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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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Pai, Grace; Wilson, Katie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The literature on assessing education abroad is dominated by studies using pre-/post-survey instruments to measure student growth across broad dimensions like global perspectives or intercultural competencies. Most studies also focus on study abroad programs in private, four-year or graduate schools. There is limited research assessing programs in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Community Colleges, Cultural Relevance, Evaluation Methods
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Davis, Kirsten A.; Taylor, Ashley R.; Reeping, David; Murzi, Homero G.; Knight, David B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study investigated the experiences of engineering students who participated in a cultural simulation activity to promote cross-cultural communication skills. A sample of 138 post-activity short reflections from a global engineering practice course were analyzed using qualitative inquiry. Results suggest that students recognize parallels…
Descriptors: Simulation, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Communication, Engineering Education
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Jones, Daniel C.; Campbell, Michelle M.; Acheson, Kris – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Evidence suggests that facilitated interventions in study abroad enhance gains in intercultural development, but many recent studies are not generalizable due to small numbers and lack of experimental design. In this study, subjects received individual or small-group interventions online in a course with trained intercultural mentors. The authors…
Descriptors: Intervention, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, Mentors
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Wright, Mary C.; Wiley, Sandra; Van Gent, Elona; Huerta, Monica – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Although the number of international experience requirements (IER) for college students is growing, there is limited research on their impact. The authors present a four-year study of the impact on an IER at the University of Michigan's Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, comparing outcomes for required and non-required cohorts. Evaluation…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Students, Art Education, Design
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Wojenski, Carrie Prior – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to identify factors influencing the intercultural development of U.S. and international study abroad students and their experiences in a collaborative online international learning pre-departure study abroad intervention. Garrison, Anderson, and Archer's (2000) Community of Inquiry model influenced the seminar design…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, College Students
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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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