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Berkland, Mara K.; Keys, Jennifer – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors argue that although "freshman survival guides" do address the common concerns of entering college students, these books largely entertain, placate, and enable students to circumvent expert advice on how successfully to navigate the transition to college. A content analysis of 10 popular first-year advice books revealed an…
Descriptors: Guides, Socialization, Misconceptions, College Freshmen
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Bach, Dorothe J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
This article seeks to inspire humanities and social science faculty to explore ways of utilizing existing scholarly online communities to engage students in the process of academic inquiry. The author discusses her own experience using a discipline-specific listserv, shares successful assignments, examples of student postings and a grading rubric.…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Social Sciences, Learning Experience, Humanities
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van Eeden-Moorefield, Brad; Walsh, Christine – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2010
Those who teach research methods courses may struggle to engage students who are anxious or apprehensive about taking the course. Thus, it becomes the obligation of the instructor to develop innovative approaches so that students overcome their apprehension, learn the material, and, it is hoped, develop a passion for research. The authors present…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Courses, Teaching Methods, Active Learning
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Terosky, Aimee LaPointe – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2010
This qualitative study examines the career strategies of 17 professors at a major research university who are noted by key colleagues and former students for taking their teaching seriously. The author discusses two career strategies--applying career design principles and acting resourcefully about teaching development--that help these professors,…
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Research Universities, College Faculty, Intellectual Disciplines
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Bolton, Michael J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2009
Traditional teaching models based on linear approaches to instruction arguably are of limited value in preparing students to handle complex, dynamic real-world problems. As such, they are undergoing increased scrutiny by scholars in various disciplines. The author argues that nonlinear approaches to higher education such as those founded on…
Descriptors: Creativity, College Instruction, Teaching Methods, Systems Approach
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Stephenson, Robert S. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2004
The author redesigned an undergraduate physiology course using a novel Internet mirror model: parallel lecture and Internet-based sections conducted so that students can move freely from one to the other (or choose both) during the semester. Within the constraints of this paradigm, he used technology to enhance student learning: adding…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Physiology, Internet, Technology Uses in Education
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Cox, Milton D., Ed.; Richlin, Laurie, Ed. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1991
This annual journal presents articles by college faculty about teaching in higher education based on their pedagogical research and their classroom experiences. Articles in the issue for 1991 have the following titles and authors: "The Scholarship of Pedagogy: A Message From the Editors" (Laurie Richlin and Milton D. Cox); "The Social Cognition…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students
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Faust, Jennifer L.; Paulson, Donald R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Presents a catalog of active-learning techniques aimed at fostering student learning in the context of a lecture course. Activities range from listening practices to short writing exercises to complex group exercises. Barriers to implementing active learning, and some solutions, are explored and personal experience with the techniques are…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
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Bernauer, James A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Describes a teaching method based on the need to identify important learning outcomes and integrate them throughout all stages of the teaching-learning cycle. Stages include pretesting, classroom instruction, outcomes, and long-term impacts. A fundamental principle is that students know what outcomes are expected and that teachers and students…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Strategies
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Saunders, Martha Dunagin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Describes one college-faculty member's research project based on the experiences of five college students involved in service learning with children's organizations. Students served as participant-observers at an international conference on children's issues and their field reports yielded a solid profile of ideal environments for children…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, College Students, Higher Education
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Anstendig, Linda; Meyer, Jeanine; Driver, Martha – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Goals for undergraduate English courses typically include increasing students' critical reading, thinking, and research skills, providing literary-aesthetic experiences, and encouraging students to express themselves analytically on complex topics. Authors describe experiences in two advanced writing classes and a core literature course using…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication
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Kolitch, Elaine; Dean, Ann V. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1998
Research with 96 undergraduates investigated interpretations of a global-evaluation item common to student evaluation forms. Through narratives and semistructured interviews, students described classroom experiences, beliefs about good teaching, and aspects of the evaluation process that influencing their ratings. The item produced multiple…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Evaluation Criteria, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education
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Richlin, Laurie; Manning, Brenda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Describes seven principles for developing a workable system for evaluation of college teaching, and provides both process and decision matrixes for groups interested in building such a system for their own evaluation. Argues that the system must be safe, explicit, manageable, formative, and satisfy environmental demands for accountability and…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Faculty, College Instruction, Decision Making
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Muchinsky, Paul M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Examines military and industrial research on peer assessment and discusses relevance to peer review of college teaching. Gives special attention to practical issues in assessing reliability and validity of peer evaluations, and discusses three characteristics of academic institutions (personal teaching styles/definition of "peer"/nature of…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Business Administration, College Faculty, College Instruction
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Strenski, Ellen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1995
Discusses problems with summative peer evaluation of college teaching, looking at conflicting interests and mixed metaphors of faculty evaluation that obscure its process and principles. Issues related to five kinds of evaluation (judging, critiquing, assessing, appraising, rating) are examined. Argues that peers can contribute to faculty…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Conflict of Interest, Evaluation Methods
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