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Reliability Analysis Of Complementary Assessment Tools For Measuring Teacher Candidate Dispositions, Winifred C. Nweke, Tasha P. Perkins, Comfort Y. Afolabi Sep 2019

Reliability Analysis Of Complementary Assessment Tools For Measuring Teacher Candidate Dispositions, Winifred C. Nweke, Tasha P. Perkins, Comfort Y. Afolabi

Georgia Educational Researcher

Assessing the dispositions of teacher candidates remains a challenge for many Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs). This article details the process and results of establishing the reliability of two complementary instruments, the Candidate Beliefs Self-Assessment Survey (SAS) and the Candidate Dispositions Performance Assessment Rubric (CDPA). The instruments are linked through the same dispositional themes that undergird the indicators in the CDPA and belief statements in the SAS. Internal consistency reliability coefficients were determined using Cronbach’s alpha for SAS (0.81) and the CDPA (0.96). In addition, inter-rater reliability coefficient of 0.80 was determined for CDPA using Intraclass correlation ...


Growing The Youth Of Tomorrow: Applying Leadership Skills In A Hands-On Effort For Food Security, Chasity D. Tompkins Mar 2019

Growing The Youth Of Tomorrow: Applying Leadership Skills In A Hands-On Effort For Food Security, Chasity D. Tompkins

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

The objective of the poster presentation is to highlight the development of student leadership and goal setting skills through 4-H. The collaborative effort with local school systems and the County Extension Offices provides a strong foundation to pursue student growth outside of the classroom. This presentation benefits school officials and community partners.


Stop, Look, And Listen To What Your Data Is Telling You!, Simone Danielson, Jeffrey Harris, Jeff Barnett Mar 2019

Stop, Look, And Listen To What Your Data Is Telling You!, Simone Danielson, Jeffrey Harris, Jeff Barnett

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Join us for a ride on the Data Train where you will STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN to what your data is telling you and use the information to develop a process of continuous improvement in your after-school program to be an effective co-collaborator of closing the achievement gap. This workshop will provide information and strategies to be used in K – 12.

  1. Participants will learn the importance of data analysis in afterschool.
  2. Participants will learn how to work with regular day school professionals in determining what data sources to use.
  3. Participants will be able to analyze sample data and develop an ...


"It's My Closest Friend And My Most Hated Enemy": Students Share Perspectives On Procrastination In Writing Classes, Jennifer Gray Feb 2019

"It's My Closest Friend And My Most Hated Enemy": Students Share Perspectives On Procrastination In Writing Classes, Jennifer Gray

The Journal of Student Success in Writing

This article presents the results from an IRB-approved study that researched student perspectives on procrastination. Qualitative and quantitative data from over 200 surveys administered to first-year writers illustrated multiple reasons why students procrastinated, and these reasons are much deeper than a strong desire to do something else. Results indicated that when students perceived a lack of engagement with their topic (whether the engagement was actually there or not), they were more likely to procrastinate. In addition, students who had fewer choices in their writing assignments, such as topic choices or format choices, were more likely to procrastinate and avoid the ...


Piloting Pbl For Senior Military Leaders, Megan J. Hennessey Ph.D., Celestino Perez Jan 2019

Piloting Pbl For Senior Military Leaders, Megan J. Hennessey Ph.D., Celestino Perez

SoTL Commons Conference

The U.S. Army War College is an accredited professional military education institution that develops strategic leaders and skilled problem solvers in order to achieve national security objectives. During the 2018-2019 academic year, faculty piloted a problem-based learning (PBL) design in the Introduction to Strategic Studies course to explore how executive-level students: (1) translate knowledge of strategy into performance and (2) how engagement in PBL influenced students’ sense of belonging in the seminar environment using Walton and Cohen’s (2007) Sense of Belonging instrument.


When Homework Management Systems Work Best: The Role Of Tenacity, Kathy K. Archer Jan 2019

When Homework Management Systems Work Best: The Role Of Tenacity, Kathy K. Archer

SoTL Commons Conference

The literature is clear: Homework management systems enhance student learning under some circumstances. What circumstances? Does the topic matter? Does student tenacity matter? This study of 917 online students measured subject matter effect by increase in exam scores for various topics. It measured student tenacity by how many students took advantage of all three homework attempts available to them. The results show the subject matter effect increased as the course went along, with the greatest effect on later exams. This correlated with steadily increasing student tenacity, as more students took advantage of all three homework attempts with each successive module.


