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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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Knipe, Mallory R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Student development of critical consciousness is essential in higher education if we are to promote civic engagement and educate students to be constructive global citizens. Research on consciousness raising reveals that instructors who have done due diligence in developing their own critical consciousness are best equipped to promote its…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, College Instruction, College Faculty, Faculty Development
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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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Roback, Karin L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Higher education has undergone a radical transformation through the use of technology, including the offering of online courses and degrees. However, programs with fieldwork-based components that require students to demonstrate application of adult learning principles by performing specific skills in clinical settings face unique challenges. This…
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Graduate Students, Online Courses, Field Experience Programs
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Wright, Meghan C.; Nichols, Thomas – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The authors describe the traits, typologies, and behaviors of Generation Z (those born after 1997) to set the stage for the changes needed to engage this generation of students in the classroom. Using this knowledge about Generation Z as a foundation, the authors call for innovative approaches to teaching that engage students actively in the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Generational Differences, Student Motivation, Educational Innovation
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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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Yang, Yan; Ellis, Christopher; Harvey, Chelsie; Lovvorn, Elizabeth Grace – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Reform efforts in college teaching emphasize the importance of using innovative pedagogical approaches to make online learning more meaningful and successful. The authors present individualized project-based learning (iPBL), an innovative pedagogy derived from a traditional project-based learning (PBL) method. They describe their design model…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Distance Education, College Instruction
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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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Deka, Teddi S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Confidence in social science research diminished in the 2010s when several published research results failed to replicate. This "replication crisis" increased awareness that findings need to be substantiated, but academic researchers have little incentive to engage in repeating others' research. College students can advance their…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Social Science Research, Replication (Evaluation)
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