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Reid, Robin Elizabeth – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Changing demographics at post-secondary institutions in Canada provide opportunities for intercultural learning. Curricular design that engages domestic and international students can result in new ways of knowing, seeing, and understanding multiple perspectives of and connections to place. This paper draws on students' reflections to highlight…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Tourism, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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Coletta, Giulia; Kamran, Rakshan; Khan, Ayesha; Dej, Kim; Pritchard, Janet M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Community service learning (CSL) activities in undergraduate programs are associated with improvements in self-efficacy (confidence related to performing a specific task) and academic achievement. This study aimed to understand the impact of a CSL assignment on self-efficacy related to teaching community members about evidence-based nutrition and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Self Efficacy, Service Learning, Nutrition Instruction
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Haave, Neil; Keus, Kelly; Simpson, Tonya – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This study analyzed the effect of a learning philosophy assignment on students' intellectual development and mastery of first-year biology and second-year biochemistry course content. We used pre- and post-surveys to assess students' cognitive complexity, and compared students' midterm and final exam marks to assess mastery of course content. The…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Philosophy, Assignments, Intellectual Development
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Jeppesen, Alison; Joyce, Brenda – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Does participation in a reflective teaching development program transform educators? In a three-year teaching development program, faculty met in small interdisciplinary groups with peer facilitators and used online resources to complement their learning activities. The first two cohorts of participants found that involvement in a teaching…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Faculty Development, Peer Teaching, Group Activities
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Mathany, Clarke; Dodd, Jason – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Podcast assignments in higher education foster students' deep engagement in course content, knowledge construction, technical skills, and problem-solving abilities. We designed a podcast assignment in a First Year Seminar course based on student-led interviews comparing theoretical concepts to lived experiences of the interviewees. Students were…
Descriptors: Interviews, Assignments, Video Technology, Protocol Materials
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Sharen, Colleen; Feltham, Mark; Braecker, Michelle – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
This essay describes an undergraduate research project involving collaboration among two professors and a student. The result, a business case about the student's workplace, was ultimately presented at an academic conference and is now under consideration for publication. We describe the circumstances that led to the project, its outcomes, and our…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Assignments, Class Activities, Case Studies
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Cassidy, Alice; Fu, Guopeng; Valley, Will; Lomas, Cyprien; Jovel, Eduardo; Riseman, Andrew – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Flexible Learning (FL) is a pedagogical approach allowing for flexibility of time, place, and audience, including but not solely focused on the use of technologies. We describe Flexible Learning as a pedagogical approach in four courses framed by three key themes: 1) objectives and aspects of course design, 2) evaluation and assessment, and 3)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Didicher, Nicky – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This practice-sharing piece outlines two main approaches to flexible summative assessment schemes, including for each approach one example from my practice and another from a published study. The bento approach offers the same assessments to all students but a variety of grade weighting schemes, allowing students to change weighting during the…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Grading, Weighted Scores, Evaluation Methods
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Samson, Patricia L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) can be a transformative teaching methodology that supports a dialogical learning atmosphere that can transcend the traditional classroom and inspire excellence in students by linking real life experiences with the curriculum. It supports a sense of inquiry that incorporates both experiential learning and the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Learning Strategies, Active Learning, Student Motivation
Woolf, Jules – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Research skills are a valued commodity by industry and university administrators. Despite the importance placed on these skills students typically dislike taking research method courses where these skills are learned. However, training in research skills does not necessarily have to be confined to these courses. In this study participants at a…
Descriptors: Research Skills, Methods Courses, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques
Fox, Joanne A.; Baloy, Natalie; Sens, Allen – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC), UBC Mix creates interdisciplinary learning experiences for students by developing partnerships between existing courses, and between existing courses and other learning opportunities. UBC Mix connects faculty members interested in making their courses more interdisciplinary, and facilitates…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Methods
Watson, Gavan Peter Longley; Kenny, Natasha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Critical reflection is a highly valued and widely applied learning approach in higher education. There are many benefits associated with engaging in critical reflection, and it is often integrated into the design of graduate level courses on university teaching as a life-long learning strategy to help ensure that learners build their capacity as…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Critical Thinking, Reflection, Foreign Countries
Reid, Robin Elizabeth – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
Drawing from a research project with the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and from place based curriculum and literature, this paper explores the effectiveness of a student-created half hour walking tour and postcard assignment as a way of deepening student engagement with course content and the local community. The project was designed to engage…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Assignments, Learner Engagement, School Community Relationship
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Simmons, Nicola – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
Graduate students use existing knowledge and are ultimately expected to add to that knowledge. Students in a Masters of Education entry course were asked to find a Wikipedia page related to the course topics, critique it, and make improvements to it to begin to develop these skills. In this paper, I examine ways in which their perspectives were…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Criticism, Graduate Students, Electronic Publishing
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Duenkel, Nicky – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
This paper encourages shifts in praxis to promote the thoughtful inclusion of creativity into higher education assignments in order to broaden and deepen student experience, and offer greater integration between required assignments and the complexity of students' lives. Obstacles to integrating creativity into academia are also briefly explored.…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Creative Activities, Student Surveys, College Faculty
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