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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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Chen, Victoria – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Course instructors often rely on student participation to increase interaction and learning in the classroom. However, while verbalizing thoughts can help students learn, students in this study felt that frequency of contributions was often rewarded over quality. They called this "verbal diarrhea" and explained how prominent it was in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Interaction, College Students
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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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Pierre, Danielle – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Oppression and marginalization of people who identify as LGBTQ+ persist on university campuses despite their right to be free of discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. In an attempt to highlight the real and detrimental impacts of normative heterosexual and cisgender ideologies on Ontarian students the Ontario Undergraduate Student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Gender Issues
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Murray, Jacqueline; Lachowsky, Nathan John; Green, Natalie – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Online courses are increasing in popularity while universities are using first-year seminars to address the challenges of large impersonal classes, lack of student engagement, and increased skills development. Could the learning experience and benefits of an in-person first-year seminar be achieved through an online distance education (DE) format?…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Online Courses, Student Experience
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Beres, Jacqueline L.; Dixon, Jess C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Although previous studies have offered empirical and anecdotal support for academic mentoring, there are still considerable gaps in understanding the specific actions or components that are present in these relationships. Research has shown that academic faculty mentors provide all of Kram's (1988) mentoring functions to their graduate student…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Higher Education, Mentors, Friendship
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Manarin, Karen; McGrath, April; Carey, Miriam – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This article describes a model for supporting undergraduate research that can be adapted for very different classroom contexts; we implemented this model in a first-year general education composition class, a second-year Psychology class and a fourth-year English literature seminar. We examine student work created for each class as well as…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Student Attitudes
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Johnson, E. Marcia – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
This paper reports on the results of a two-year study into threshold concepts (TCs) in doctoral writing. The findings informed the development of a thinking to write strategy (the 4x4) that has been implemented as part of a pan-university doctoral writing programme at a New Zealand university.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Writing Processes, Writing Instruction
Kearns, Laura-Lee; Kukner, Jennifer Mitton; Tompkins, Joanne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
In this article we share the impact of a training program (Positive Space I and Positive Space II) on pre-service teachers' understandings of and abilities to create safe spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queering/Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and allies in our teacher-education program and in schools. Research has demonstrated…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Consciousness Raising, Educational Environment, School Safety
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Cunningham, Natashia; Knorr, Kris; Lock, Pippa E.; Vajoczki, Susan L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
This study examined some of the factors that influence students' transition from Ontario high school chemistry to university introductory chemistry. The study was a mixed-methods, multi-phase research study carried out by an undergraduate honours thesis student who had experienced some of these transition issues. Students' transition into…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools, College Science
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Marche, Tammy A.; Briere, Jennifer L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
Research points to the pedagogical value of an engaged and community service-learning approach to developing understanding of course content (Astin, Vogelgesang, Ikeda, & Yee, 2000). To help students achieve a better understanding of how the discipline of psychology contributes to the discipline of law, some students in a second year…
Descriptors: Law Enforcement, Interviews, Student Research, Teaching Methods
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Nguyen, Trien; Trimarchi, Angela; Williams, Julia – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
In the field of second language acquisition, discipline-specific language instruction is becoming widely known as Content and Language Integrated Learning. This method includes any activity that involves teaching a subject in a second language for the purpose of teaching both the subject content and the language. Research has shown that this two…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Economics Education, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Students
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Johnson, E. Marcia – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
In response to recent social, economic, and pedagogical challenges to tertiary-level teaching and learning, universities are increasingly investigating and adopting eLearning as a way to engage and motivate students. This paper reports on the first of a two-year (2009-2010) qualitative case study research project in New Zealand. A snapshot of each…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Environment, Teamwork, Cooperative Planning
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Longman, David; Green, Kerie – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
This paper argues that the emerging post-print digital culture of knowledge creation and dissemination in higher education is even more demanding of effective and committed teaching than hitherto. This may run counter to a widespread view that the digital environment reduces the need for a strong culture of teaching, to be replaced by an…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Pidduck, Anne Banks – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
This paper explores the relationship between electronic social networks, teaching, and learning. Previous studies have shown a strong positive correlation between student engagement and learning. By extending this work to engage instructors and add an electronic component, our study shows possible teaching improvement as well. In particular,…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Correlation
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