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Yoo, Julia H.; Schallert, Diane L.; Svinicki, Marilla D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined the meaning of flexibility in teaching at the postsecondary level and its connection to teaching effectiveness. A total of 500 college students and 15 instructors participated. Data were gathered using an online survey with open-ended questions for the students and one-on-one interviews with instructors. Analysis followed a…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Smart, Karl L.; Berry, Robert; Kumar, Anil; Kumar, Poonam; Scott, James P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Increased accountability in education has brought renewed emphasis on the assurance of learning, making certain that students meet specified learning objectives. Additional research has focused on ways individuals learn. Building upon research on learning styles, active learning, and team-based learning (TBL), this study assesses the impact of TBL…
Descriptors: Preferences, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, Accountability
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Russell, Alicia – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Russell Tufts University This study examines the potential of designing and teaching online courses to prompt university faculty members to reflect on the essence of good teaching, and as a result reconsider their beliefs concerning effective pedagogy. A phenomenological investigation was conducted based on interviews with six long-time university…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Wolfe, Christopher; Widmer, Colin L.; Weil, Audrey M.; Cedillos-Whynott, Elizabeth M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Students in an undergraduate psychology course on Learning and Cognition used SKO (formerly AutoTutor Lite), an Intelligent Tutoring System, to create interactive lessons in which a pedagogic agent (animated avatar) engages users in a tutorial dialogue. After briefly describing the technology and underlying psychological theory, data from an…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Animation
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Lebec, Michael T.; Kesteloot, Lauren – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A common challenge in higher education is teaching required content for which students traditionally have lower levels of interest. Physical therapist education programs experience this challenge when training entry-level students to document in the medical record. The authors compared learning outcomes among physical therapy students taught…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Documentation, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Elicker, Joelle D.; Foust, Michelle Singer; Perry, Jennifer L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The complexity of a course's structure may influence how well students understand what is expected of them. Using the foundation of the industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology literature, the authors modified a measure of "Perceived System Knowledge" (Williams & Levy, 1992) for employee performance appraisal to be appropriate for…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Higher Education, Course Organization
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Gilbert, Jacqueline A.; Raffo, Deana M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors explore service-learning as a pedagogy to promote bullying prevention within schools. Specifically, they explain the preparatory experiences necessary for students in an undergraduate Experiential Learning Principles of Management course to interface with high school freshmen and the reciprocal impact that students at both levels had…
Descriptors: Bullying, Experiential Learning, Prevention, Service Learning
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Kuiper, Paula; VanOeffelen, Rachel; Veldkamp, Simon; Bokma, Isaac; Breems, Luke; Fynewever, Herb – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Using Max Weber's theory of ideal types, the authors classify the formative assessment techniques used by 12 college instructors. Their data reveal two pairs of opposing preferences: (1) highly preplanned vs. highly emergent and (2) focused on individual students vs. focused on the class as a whole. Using interview data, they illustrate how each…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Social Theories, Higher Education
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Foulger, Teresa S.; Zambo, Debby – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This action research study involves two cycles of investigation of Research Day an event at the end of each semester where doctoral students share their latest cycle of action research focused on a problem of practice they are facing. The study sought to understand students' perspectives of Research Day in terms of its instructional intention, how…
Descriptors: Action Research, Student Attitudes, Investigations, Doctoral Programs
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Ballantine, Jeanne H.; Jolly-Ballantine, John-Andrew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Good mentoring of graduate students influences their perseverance and success to completion, whereas bad mentoring can result in negative outcomes, including delayed degree completion or non-completion. What the authors refer to as the gray zone is that which falls between good and bad mentoring. Examples are partial mentoring or changes in…
Descriptors: Mentors, Graduate Students, Instructional Improvement, Teaching Methods
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Kim, Young K.; Armstrong, Cameron L.; Edwards, Sarah R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined whether and how the effects of student-faculty interaction on a range of student outcomes--such as college GPA, critical thinking and communication skills, academic satisfaction, and cultural appreciation and social awareness--vary by students' academic disciplines. The study utilized data on 37,977 undergraduate students who…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Grade Point Average, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Filipova, Anna A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examines the impact of thought self-leadership education on graduate students' perceptions of ethics and competencies in the execution of cognitive strategies (beliefs and assumptions, self-talk, and mental imagery) in a graduate public administration program's health care administration law course. The results obtained from Wilcoxon…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Ethics, Competence
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Persky, Adam M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The "flipped" classroom model, including such approaches as team-based learning (TBL), stresses pre-class preparation. For three years in a pharmacokinetics course within a pharmacy curriculum, students had the choice of using reading material or a fully animated module to prepare for class. Qualitative methods were used to analyze…
Descriptors: Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Education, Reading Materials, Animation
Fry, Catherine L.; Wei, Cynthia A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A growing body of evidence shows that infusing sustainability into undergraduate courses and programs can simultaneously benefit institutional goals, student learning outcomes, and society at large. In addition to being a globally relevant and urgent topic, sustainability can enhance learning of disciplinary concepts and development of broad…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Undergraduate Students, Instructional Innovation, Institutional Mission
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Michaelsen, Larry K.; Davidson, Neil; Major, Claire Howell – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors address three questions: (1) What are the foundational practices of team-based learning (TBL)? (2) What are the fundamental principles underlying TBL's foundational practices? and (3) In what ways are TBL's foundational practices similar to and/or different from the practices employed by problem-based learning (PBL) and…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Educational Principles, College Instruction
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