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Rigsby, Ellen M.; Imamura, Makiko – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2020
This study provides an overview of the shifting epistemological terrain regarding methodological approaches to the research process in the field of communication and discusses how a mixed-methods design could improve methods comprehension in undergraduate education. The authors describe how they incorporated a mixed-methods project into the…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Research Projects, Student Research, Undergraduate Students
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Claussen, Stephanie A.; Radhakrishnan, Dhinesh; Haney, Casey L.; Kimani, Sally N.; Wairimu, Esther; Kimutai, Wesley; DeBoer, Jennifer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Engineering has a history rife with community-based projects in which the engineers prioritize their own interests and outcomes over those of the community with which they work, at great detriment to the community. Short-term engineering study abroad trips, especially those which take place in low- or middle-income countries and have a clear…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Study Abroad, Educational Innovation, Foreign Countries
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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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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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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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Olszewski, Todd M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Many U.S. colleges and universities have emphasized the value of student-driven undergraduate research as one way to augment the traditional classroom experience. For undergraduate students, human subjects-based research, which typically requires review by an institutional review board (IRB), can have a particularly profound impact on their…
Descriptors: Socialization, Undergraduate Students, Learning Experience, Student Research
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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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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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Sowell, Krista; Saichaie, Kem; Bergman, Jacqueline; Applegate, Elizabeth – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Classroom space limitations and increasing student enrollments push universities to the development of alternative course delivery models. The authors describe how a high-enrollment, general elective course was converted into a HyFlex model. A HyFlex course provides flexible participation, allowing students the choice of attending face-to-face…
Descriptors: Enrollment, Online Courses, Elective Courses, Educational Innovation
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Gore, Jonathan; Sweet, Charlie; Blythe, Hal; Carpenter, Russell; Tichenor, Damon – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine differences in student perceptions of instructor and course characteristics for courses that students deemed to be high in learning versus high in enjoyment. Realizing that students differ from faculty in how they view the traits of a highly effective instructor, the authors created a survey of student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Allendoerfer, Cheryl; Veilleux, Nanette; Floyd-Smith, Tamara; Plett, Melani; Wilson, Denise; Bates, Rebecca; Jones, Diane Carlson – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study examines student-faculty relationships at a small women's college where STEM students rely almost exclusively on faculty members for academic support. Students at comparison schools, including two of similar size, rely primarily on peer study groups. To understand this difference, students and faculty interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Single Sex Colleges, STEM Education, College Faculty
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DeMonbrun, Matt; Cañas, Jessica; Finelli, Cynthia J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Several reports have highlighted the need to improve teaching within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, particularly at the undergraduate level. These reports have encouraged the use of more evidence-based teaching practices in the classroom to improve teaching. The authors explore how faculty members' decision to…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Pieterson, E. Corrie; Ridgway, Judith S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
The authors present an example of a social constructivist framework and a backward design approach to enhance an underutilized peer mentoring program for teaching assistants. Following a needs assessment for quality improvement, the authors designed a mentoring workshop and revised guidelines: Mentoring pairs now use a four-step process to frame…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Peer Teaching, Mentors, Teaching Assistants
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Wray, Amanda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
This article introduces critical dialogue exercises, a pedagogical practice that links contemplation, rhetorical listening, and writing with directed storytelling in an effort to raise student consciousness about potentially oppressive histories embedded in our everyday language practices and to encourage social justice oriented discursive action.…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Dialogs (Language), Story Telling, Reflection
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