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Duarte, Paulo – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
Despite the widespread use of blogs in higher education, there remains a lack of knowledge and consensus about the use and value of blogging in higher education, particularly when used for long periods. This article investigates the use of a group blog to assist traditional teaching activities and foster collaborative learning through the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Higher Education
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Myyry, Liisa; Joutsenvirta, Taina – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
The aim of this study was to investigate university students' experiences of open-book, open-web online examinations compared to traditional class examinations concerning preparing, responding, and learning. The data (N?=?110) were collected by an online survey from the university students who took an online examination. The students used…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, College Students, Student Experience, Comparative Analysis
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Clark, Gordon; Marsden, Rebecca; Whyatt, J. Duncan; Thompson, Leanne; Walker, Marion – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
This article explores students' extracurricular activities and, uniquely, their short- and long-term effects on employability. Drawing on the literature, six research questions are identified. A questionnaire and interviews with alumni provide the quantitative and qualitative information needed. The effects of different extracurricular activities…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Employment Potential, Alumni, Questionnaires
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Smith, Sally; Smith, Colin; Caddell, Martha – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
Students can benefit from applying their emerging skillsets through a work placement, both in terms of consolidating their learning and in gaining a better appreciation of their subject area. However, the main motivation for students in completing a work placement is in their increased employability skills. The aim of this study is to identify the…
Descriptors: Work Experience Programs, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Employer Attitudes
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Chamberlain, John Martyn; Hillier, John; Signoretta, Paola – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
This article reports the results of research concerned with students' statistical anxiety and confidence to both complete and learn to complete statistical tasks. Data were collected at the beginning and end of a quantitative method statistics module. Students recognised the value of numeracy skills but felt they were not necessarily relevant for…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Statistics
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Campbell, Chris; Monk, Sue – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
Described in this study is a learner response system (clickers) used with first-year undergraduate students in a small group setting. The aim of the project was to address issues faced by us all as we seek to improve class participation, as well as engage students in lectures and tutorials throughout the course. Data collection for this case study…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Audience Response Systems, Undergraduate Students, Case Studies
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Robinson, Leslie; Harris, Ann; Burton, Rob – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
This qualitative study investigated the complex social aspects of communication required for students to participate effectively in Problem-Based Learning and explored how these dynamics are managed. The longitudinal study of a group of first-year undergraduates examined interactions using Rapport Management as a framework to analyse communication…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Problem Based Learning, College Freshmen
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Hébert, Ali; Hauf, Petra – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2015
Although anecdotal evidence and research alike espouse the benefits of service learning, some researchers have suggested that more rigorous testing is required in order to determine its true effect on students. This is particularly true in the case of academic development, which has been inconsistently linked to service learning. It has been…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Student Development, Citizenship Responsibility, Interpersonal Competence
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Micari, Marina; Pazos, Pilar – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
Small-group learning has become commonplace in education at all levels. While it has been shown to have many benefits, previous research has demonstrated that it may not always work to the advantage of every student. One potential problem is that less-prepared students may feel anxious about participating, for fear of looking "dumb" in…
Descriptors: Social Cognition, Cooperative Learning, Self Concept, Anxiety
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Cowan, John – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
The principles advocated in the widely acclaimed keynote texts on reflection have nominally been followed for over 30 years in educational programmes and schemes for professional development. This article was prompted by the impression that practice and theorising reported in publications about journal writing does not consistently endorse the…
Descriptors: Journal Writing, Reflection, Metacognition, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Carmichael, Anna M.; Krueger, Lacy E. – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
The study examined potential factors and attitudes associated with providing fraudulent academic claims. A total of 319 students completed an online survey which involved reading a vignette about an incomplete assignment. Participants reported whether they would contact their instructor to gain an extension, expressed their confidence in the…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Assignments, Vignettes, Student Attitudes
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Prestridge, Sarah – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
In their advertising campaigns, universities depict students using computers, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and tablets as learning devices. Regardless of the marketing used, there is value in enlisting the advantages of any medium that can aid deep thinking and increase student engagement. This study offers new knowledge about conceptualising…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Social Networks
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Qenani, Eivis; MacDougall, Neal; Sexton, Carol – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
Employability of graduates has taken more prominence in recent years due to the bleak economic situation, the impact of student debt, and an increasingly competitive global labor market. Given the substantial individual and public investment made in higher education, it is particularly important that graduates are employable upon graduation. The…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, College Graduates, College Role, Regression (Statistics)
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Stolk, Jonathan; Harari, Janie – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
It is well established that active learning helps students engage in high-level thinking strategies and develop improved cognitive skills. Motivation and self-regulated learning research, however, illustrates that cognitive engagement is an effortful process that is related to students' valuing of the learning tasks, adoption of internalized goal…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Active Learning, Learner Engagement, Thinking Skills
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Heinrich, Eva – Active Learning in Higher Education, 2014
Many academic development initiatives build on community-based approaches, such as communities of practice or learning communities. While these initiatives are largely successful for the individual academics involved, low participation rates prevent wide-reaching impact on learning about teaching. The research discussed in this article aims at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, College Faculty, College Instruction
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