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Learning Styles In Higher Education: Learning How To Learn, Ole Lauridsen, Karen M. Lauridsen 2011 Aarhus University

Learning Styles In Higher Education: Learning How To Learn, Ole Lauridsen, Karen M. Lauridsen

SoTL Commons Conference

Applying learning styles (LS) in higher education teaching leads to positive results and enhanced student learning. However, learning styles should not only be considered a didactic matter for the teacher, but also a tool for the individual students to improve their learning capabilities – not least in contexts where information is not necessarily presented in a way that suits their individual LS preferences. In this presentation you will see how we as teachers can assist students in applying LS strategies that cater to their individual learning strengths. This will be based on general recommendations for HE teaching and learning supported by ...


The Lost Generation Meets Second Life: Teaching Literature Using A Virtual World, Mary Spoto, Michael Dadez, Diane Johnson 2011 St. Leo University

The Lost Generation Meets Second Life: Teaching Literature Using A Virtual World, Mary Spoto, Michael Dadez, Diane Johnson

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The phrase “immersion learning” may bring to mind summers abroad studying French in Paris or Italian in Rome. However, at one university in south Florida, the concept has a much broader interpretation, and offers practical experience to students in many disciplines, whether they study on-ground or online. Through a virtual immersion experience within the cyber-world of Second Life, online students travel back in time to meet Ernest Hemingway in a 1920s Paris café. The assignment is used to supplement students' exploration of a Hemingway novel. Both quantitative and qualitative data, compiled via a student survey as well as feedback and ...


Why Can't They Solve It? Using Protocol Analysis To Unlock Problem Solving Mysteries, Kirthi Premadasa, Kavita Bhatia 2011 University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County

Why Can't They Solve It? Using Protocol Analysis To Unlock Problem Solving Mysteries, Kirthi Premadasa, Kavita Bhatia

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Protocol Analysis or think alouds are a research tool originally developed by cognitive psychologists for the purpose of studying how people solve problems. The basic idea being that if a subject can be trained to think out loud while completing a certain task, then the introspections can be analyzed and may provide insights into misunderstandings as well as higher thinking and can be used to remove bottlenecks. This talk is a report of a think aloud conducted with calculus students to understand their difficulties with problem solving. A coding scheme developed by the authors based on Pólya's four step ...


Active Immersion In Scientific Literature: Gateway To Critical Thinking, Diane C. Tucker, Alan W. Eberhardt, Joe L. March 2011 University of Alabama at Birmingham

Active Immersion In Scientific Literature: Gateway To Critical Thinking, Diane C. Tucker, Alan W. Eberhardt, Joe L. March

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The presentation will report the impact of teaching freshman Science and Technology Honors students to read and critically evaluate scientific literature using a modification of Hoskins' CREATE ( C onsider, R ead, E lucidate the hypotheses, A nalyze and interpret the data and T hink of the next E xperiment) methodology. Upperclassmen in the Science and Technology Honors Program were recruited to be research liaisons to freshman teams. Research liaisons assisted freshman teams in understanding the research focus of the lab and identified a research paper from the lab. Freshman students developed concept maps, prepared cartoons of key methods used in ...


Practicing Integrated Critical Thinking In A First-Year Core Course, Lauren Scharff, Damian McCabe, Michelle Nash 2011 United States Air Force Academy

Practicing Integrated Critical Thinking In A First-Year Core Course, Lauren Scharff, Damian Mccabe, Michelle Nash

SoTL Commons Conference

Critical thinking is often taught as a concept (e.g. spending part of a lesson explaining what it is), rather than being pervasively developed as an intellectual skill. We take a developmental approach to teaching four foundational elements of critical thinking (identify evidence, clarify assumptions, seek alternative perspectives, make an interpretation) derived from the Paul and Elder (2006) model. We systematically integrate critical thinking practices by using structured pre-class assignments for each lesson that align with assessments. The roundtable will present data from more than 1300 students enrolled in a Behavioral Science course. We plan to loosely follow our four-element ...


Study Guides: To Give Or Not To Give? That Is The Question!, Velina Boteva, Emmanuel Clottey, Lauren Bigham, Aaron Dilday, Kimberly Lawrence, Judith Longfield, Ram Polur 2011 Georgia Southern University

Study Guides: To Give Or Not To Give? That Is The Question!, Velina Boteva, Emmanuel Clottey, Lauren Bigham, Aaron Dilday, Kimberly Lawrence, Judith Longfield, Ram Polur

SoTL Commons Conference

Study guides are a form of test preparation for students, which instructors may or may not use. Although seemingly innocuous, students sometimes demand them, while some instructors refuse to provide them. What underlying perceptions led to this dichotomy? This SoTL research project looks at how both students and instructors understand the role of test study guides. This session will present and evaluate data from surveys taken by college students and professors on their perception of test study guides, and will also invite the audience to make their own observations and to draw conclusions from the information. It will address when ...


The Ticket To Student Concept Retention: A Revised Version, Kent Divoll, Sandra Browning 2011 University of Houston-Clear Lake

The Ticket To Student Concept Retention: A Revised Version, Kent Divoll, Sandra Browning

SoTL Commons Conference

This session will discuss the results of a mixed method research study designed to determine the effectiveness of the revised ticket to retention strategy for student retention of concepts and students' perspectives of this strategy. While similar to other end-of-class strategies, our strategy is unique because the questions target specific learning objectives by requiring students to write the concepts, verbalize the concept to two students, compare and contrast answers, and listen to two students verbalize the concept. Participants included two education professors and their students over two 4-week summer courses and a 15-week semester course. We will share the results ...


