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Sowell, Krista; Saichaie, Kem; Bergman, Jacqueline; Applegate, Elizabeth – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Classroom space limitations and increasing student enrollments push universities to the development of alternative course delivery models. The authors describe how a high-enrollment, general elective course was converted into a HyFlex model. A HyFlex course provides flexible participation, allowing students the choice of attending face-to-face…
Descriptors: Enrollment, Online Courses, Elective Courses, Educational Innovation
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Pelletier, Kathie L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This study extends the empirical findings of the use of continuous, lecture-embedded assessments to increase engagement and enhance learning. Outcome data (exam performance and attendance rates) from college students in three upper-division business course sections who took quizzes and wrote two-minute papers (test group) were compared to outcome…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Learner Engagement, Learning Motivation, Self Efficacy
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Thadani, Vandana; Bouvier-Brown, Nicole C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
College textbook publishers increasingly bundle sophisticated technology-based study tools with their texts. These tools appear promising, but empirical work on their efficacy is needed. We examined whether LearnSmart, a study tool bundled with McGraw-Hill's textbook "Chemistry" (Chang & Goldsby, 2013), improved learning in an…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Metacognition, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Ballantine, Jeanne H.; Jolly-Ballantine, John-Andrew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Good mentoring of graduate students influences their perseverance and success to completion, whereas bad mentoring can result in negative outcomes, including delayed degree completion or non-completion. What the authors refer to as the gray zone is that which falls between good and bad mentoring. Examples are partial mentoring or changes in…
Descriptors: Mentors, Graduate Students, Instructional Improvement, Teaching Methods
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Kim, Young K.; Armstrong, Cameron L.; Edwards, Sarah R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined whether and how the effects of student-faculty interaction on a range of student outcomes--such as college GPA, critical thinking and communication skills, academic satisfaction, and cultural appreciation and social awareness--vary by students' academic disciplines. The study utilized data on 37,977 undergraduate students who…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Grade Point Average, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Cooper, James L.; Robinson, Pamela – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
The authors describe several types of classroom assessment techniques (CATs) and cognitive scaffolding procedures that they have developed over the years. They then bring the procedures together in a sample lecture/group learning class presentation.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Lecture Method
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Atherton, M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
As technology and media become more popular pedagogical tools for instructors, the discussion of using films as a way to help students understand criminological concepts is also growing. Using a conceptual framework of popular criminology, the author set out to explore the ways in which films can be incorporated into a unique course aimed at…
Descriptors: Films, Criminology, Popular Culture, College Instruction
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Huchting, Karen – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2013
Students were involved in the curriculum design of a statistics course. They completed a pre-assessment of their confidence and skills using quantitative methods and statistics. Scores were aggregated, and anonymous data were shown on the first night of class. Using these data, the course was designed, demonstrating evidence-based instructional…
Descriptors: Statistics, College Mathematics, Curriculum Design, Graduate Students
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Grant-Vallone, E. J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
This research study examined student perceptions of group experiences in the classroom. The author used cooperative learning and team-based learning to focus on three characteristics that are critical for the success of groups: structure of activities, relationships of group members, and accountability of group members. Results indicated that…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Teamwork, College Instruction
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Thadani, V.; Breland, W.; Dewar, J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2010
Implicit theories about the malleability of skills/abilities have been shown to predict learners' willingness to participate in learning opportunities. The authors examined whether college professors' implicit theories about the malleability of teaching skills predicted their willingness to engage in professional development (PD) related to…
Descriptors: Teaching Skills, Professional Development, College Faculty, Questionnaires
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Houtman, Anne M.; Walker, Sean – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2010
The authors tested the predictions of a game theory model of plagiarism, using a test population of student papers submitted to an online plagiarism detection program, over five semesters in a non-majors biology course with multiple sections and high enrollment. Consistent with the model, as the probability of detection and the penalty if caught…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Game Theory, Plagiarism, Biology