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Dallas, Bryan K.; Long, Greg; McCarthy, Amanda K. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of captioning on undergraduate students' learning within a typical classroom environment. Based on guidelines associated with Universal Design as well as limitations imposed by classroom acoustics and noise levels, it was hypothesized that captions would increase students' recall and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods, Recall (Psychology), Video Technology
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Sharp, Laurie A.; Sharp, Jason H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Online learning experiences have greatly changed the landscape of instruction. Many courses in postsecondary environments incorporate some type of technological enhancement, which holds benefits for both postsecondary institutions and learners. However, online learning experiences require different pedagogical characteristics than traditional…
Descriptors: Time Management, Learning Experience, Online Courses, Metacognition
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Thadani, Vandana; Bouvier-Brown, Nicole C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
College textbook publishers increasingly bundle sophisticated technology-based study tools with their texts. These tools appear promising, but empirical work on their efficacy is needed. We examined whether LearnSmart, a study tool bundled with McGraw-Hill's textbook "Chemistry" (Chang & Goldsby, 2013), improved learning in an…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Metacognition, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Wickline, Virginia B.; Neu, Tricia; Dodge, Chad P.; Shriver, Edwin R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Previous research suggests that high quality contact between people from different groups is a relatively consistent way of decreasing stereotypes and prejudices. The authors determined that a very short-term, service-learning project with people with developmental disabilities (DD) could reduce college students' fear of this population. In…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Interpersonal Relationship, Service Learning, Developmental Disabilities
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Bach, Dorothe J.; Cook-Sather, Alison – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This article is about and for teachers wishing to open space at the intersection of the affective and the cognitive-space, we argue, that is particularly conducive to deep learning and within which students can empower themselves as learners and knowers. Drawing on written and spoken reflections of three faculty members, the authors explore how…
Descriptors: Reflection, Listening, Higher Education, Teachers
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Baim, Susan A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Routine correspondence with the author's business technology students indicated the need for increased skill and professionalism in social media communications as a key driver of successful career development strategies. A new course designed to assist students in transitioning from typical, casual social media use to the more rigorous and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Communication Skills, STEM Education, Skill Development
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Jackson, Kathy L.; Brua, Chas; Ramsay, Crystal M.; Hood, Larkin; Weinstein, Suzanne; Scruggs, Richard – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The term "teaching excellence" is frequently used but difficult to define. In an effort to expand upon previous work to define teaching excellence, the authors analyzed 93 teaching award nomination letters of students and peer faculty from a large, land-grant university in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Content analysis identified 25…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Awards, Letters (Correspondence), Content Analysis
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Douglas, Jennifer; Powell, Darcey N.; Rouamba, Nathalie H. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) play a crucial role in North American colleges. At a mid-Atlantic, land grant institution, GTAs instruct 34,000 undergraduates per semester. Given this scope, GTAs exert a powerful influence on undergraduate learning, yet little is known about their teaching beliefs in relation to their classroom practices. This…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Dallimore, Elise J.; Hertenstein, Julie H.; Platt, Marjorie B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Prior research indicates that the frequency with which students participate in classroom discussion is positively related to learning. This study examines students' perceptions of the relationship between their class discussion participation and learning and between preparation and both comfort with participating and actual discussion…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Research Methodology
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Rodriguez, Fernando; Ng, Annalyn; Shah, Priti – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors examined college students' ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence, specifically, whether first- and second-year students noticed when poor interpretations were drawn from research evidence. Fifty students evaluated a set of eight psychological studies, first in an informal context, then again in a critical-thinking context.…
Descriptors: College Students, Evidence, Criticism, Critical Thinking
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Hales, Patrick D.; Croxton, Rebecca A.; Kirkman, Christopher J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Using a mixed-methods approach, this study sought to understand a general sense of paradigm confidence and to see how this confidence relates to doctoral student identities as emerging scholars. Identity development was explored among 46 education doctoral students at a midsized public university in the Southeast. Researchers examined students'…
Descriptors: Student Research, Models, Scholarship, Mixed Methods Research
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Filipova, Anna A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This cross-sectional study assesses the effectiveness of poster session presentations as an alternative to traditional presentations in the public administration classroom. It also determined if graduate students' college academic self-efficacy and background characteristics impacted poster performance outcomes. Data were collected over four…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Self Efficacy, Individual Characteristics, Student Experience
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Firmin, Michael W.; Markham, Ruth Lowrie; Stultz, Kurt J.; Johnson, Heidi J.; Garland, Elizabeth P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors report the results of a phenomenological, qualitative research study involving 20 students who participated in a weekend poverty immersion experience. Analysis of the tape-recorded interviews included coding, checks for internal validity, and the generation of themes common to most of the research participants. Two overall results were…
Descriptors: College Students, Immersion Programs, Poverty, Outcomes of Education
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Sokal, Laura; Desjardins, Nicole – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Eight Canadian postsecondary students who had been diagnosed with anxiety disorders were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the supports and barriers they experienced at university. Qualitative analysis revealed four themes related to student needs: self-determination; shame, guilt, and judgment; control; and trust. Students provided…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Carey, Elaine; Pun, Raymond – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
A collaborative course introduced history students to a variety of digital tools and printed materials for historical research. The authors explore the development of this program by a historian and a librarian as a case study to address the value of teaching history outside of the classroom and allowing students to conduct research on-site. This…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Archives, Primary Sources, Library Role
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