Help Gilligan Get Off Sotl Island!, Catherine L. Ford, Deidra Peaslee Jan 2019

Help Gilligan Get Off Sotl Island!, Catherine L. Ford, Deidra Peaslee

SoTL Commons Conference

Do you feel stranded on an island without colleagues who understand and value SoTL? How can you initiate campus conversations to change SoTL work from an individual endeavor to an institutional priority? This session identifies steps faculty members can take to encourage their institutions to develop or expand institutional support systems through communities of practice. In our SoTL journey we’re asked “How do I do something like this at my institution? What steps can I take to expand SoTL now and in the future?” Using dialogue and activities participants will leave with steps to help get Gilligan to the ...


Retrieval-Based Learning: A Powerful Way To Improve Learning And Memory, Jeffrey D. Karpicke Jan 2019

Retrieval-Based Learning: A Powerful Way To Improve Learning And Memory, Jeffrey D. Karpicke

SoTL Commons Conference

Recent advances in the cognitive science of learning have important implications for strategies that all learners can use. For example, cognitive research has identified one strategy that promotes complex learning called retrieval practice: Practicing actively reconstructing one’s knowledge while studying has potent effects on long-term learning. Yet when people monitor and regulate their own learning, they often choose to engage in inferior strategies like repetitive reading, and the ultimate consequence is poor learning. This talk provides an overview of our research program on retrieval-based learning. In recent work, we have extended retrieval practice to meaningful learning of complex educational ...


Adult Learners In Higher Education: An Examination Of Academic Experiences, Jyotsna (Josi) M. Kalavar, Ruth Ann Herstek, Charles Ronald Brua Jan 2019

Adult Learners In Higher Education: An Examination Of Academic Experiences, Jyotsna (Josi) M. Kalavar, Ruth Ann Herstek, Charles Ronald Brua

SoTL Commons Conference

Adult learners are a unique student population at high-risk for academic underachievement and dropping out. An online survey was designed to assess preferred pedagogical techniques of as well as to understand perceived barriers that may influence quality of academic learning. Results show a strong preference for classroom discussion, lecture based presentations, and internship opportunities as preferred pedagogical approaches. The lack of flexibility in course offerings, balancing work/life demands, and chronological age were identified as barriers by these students. By better understanding this group, we can be more proactive in our efforts to maximize retention and foster an engaged learning ...


Redesigned Social Work Practice Courses Results In Improved Student Academic Resilience, Kareema J. Gray Jan 2019

Redesigned Social Work Practice Courses Results In Improved Student Academic Resilience, Kareema J. Gray

SoTL Commons Conference

The profession of social work acknowledges that social workers need to develop personal resilience to manage the emotional demands of the job effectively and sustainable. In the social work practice courses we discuss the importance of these non-cognitive skills, but we do not call them such. By operationalizing them, students will be able to clearly identify these skills and better understand which areas they need to grow in both academically and professionally. The redesigned SWK 708 and SWK 709 courses employed Design Thinking techniques to improve student outcomes including improved analytical and critical thinking skills around academic and personal resilience.


Promoting Critical Reading With Double-Entry Notes: A Pilot Study, Helena D. Hubl, Lindsey Ives, Taylor Mitchell, Sally Blomstrom Jan 2019

Promoting Critical Reading With Double-Entry Notes: A Pilot Study, Helena D. Hubl, Lindsey Ives, Taylor Mitchell, Sally Blomstrom

SoTL Commons Conference

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Double-entry note-taking is an active reading strategy that enables students to record their responses to texts as they read. While this strategy has been used in a variety of contexts since the 1980s, mainly for literature analysis and improving writing, its efficacy in developing student critical thinking and information literacy has not been widely studied. This pilot study examines student artifacts from a range of humanities and communication courses to determine whether, and in what ways, double-entry notes promote critical thinking about primary and secondary source material. This presentation explores preliminary results, including potential drawbacks and benefits for students ...


