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Peacock, Jessica L.; FitzPatrick, Kathleen; Finn, Kevin E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
The authors compared student perceptions and performance in an Anatomy and Physiology II course during the transition from face-to-face (F2F) pre-COVID-19 pandemic learning to online (OL) pandemic learning. Students and instructors completed the Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains (SALG) survey; perceptions were positive regarding both F2F…
Descriptors: Distance Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Attitudes
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Jurasaite-O'Keefe, Elena; Zak, Anna – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
The purpose of this pilot study was to build a theory to investigate how and what university students learn in informal settings of study abroad programs. The authors theorize informal learning as an interactive web of meanings constructed by learners in the process of their interactions. The process involved in constructing a grounded theory…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Informal Education, Hidden Curriculum, Study Abroad
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Chien, Chin-Wen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2022
This study explored the progress of 40 language learners in a language education program in northern Taiwan toward becoming emergent researchers. Based on the data analysis, the study had the following findings. At the outset, the majority of participants initially used the metaphors "baby" and "sponge" to describe their role…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Foreign Countries
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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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Harter, Alyssa; Jacobi, Laura – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The Circular Model of Collegiate Co-Teaching (Morelock et al., 2017) examines power and authority structures, dynamics of co-teaching relationships, and co-teachers' perceptions of co-teaching. The model does not include student perceptions, however, and it has not been applied to veteran-novice instructor pairs. The authors conducted a case study…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Reid-Hector, Janet; Heuer, Albert J.; Prestholdt, Florence J.; Parrott, James S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Despite the popularity of online master's degree programs, degree completion times vary greatly, often slowing during the final phase known as the capstone project (GP) or thesis. This exploratory, mixed-method pilot study presents health professions online graduate students' perceptions of facilitators and barriers to completion of both the…
Descriptors: Capstone Experiences, Masters Theses, Masters Degrees, Time to Degree
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Passalacqua, Camille; Gold, Rachelle S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The authors chronicle developing and teaching a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded trauma literature seminar at a public Historically Black University. The course focused on how literary and visual art from different countries and historical eras address two questions: "Can people survive and heal after trauma, not just physically,…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Trauma, Seminars, Literature
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Ouellette-Schramm, Jennifer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Understanding community college English language learner (ELL) goals may help educators better support ELLs to set and pursue those goals. One lens that has illuminated important differences in ELL goals is constructive-developmental theory (CDT). Using a CDT lens, this qualitative case study investigated the goals of six community college ELLs…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Goal Orientation, English Language Learners, Case Studies
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Borkoski, Carey; Donaldson, Sara; Caldwell, Karen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The transactional distance created by asynchronous online course formats poses unique challenges to the development of a collaborative learning environment. The lack of face-to-face interaction also challenges instructors' ability to make adaptive changes to course content in response to emerging student needs. The authors describe a professor's…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Online Courses, Sense of Community, Educational Improvement
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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
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DeVille, Nicole V.; De Leon, Matthew R.; Runnerstrom, Miryha G. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This article describes a pilot program that employed evidence-based strategies to increase first-generation and low-income (FGLI) student engagement. Over two quarters, the instructors offered three resources allowing students to engage at different levels: panel presentations, themed discussions, and a peer mentor program. Students requested…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Low Income Students, Student Needs, At Risk Students
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Petzold, Andrew M.; Wollschlager, Jennifer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Creating summative assessments that accurately test students' breadth of knowledge and critical thinking can be a difficult task. Instructors often rely upon overly complex quick response questions or constructed response exams. However, students often have negative perceptions of the latter. The authors implemented an approach for administering…
Descriptors: Essays, Tests, Student Attitudes, Stress Management
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Bolter, Nicole D.; Taylor, Sherria D.; Gomez, Dulce H.; Eliason, Michele; Van Olphen, Juliana; Veri, Maria J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Undergraduate research methods courses help shape students' perceptions about research. Given the lack of diverse researchers in STEM fields, these perceptions are particularly important for underrepresented minorities. This study tested a social justice pedagogy intervention to determine the effects on various psychosocial constructs. Three…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Undergraduate Students, Research Training, Social Justice
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Wolfe, Christopher R.; Dandignac, Mitchell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Students in a course on the psychology of language and thought first wrote flash fiction stories and analyzed them using course concepts. As an experiential learning exercise, they subsequently analyzed those stories for a number of psycholinguistic variables using the discourse technology Coh-Metrix. Their assignment was to change a number of…
Descriptors: Psycholinguistics, Fiction, Writing (Composition), Discourse Analysis
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Krsmanovic, Masha – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This research examined the role of a first-year seminar course in promoting international student learning and academic transition. Through interviews with international students representing different countries and majors, the author investigated how the course can best be designed and taught to overcome the common learning barriers encountered…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Foreign Students, Student Attitudes
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