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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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Ferrari-Bridgers, Franca; Blake-Campbell, Barbara – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
This study examined the effectiveness of reflective pedagogy in advancing integrative learning experiences in an urban community college. The researchers measured this effectiveness by looking at the change in the level of students' learning. The findings were supported through quantitative data from several disciplines and qualitative data from a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Urban Schools, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
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Walser, Tamara M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2018
It is both important and challenging to assess transfer of skills learned through coursework and related organizational and societal contributions. The author describes an action research study to determine the effectiveness of a doctoral course in program evaluation. Using Kirkpatrick's (Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick, 2006) four-level evaluation…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Course Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Action Research
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Case, Kim A.; Rios, Desdamona – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2017
Diversity courses in higher education often seek to deepen understanding of the systematic advantages associated with dominant group membership, such as white privilege. Most pedagogical studies of privilege awareness examine the impact of full-length diversity courses on white privilege awareness (Case, 2007; Kernahan & Davis, 2009; Lawrence…
Descriptors: Intervention, Educational Practices, Consciousness Raising, Whites
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Chick, Nancy L.; Nisselson, Rachel; Claiborne, Lily; Edmonds, Jeff; Yant, Anna Catesby; Hearn, Andrea Bradley – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The authors discuss a scholarship of teaching and learning project conducted in three first-year writing seminars of different disciplines. The goal was to introduce students to academic inquiry, which they define as the process of critically analyzing class materials, engaging with the larger body of knowledge on a topic, using evidence to…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Criticism, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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Dallas, Bryan K.; Long, Greg; McCarthy, Amanda K. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of captioning on undergraduate students' learning within a typical classroom environment. Based on guidelines associated with Universal Design as well as limitations imposed by classroom acoustics and noise levels, it was hypothesized that captions would increase students' recall and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods, Recall (Psychology), Video Technology
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Kaufmann, Kent D. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Despite the claim made in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) literature for over two decades that a syllabus is a contract, the courts have uniformly ruled that it is not. While there is no harm in thinking one's syllabus is a contract, there may be legal risk in proclaiming it so. The author provides an analysis of the…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Legal Problems, Contracts, Best Practices
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Brewer, Pam Estes; Brewer, Edward C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
While online programs continue to grow at an astounding rate in higher education, many faculty remain skeptical of the efficacy of online models. This article provides an overview of some significant benefits of online education while recognizing some common concerns. An examination of the current literature and the authors' own online experiences…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Experience, Best Practices, Higher Education
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Saitta, Erin K.; Zemliansky, Pavel; Turner, Anna – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors present a model for program-wide assessment of the effectiveness of writing instruction in a chemistry laboratory course. This model, which involves collaboration between faculty from chemistry, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program, and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, is based on several theories and…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction
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Stover, Sheri; Miura, Yoko – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This mixed-methods research study compared the level of community of inquiry (CoI) in online graduate classes that use web conferencing (WC) compared to those that do not. This study also investigated students' perceptions of Teaching Presence (TP), Social Presence (SP), and Cognitive Presence (CP). The authors found that students had…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Inquiry, Communities of Practice, Teleconferencing
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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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Russell, Alicia – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Russell Tufts University This study examines the potential of designing and teaching online courses to prompt university faculty members to reflect on the essence of good teaching, and as a result reconsider their beliefs concerning effective pedagogy. A phenomenological investigation was conducted based on interviews with six long-time university…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Wolfe, Christopher; Widmer, Colin L.; Weil, Audrey M.; Cedillos-Whynott, Elizabeth M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Students in an undergraduate psychology course on Learning and Cognition used SKO (formerly AutoTutor Lite), an Intelligent Tutoring System, to create interactive lessons in which a pedagogic agent (animated avatar) engages users in a tutorial dialogue. After briefly describing the technology and underlying psychological theory, data from an…
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Animation
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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
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Foulger, Teresa S.; Zambo, Debby – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
This action research study involves two cycles of investigation of Research Day an event at the end of each semester where doctoral students share their latest cycle of action research focused on a problem of practice they are facing. The study sought to understand students' perspectives of Research Day in terms of its instructional intention, how…
Descriptors: Action Research, Student Attitudes, Investigations, Doctoral Programs
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