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Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
This paper presents the observations and reflections of four faculty members who developed experiential online learning pathways for students in diverse professional programs. In relation to programmatic expectations of Nursing, Education and Business, the challenges and opportunities for experiential online learning design are discussed. In…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Experiential Learning, Professional Education, Undergraduate Students
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Dawson, Debra L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
This paper examines levers or drivers that have influenced the direction of educational development in Canada over the last 40 years and also tries to predict what will be the impact of some current levers on changing the work of developers in the next 20 years. Reflecting on those years, it is apparent our work in the 1980s was very focused on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Educational Change, Educational Trends
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Rawle, Fiona; Bowen, Tracey; Murck, Barbara; Hong, Rosa Junghwa – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Curriculum mapping can be used to document, align, visualize, and assess curricular data, such as learning outcomes, assessment materials, instructional techniques, and student pre- and post-testing scores. A cross-disciplinary Curriculum Mapping Initiative currently underway at the University of Toronto Mississauga aims to: (1) develop guidelines…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Concept Mapping, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Strategies
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Groen, Jovan F. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Stemming from increased levels of participation and diversity of the student base and from growing scrutiny on the quality of university degrees, governments have begun establishing mechanisms to monitor and support quality in higher education. Faced with administrative quality assurance structures, academics often complain that little is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Benchmarking
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Lekhi, Priyanka; Allen, Meghan; Leung, Fok-Shuen; Gilley, Brett; Rieger, Georg; Fox, Joanne A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Students who engage in undergraduate research experiences acquire many benefits, including an understanding of how scientific knowledge is constructed, recognition that knowledge can be complex and uncertain, and the habit of viewing knowledge critically. This paper describes a first-year two-course sequence that provides multidisciplinary…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Curriculum Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Delivery Systems
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Dukewich, Kristie R.; Wood, Suzanne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Educators are regularly confronted with moral dilemmas for which there are no easy solutions. Increasing course sizes and program enrolments, coupled with a new consumerist attitude towards education, have only further exacerbated the quantity and quality of students' requests for special academic consideration (Macfarlane, 2004). Extensions, late…
Descriptors: Ethics, Ideology, Decision Making, Teacher Responsibility
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Albon, Simon P.; Iqbal, Isabeau; Pearson, Marion L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Strategic planning in universities is frequently positioned as vital for clarifying future directions, providing a coherent basis for decision-making, establishing priorities, and improving organizational performance. Models for successful strategic planning abound and often present the process as linear and straightforward. In this essay, we…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Educational Development, Motivation, Research Universities
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Cassidy, Alice; Fu, Guopeng; Valley, Will; Lomas, Cyprien; Jovel, Eduardo; Riseman, Andrew – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Flexible Learning (FL) is a pedagogical approach allowing for flexibility of time, place, and audience, including but not solely focused on the use of technologies. We describe Flexible Learning as a pedagogical approach in four courses framed by three key themes: 1) objectives and aspects of course design, 2) evaluation and assessment, and 3)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Andrews, David M.; Bornais, Judy A. K.; Cramer, Ken M. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
We explore the advent and initiatives of teaching leadership chairs--modeled after the Canada Research Chair framework--to instill individuals or small groups of teaching leaders at various centres across the country to stimulate educational change. In its past, present, and future, we explore the grassroots of teaching leadership chairs and their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role
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Topornycky, Joseph; Golparian, Shaya – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Active listening is an important communication skill in a variety of disciplines and professions, including the profession of Educational Development. In our roles as educational developers, we engage in a variety of processes, all of which rely heavily on the practice of active listening. Emerging strategies of active listening praxis have…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Communication Skills, Humanism, Professionalism
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Shiell, Ralph C.; Slepkov, Aaron D. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Integrated testlets are a new assessment tool that encompass the procedural benefits of multiple-choice testing, the pedagogical advantages of free-response-based tests, and the collaborative aspects of a viva voce or defence examination format. The result is a robust assessment tool that provides a significant formative aspect for students.…
Descriptors: Test Format, Science Tests, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation
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Carroll, Heather; Chandrashekhar, Shwetha; Huang, Danny; Kim, David; Liu, Peter – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In light of the enormous changes unfolding in the higher education landscape, we don't have to look too far to recognize evidence of the transformation and redefinition of the construct of both teaching and learning in the information age. With a growing focus on teaching and learning at all levels of post-secondary institutions, innovation is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Change, Technology Uses in Education
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Korpan, Cynthia; Sheffield, Suzanne Le-May; Verwoord, Roselynn – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
This paper examines the stages of development for a framework of teaching assistant (TA) competencies initiated by the Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student Advancement (TAGSA) special interest group (SIG) of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). TAGSA initiated an iterative consultative process to inform the creation…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Guidelines, Graduate Students, Professional Associations
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Dukewich, Kristie R.; Vossen, Deborah P. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Writing-to-learn involves the use of low-stakes informal writing activities intended to help students reflect on concepts or ideas presented in a course. Writing-to-learn can be a flexible and effective tool to help students understand and engage with course concepts, and past research has shown that writing-to-learn activities can substantially…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Writing (Composition), Reflection, Journal Writing
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Cassidy, Alice L. E. V.; Wright, W. Alan; Strean, William B.; Watson, Gavan P. L. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we use a day-long professional development workshop for higher education faculty conducted in an outdoor setting as the starting point for an examination of the value of such activities. We explore the potential benefits, in terms of learning and holistic well-being, of educational activities designed to provide participants with…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Outdoor Education, Faculty Development, Higher Education
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