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Franke, Matthew – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
The weighting of a final exam or a final assignment is an essential part of course design that is rarely discussed in pedagogical literature. Depending on the weighting, a final exam or assignment may provide unequal benefits to students depending on their prior performance in the class. Consequently, uncritical grade weighting can discount…
Descriptors: Tests, Course Content, Weighted Scores, Program Design
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Sobel, Karen – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
The majority of universities and four-year colleges in the USA currently offer first-year seminars in at least one format. These programs often pride themselves in recruiting from among their institutions' best teachers to lead the seminars. In reality, this process of recruitment to teach in the program, as well as retention of faculty members…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Teacher Recruitment, Undergraduate Study, Compensation (Remuneration)
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Lock, Jennifer; Rainsbury, Jacqueline; Clancy, Tracey; Rosenau, Patricia; Ferreira, Carla – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
Co-teaching has been explored in the field of education but is a relatively new phenomenon in higher education. Its benefits and challenges are well documented; however, what is lacking is substantive evidence highlighting the influence of co-teaching amongst undergraduate students. Particularly, in practice-based professions like teaching,…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Mixed Methods Research, Undergraduate Students, Nursing Education
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Green, Corinne; Eady, Michelle; Andersen, Peter – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
There are many factors that impact student learning, with quality educators being one of the most important elements for student success. Accordingly, the promotion of quality teacher preparation programs has become a priority for tertiary institutions, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. There is a known disparity between tertiary…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Competencies
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McIntyre, Timothy; Wegener, Margaret; McGrath, Dominic – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
We have developed and demonstrated the effectiveness of a set of online interactive learning modules to accompany physics courses at first- and second-year university levels. Students access the modules prior to attending lectures to familiarize themselves with content which is then discussed and reaffirmed in class. Student surveys and access…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Units of Study, Lecture Method, Physics
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Mewis, Keith; Dee, Jaclyn; Lam, Vivienne; Obradovich, Shannon; Cassidy, Alice – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
During their time as Teaching Assistants (TAs), graduate students develop a variety of skills, knowledge, and attitudes (SKAs) based on teaching and related facilitation experiences. As TAs move on to future opportunities, their prior experiences form a foundation upon which additional teaching experience builds. Presently, there are few tools to…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Surveys, Graduate Students
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Simper, Natalie – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
This paper explores a method to support instructors in assessing cognitive skills in their course, designed to enable aggregation of data across an institution. A rubric authoring tool, "BASICS" (Building Assessment Scaffolds for Intellectual Cognitive Skills) was built as part of the Queen's University Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA)…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries, College Outcomes Assessment
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Johnstone, Katelyn; Marquis, Elizabeth; Puri, Varun – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
Constructions of teaching, learning, and the university within popular culture can exert an important influence on public understandings of higher education, including those held by faculty and students. As such, they constitute a rich site of inquiry for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Drawing on the notion of film as 'public pedagogy,'…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Films, Higher Education, Humanities
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Rifenburg, J. Michael; Forester, Brian – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
This study investigates conceptions first-year cadets at a US senior military college bring to general education writing courses, often termed first-year composition (FYC). Using a mixed methods research design, we received survey responses from 122 cadets and conducted semi-structured in-person interviews with four first-year cadets. Our data…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Military Training, Military Schools, Student Attitudes
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Roxá, Torgny – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
Why do not academic teachers more frequently use results from education, psychology, cognitive sciences, and related fields while planning, carrying out, and evaluating teaching? It has been argued that if only they did, education would improve. It has further been argued that results from these fields are not communicated in ways suitable for…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, College Faculty, Engineering Education
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Bernstein, Jeffrey L. – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
A broad consensus exists that the use of appropriate methods are important in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. However, methodological controversies arise around what constitutes acceptable evidence, if one needs a control group, how generalizable results must be, and other similar issues. Much SoTL work, I argue, asks questions about how…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Instruction, Learning, Validity
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Acai, Anita; Ahmad, Arshad; Fenton, Nancy; Graystone, Leah; Phillips, Keegan; Smith, Ron; Stockley, Denise – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is a national teaching award program that has recognized over 300 teachers at more than 80 Canadian universities for their teaching excellence and outstanding educational leadership. Despite its rich, 30 plus-year history, its impact has remained largely anecdotal. In this study, we build on Hannah and Lester's…
Descriptors: Fellowships, Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Instructional Leadership
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Ravenscroft, Brenda; Luhanga, Ulemu – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
Tertiary education institutions grapple with how to better engage students in their learning in high-enrolment, introductory courses. This paper presents a case study that examines a large-scale, faculty-level course redesign project in which this challenge was addressed through the use of blended learning models. The main research question was:…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Blended Learning, Longitudinal Studies, Introductory Courses
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Zhu, Carina Jia Yan; White, Diana; Rankin, Janet; Davison, Christina Jean – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
Within postsecondary education, the assessment of effective teaching has largely relied upon student evaluations of teaching. However, the process through which teachers make sense of their student evaluations is unclear. A research team of six undergraduate nursing students and four nursing educators explored the research question: How do nursing…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Evaluation, Undergraduate Students
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Yeo, Michelle; Manarin, Karen; Miller-Young, Janice – Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 2018
Faculty members participating in a year-long Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) development program experienced various surprises as transformational events. This study is a phenomenological exploration of these surprises. We use Dastur's (2000) understanding of surprise as a phenomenological event that allows for changed perception and…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Instruction, Learning, Phenomenology
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