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Brown, Stephen; White, Sue; Wakeling, Lara; Naiker, Mani – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Approaches to study and learning may enhance or undermine educational outcomes, and thus it is important for educators to be knowledgeable about their students' approaches to study and learning. The Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST)--a 52 item inventory which identifies three learning styles (Deep, Strategic, and…
Descriptors: Study Skills, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Introductory Courses
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Wingrove, Dallas; Clarke, Angela; Chester, Andrea – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
A growing evidence-based literature supports the value of peer feedback as a positive professional learning activity that enhances confidence, builds collegial relationships and supports reflective practice. Less clear is how best to embed such programs in university practices. This paper describes a leadership approach developed to support the…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Instructional Leadership
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Quinn, Marie; Kennedy-Clark, Shannon – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
This paper presents the results of a study that examined the integration of video lectures into a pre-service teacher unit of study. The aim of the research was to ascertain how students used the pre-recorded videos to complement their learning. The focus was on the pedagogy, and explored three factors: convenience, self-regulation of learning and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Case Studies, Preservice Teachers
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Buckmiller, Tom M.; Kruse, Jerrid W. – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Using the Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) models, we sought to create coursework that had value beyond the classroom. Refinements in the self-publishing book industry provide the opportunity to present student work to a larger audience and in a different, more engaging format. With the help of free software, our…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Books, Student Projects, Graduate Students
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Díaz, Adriana R.; Hortiguera, Hugo; Espinoza Vera, Marcia – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
In the era of quality assurance (QA), close scrutiny of assessment practices has been intensified worldwide across the board. However, in the Australian context, trends in QA efforts have not reached the field of modern/foreign languages. This has largely resulted in leaving the establishment of language proficiency benchmarking up to individual…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bennet, Dawn; Robertson, Rachel – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Graduates from generalist science and arts degrees can face diverse careers characterised by portfolios of simultaneous, self-managed roles. This paper reports from a study on identity and career literacy in which final-year professional writing and publishing students developed an ePortfolio and engaged in open blogging during their industry…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Career Education, Career Readiness, Knowledge Level
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Firn, Jennifer – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Biology is the most rapidly evolving scientific field of the 21st century. Biology graduates must be able to integrate concepts and collaborate outside their discipline to solve the most pressing questions of our time, e.g. world hunger, malnutrition, climate change, infectious disease and biosecurity. University educators are attempting to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, College Graduates, Undergraduate Students
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Bissoonauth-Bedford, Anu.; Stace, Ray – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
This paper reports on a pilot study designed to develop writing proficiency in French via collaborative writing activities at intermediate level at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Twenty four students in the final year of French studies program took part in this innovative approach which integrates multimodal functionality of the…
Descriptors: French, Pilot Projects, Writing Improvement, Collaborative Writing
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Leiman, Tania; Abery, Elizabeth; Willis, Eileen M. – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Research involving student and tutor responses to a "pedagogy of the heart" approach in a first year university health science topic revealed anxiety, insecurity and perceptions of unpredictability in relation to an innovative arts-based assignment designed to elicit and assess experiential or imaginal knowledge. Using the lens of…
Descriptors: Risk, Student Evaluation, Affective Behavior, Emotional Response
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Eaton, Martin D. – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Since 2004-05 first year students at the School of Environmental Sciences, Ulster University have engaged with senior student tutors (SSTs) in workshop activities aimed at preparations for their written examinations. Using a pedagogical action research methodology we evaluated the role of SSTs in bridging the experiential learning gap between…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, College Freshmen, Environmental Education, College Seniors
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Joseph, Dawn; Hartwig, Kay – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Australia is a culturally diverse nation. The Arts provide a pathway that contributes to the rich tapestry of its people. Tertiary music educators have the responsibility to provide opportunities to effectively prepare and engage pre-service teachers in becoming culturally responsive. The authors discuss the importance and need to include guest…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Education, Teacher Education, Music
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Scott, Donald E. – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
This paper examines the interrelationships between teaching beliefs and approaches, instructional design, relationships with students, and academics' and students' perceptions of effective teaching and learning. Mixed methodology was utilised and included interviews with academics and students, and questionnaires, inventories, and learning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Work Ethic, Beliefs, Instructional Design
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Blackburn, Greg – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Preparing students to be critical thinkers and effective communicators is essential in today's multinational and technologically sophisticated environment. New electronic technologies provide opportunities for creating learning environments that extend the possibilities of "old" but still essential technologies: books, blackboards, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Problem Based Learning, Case Studies
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Khiat, Henry – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
Self-directed learning is an important form of adult learning (Caffarella, 1993; Knowles, 1975; Knowles, Holton & Swanson, 2005; Merriam, 2001; Merriam & Caffarella, 1999). The strategies of self-directed learning allow adult learners to cope better with their studies while fulfilling family, work and other commitments. This study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Universities
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Paton-Walsh, Clare – Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 2015
This paper describes a study aimed at assessing the ability of report templates to help students learn key concepts during undergraduate laboratory classes. The report templates were designed so that a set of assessment questions led the students through the logical steps required to perform the laboratory exercise and to calculate the required…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, Laboratory Experiments, Scientific Concepts
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