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Hanley-Dafoe, Robyne; Bruce, Cathy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
How can universities ensure that the first-year learning experiences are purposeful, personal, and transformative? This study explores challenges post-secondary institutions face in the ever-changing landscape of first-year teaching and learning. It spanned 18 months and included surveys, reflections, and an environmental scan of 92 first-year…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Surveys, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Lockhart, Wallace; Wuetherick, Brad; Joorisity, Nola – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This paper presents perspectives and outcomes from a multi-stage research project focused on improving understandings of foundations for student success. The research has shifted from a focus on the phenomenon (developing an understanding of student diversity and its impacts on student success), to experimental research (studying the impact or…
Descriptors: Success, Research Projects, Business Administration Education, Student Diversity
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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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Ahmad, Arshad; Stockley, Denise; Smith, Ron; Hastings-Truelove, Amber – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
In 2016 the 3M National Teaching Fellowship reached a milestone in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first fellowship in 1986. The fellowship is the premier award of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and each year up to 10 fellows are announced. Thus far, there has not been a systematic review or evaluation of the…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Fellowships, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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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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Briseño-Garzón, Adriana; Han, Andrea; Birol, Gülnur; Bates, Simon; Whitehead, Lorne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In October 2014, the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus (UBCV) ran a campus-wide survey to establish baseline information on teaching practices and attitudes among faculty, to measure the impact of existing teaching and learning initiatives and to identify the conditions leading to change in practices and attitudes around teaching.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Higher Education, Research Universities