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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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Callary, Bettina; Maher, Patrick; Root, Emily; Ryan, Jennifer – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2018
In this expository essay, four faculty members co-reflect on the pedagogy used within one first-year course at a small Canadian university. We discuss the responsibility of facilitating five process-based pedagogical approaches. These complex and interrelated processes include: i) self-directed learning, ii) reflexive intra-personal learning, iii)…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Instruction, Process Education, Independent Study
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Grills, Sheilagh – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
Student Services support, including learning skills assistance, can be integral in empowering learners. First-year students are expected to be self-directed in their learning, yet may have neither been challenged nor experienced negative consequences for a lack of perseverance. Academic skills professionals can be partners with teaching faculty in…
Descriptors: Workshops, Learning Strategies, Skill Development, Introductory Courses
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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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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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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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Poling, Kirsten – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
Would you like to help your students adjust to university life? Perhaps you are simply interested in allowing them to feel more integrated into a department right from the start of their first year? These were the types of issues that we were hoping to address when we founded the MySci Advisors Program, a peer-mentoring group for first year…
Descriptors: Mentors, Science Instruction, College Freshmen, Program Descriptions
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Murray, Jacqueline; Giesbrecht, Natalie; Mosonyi, Samuel – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
In the 2011 Winter semester, the University of Guelph engaged in a pedagogical experiment: an online first-year seminar. This article is a conversation about the learning journey that surrounds this seminar, as experienced by three participants: Jacqueline Murray (JM), Professor of History and Director of the FirstYear Seminar Program (FYS);…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Centered Curriculum, Online Courses, Seminars
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Lathrop, Anna H.; O'Connell, Timothy S.; Howard, Ryan A. – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
Although outdoor orientation programs, as a special type of orientation designed to enhance student retention, are relatively commonplace in the United States - we are not aware of any such campuswide initiatives in Canada. Research indicates that outdoor orientation programs impact students in a positive way, enhancing academic success, personal…
Descriptors: School Orientation, Outdoor Education, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen
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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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DeLathouwer, Erin; Roy, Wendy; Martin, Ann; Liska, Jasmine – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2012
A problem common to university faculty and students is an implicit sense of inadequacy regarding institutional hierarchies and disciplinary boundaries. Through a focus on multidisciplinarity, learning communities enable members to navigate multiple points of view within, between, and beyond apparent institutional boundaries. After having led a…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Anxiety, Cooperation, Communities of Practice
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Brooks, Troy; Marini, Zopito; Radue, Jon – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
This paper explores the notion that student behaviour regarding academic integrity and classroom civility are linked, and that intervention methods used to resolve classroom incivility may be used as a response to academic dishonesty. We advance the view that academic integrity and classroom civility refer to a student's willingness to respect the…
Descriptors: Integrity, Ethics, Cheating, Student Attitudes
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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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Smit, Julie; Cavallo-Medved, Dora; Poling, Kirsten – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
Do you have an idea for a new activity or laboratory exercise that you would like to incorporate into your course but feel unsure as to how it will be received by your students? This was our concern when developing first-year biology labs for a biology majors' course at University of Windsor. Through a Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF)…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Course Improvement Projects, Laboratory Training, Laboratory Experiments
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Carter, Irene; Leslie, Donald; Moore, Sarah – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
First-year university students are a diverse group of individuals with various abilities and needs. Failure of the university and its teaching faculty to meet the needs of first-year students may result in abandonment of the pursuit of a degree. This project informs instructors about the practices that strengthen a learning-centred approach and…
Descriptors: Guidelines, College Freshmen, Teaching Methods, College Faculty
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