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Yeo, Michelle; Boman, Jennifer; Mooney, Julie A.; Phillipson, Andrea; dos Santos, Luciana da Rosa; Smith, Erika E. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
This paper describes the development of a three-phase approach our team of educational developers finds useful in curriculum projects in our Teaching and Learning Centre. Informed by the literature on the importance of flexibility and iteration (Knight, 2001; Wolf, 2007) and an orientation towards Appreciative Inquiry (Srivastra & Cooperrider,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Vignettes, Teaching Methods, Higher Education
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Hull, Kerry; Lawford, Heather; Hood, Suzanne; Oliveira, Vanessa; Murray, Michele; Trempe, Maxime; Crooks, Jamie; Jensen, Murray – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
The increased prevalence and severity of academic-related distress is of significant concern on college campuses. Of particular relevance to instructors is the anxiety relating to classroom teaching and evaluation practices. Sources of evaluation anxiety include student uncertainty about the nature of the expected demands as well as their ability…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Test Anxiety, Student Evaluation
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Reid, Robin Elizabeth – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Changing demographics at post-secondary institutions in Canada provide opportunities for intercultural learning. Curricular design that engages domestic and international students can result in new ways of knowing, seeing, and understanding multiple perspectives of and connections to place. This paper draws on students' reflections to highlight…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Tourism, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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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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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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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; Leger, Andy; Riel, Annie – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This paper examines the effect of the architectural layout of two classrooms (one flexible and one less-flexible) on Teaching Assistants' (TAs) movement and interactions with students. Four TAs from a first-year undergraduate introductory course were chosen for the two studies. In study 1, the TAs taught the same lesson twice to two groups of…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Classrooms, Undergraduate Students, Classroom Design
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Kanevsky, Lannie; Xin, Cindy; Ram, Ilana – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In this paper, we describe and investigate small group discussions of assigned readings in an online version of a "triple-entry activity" in a blended course used an annotation tool, "Marginalia". We wondered if students would interact in this structured, critical, reflective reading activity as effectively online as they had…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Student Attitudes
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Cockcroft, Robert; Symons, Sarah L.; Goff, Lori; Knorr, Kris; Robinson, Sarah J.; van Wersch, Genevi̬ve; Charney, Devra; Farquharson, Michael J. РCollected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Transitioning to university can be a daunting endeavour, with student success dependent on a myriad of effects (Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). Understanding how to navigate university systems, who to meet, how to get help, how to study, and what goals to set can be hard to grasp (Valle et al., 2003). We provide an overview of the new…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, College Science, College Freshmen, Mentors
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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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Kustra, Erika; Doci, Florida; Gillard, Kaitlyn; Hondzel, Catharine Dishke; Goff, Lori; Gabay, Danielle; Meadows, Ken N.; Borin, Paola; Wolf, Peter; Ellis, Donna; Eiliat, Hoda; Grose, Jill; Dawson, Debra L.; Hughes, Sandy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
An institutional culture that values teaching is likely to lead to improved student learning. The main focus of this study was to determine faculty, graduate and undergraduate students' perception of the teaching culture at their institution and identify indicators of that teaching culture. Themes included support for teaching development; support…
Descriptors: Organizational Culture, College Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Ferenc, Anna – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
This article discusses transformation of passive knowledge receptivity into experiences of deep learning in a lecture-based music theory course at the second-year undergraduate level through implementation of collaborative projects that evoke natural critical learning environments. It presents an example of such a project, addresses key features…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Music Education, Majors (Students), Honors Curriculum