Kevin E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The authors determined whether positive perceptions of integrating lecture and lab in Anatomy and Physiology courses persisted from 2015-2018. Students (843) and instructors (56) completed the Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains survey; perceptions were positive and consistent between both groups. Participant narratives identified the…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
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Brobeck, David; Taylor, Carl – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
One of the most important processes in which professors can engage is to explore different techniques to improve the learning environment. Zull (2002, 2011) has stated that people adopt new learning by "idea testing." Was the test beneficial? The authors, who were interested in testing ideas to improve the teaching and learning process,…
Descriptors: Personality Assessment, Personality Studies, Personality Theories, Teaching Methods
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Johnson, Matthew R.; Eickholt, Jesse; Hinton, Quentrese – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Traditional active learning classrooms can support student collaboration and increase student engagement, but they are costly (Park & Choi, 2014). This study examined students' perceptions of a traditional active learning classroom ($250,000 approximate cost) and a low-cost active learning classroom ($10,000 approximate cost) in an…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Johnson, Staci N.; Dancz, Claire L. A.; Gallagher, Eliza D.; Pfirman, Aubrie L.; Patel, Khushikumari – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
The ability to work effectively in teams is an essential skill. There has been recent interest in applying knowledge of striving instincts to improve student attitudes and performance within teams. The authors report results from a mixed-methods study examining the impact of utilizing striving instinct categories for team formation, along with…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Student Satisfaction, Teamwork, Group Dynamics
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Shaw Bonds, Mahauganee D.; Newstetter, Wendy C.; Kukura, Madison; Desai, Megha; Le Doux, Joseph – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
Group projects center learning as a collaborative process, but they often produce mixed results in terms of student commitment and final products. The authors outline their experience with a course designed to engage undergraduate biomedical engineering students in a semester-long group experience and share data from their students' analyses of…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Problem Based Learning, Cooperative Learning, 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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Wan, Sarah Lai Yin; Cheung, Ka Luen; Lin, Xiao Ying – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This study evaluates the impact of applying a flipped classroom model to an advanced psychology course at The Education University of Hong Kong. The study implemented mixed-method design, including pre-post surveys and focus group interviews. Overall findings indicated that students were satisfied with the flipped classroom approach but yielded no…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Flipped Classroom, Psychology
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Battistoli, B. F. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study explores the relationship between the frequency and time spent on cell phones (independent variables) by students in the classroom and students' academic performance (dependent variable), as represented by self-reported grade point average (GPA). A 22-question Internet survey was conducted at a private Northeastern university (N =…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Student Behavior, Grade Point Average
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Watkins, Natasha D.; Fedesco, Heather N.; Marshall, Mary – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The authors compared student perceptions and performance in a fully online versus a flipped undergraduate diversity course. Students' performance on course assignments and responses to surveys assessing perceptions of learning climate, basic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, relatedness), motivation, relevance, and learning gains were…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Performance, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Langford, Sara J.; Von Glahn, Nicholas; Narayan, Anjana – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Many studies have examined the effects of technology on education as well as how educators feel about technology; however, this study examined the opinions of 528 students regarding how technology influences their education. In particular, we investigated whether students felt a sense of entitlement to use their technology in the classroom. The…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Student Attitudes, Influence of Technology, Classroom Environment
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Trogden, Bridget G.; Royal, Jennifer Ellis – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Foundational undergraduate courses in chemistry and mathematics are gateways to a number of lucrative majors and pre-professional programs. Historically, however, students often struggle with these disciplines and can benefit from alternate approaches to examining their learning strategies. This article describes the use of exam…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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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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