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Emery, Nathan; Maher, Jessica Middlemis; Ebert-May, Diane – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
Professional development in teaching is a critical component of ongoing work to improve student learning outcomes in higher education, especially STEM education. While there are many large-scale professional development programs designed to help participants change the way STEM is taught, few have thoroughly evaluated the outcomes to determine…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, STEM Education, Teaching Methods
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Niehaus, Elizabeth; Wegener, Ashley – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
Based on survey data from over 400 faculty members who taught short-term study abroad courses, the purpose of this study was to identify the types of goals that faculty members have in teaching short-term study abroad courses and the relationship between faculty background characteristics (i.e., race, gender, discipline, and prior experience) and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Study Abroad, Teacher Surveys, Correlation
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Cole, Eddie R.; Dumford, Amber D.; Nelson Laird, Thomas F. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
We used data from the 2012 administration of the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement to measure faculty perceptions of senior leaders' (e.g., deans, provosts, presidents) support for innovation in teaching. Specifically, this study explored what faculty characteristics predict faculty perceptions of leaders' support for innovation in teaching and…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrative Principles, Teacher Attitudes, School Support
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Michel, Jessica Ostrow; Chadi, Diana; Jimenez, Marisol; Campbell, Corbin M. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
The American professoriate is shifting its majority makeup from tenure track to non-tenure track faculty members. Less known, though, is what the implications of this shift are for students' course experiences. We sought to examine the extent to which the teaching practices, with regard to academic rigor and cognitively responsive teaching, differ…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Nontenured Faculty, Student Experience
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Shadle, Susan E.; Liu, Yujuan; Lewis, Jennifer E.; Minderhout, Vicky – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Communities of transformation work to achieve deep, transformational change in higher education teaching practice. This case study of The POGIL Project follows the development of a community of transformation principally focused on the propagation of effective teaching in STEM. We describe the origin of the community, elucidate the emergent…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Smith, Lee A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Little research has been conducted in higher education settings that focuses on how tertiary educators understand informal learning or on their role in fostering students' informal learning to facilitate formal learning. In this article we partially fill this knowledge gap by reporting findings from a case study exploring how 30 New Zealand…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Informal Education, Teaching Methods
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Mansbach, Jessica; Austin, Ann E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Students' demand for online learning continues. At the same time, results of multiple studies from the early 2000s through the present day point to a set of common concerns that may explain faculty members' hesitation and resistance to online teaching. However, less is known about how faculty members experience online teaching, especially the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
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Woodhead, Erin L.; Brown, Preston; Snycerski, Susan; Laraway, Sean; Bathurst, Nicholas; Feist, Greg; Rogers, Ronald F. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
In an examination of a brief and innovative partnership, we compared outcomes for two disciplines, Elementary Statistics and General Psychology, across three formats: online as part of the San José State University-Udacity partnership (termed "SJSU Plus"), face-to-face (FTF), and online in a redesigned course offering. We also examine…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Partnerships in Education
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Blumberg, Phyllis – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This article proposes a recommended course of action for faculty development based upon Rogers' theory of Diffusion of Innovations and data collected in a study looking at the prevalence of use of learning-centered teaching practices. Specific faculty development strategies are aligned with Rogers' factors influencing decisions to adopt…
Descriptors: Influences, Performance Factors, Adoption (Ideas), Faculty Development
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Morales, Erik E.; Ambrose-Roman, Sarah; Perez-Maldonado, Rosa – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This study presents and assesses a developmental math focused peer mentoring program at a public urban university. Over three semesters 45 mentees participated in the program. Results include substantive increases in developmental pass rates as well as increases in self-efficacy and social integration. Other noteworthy findings include the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, Public Colleges, Urban Schools
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Garrett, Nathan – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
How do academic disciplines use PowerPoint? This project analyzed PowerPoint files created by an academic publisher to supplement textbooks. An automated analysis of 30,263 files revealed clear differences by disciplines. Single-paradigm "hard" disciplines used less complex writing but had more words than multi-paradigm "soft"…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Intellectual Disciplines
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Nguyen, David J.; Larson, Jay B. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Traditional pedagogy divides mind and body into a dichotomy that regards the body as little more than a subordinate instrument in service to the mind. Embodied pedagogy joins body and mind in a physical and mental act of knowledge construction. In this article we offer an integration of extant literature analyzing isolated applications of embodied…
Descriptors: Human Body, Holistic Approach, Teaching Methods, Curriculum
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Merkel, John Conrad; Brania, Abdelkrim – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This five-year study of the peer-led team learning (PLTL) paradigm examined its implementation in a Calculus I course at an all-male HBCU institution. For this study we set up a strong control group and measured the effect of PLTL in the teaching and learning of Calculus I through two points of measure: retention and success rates and learning…
Descriptors: Calculus, Peer Teaching, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning
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Thompson, Carol; Kleine, Michael – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Two professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock co-taught an interdisciplinary course in speaking and writing dialogically, that is, without lecture. Given that many learning environments include large enrollments and online instruction, both of which often foster an impersonal atmosphere, it seemed that dialogic instruction might…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Writing Instruction
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Dunn, Karee – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Online graduate education programs are expanding rapidly. Many of these programs require a statistics course, resulting in an increasing need for online statistics courses. The study reported here grew from experiences teaching online, graduate statistics courses. In seeking answers on how to improve this class, I discovered that research has yet…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Graduate Study, Statistics, Teaching Experience
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