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Visser, Rebecca; Flynn, Alison B. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
Organic chemistry has its own representational language and as with any language, any barrier with the language makes understanding the message difficult. In this article, we describe the design of an open education resource that empowers students to master this language. We also describe the structure and findings of a pilot study designed to…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Resource Units, Technology Uses in Education, Vocabulary
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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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Poole, Heather; Khan, Ayesha; Agnew, Michael – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
More and more Canadian post-secondary institutions are introducing a fall break into their term calendars. In 2015, a full week fall break was introduced at our university in order to enhance academic performance and improve mental health amongst students. Our interdisciplinary team surveyed undergraduate students at our university about their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Students
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Chen, Victoria – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Education is meant to open your mind, but is that what universities are really doing? Rather than fostering open-minded thinking, the format of lecturing, the lack of interaction among students and instructors, and the passive nature of learning are likely producing the opposite, students with closed-minds. The development and implementation of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Undergraduate Students, Classroom Environment