Illinois Sustainability & Wellness Expo On April 9, Rachel Hatch 2011 Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Sustainability & Wellness Expo On April 9, Rachel Hatch

News and Events

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Faith Panel Kicks Off Illinois Sustainability & Wellness Expo, Rachel Hatch 2011 Illinois Wesleyan University

Faith Panel Kicks Off Illinois Sustainability & Wellness Expo, Rachel Hatch

News and Events

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The Case For Extended School Time In Arkansas, Nathan C. Jensen, Gary W. Ritter 2011 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Case For Extended School Time In Arkansas, Nathan C. Jensen, Gary W. Ritter

Policy Briefs

There is growing discussion over the topic of extended learning opportunities throughout the state. For example, this past fall at the OEP conference in November, Arkansas Associctaion of Educational Administrators Director Richard Abernathy stated that additional instructional time may be needed in order to fulfill all the curricular requirements for schools. Citing the need for additional enrichment opportunities, a bill is making its way through the Arkansas Legislature to provide funding for after school and summer school programs. Additionally, and potentially of more consequence, is a bill sponsored by Senator David Johnson (D) of Little Rock to expand learning time ...


Iowa State Daily (March 10, 2011), Iowa State Daily 2011 Iowa State University

Iowa State Daily (March 10, 2011), Iowa State Daily

Iowa State Daily, March 2011

International students: Council elects new leaders for fall semester; Food science: Unlocking secrets of taste; Vegetated greenroof: Horticulture Hall receives grant for roof; Greek community: Students ditch typical break to assist others; Protest: Legislators support lobbying day.


Water Use For Commodity Production In Scarcity Arid Regions: Kutum, Darfur, Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed 2011 Department of Economics. Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Water Use For Commodity Production In Scarcity Arid Regions: Kutum, Darfur, Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed

Professor Issam A.W. Mohamed

This paper investigates water use in a rural village in semi-arid of Darfur region. Water use is viewed from the perspective of four production sectors: agriculture, rural industry, trade and services as well as domestic: drinking, cooking and sanitary uses. Water for these uses may be from three sources: rain water, surface water, and groundwater. This study focuses on groundwater. Results of a detailed survey indicate that groundwater use is dominated by agricultural activities including irrigated vegetables and grains, tree crops, and animal rearing. A ratio of water use to income generated is used as a measure of water intensity ...


Western News, March 10, 2011, Western Michigan University 2011 Western Michigan University

Western News, March 10, 2011, Western Michigan University

Western News (1972-present)

Story highlights: Archer, Johnston to lead WMU trustees in 2011; Differential tuition plans OK'd; Temporary sites identified for medical school offices; On Campus with Chris Wang.


2011-03-10, Morehead State University. Board of Regents. 2011 Morehead State University

2011-03-10, Morehead State University. Board Of Regents.

Morehead State Board of Regents Meeting Minutes

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Nerche Bulletin, Volume 6, Issue 2, New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston 2011 University of Massachusetts Boston

Nerche Bulletin, Volume 6, Issue 2, New England Resource Center For Higher Education At The University Of Massachusetts Boston

NERCHE Bulletin

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John Wesley Powell Research Conference To Feature Pioneer Of Acoustical Ecology, Rachel Hatch 2011 Illinois Wesleyan University

John Wesley Powell Research Conference To Feature Pioneer Of Acoustical Ecology, Rachel Hatch

News and Events

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The George-Anne, 2011 Georgia Southern University

The George-Anne

The George-Anne

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Mapping The Complexity Of Computer Learning: Journeying Beyond Teaching For Computer Competency To Facilitating Computer, Renata Phelps 2011 Southern Cross University

Mapping The Complexity Of Computer Learning: Journeying Beyond Teaching For Computer Competency To Facilitating Computer, Renata Phelps

Dr Renata Phelps

For future generations to maximise their capability to operate within technologically driven economies, it is critical to foster computer abilities at every level of the schooling process. Teachers are central to this process. Yet, for many teachers, the need to integrate computer use in their teaching is threatening and overwhelming. This thesis argues that, given the rapid rate of technological change, skills-based approaches to computer education inadequately prepare teachers for a career of continued technological change. Effective computer education for teachers requires more than skills training. It involves changes in attitudes, values and beliefs that provide confidence for ongoing learning ...


Benefits, Strategies, And Pitfalls Of Faculty Collaboration, Casey Welch 2011 Flagler College

Benefits, Strategies, And Pitfalls Of Faculty Collaboration, Casey Welch

SoTL Commons Conference

This presentation is designed for attendees interested in co-designing courses. I open with a synapse of my qualitative research on four collaborative teaching efforts I engaged in from 2005-2010; I highlight practices that contributed to and hindered successful collaboration. I then summarize how one of these collaborative course designs succeeded in improving our teaching and student outcomes, especially by increasing formative assessment . Audience members' ideas for collaborative course designs then move to center stage. I present a broad framework for successful collaboration based on my research, and paired attendees will use this to collaborate on their course designs. After identifying ...


Get It While It's Hot. Are Your Students Getting It Now?, David Donathan 2011 St. Catharine College

Get It While It's Hot. Are Your Students Getting It Now?, David Donathan

SoTL Commons Conference

A primary assessment of instructor effectiveness is an end-of-course student evaluation survey where students use a scale to determine their degree of satisfaction with course content, teaching style, text book selection, etc. While effective in determining student satisfaction, they do not address possible pedagogical changes which could improve the effectiveness of the student learning experience in that class section. Periodic collection of feedback during a class enables a change in presentation methodology to more effectively present core material suited to the specific class of students. The issue is having the information TOO late to be effective in teaching current classes ...


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