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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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McFarlane, Jessica Motherwell – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
How can creating a simple stick figure comic help us tell -- and deeply listen to -- true stories of social injustice and practice anti-oppression strategies? More specifically, how can creating a series of stick-figure comics help learners enhance their understanding of the Indigenous Peoples' testimonies in the Truth and Reconciliation Report…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Cartoons, Literacy, Story Telling
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Haave, Neil; Keus, Kelly; Simpson, Tonya – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This study analyzed the effect of a learning philosophy assignment on students' intellectual development and mastery of first-year biology and second-year biochemistry course content. We used pre- and post-surveys to assess students' cognitive complexity, and compared students' midterm and final exam marks to assess mastery of course content. The…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Philosophy, Assignments, Intellectual Development
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Mengel, Thomas; Tantawy, Maha – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
This study at a small Canadian university describes the student-centered re-design of a course about social entrepreneurship. The project was aimed at improving students' engagement and satisfaction. Our data suggests that the course redesign improved students' learning experience, clarity of course requirements, and students' self-directed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Entrepreneurship, Student Centered Learning
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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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Cockcroft, Robert; Symons, Sarah L.; Goff, Lori; Knorr, Kris; Robinson, Sarah J.; van Wersch, Geneviève; Charney, Devra; Farquharson, Michael J. – Collected 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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Didicher, Nicky – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
This practice-sharing piece outlines two main approaches to flexible summative assessment schemes, including for each approach one example from my practice and another from a published study. The bento approach offers the same assessments to all students but a variety of grade weighting schemes, allowing students to change weighting during the…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Grading, Weighted Scores, Evaluation Methods
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Samson, Patricia L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) can be a transformative teaching methodology that supports a dialogical learning atmosphere that can transcend the traditional classroom and inspire excellence in students by linking real life experiences with the curriculum. It supports a sense of inquiry that incorporates both experiential learning and the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Learning Strategies, Active Learning, Student Motivation
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Riddell, Jessica – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
This paper explores ways in which frequent feedback and clear assessment criteria can improve students' essay writing performance in a first-year English literature course. Students (n = 68) completed a series of three scaffolded exercises over the course of a semester, where they evaluated undergraduate essays using a predetermined assessment…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Essays, Expository Writing, Introductory Courses
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Feltham, Mark; Sharen, Colleen – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Students often express surprise at their grades on papers. This gap between expectation and achievement may stem in part from lack of facility with revision strategies. How, then, can teachers work with their students to foster more effective revisions? This question in teaching and learning has inspired an interdisciplinary collaboration: one of…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Revision (Written Composition), Metacognition, Writing Processes
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Hunt, Gary; Baldwin, Lyn; Tsui, Ernest; Matthews, Les – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
In May 2007, the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Science established an ad hoc subcommittee to develop a new student ratings of teaching survey. The final survey, approved by the Faculty in February 2011, includes statements categorized in the dimensions of teaching shown in previous studies to be correlated with student achievement. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Measures (Individuals), College Faculty
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Ballard, Andy – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to share my experiences as the instructor of a full-time, single semester, service-learning capstone course. In this innovative course students already volunteering in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization work in teams to identify community needs and address them using their business skills and knowledge…
Descriptors: Service Learning, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Outreach Programs
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Marcoux, Sarah; Marken, Liv; Yu, Stan – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
This paper describes the results of a pilot project designed to improve students' academic writing in a large (200-student) first-year Agriculture class at the University of Saskatchewan. In collaboration with the course's professor, the Writing Centre coordinator and a summer student designed curriculum for four two-hour Writing Group sessions…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, College Freshmen, Group Activities
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Williams, Jane – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
This study presents a project undertaken to address a potential problem in getting new students to engage with their academic life. In September 2009, a new course design was introduced into the BA (Hons) Education program at the University of Wales, Newport. The course team was keen to ensure this new development did not lead to a fragmentation…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Participation, School Orientation, Information Literacy
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Eng, Edward; Febria, Catherine – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Students seek unique experiences to obtain and enhance professional development skills and to prepare for future careers. Through the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program (LTSPP), a voluntary science outreach program at University of Toronto Scarborough, students are given the opportunity to continually improve on skills which include: the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Skill Development, College Students
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