Formative Asynchonous Feedback For Faculty: A Case Study, Chad Rohrbacher, Jessica Mckee Dr Jan 2019

Formative Asynchonous Feedback For Faculty: A Case Study, Chad Rohrbacher, Jessica Mckee Dr

SoTL Commons Conference

While student evaluations provide a snapshot of feedback for faculty, successful teachers regularly seek feedback from other sources, including their peers. This case study at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University describes a process of instituting a video recording and web-based technology to provide faculty peers and developers opportunity to asynchronously observe, reflect, and comment on peers’ teaching and classroom experience. Additionally, faculty developers were able to view courses on a larger scale and provide directed pedagogical feedback in new ways. This presentation explores the preliminary results including benefits and drawbacks to asynchronous formative feedback for improving teaching.


Graduate Students' Perceptions Of Master Teaching, Jon Mitchell Edge Jan 2019

Graduate Students' Perceptions Of Master Teaching, Jon Mitchell Edge

SoTL Commons Conference

This study examined graduate students’ perceptions of master teaching qualities and behaviors exhibited by graduate-level faculty. The Teacher Behavior Checklist (Buskist, Sikorski, Buckley, & Saville, 2002) was administered to graduate students who were asked to rate the extent to which their graduate-level faculty exhibited each of the 28 items using a Likert rating method. Result indicated that Masters and Doctoral students agreed on seven of the top-ten TBC qualities. Academic demographics were examined to determine their effects on item ratings. Comparisons between graduate students and selected undergraduate student samples highlighted differences between different levels of students.


Sotl: The Meta Of Teaching And Learning, Chris Hakala Jan 2019

Sotl: The Meta Of Teaching And Learning, Chris Hakala

SoTL Commons Conference

How can we create learning environments that most benefit our students? In this presentation, we will argue that we need to teach students metacognitive strategies to help them learn more effectively, and faculty should engage in meta-teaching strategies to help students understand the purpose behind assignments and learning activities. The goal is to create experiences that translate from one learning experience to another to provide students with a richly contextualized classroom that prepares them for the complexity of both academy and life beyond they academy.


Scaffolding Sotl: A Two-Year Iterative Process To Launch A Sotl Community, Sue Mattson, Jen Friberg Jan 2019

Scaffolding Sotl: A Two-Year Iterative Process To Launch A Sotl Community, Sue Mattson, Jen Friberg

SoTL Commons Conference

What does it take to successfully launch and build a SoTL community? In 2017, the Innovation in Learning Center (ILC) at the University of South Alabama (USA) piloted a Summer SoTL Academy as the foundation for a SoTL community of practice. This program started with a 2-day “Intro to SoTL” workshop followed by other professional development supports during the academic year. The program continued in 2018; however, modifications were made to better scaffold the program based on 2017 data. This presentation shares outcome data from the summer academy and program supports as well as lessons learned for future iterations.


Who, When, Where, Why & How: Thoughts On Sotl Advocacy, Jennifer Friberg Jan 2019

Who, When, Where, Why & How: Thoughts On Sotl Advocacy, Jennifer Friberg

SoTL Commons Conference

As teachers and as researchers, we engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) for a variety of reasons. These reasons are valuable to us – individually — in terms of driving positive change in our students’ learning or in our own teaching praxis. Without doubt, these local changes influenced by outcomes from SoTL work are important. One might wonder, though, how results and information gathered from these SoTL studies are valued by stakeholders across institutions and disciplines. To date, strong and consistent advocacy for SoTL has been the mechanism for this transfer from local to broader audiences. SoTL became an ...


Attending To T&L: Sociocultural Faculty Development For Diversity-Responsive Sotl, Tara L.S. Kishbaugh, Lori Leaman Jan 2019

Attending To T&L: Sociocultural Faculty Development For Diversity-Responsive Sotl, Tara L.S. Kishbaugh, Lori Leaman

SoTL Commons Conference

While numerous SoTL studies have focused on closing the learning gap of diverse students through the deployment of learning strategies to meet their needs, these studies may not explicitly recognize that both “learning” and “need” are by very nature socio-cultural endeavors, not simply tactical or pedagogical moves. This study examines results and implications of a year-long, pre-SOTL course to cultivate faculty habits of deep awareness of the teaching-learning process as an endeavor laden with socio-cultural, not just pedagogical, underpinnings. Participants will complete a self/institutional assessment, identify transferable factors of the model, and engage in a sample inquiry activity.


