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Knowlton, Dave S.; Nygard, Shanda – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This article reviews early literature (that is, up to mid-year 2013) about Twitter's use in the higher education classroom. Fragmentations are highlighted as a way of showing that the literature does not cohesively claim advantages or disadvantages of using Twitter as a teaching and learning tool. The article also points to the limitations of the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Classroom Techniques, Literature Reviews, Educational History
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Darby, Alexa; Knight-McKenna, Mary – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Success in academic service-learning (AS-L) comes in large measure from the work of faculty dedicated to this pedagogy. The purpose of this study was to examine how faculty who have taught nine or more sections of AS-L courses sustain their motivation despite the pedagogy's inherent challenges. Individual interviews were conducted with 10 faculty…
Descriptors: Teacher Motivation, College Faculty, Private Colleges, Service Learning
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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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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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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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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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Wickline, Virginia B.; Neu, Tricia; Dodge, Chad P.; Shriver, Edwin R. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Previous research suggests that high quality contact between people from different groups is a relatively consistent way of decreasing stereotypes and prejudices. The authors determined that a very short-term, service-learning project with people with developmental disabilities (DD) could reduce college students' fear of this population. In…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Interpersonal Relationship, Service Learning, Developmental Disabilities
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Bach, Dorothe J.; Cook-Sather, Alison – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This article is about and for teachers wishing to open space at the intersection of the affective and the cognitive-space, we argue, that is particularly conducive to deep learning and within which students can empower themselves as learners and knowers. Drawing on written and spoken reflections of three faculty members, the authors explore how…
Descriptors: Reflection, Listening, Higher Education, Teachers
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Carey, Elaine; Pun, Raymond – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
A collaborative course introduced history students to a variety of digital tools and printed materials for historical research. The authors explore the development of this program by a historian and a librarian as a case study to address the value of teaching history outside of the classroom and allowing students to conduct research on-site. This…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Archives, Primary Sources, Library Role
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Ford, Natalie Mera – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Required first-year English courses present instructors with a challenge common in the humanities: How do we motivate students to engage in active reading rather than passively scroll down online guides? Introductory literature courses aim to develop students' critical thinking through close reading, analysis, and argumentation--skills demanding…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Learner Engagement, Critical Reading, Reading Achievement
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Cocchiarale, Michael – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Flash writing--short narratives of less than 2000 words--is extremely popular these days. This essay describes a multi-genre course designed to introduce undergraduate students to a genre they will undoubtedly find appealing. Although the primary focus of the course is on creative writing, a great deal of emphasis is placed on literary analysis.…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Literary Genres, Fiction, Writing (Composition)
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Rieger, Christy – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Recent literary practices such as surface reading or the digital humanities have challenged the centrality of close reading in literary studies. Nonetheless, reading literature still involves sustained and productive attentiveness to texts. Fostering this skill, however, can seem increasingly difficult. From paper mills, to SparkNotes, to blogs…
Descriptors: Reading, Internet, Reading Programs, Course Descriptions
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Deys, Kellie L.; Deys, James L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
For most millennials, information has always been a couple of quick taps away. Sites have seemingly always existed to provide them with "the answer." Instructors must recognize that not only are they teaching material from their disciplines, but also they are trying to teach the skill and value of critical inquiry. Adopting a Freirean…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Brainstorming, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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Dorfeld, Natalie M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
In today's instant gratification era, it is easy to assume that when faced with the option of reading a chunky literary text or skimming through the condensed electronic version, students will take the path of least resistance. Today's e-guides are quick, painless, and free. The question, then, becomes this: Knowing these e-resources are readily…
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Teaching Methods, Educational Resources, Electronic Publishing
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