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Bernauer, James A.; Rook, Rebecca L.; Cope, Kenneth F.; Foster, Shannon L.; Swab, Jenifer A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This study aimed to identify which aspects of online instruction are most and least effective for promoting learning in a cohort-based doctoral program. Four doctoral program alumni and a professor who participated in the inaugural online doctoral program at a medium-sized mid-Atlantic university conducted the study. The researchers used data from…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Doctoral Programs, Online Courses, Web Based Instruction
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Tessier, Lisa; Reiff, Dana M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
In fall 2015, a mixed-method study was conducted with 106 early-semester and 89 late-semester undergraduate respondents to examine their use of rubrics and perceptions of their impact on academic success. A significant shift toward rubric use was found over the course of the semester, with most use occurring before assignments were due. Students…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Scoring Rubrics, Grades (Scholastic), Undergraduate Students
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Park, Ho-Ryong; Kim, Michelle Soonhyang; Mukherjee, Keya; Ates, Burcu – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Due to advancements in technology and the demand for flexible instruction, online educational opportunities are increasing. However, instructors still need guidance to teach students effectively in different types of online courses. This article provides context- and delivery-specific guidelines for those teaching asynchronous, synchronous, and…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Guidelines, Teacher Effectiveness, Synchronous Communication
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Aspiranti, Kathleen B.; Jackson, Carrie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This study investigated how the implementation of a personal change project impacted school psychology graduate students' knowledge of the change process. Ten school psychology graduate students completed a personal change project (PCP) in which they initiated a change within their personal life. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected…
Descriptors: School Psychology, School Psychologists, Counselor Training, Counselor Role
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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Sloane, Jeremy D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduate students who have previously succeeded in a course and return to assist faculty in engaging current students. The authors used a mixed methods approach to explore changes in LAs' teaching self-efficacy and pedagogical knowledge (PK) over a semester. They found that LAs significantly improved their…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Self Efficacy, Teaching Skills, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Ritter, Lake; Scherrer, Christina; Vandenbussche, Jennifer; Whipple, Jessica – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Office hours are an essential component of the faculty-student relationship. At present, however, few rigorous studies are available to guide faculty toward best practices in their implementation. In this study, the authors analyze survey results (n = 169) from a calculus course that included required office hours attendance. Results are presented…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship, Offices (Facilities)
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Agolini, Susan H. B. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
In order to improve the student success rate in a "gateway" undergraduate Biology course, changes were made to both content delivery and classroom support, and the impact of these changes was measured. Requiring students to interact with course material prior to class time by viewing pre-recorded lectures freed up time in class to delve…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Participation, STEM Education, Undergraduate Students
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Gilbert, Jacqueline A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Although many professors realize that note taking while listening to a lecture results in shallow learning and a lack of student engagement (Hartley & Davies, 1978), lecturing remains the primary mode of instruction. A recent challenger to the dominant notetaking/PowerPoint paradigm is Reacting to the Past (RTTP). To capitalize on the…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Business Administration Education, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods
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Getty, Stephen R.; Barron, Kenneth E.; Hulleman, Chris S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
To improve student motivation, the authors propose a five-step process that entails learning about a motivation framework, identifying students' motivational challenges based on that framework, adopting interventions to address those challenges, and assessing the effectiveness of the interventions. In particular, they recommend adopting the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, College Students, Introductory Courses, Psychology
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Chappell, Kimberly L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The persistence of postgraduate research students is an ongoing challenge for many university programs. The author describes several curriculum innovations that were implemented based on the recommendations in the literature for improving student persistence and self-efficacy for conducting research and the results of a qualitative needs…
Descriptors: Student Research, Teaching Methods, Educational Innovation, Self Efficacy
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Andzik, Natalie R.; DeSpain, Stephanie N.; Walker, David A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
Professors in a university setting questioned whether requiring students to take in-class notes for points toward their final grade would affect students' quiz scores post-lecture. Students were assigned to one of two conditions: no-notes-required control and required note-taking experimental. A mixed-design analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Instructional Effectiveness, Scores, Tests
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Machette, Anthony T. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The benefits of instructor immediacy have been well researched over the past 40 years. This study investigated students' comfort with instructors' nonverbal immediacy behaviors. University students reported their comfort with three nonverbal communication behaviors: haptics, proxemics, and kinesics. A series of paired-sampled t tests suggested a…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Nonverbal Communication
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Mason, Michelle N.; Watson, Rachel Mim; Moon, Kali Nicholas – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
The University of Wyoming recently implemented a Learning Assistant (LA) program with the goal of supporting undergraduate students in traditionally lecture-based STEM courses. The authors performed a multi-method qualitative study utilizing a focus group and individual interviews in order to investigate the impact of the program's pilot year on…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Peer Teaching
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Sayers, Robin; von Spiegel, Jacqueline; Hensley, Lauren – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
This mixed-methods study examined end-of-semester evaluations from an undergraduate course comparing perceptions of instructional support, academic support, and instructor caring in online and face-to-face settings. Results showed statistically significant differences in perceptions of instructional support, with lower ratings in online sections.…
Descriptors: Caring, Teacher Student Relationship, Helping Relationship, Feedback (Response)
Martella, Amedee Marchand; Lovett, Marsha C.; Ramsay, Lynnette – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2021
To investigate the variation in active learning used in college science courses, the authors analyzed 57 comparison studies published in three prominent science education journals. Focusing on three sources of variation--(a) the active learning activities, (b) other pedagogical features, and (c) course structure/design--they found that most…
Descriptors: Active Learning, College Science, Educational Research, Science Instruction
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