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Farmer, E. Christa; Catalano, Amy J.; Halpern, Adam J. – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
In a Fall 2017 introductory course in Environmental Geology, homework assignments alternated between traditional textbook chapters in an electronic format and adaptive learning platform (ALP) modules on the Smart Sparrow (www.smartsparrow.com) platform to assess student preference for and satisfaction with either modality. Few studies have…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Preferences, Textbooks, Electronic Publishing
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Uz Bilgin, Cigdem; Gul, Abdulmenaf – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
Although collaborative-learning as an instructional method has shown promising results since the 1970's, a number of significant problems within collaborative learning environments have been encountered. These problems relate to aspects of group dynamics including group cohesion, participation, communication, collaboration, and trust. Although the…
Descriptors: Games, Instructional Effectiveness, Group Unity, Student Attitudes
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Zheng, Hua; Ding, Lu; Lu, Zhenqiu; Branch, Robert Maribe – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
This exploratory study examined the motivational effects of an instructional method that involved students in the rubric development on animation instruction. Drawing upon Keller's ARCS motivation model, this study compared student motivation regarding attention (A), relevance (R), confidence (C), and satisfaction (S) towards animation instruction…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Animation, Scoring Rubrics
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Hromalik, Christopher D.; Myhill, William N.; Carr, Nancy R. – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
This design case details the design and development of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Academy, a two-phase training to guide community college faculty in applying the UDL framework to their instruction. This article focuses on the first phase, in which faculty were trained in UDL. The authors of this paper, who were the creators and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Access to Education, Community Colleges, Faculty Development
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Galvin, Sarah; Greenhow, Christine – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
Students today spend more time writing on social media than they do in formal classrooms and have developed distinct and complex literacies separate from traditional writing curricula. Although several studies have explored teens' informal literacy practices online, research investigating how these spaces may inform or be effectively utilized in…
Descriptors: Social Media, High School Students, Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication
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Fazal, Minaz; Panzano, Bryan; Luk, Kristy – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to investigate whether blended learning increased student achievement in middle schools at a public charter school system. Qualitative data was gathered through classroom observations (N=8), teacher interviews (N=8), and student focus groups (N=6). Quantitative analysis involved a…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, African American Students, Teaching Methods, Principals
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Zha, Shenghua; Jin, Yi; Moore, Pamela; Gaston, Joe – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
Researchers and educators have advocated computational thinking (CT) should be integrated into K-12 settings as early as elementary schools. However, there has been a lack of knowledge of how pre-service K-8 teachers would be engaged in the learning of CT and its integration in different subject areas. In this study, we taught a flipped learning…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Thinking Skills
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Choo, Jinhee; Bakir, Nesrin; Scagnoli, Norma I.; Ju, Boreum; Tong, Xiaoping – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
This paper presents the results of a study that explored undergraduate students' perceptions of cognitive, social, and teaching presences in online business courses and their relationship to students' course satisfaction in addition to demographic variables. Student engagement has proven to be one of the main reasons for student retention and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Online Courses, Business Administration Education, Communities of Practice
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Jones, W. Monty; Cohen, Jonathan D.; Schad, Michael; Caratachea, Matthew; Smith, Shaunna – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
There has been increased interest in utilizing making activities in classroom-based educational environments and research suggests these activities may promote desirable student dispositions such as increased confidence and agency. To realize these benefits, teachers must experience maker-centered learning in order to design and integrate these…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Cheng, Zui; Watson, Sunnie L.; Watson, William R.; Janakiraman, Shamila – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
How to provide effective attitudinal learning in large-enrollment classrooms is a continuing question in higher education. This qualitative single case study investigated instructional design strategies and activities that could effectively be applied to attitude change in large-enrollment learning contexts. By evaluating an undergraduate…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Instructional Design, Attitude Change, Sustainability
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Liu, Yan; Xie, Ying; Sun, Tianlinzi; Lv, Jinjiao – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
Academic mentoring is an essential part of doctoral student education and each program has a different mentoring system for its doctoral students. For this article, the researchers surveyed five key doctoral programs in the field of Educational Technology in China. The findings describe shared characteristics of their mentoring systems from the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Doctoral Programs, Educational Technology, Doctoral Students
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Caeli, Elisa Nadire; Yadav, Aman – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
In the recent years, there has been a push to engage primary and secondary students in computer science to prepare them to live and work in a world influenced by computation. One of the efforts involves getting primary and secondary students to think computationally by introducing computational ideas such as, algorithms and abstraction. Majority…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Problem Solving
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Merrill, M. David – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
A first-class syllabus can help promote effective, efficient and engaging learning, but traditional syllabi too often fail to attain this purpose. This paper describes and illustrates a syllabus review check-list that was designed to assist faculty at a major university to adopt a problem-centered approach to their courses. The check-list enables…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Check Lists, Problem Based Learning, Universities
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Mills, Erin; Stefaniak, Jill; Luo, Tian; Glass, Chris – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
The factors that influence and impact graduate students in the context of their career decision-making within an instructional design graduate program remain unexplored. This mixed methods study captured actual career-related difficulties of graduate instructional design students through a conceptual framework based on Bandura (1986) and Lent et…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Decision Making, Instructional Design, Graduate Students
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Baule, Steven M. – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2020
Over the last twenty years, governments and a range of disability rights organizations have advocated for increased accessibility to educational materials and school documents for people with disabilities. Recently, several studies have shown that accessibility is still lacking among educational organizations and other government agencies. This…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Accessibility (for Disabled), Compliance (Legal), Special Education
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