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McHeimech, Zeinab – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Can we effectively integrate Deaf students into our post-secondary classes before recognizing and listening to them? Studies indicate that Deaf students continue to struggle, be silenced, and experience isolation when mainstreamed. Deaf students, or second-language students, inevitably develop new identities once included; however, we cannot…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Student Diversity
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Force, Kristin A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This essay will demonstrate that the teaching development graduate assistant (TDGA) program at the Centre for the Support of Teaching, York University, creates a chain of teaching support between the TDGA coordinator, TDGAs, teaching assistants, faculty, and undergraduate students within a heavily populated university. The importance of teaching…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, College Faculty, Undergraduate Students
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Berry, Dave; Korpan, Cynthia – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This paper describes the implementation of a peer observation program at the University of Victoria called the Lecture Club. The observers are not interactive during the class--they are the proverbial flies on the wall. The paper identifies the program as self-developmental, discussing the attributes of this learning-to-teach and peer-sharing…
Descriptors: Observation, Program Implementation, Program Descriptions, Classroom Observation Techniques
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Westphalen, Linda – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
In the School of Education at the University of Adelaide, the use of oral evidence is increasingly common as students engage with reflective practices now dominant in teacher-education programs. These experiences offer both a dynamic perspective and a challenge to academic assessors and raise three questions, each of which are addressed in this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Prior Learning, Knowledge Level
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Morton, Mavis – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This paper will highlight an innovate practice in teaching and learning by reflecting on two fourth-year sociology seminar classes that participated in a community-based learning project at York University. Fifty students collaborated in three to six person teams to work on a problem/issue identified by one of five not-for-profit organizations who…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Service Learning, School Community Relationship, School Community Programs
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Newton, Janice – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
If a liberal arts education should prepare our students to participate in a meaningful way in democracy, what does that mean for how we design our courses across disciplines? In this paper, I first address the question: who should teach democratic skills? Using an upper-level course in Canadian politics, I then illustrate how to explicitly…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Curriculum Design, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ling, Peter – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Most universities in Australia have established at least one organizational unit with a responsibility for academic development. While "academic" could embrace all aspects of the role of academics, including research, innovation, and contributions to community and professional bodies, the expectation is that the focus will be on learning…
Descriptors: Universities, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Surveys
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Wright, Nichole S.; Gragg, Marcia N.; Cramer, Kenneth M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Undergraduate classes typically involve a professor lecturing to 100 or more students. Too often, this results in minimal opportunities for student participation. Positive reinforcement was used to promote student participation (i.e., defined as relevant comments or questions) in a second-year psychology class (N = 97). Class participation was…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Positive Reinforcement, Psychology
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Rotheram, Bob – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Feedback on student work is problematic for faculty and students in British higher education. Evaluation feedback takes faculty much time to produce and students are often dissatisfied with its quantity, timing, and clarity. The Sounds Good project has been experimenting with the use of digital audio for feedback, aiming to save faculty time and…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Learning Experience, Teaching Methods
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Carter, Irene; Coyle, James P.; Leslie, Donald R. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
The authors discuss the challenges of transferring from college to university programs. Following consideration of the practices associated with transferring credits and creating articulation agreements, the authors suggest the use of learning outcomes. Noting the challenges, as well as the benefits, they propose using learning outcomes as an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Transfer Students, Transfer Policy, College Credits
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Barrett, Betty J. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
In this essay, I describe my experience applying the principles of feminist group process in a senior level social science course. I begin by providing an overview of feminist pedagogy as an approach to teaching and learning and discuss the relevance of feminist group process within this model. I then highlight the core components of feminist…
Descriptors: Feminism, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Seminars
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Santhanam, Elizabeth; Paulusz, Wendy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
The Faculty of Engineering in an Australian university collaborated with a central academic/educational development unit to design and deliver a teaching development program for all engineering teaching assistants (TAs). This paper discusses the approach taken to promote inclusive education in engineering in a situation with competing priorities.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, Teaching Assistants
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Moraru, Andreea; LeBoutillier, Janelle C. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This study proposes an innovative instructional method for enhancing critical reading skills. Students enrolled in an undergraduate neuroscience course offered at the University of Toronto Scarborough reported that they often experience difficulty in analyzing and interpreting empirical and review journal articles. Our research focuses on student…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Reading, Reading Skills, Neurosciences
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Woodhouse, Ros; Dence, Carole – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This paper builds on an inquiry process initiated during a session at the 2008 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference. The goal was to promote scholarly research on teaching, learning, and educational development in Canadian post-secondary institutions by identifying and prioritizing research issues, and emerging…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Research and Development, Educational Research, Instructional Improvement
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Hickson, Clive; Wilson, Margaret – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Similar to faculty development offerings at other North American post-secondary institutions, the University of Alberta has delivered orientations and short programs that primarily focus on teaching techniques. While this type of professional development is an important element of enhancing teaching, the literature stresses the need for learning…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Foreign Countries, Professional Development
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