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Zandvliet, David B.; Stanton, Alisa; Dhaliwal, Rosie – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
In this article we describe the "Learning Environments and Well-Being Research Project," a collaborative initiative between a research institute and a health promotion unit at a leading Canadian university. The purposes of this project are, first, to conduct research about how classroom environments within higher education settings can…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Construction, Test Validity, Student Surveys
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Chapman, LeeAnna Young; McConnell, David A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
The next generation of professors will come from today's graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, but we do not know much about their preparation to use research-validated teaching practices. This study characterizes the teaching beliefs of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who represent future geoscience instructors though we…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Best Practices, Evidence Based Practice, College Faculty
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Peirone, Amy; Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Academic entitlement, a term that defines students' expectations of academic success independent of performance, has been linked with a number of maladaptive behaviors. This study examined the potential relationship between academic entitlement and prospective workplace entitlement in a sample of Canadian students (N=1024) using an online survey.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Attainment, Correlation, Multivariate Analysis
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Jaquett, Caroline M.; VanMaaren, Victoria G.; Williams, Robert L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
We surveyed students (N = 152) in several sections of an undergraduate educational psychology course to determine what course factors would most motivate them to submit course evaluations. The survey directed students to choose among several pairs of course characteristics as to their relative impact on their decision to submit a course…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Motivation, Undergraduate Students, Course Evaluation
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Bowman, Nicholas A.; Trolian, Teniell L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Many higher education studies have examined linear relationships between student experiences and outcomes, but this assumption may be questionable. In two notable examples previous research that assumed a linear relationship reached different substantive conclusions and implications than did research that explored non-linear associations among the…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Outcomes of Education, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation
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Stupans, Ieva; McGuren, Therese; Babey, Anna Marie – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Student rating instruments are recognised to be valid indicators of effective instruction, providing a valuable tool to improve teaching. However, free-form text comments obtained from the open-ended question component of such surveys are only infrequently analysed comprehensively. We employed an innovative, systematic approach to the analysis of…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Students, Feedback (Response), Computer Software
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Krug, Kevin S.; Dickson, Kole W.; Lessiter, Julie A.; Vassar, John S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Universities and colleges in the United States are actively searching for new ways to increase student enrollment as one means to offset recent government budget cuts in educational funding. One proposal at a particular institution involves transitioning a commuter university from a traditional semester length calendar to one that offers…
Descriptors: Preferences, Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Blended Learning
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Park, Toby; Woods, Chenoa S.; Richard, Keith; Tandberg, David; Hu, Shouping; Jones, Tamara Bertrand – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Historically, college students needing additional academic preparation have been assigned to developmental/remedial courses. In 2013 Florida took a drastic departure from this model by passing Senate Bill 1720, which prohibited institutions from requiring placement tests and made developmental education optional for many students, regardless of…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, College Students
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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
In this article we describe models of academic rigor from the student point of view. Drawing on a campus-wide survey, focus groups, and interviews with students, we found that students explained academic rigor in terms of workload, grading standards, level of difficulty, level of interest, and perceived relevance to future goals. These findings…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards
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Wurdinger, Scott; Qureshi, Mariam – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study examined whether life skills could be developed in a Project Based Learning (PBL) course. The participants were students enrolled in a graduate level PBL course. The same 35-question survey was given to students at the beginning and end of the course, and students were asked to rank their life skills using a Likert scale. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Daily Living Skills, Graduate Students
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Barr, Michele L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to examine the use of two student response methods within selected college lecture halls. Kinesiology majors from three universities were asked to respond to questions during two consecutive lectures, one using "clickers" and the other using hand-raising. Participation and comprehension rates were…
Descriptors: College Students, Learner Engagement, Audience Response Systems, Student Participation
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Osborne, Nicholas J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was enacted in 2009, student veteran populations have nearly doubled while services that support their transition to higher education have dramatically increased. Despite a surge in resources, however, institutions are deficient in training faculty and staff about veterans' issues, consequently leaving student veterans…
Descriptors: Veterans, Military Personnel, Nontraditional Students, College Students
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Lutes, Lyndell; Davies, Randall – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
This study compared workloads of undergraduate courses taught in 16-week and 8-week sessions. A statistically significant difference in workload was found between the two. Based on survey data from approximately 29,000 students, on average students spent about 17 minutes more per credit per week on 16-week courses than on similar 8-week courses.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Minicourses, Difficulty Level, Undergraduate Students
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Warnock, Deborah M.; Appel, Sara – Innovative Higher Education, 2012
While researchers have begun to examine the experiences of working class students in undergraduate education more closely, we know less about the experiences of working class students in graduate school. Through a nationwide survey of graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in Sociology, we examined the extent to which working class students…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Working Class, Middle Class, Financial Support
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Naug, Helen L.; Colson, Natalie J.; Donner, Daniel G. – Innovative Higher Education, 2012
The learning and engagement activity we describe was designed to demystify the research culture of the Health Faculty for first year students, and there are implications for practice in other fields. It is founded on the idea of research-based learning, which in its pure form is a respected pedagogical approach but problematic for large cohort…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Instructional Innovation, Course Content, Small Group Instruction