Motivating Formative Assessment Engagement For Flipped Instruction Content, Kurt Schmitz Jan 2019

Motivating Formative Assessment Engagement For Flipped Instruction Content, Kurt Schmitz

SoTL Commons Conference

Hybrid and Blended instructional approaches are increasingly being applied to University level curriculum. These techniques shift a significant burden for engaging course content to the students as an outside-the-classroom activity. This study of contrasting hybrid classrooms (two medium size and two large size) investigates the efficacy of completion scores in an open gradebook to motivate student engagement with formative assessments. Definitions are provided for hybrid instruction, and formative assessment to establish clear measures for data collection in this field experiment. A between-groups ANOVA analysis is presented with conclusions and recommendations.


Flipped Classroom In Introductory Mathematics: Data Analysis Of Student Success, Cathy M. Frey Professor Of Mathematics Jan 2019

Flipped Classroom In Introductory Mathematics: Data Analysis Of Student Success, Cathy M. Frey Professor Of Mathematics

SoTL Commons Conference

This talk will compare student success between a traditional lecture format versus a flipped classroom model in MA240: Introduction to Number Theory and Cryptology. In the flipped model students watched lecture videos created with a tablet PC or iPad Pro before class and completed ‘homework’ exercises during the regular class period. (An example video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5RcMWiUyyE ).

Analysis of the results from flipped classroom as compared to those with the traditional lecture format suggests significant improvement using the flipped format on both the final exam as well as the final course grade.


Building Connections In Writing From Play To Work, Keturah Mazo Jan 2019

Building Connections In Writing From Play To Work, Keturah Mazo

SoTL Commons Conference

In my Communication classroom, I use the act of building to teach foundations of writing instructions, basic elements of design, scale modeling, and introduction to presentations. With small sets of Legos and small sets of Connectagons, the class is divided into groups to build and design their own item. If it is for Scientific and Technical Communication, instructions must be developed. If it is for Professional Communication, the elements of design are reviewed as well as story building are developed as a part of teamwork. The poster allows for the lesson plans to be viewed and discussed with student samples ...


Development And Validation Of A Discipline-Independent Research Product Rubric Alligned With The Research Skill Development Framework, Timothy D. Champion Jan 2019

Development And Validation Of A Discipline-Independent Research Product Rubric Alligned With The Research Skill Development Framework, Timothy D. Champion

SoTL Commons Conference

The Quality Enhancement Plan at JCSU is focused on Undergraduate Research. Students will be producing many research products, the ultimate product is their Senior Investigative Paper (SIP). Individual programs have rubrics for the assessment of these SIPs and other products. We perceived the need for a single rubric that could be applied across disciplines that focused on the facets of research as described in the Research Skill Development Framework (RSDF), cross-referenced by the quality of the product. A rubric was drafted, piloted, and revised. A study involving 18 faculty reviewing 24 past SIPs was conducted to establish reliability and validity.


How Much Of Myself Do I Bring To The Classroom?, Adrienne L. Cohen Jan 2019

How Much Of Myself Do I Bring To The Classroom?, Adrienne L. Cohen

SoTL Commons Conference

Autoethnographic research was conducted on a professor’s decisions regarding how much of her personal experiences with major loss she would bring into her Death and Dying class. Her research question was, “Is it safe and helpful to students for an instructor to bring traumatic personal experiences into the classroom?” Using a self-reflective process of exploration and feedback from her students the researcher/instructor negotiated the boundaries between her personal and professional lives. Results from this autoenthographic study reveal the ways in which an instructor can safely bring her own experiences into the classroom as a strategy for enhancing student ...


Fostering Critical Awareness Of The Role Media Play In Sexual Socialization, Mckinley Thomas Jan 2019

Fostering Critical Awareness Of The Role Media Play In Sexual Socialization, Mckinley Thomas

SoTL Commons Conference

To help students understand how media inform sexual development, a group pedagogical method titled “Sexual Socialization and the Media” was developed for an undergraduate human sexuality course. Groups selected and analyze various forms of media. Reflections were provided on scripting, skills, symbolism, stereotypes, and messaging conflicts. Results from 35 students indicate a high level of efficacy with 94.3% recommending the assignment be used in future classes. In all, the assignment received a score of 93.3% in terms of its “…usefulness in understanding the connection between sexuality and the media.” Pedagogical approaches are an ideal conduit toward continued sexual ...


