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Dempster, Michaux E.; Dempster, Gregory M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This article discusses a study conducted to evaluate the effect of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) University College's Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Program on student performance in first-year core curriculum courses. First, a description and history of the UTA program are provided. Next, the authors describe how quantitative…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness
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Stevens, Elise M.; Gibson, Rhonda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This study evaluated syllabi (N = 87) from introductory advertising and public relations courses to examine to what extent and how stated course goals and assignments signal the overall learning orientation of a course and which type of learning orientation--mastery or performance--was most common. Mastery orientations emphasize intrinsic rewards,…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Advertising, Rhetorical Invention, Instructional Improvement
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Curl, Angela L.; Benner, Kalea – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
This cross-sectional survey study (N = 222) examined the influences of employment on graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in majors with significant internship or practicum requirements (journalism, social work, nursing and health sciences). The study is unique in that student perceptions regarding the challenges and rewards of working…
Descriptors: College Students, Influences, Student Employment, Student Experience
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Sokal, Laura; Desjardins, Nicole – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Eight Canadian postsecondary students who had been diagnosed with anxiety disorders were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the supports and barriers they experienced at university. Qualitative analysis revealed four themes related to student needs: self-determination; shame, guilt, and judgment; control; and trust. Students provided…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Krain, Matthew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This study revisits case learning's effects on student engagement and assesses student learning as a result of the use of case studies and problem-based learning. The author replicates a previous study that used indirect assessment techniques to get at case learning's impact, and then extends the analysis using a pre- and post-test experimental…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Case Method (Teaching Technique)
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Quaye, Stephen John; Johnson, Matthew R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Intergroup dialogues are co-facilitated, face-to-face dialogues between two groups that have a history of conflict (for example, White people and people of color). Although researchers have explored the outcomes of these dialogues among students, little is known about the role of facilitators. Drawing from a case study of an intergroup dialogue…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Interpersonal Relationship, Discussion Groups, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Christe, Barbara – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Expanding faculty buy-in to retention efforts may be improved through training and opportunities for assessment. Materials created for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty based on the scholarly literature may dispel the view held by some that student attrition is beneficial to STEM disciplines and may expand an…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Asynchronous Communication, Workshops, STEM Education
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Yoo, Julia H.; Schallert, Diane L.; Svinicki, Marilla D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This study examined the meaning of flexibility in teaching at the postsecondary level and its connection to teaching effectiveness. A total of 500 college students and 15 instructors participated. Data were gathered using an online survey with open-ended questions for the students and one-on-one interviews with instructors. Analysis followed a…
Descriptors: College Students, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Lebec, Michael T.; Kesteloot, Lauren – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A common challenge in higher education is teaching required content for which students traditionally have lower levels of interest. Physical therapist education programs experience this challenge when training entry-level students to document in the medical record. The authors compared learning outcomes among physical therapy students taught…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Documentation, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
Fry, Catherine L.; Wei, Cynthia A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
A growing body of evidence shows that infusing sustainability into undergraduate courses and programs can simultaneously benefit institutional goals, student learning outcomes, and society at large. In addition to being a globally relevant and urgent topic, sustainability can enhance learning of disciplinary concepts and development of broad…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Undergraduate Students, Instructional Innovation, Institutional Mission
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Albanese, Mark A.; Dast, Laura – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Over the past 30 years, problem-based learning (PBL) has become a major force in health professions education and even in the broader educational world. This article focuses on the outcomes that have been found from using PBL in the health professions based on at least 20 reviews done since 1990. The outcomes identified in these reviews are…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Evidence, Health, Health Education
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Zook, J. M.; Herman, A. P. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
This study examined the effects of instructor support and students' global academic motivation on students' course-specific intrinsic motivation. The authors hypothesized, based on self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000), that instructor support for students' psychological needs would enhance intrinsic motivation. Students reported their…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Psychological Needs, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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Howell, Rebecca J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
This purpose of this pre-post, quasi-experimental evaluation was to explore the impact of grading rubric use on student academic performance. Cross-sectional data were derived from 80 undergraduates enrolled in an elective course at a research university during spring and fall 2009. The control group (n = 41), who completed the course's Assignment…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Elective Courses, Academic Achievement, Scoring Rubrics
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Linvill, Darren L.; Havice, Pamela A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
This review of literature explores current research addressing political bias in higher education. The perception of a pervasive liberal political bias in academia is addressed first. This discussion focuses on the debate surrounding the Academic Bill of Rights, a document that outlines principles defending students' academic freedom and advocates…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Ideology, College Faculty, Literature Reviews
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Siebenbruner, J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2011
The author's quasi-experimental study compares undergraduate students' academic performance and experiences as a function of using electronic (n = 117) versus traditional (n = 116) textbooks in a developmental psychology course. Student exam scores did not differ significantly as a function of textbook format. Students who used the traditional…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Textbooks, Textbook Selection, Academic Achievement
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