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Stentoft, Diana – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2017
Problem-based learning is often characterised as an approach encompassing interdisciplinary learning; however, little attention has been explicitly paid to what a claim of interdisciplinary problem-based learning means in practice. Even less attention has been given to address the consequences of interdisciplinary problem-based learning for…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Barriers, Problem Based Learning
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Harrison, Laura M.; Risler, Laura – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
In nations facing austerity measures, students risk diminished quality in their higher education experiences. Universities function increasingly like corporations as they struggle to compensate for budget shortfalls caused by declining public support. As a result, students become positioned as consumers of a private commodity that exists to…
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Commercialization, Educational Change, Educational Quality
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Zepke, Nick – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2013
This article revisits the notion that to facilitate quality learning requires teachers in higher education to have pedagogical content knowledge. It constructs pedagogical content knowledge as a teaching and learning space that brings content and pedagogy together. On the content knowledge side, it suggests that threshold concepts, akin to a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Educational Quality, Learner Engagement
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O'Brien, Mark – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2013
This article addresses a question for those seeking to deepen engagement with nontraditional students for strategies of widening participation in the higher education setting. The question is as follows: how can the academic subject be made more "open" to what the student (and therefore also the nontraditional student) can bring to it?…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Learner Engagement
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De Grez, Luc; Valcke, Martin; Roozen, Irene – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
Assessment of oral presentation skills is an underexplored area. The study described here focuses on the agreement between professional assessment and self- and peer assessment of oral presentation skills and explores student perceptions about peer assessment. The study has the merit of paying attention to the inter-rater reliability of the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Interrater Reliability, Scoring Rubrics, Speech Skills
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Crossman, Joanne M.; Kite, Stacey L. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012
This study contributes to scant empirical investigation of peer critique of writing among heterogeneously grouped native and nonnative speakers of English, now commonplace in higher education. This mixed-methods study investigated the use of directed peer review to improve writing among graduate students, the majority of whom were nonnative…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Feedback (Response), Business Communication, Graduate Students
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Reed, Maureen J.; Kennett, Deborah J.; Lewis, Tanya; Lund-Lucas, Eunice – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2011
Positive outcomes have been reported for university preparation courses for students without disabilities. Little is known about whether these courses can offer the same benefit to students with learning disabilities and whether the inclusion of psychosocial factors, in addition to academic skills, would benefit both groups. First-level students…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Learning Disabilities, College Preparation, Program Effectiveness
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Wingate, Ursula; Andon, Nick; Cogo, Alessia – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2011
The benefits of embedding the teaching of writing into the curriculum have been advocated by educators and researchers. However, there is currently little evidence of embedded writing instruction in the UK's higher education context. In this article, we present a case study in which we report the design, implementation and evaluation of an…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Undergraduate Students, Intervention, Applied Linguistics
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Grimley, Michael; Green, Richard; Nilsen, Trond; Thompson, David; Tomes, Russell – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2011
Computer games are fun, exciting and motivational when used as leisure pursuits. But do they have similar attributes when utilized for educational purposes? This article investigates whether learning by computer game can improve student experiences compared with a more formal lecture approach and whether computer games have potential for improving…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Experience, Teaching Methods, Video Games
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Hammond, John A.; Bithell, Christine P.; Jones, Lester; Bidgood, Penelope – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2010
This study aimed to evaluate the implementation of a same-year peer-assisted learning (PAL) scheme, introduced in the first year of an undergraduate degree. The students participated in voluntary timetabled PAL sessions which encouraged a cooperative approach through student-directed activities. An action research design was used, and evaluation…
Descriptors: Research Design, Action Research, Student Motivation, Study Skills
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Vlachopoulos, Panos; Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2010
Much has been published in recent years about the desirable nature of facilitated interactions in online discussions for educational purposes. However, little has been reported about the roles that tutors actually adopt in real-life learning contexts, how these range between "tutoring", "managing" and "facilitating",…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Online Courses, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Zepke, Nick; Leach, Linda – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2010
Since the 1980s an extensive research literature has investigated how to improve student success in higher education focusing on student outcomes such as retention, completion and employability. A parallel research programme has focused on how students engage with their studies and what they, institutions and educators can do to enhance their…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizenship, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship
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Raver, Sharon A.; Maydosz, Ann S. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2010
Since the advent of PowerPoint and course delivery programs like Blackboard, more instructors in higher education are providing students with outlines of their lectures and expecting students to supplement these with their own notes. Although some have found that instructor-provided notes appear to enhance student learning, others suggest that…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Education Courses, Scores, Lecture Method
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Irvine, Naomi; Carmichael, Patrick – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Participants with teaching and research experience across eight disciplinary areas were introduced to the idea of "threshold concepts" and were then invited to identify potential threshold concepts in their own disciplines through small-scale research activities. Participants conceptualized their involvement in different ways: for some it provided…
Descriptors: English Literature, Educational Research, Reflection, Faculty Development
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Moizer, Jonathan; Lean, Jonathan; Towler, Michael; Abbey, Caroline – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Based on a categorization of simulation and gaming barriers developed in a previous study, this work seeks to explore in greater depth the composition and nature of these obstacles. It examines the interrelationships between the barriers and the impact of other contextual factors in the pedagogic environment. A series of in-depth interviews were…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Informal Education, Information Sources, Teaching Methods
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