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Shaw, Lindsay; Brown, Kristin; Ellis, Donna; Wolf, Peter; Dawson, Debra; Goff, Lori; Kustra, Erika – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2019
Teaching culture is the product of a dynamic interplay among the embedded patterns, behaviours, values, beliefs and ideologies about teaching and learning within and across the many microcultures that make up a university. Educational researchers from across Canada developed a set of Institutional Teaching Culture Perception Surveys (ITCPS) to…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Foreign Countries
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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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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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Birol, Gülnur; Briseño-Garzón, Adriana; Han, Andrea – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2017
The University of British Columbia-Vancouver (UBC-V) implemented a campus-wide survey of faculty teaching practices and perceptions. All 11 Faculties participated, resulting in a total of 1177 responses for an overall response rate of 24%. We compared response patterns of faculty who reported spending less than 25%, between 26-50%, between 51-75%,…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Time Perspective, Time on Task
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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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Fink, L. Dee – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
If we want our teaching to have a major impact on student learning, what are some ideas that can help us do that? Since 1990, the scholars of teaching and learning have been generating a wealth of new ideas about college-level teaching. All of these are good ideas, but which ones have the most potential to have a high impact on student engagement…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Learner Engagement, Academic Achievement
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Frost, Gail; Connolly, Maureen – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
In our service-learning courses, students work with real people and record and reflect on these experiences, to learn appropriate professional behavior, how to think creatively, and how to respond to changing circumstances. Many of our students are strategic learners, characterized by alertness to assessment and intention to achieve the highest…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Learning Processes
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Baek, Justine; Shah, Wali; Spencer, Vrindy; Thompson, Piper Riley; Young, Karen; Zowmi, Aniqah – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
The fourth cohort of 3M National Student Fellows explores the current state of our post-secondary education system across Canada and opportunities to further tune into practice in order to pursue an authentic and meaningful academic life. Six of the 2015 3M National Student Fellows propose recommendations for decision-makers at post-secondary…
Descriptors: Reflection, Cohort Analysis, Postsecondary Education, Teaching Methods
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Gardner, Paula; Grose, Jill – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we (a faculty member and an educational developer) discuss our attempts to be more mindful in the academy with attention to mindfulness practices in the classroom and the development of a community of practice at our institution as ways to foster community and deepen learning. Included within the paper is an introduction to…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Classroom Techniques, Educational Practices, College Faculty
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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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Golparian, Shaya; Chan, Judy; Cassidy, Alice – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we share examples of best peer review of teaching practices, drawing on our involvement in the design and implementation of the Peer Review of Teaching program at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. We review the history of the Peer Review of Teaching Initiative at the University of British Columbia and explain key…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Best Practices, Educational Practices, Instruction
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Hare, Andrew Francis – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
It is surprising to students to learn that a natural combination of simple functions, the function sin(1/x), exhibits behaviour that is a great challenge to visualize. When x is large the function is relatively easy to draw; as x gets smaller the function begins to behave in an increasingly wild manner. The sin(1/x) function can serve as one of…
Descriptors: Visualization, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Models
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Gagné, Philippe; Dumont, Laurence; Brunet, Sabine; Boucher, Geneviève – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
In this paper, we present a step-by-step guide to implement a curricular alignment project, directed at professional development and student support, and developed in a higher education French as a second language department. We outline best practices and preliminary results from our experience and provide ways to adapt our experience to other…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Curriculum Development, Integrated Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Haave, Neil; Audet, Doris – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
Undergraduate research is one of several high impact educational practices used by educational institutions to increase student engagement and success (Kuh, 2008). Many studies on the impact of undergraduate research have surveyed students or faculty on their personal experience and its influence on students' subsequent degrees and employment…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Experience, Student Research, Educational Practices
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