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McIntosh, Emily A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article argues that peer learning, specifically Peer Assisted Study Sessions, supported by academic tutors, is a valuable part of the agenda to emphasise the social mission of higher education. This study draws on data collected at two time points from respondents who were trained as Peer Assisted Study Sessions leaders. The data reveal that…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Tutors, Creativity, Innovation
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Allen, Peter J.; Tonta, Kate E.; Haywood, Sophie B.; Pereira, Raphael M.; Roberts, Lynne D. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Peer-assisted study session attendance is associated with multiple indicators of student success. However, attendance levels are generally low. We applied an extended theory of planned behaviour model, incorporating student role identity, to the prediction of peer-assisted study session attendance. Participants were 254 undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Study Habits, Undergraduate Students, Social Attitudes
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Chan, Stephen C. F.; Ngai, Grace; Kwan, Kam-por – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
At many universities, there is a growing realization that the university owes a social responsibility to the community. Society invests in its citizens through the university, and the university empowers its students to realize their potential, both as competent professionals and as responsible citizens. This requires the cultivation of attributes…
Descriptors: Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Social Responsibility, Student Attitudes
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Ellis, Robert A.; Bliuc, Ana-Marie – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
As online learning technologies are becoming an integral part of the learning experience at university, the quality of student learning is increasingly shaped by their experience of using these new artefacts. In many cases, the research frameworks investigating the contribution of online learning technologies to quality outcomes are yet to have…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Experience, Educational Quality, Cognitive Style
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Mahoney, John W.; Harris-Reeves, Brooke – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Collaborative testing has been shown to enhance student performance compared to individual testing. It is suggested that collaborative testing promotes higher order thinking, but research has yet to explore this assumption directly. The aim of this study was to explore the benefits of collaborative testing on overall performance, as well as…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Roberts, David – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
An important contemporary challenge to the large-group lecture in higher education is that it encourages passive learning which is claimed to be out of sync with academic rhetoric and social needs. Attempts to change this practice have salvaged some aspects of the higher education experience for students, but they have not transformed the learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Visual Aids, Imagery, Higher Education
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Geertshuis, Susan A. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Few studies have assessed the particular relationships between students' emotional well-being, both positive and negative and their learning. This study followed a cohort of mature students through their first semester at university. Four dimensions of emotional well-being were captured (enthusiasm, contentment, anxiety and depression) at three…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Well Being, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education
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Law, Anna S.; Stock, Rosemary – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Research has demonstrated that learning is impaired if students multitask with media while encountering new information. However, some have gone further and suggested that media-multitasking (as a general activity) may have a negative impact on cognitive control processes. If this were the case, students who are heavy media-multitaskers generally…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Attention Control, Time Management, Academic Achievement
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Wrigley, Stuart – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
This article discusses and challenges the increasing use of plagiarism detection services such as Turnitin and Grammarly by students, arguing that the increasingly online nature of composition is having a profound effect on student composition processes. This dependence on the Internet is leading to a strategy I term 'de-plagiarism', in which…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Essays, Writing Processes, Computer Software
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González-Betancor, Sara M; Bolívar-Cruz, Alicia; Verano-Tacoronte, Domingo – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2019
Self-assessment activities are increasingly popular in the classrooms. But regarding self-assessment accuracy, mixed results are reported without clear reasons for this. This article addresses the impact of gender and performance on self-assessment accuracy. To evaluate self-assessment accuracy, peer and professor assessments are used as…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Accuracy, Higher Education, College Students
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Pitt, Adele; Oprescu, Florin; Tapia, Geraldine; Gray, Marion – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Studying at university can be a very stressful experience. Although the literature provides some information regarding different sources of stress among students, studies have not addressed the issue of changes over the course progression. This study aimed to obtain a deeper understanding of the sources of stress for first-year students and…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Mixed Methods Research, Longitudinal Studies, Focus Groups
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Serrano, Maria Martinez; O'Brien, Mark; Roberts, Krystal; Whyte, David – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Current forms of marketisation in university systems create pressures towards purely ends-focused expectations among students and have implications for learning and assessment processes. The potential harm that these trends have on "learning" should be resisted by educators and students alike. Critical Pedagogy approaches offer one way…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Student Evaluation, Higher Education, Interviews
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Livingstone, Nicola; Naismith, Nicola – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
The role of an academic mentor is typically diverse, discipline specific and institutionally heterogeneous. Mentoring relationships are commonplace, yet the experience and delivery of mentoring in universities reflect a broad spectrum of approaches and execution. This article reflects on the pedagogic evolution of mentoring, examining the student…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Mentors, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Holmes, Naomi – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Student engagement is intrinsically linked to two important metrics in learning: student satisfaction and the quality of the student experience. One of the ways that engagement can be influenced is through careful curriculum design. Using the knowledge that many students are "assessment-driven," a low-stakes continuous weekly summative…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Evaluation, Curriculum Design, Summative Evaluation
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Gerholz, Karl-Heinz; Liszt, Verena; Klingsieck, Katrin B. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2018
Students participate during service learning courses in a service project, which fits to a community need and has a link to curricular content. Students have a chance while engaged in the service project to apply curricular content in community practice, where they gain insights into civic engagement activities. Empirical studies revealed the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Curriculum Design, Teaching Methods, Intervention
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