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Mather, Jennifer A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
This paper recounts the author's experience with giving a Needs Assessment for improvement by university teachers. Subjects were from the University of Lethbridge and the 2008 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference session. Teachers at the University (n = 77) indicated they could spend 5-15 hours in teaching…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Instructional Improvement
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Tomkinson, Bland; Engel, Charles; Tomkinson, Rosemary – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
The world faces a number of complex challenges that are sometimes referred to as "wicked problems." Universities have been relatively poor at preparing graduates for such challenges, yet it will be the future professionals who need to tackle the problems. This essay looks at two related projects that have attempted to advance the skills…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Engineering Education, Science Education
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Scoboria, Alan; Sirois, Fuschia M.; Pascual-Leone, Antonio – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
In this paper, we describe our experience with a recently devised teaching method termed interteaching (Boyce & Hineline, 2002). This educational approach provides a rich rehearsal of material, and emphasizes student engagement, peer discussion, and student/instructor interaction. We describe the method, provide pragmatic tips for…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Wells, Elizabeth A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Students come to university with diverse tastes, experiences, and backgrounds, yet we often want them to embrace a body of aesthetics, philosophies, and ideologies that reflect the material we and our established disciplines value as central. However, by using their own backgrounds as a basis for exploration, discovery, and sharing, students can…
Descriptors: Student Centered Curriculum, Assignments, Music Education, Educational History
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McLachlin, Derek T. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Music can be used in lectures to increase student engagement and help students retain information. In this paper, I describe my use of biochemistry-related lyrics written to the tune of the theme to the television show, The Flintstones, in a large class setting (400-800 students). To determine student perceptions, the class was surveyed several…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biochemistry, Science Instruction, College Students
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Harlow, Jason; Kushnir, Lena Paulo; Bank, Charly; Browning, Scott; Clarke, Jim; Cordon, Anne; Harrison, David; Ing, Karen; Kutas, Cecilia; Serbanescu, Ruxandra – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Classroom response systems (clickers) are used in many courses at the University of Toronto (U of T), primarily to introduce interactive pedagogy and to engage students in lecture courses. We examined the use of clickers in various courses at U of T and interviewed over 30 instructors about their use of clickers in classes with a total enrolment…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Audience Response Systems, College Students, Educational Strategies
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Richardson, Roxanne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
International students share a host of problems. For many, it is the first time they leave home and soon discover that their new host country has traditions, cultures, and educational standards that differ from their own. The initial excitement upon arrival is often followed by a difficult period of adjustment. As university instructors, we must…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Faculty, Student Adjustment, Acculturation
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Gravestock, Pamela; Greenleaf, Emily; Boggs, Andrew M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Student evaluation of courses and teaching at universities remains a highly contentious and divisive topic. Emotions and anecdotal evidence can overrule conclusions drawn from research on the validity and design of course evaluations. However, even amongst researchers, there is significant disagreement on the efficacy of course and teaching…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Attitudes
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Page, Stewart; Cramer, Kenneth M.; Page, Laura – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
We present a data-based perspective concerning the recent "Maclean's" magazine rankings of Canadian universities, including cluster and other analyses of the 2007 and 2008 data. Canadian universities empirically resemble and relate to each other in a manner different from their formal classification and final rank ordering in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Well Being, Periodicals, Reputation
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Wolstenholme, Janet Z-K.; Evers, Fred – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
"Transition from school to work" courses are an excellent way to help fourth-year university students as they complete their studies and prepare for the world of work. In this paper we present "The Bases of Competence" (Evers, Rush, & Berdrow, 1998), a model of the advanced skills used by university graduates in the…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Portfolios (Background Materials), College Seniors, Models
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Fornssler, Cathie M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Universities want to encourage faculty to keep curricula up-to-date and innovative, yet faculty dread the prospect of arguing about course and program changes with college and university curriculum committees--which are overworked and overwhelmed with detail. The Course Challenge Procedure (CCP) at the University of Saskatchewan is a collegial yet…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Administration
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Prendi, Lindita; Hamilton, Beverley; Henshaw, Paul – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
Conferences are a great way to exchange ideas, communicate research findings, network, and more. However, as a teaching and learning community, we are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmental sustainability. The 2008 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference organizers chose "A World of…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Energy Conservation, Conservation (Environment), Sustainability
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Wells, Elizabeth A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
As well as content, what are we teaching our students and what opportunities can we take to influence their current and future success as graduate students, professionals, and contributors to a wider society? One thing we can teach them is a sense of professionalism; however, that is defined in different disciplines and varying career paths. By…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, College Students, College Faculty, Student Participation
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Macdonald, Geraldine; MacDonnell, Judith A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
In this paper, the authors engage in a dialogue to illustrate their teaching practice with experiential arts-based diversity learning. The adult education theoretical frameworks of transformative learning/unlearning and experiential learning frame the paper. Examples of experiential arts-based diversity learning include: participating in…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Transformative Learning, Experiential Learning, Art Education
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Taylor, Laura E. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2008
The use of rituals in the classroom can enrich and enhance learning. They can also build a sense of community and belonging which in turn makes the classroom a safer place to risk sharing ideas and engaging in class discussion. Rituals also bring closure to a particular segment of the class learning experience or for the class itself. How many…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Learner Engagement
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