Teaching Teachers’ Teachers About Teaching, Carl Sorgen Jan 2019

Teaching Teachers’ Teachers About Teaching, Carl Sorgen

SoTL Commons Conference

What do you teach educational administrators about teaching? In both P-12 and higher education, administrators benefit from a course on adult pedagogy (i.e., andragogy). This poster highlights the topics, activities, assessments, and outcomes from a graduate-level course at Georgia Southern University, Pedagogical Issues in Educational Leadership. The key topics include: today's adult learner, adult theories of learning, curriculum design and delivery, best practices in college teaching, personal teaching philosophy, the assessment of learning, and the evaluation of teaching. When students finish, they have an evidence-based foundation in exemplary course design principles and have also articulated how they reify ...


Sotl Commons Conference Program (2019), Sotl Commons Conference Jan 2019

Sotl Commons Conference Program (2019), Sotl Commons Conference

SoTL Commons Conference

Conference Program


An Examination Of K-12 Teachers’ Assessment Beliefs And Practices In Relation To Years Of Teaching Experience., Aslihan Unal, Zafer Unal Jan 2019

An Examination Of K-12 Teachers’ Assessment Beliefs And Practices In Relation To Years Of Teaching Experience., Aslihan Unal, Zafer Unal

Georgia Educational Researcher

This study compared K-12 teachers’ assessment beliefs and practices in relation to their years of teaching experience. The data for this study was collected from 87 public school teachers. The findings suggest that as the teachers’ years of experience increases, the value they place in assessment increases as well.


Examining The Effects Of Energy Drinks On Academic Performance, Alyssa P. Roberson Jan 2019

Examining The Effects Of Energy Drinks On Academic Performance, Alyssa P. Roberson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Reports of energy drink (ED) consumption have grown among the United States population. Research suggests reasons for consumption vary across populations, including increased attention and enhanced endurance performance. However, ED consumers could suffer from negative effects of ED, including health problems, caffeine overdose, and death. Energy drink consumption is also linked to substance use. Despite risks of consuming ED, heavy use of EDs remains among college students, often to help with academic performance; however, research has not examined effects of ED consumption on perceived and actual academic performance. This study evaluated relationships among ED consumption, self-efficacy, and academic performance in ...


Predictors Of Community College Students’ Academic Success In The Corequisite Model, Damon Andrews Jan 2019

Predictors Of Community College Students’ Academic Success In The Corequisite Model, Damon Andrews

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine predictors of community college student academic success in the corequisite model. Academic success was defined dichotomously on a pass or fail basis. The population in this study included 1,933 students that enrolled in at least one corequisite English and/or mathematics course at the college between the fall semester of 2015 and summer semester of 2018. The predictors examined were a student’s sex, race, age at time of enrollment, Pell grant recipient status, first-generation college student status, high school GPA, placement test scores, academic major, time spent receiving academic ...


Hopscotch 2.0: An Enhanced Version Of The Model For The Generation Of Research Designs In Social Sciences And Education, Ivan M. Jorrín Abellán Jan 2019

Hopscotch 2.0: An Enhanced Version Of The Model For The Generation Of Research Designs In Social Sciences And Education, Ivan M. Jorrín Abellán

Georgia Educational Researcher

The development of educational research designs might be daunting for novice researchers that have to make choices among the plethora of philosophical frameworks, research traditions, and different methods existing in the field. In this article we describe the process followed to formally evaluate Hopscotch, a model and a web-tool created by the author in 2015 to help novice researchers in the generation of solid and well-informed qualitative research designs. To do so, a responsive evaluation based on case study methods was conducted. The obtained results led us build a new 2.0 version of the Hopscotch's web-tool overcoming the ...


Library Instruction, Learning Outcomes And Assessment: A Compliance Strategy For Sacs Assessments., Kory A. Paulus Sep 2018

Library Instruction, Learning Outcomes And Assessment: A Compliance Strategy For Sacs Assessments., Kory A. Paulus

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

Ethel K. Smith Library’s Reference and Instruction Librarians, Kory Paulus and Isaac Meadows began a venture to improve the library instruction assessment tools in Fall of 2017 under the guidance of their Library Director and Director of Institutional Effectiveness and SACS Liaison.

Using the book entitled “Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians” published by ACRL as a proven example set of learning outcomes, the librarians customized these outcomes to meet the institutional needs.

An essential motive for this initiative was to obtain quantitative data to pair with learning outcomes to ensure bibliographics instruction’s alignment with both SACSCOC and Wingate ...