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DeWall, Nichole – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
With the advent of online synopses, e-guides, and Internet study aids, millennial college students have many ways to evade direct interactions with the texts assigned in humanities classes. As a result, fewer and fewer of them are developing the analytical and close reading skills that college instructors value so highly. In this essay, the author…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Memorization, College Students, Critical Reading
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Carr, Jamie M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
Getting students to read actively for a required introductory course in literature poses several challenges, to say nothing of trying to make required reading personally meaningful. This essay outlines assignments that encourage students to make literature meaningful by establishing personal connections to texts in ways that can also impact…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Literature, Assignments, Introductory Courses
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Filipova, Anna A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
This cross-sectional study assesses the effectiveness of poster session presentations as an alternative to traditional presentations in the public administration classroom. It also determined if graduate students' college academic self-efficacy and background characteristics impacted poster performance outcomes. Data were collected over four…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Self Efficacy, Individual Characteristics, Student Experience
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Ruff, Susan; Carter, Michael – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
To better understand the gap between recent graduates' communication abilities and employers' expectations, the authors surveyed software engineering professionals. They asked which of 67 communication abilities are unimportant for software engineers, which ones are learned on the job, which ones recent graduates are expected to have but lack, and…
Descriptors: Expectation, Employers, Employer Attitudes, College Graduates
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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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Mabrouk, Patricia Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author describes the principal findings of a survey study looking at student perceptions of a new form-based approach to reflective journaling. A form-based journal assignment was developed for use in introductory lecture courses and tested over a two-year period in an Honors General Chemistry course for engineers with a total of 157…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Journal Writing, Assignments, Introductory Courses
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Blondin, Carolyn A.; Voils, Kyle; Galyon, Charles E.; Williams, Robert L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Concepts from the Response-to-Intervention (RTI) Model were used to promote a successful course outcome for students at risk for making low grades in an entry-level college course. The first exam served as a universal screener to identify students who could potentially benefit from RTI assistance. The researchers developed a tiered coaching…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Models, At Risk Students, Coaching (Performance)
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Synnott, C. Kevin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author examined the literature regarding college students' use of smartphones during class time. Findings included the following: Students believe they are capable of multitasking with smartphones, but they are not and earn lower grades as a result; students misperceive that their peers use smartphones during class time more than they do to…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, College Students
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Lyon, Julie S.; Gettman, Hilary J.; Roberts, Scott P.; Shaw, Cynthia E. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
All organizations have "climates" that significantly affect their employees' performance and satisfaction. The authors posit that an academic department's "climate for teaching" (CFT)--or the the extent to which excellent teaching is rewarded, supported, and expected--has a profound impact on the experience of its instructors…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Intervention
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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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Robinson, Jennifer Meta; Kearns, Katherine Dowell; Gresalfi, Melissa; Sievert, April K.; Christensen, Tyler Booth – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The "collegium" learning community teaches mid-career graduate students intentionally to prepare for and create learning opportunities for their undergraduate students, what the authors call "teaching on purpose." The design addresses the lack of alignment between research on learning and preparation of faculty for teaching,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Communities of Practice, Educational Change, Undergraduate Students
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Shaw, Mahauganee D.; Dumford, Amber D.; Cole, Eddie R.; Nelson Laird, Thomas F.; Haywood, Antwione M. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Data from the 2010 administration of the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement were used to identify pairs of disciplines in which faculty want to be compared based on research practices, teaching practices, and perceptions of student engagement in academic activities. The goal of this study was to group disciplines by a method with which faculty…
Descriptors: Preferences, College Faculty, Intellectual Disciplines, Sociometric Techniques
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Hayford, Barbara; Blomstrom, Sally; Mumpower, Lori – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The purpose of the authors' research was to create a tool to evaluate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy in service-learning projects. The researchers posited that components of service-learning, which in this case included the deliverable and reflections, are examples of fundamental STEM literacy and thus can be…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Literacy, Service Learning, Student Evaluation
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Drury, Sara A. Mehltretter – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author argues that deliberation is an innovative method for teaching communication skills, particularly group communication, in the undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. A case study using a deliberation activity on global climate change in an introductory biology course demonstrates how deliberative…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Introductory Courses, STEM Education
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Raelin, Joseph A.; Bailey, Margaret B.; Hamann, Jerry; Pendleton, Leslie K.; Reisberg, Rachelle; Whitman, David L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors report the results of a three-year longitudinal study of retention among undergraduate engineering students enrolled at four major universities. The study demonstrates that self-efficacy can be a critical factor in student persistence and can be broken down into three components: work, career, and academic self-efficacy. The authors…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Work Experience, Self Efficacy, Academic Persistence
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