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Student Success And Time Management In College Algebra, Steven Wallace, Mary Wolfe, June Jones, Gaston Brouwer Mar 2012

Student Success And Time Management In College Algebra, Steven Wallace, Mary Wolfe, June Jones, Gaston Brouwer

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The panel will illustrate how the students’ completion of the instructional system ALEKS objectives correlates with student success and retention rates. The panel will also discuss the influence of factors such as time management on success and the promotion of good study practices for students using computer-based learning systems.


New Media, Technology, And Online Course Delivery: A Comparison Of New Technologies For University Instructors, Philip Aust, Carolyn Carlson, Barbara Gainey, Jake Mcneill, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt Mar 2012

New Media, Technology, And Online Course Delivery: A Comparison Of New Technologies For University Instructors, Philip Aust, Carolyn Carlson, Barbara Gainey, Jake Mcneill, Tamara Powell, Leonard Witt

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In the last decade, higher education has been transformed by a rising number of new media suitable for online course delivery. While university instructors used to ask, “Should I deliver course content online?” Today they ask, “Which technology works best for delivering content online? Which technology can I quickly learn? And which technology can I easily manage?” To answer these questions, a team of university instructors/researchers compared and contrasted nine web-based technologies to determine each one's effectiveness. These technologies include: Wikis, Final Cut Pro, Audition, Facebook, Twitter, Camtasia, Wimba, GoToMeeting, and Second Life. Researchers gave particular attention to ...


Integrating Wikipedia Projects Into Information Technology Courses: Results From A Pilot Study, Lynn Keane, Karen Patten Mar 2012

Integrating Wikipedia Projects Into Information Technology Courses: Results From A Pilot Study, Lynn Keane, Karen Patten

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At the SoTL Commons 2011 Conference we learned about the United States Education Program, part of Wikimedia Foundation's Global Education Program. We immediately saw the potential pedagogical value of using Wikipedia as a tool to achieve course learning objectives. We returned to campus excited about the possibility of implementing Wikipedia projects into our courses during the fall 2011 semester. This presentation will share faculty and student reflections of the integration of two Wikipedia projects—one in a Training Systems course and one in a Telecommunications course. Formative and summative reflection data were collected. Topics of reflections address the projects ...


Reflections On Linguistics: A New Context For Reflective Journaling?, Leslie Gordon Mar 2012

Reflections On Linguistics: A New Context For Reflective Journaling?, Leslie Gordon

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Presented are the results of a study comparing two types of reflection journals in a Spanish linguistics class. This project sought to answer two questions: 1) Does mode of reflection (written or oral) affect the degree of student reflection and 2) does the degree of reflection improve with practice? Participants in the study submitted three journals over the course of the semester. Half of the participants submitted written journals and half submitted oral journals, recorded via the institution's online learning management system. All participants were given the same instructions and prompts to help them structure their reflections. For each ...


Implementing A Blended Model Of Mathematics Instruction – Issues And Outcomes, Natasha Brewley, Alvina Atkinson, Barry Biddlecomb Mar 2012

Implementing A Blended Model Of Mathematics Instruction – Issues And Outcomes, Natasha Brewley, Alvina Atkinson, Barry Biddlecomb

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The session will present issues and results from the implementation of a blended instruction model at the authors' institution. The blended instruction model involves coming together as a class less often and encourages student learning by making them more responsible for their learning outside of the classroom. In addition to describing the authors' home institution, this presentation will have three objectives: (1) Describe the blended instructional model (What is Blended learning and what does it look like?), (2) Present student evaluations. (What have students said about taking a course like this?), and (3) Present quantitative comparisons between blended and traditional ...


Effectiveness Of Role Play In Elementary Science Instruction, Michael White Mar 2012

Effectiveness Of Role Play In Elementary Science Instruction, Michael White

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Though elementary science and role play may seem an unlikely combination, pairing these two is an effective strategy that can be used as a student-centered approach to science instruction. Attendees at this session will participate in classroom-tested role-play activities to reinforce scientific concepts, including the function of Cholesterol in the Body, the Law of Conservation of Mass, Osmosis, Energy Transformations, and the Immune System's response to Viral Infections.


Exploring The Impact Of Learning Contracts On Student Commitment And Academic Performance, Timothy Frank Mar 2012

Exploring The Impact Of Learning Contracts On Student Commitment And Academic Performance, Timothy Frank

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It is not uncommon for students with high potential to underperform in the classroom. With many activities competing for a student's time, success comes with commitment. This project studied the effect of individualized, voluntary learning contracts on student commitment and academic performance. Scores on the first exam were compared with scores on the final exam to determine any change in academic performance. Additionally, feedback forms were collected to determine self-reported student commitment. Students in the experimental group who performed poorly on the first exam were counselled one-on-one and offered the chance to sign a learning contract. When comparing those ...


Is Anyone There? Using Interaction Behaviors To Enhance Online Discussion Forums, Denise Peterson Mar 2012

Is Anyone There? Using Interaction Behaviors To Enhance Online Discussion Forums, Denise Peterson

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Discussion forums in online courses are the vehicles in which much student interaction occurs. The interactions range from individuals who post constantly to those who get on once, meet the minimal requirements (if that) and log out. Our study focuses on the interactions within the discussion forums and how those interactions define the social presence of individuals. Social presence is defined by Garrison as “the ability to project one's self and establish personal and purposeful relationships” (2007). The behaviors that contribute to perceived social presence that have been coded in this study include asking questions, sharing personal examples, and ...


Improving The Experimental Design Of Sotl Research, Patricia Marsh, Neena Gopala, Anna Dickherber Mar 2012

Improving The Experimental Design Of Sotl Research, Patricia Marsh, Neena Gopala, Anna Dickherber

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Limitations in previous pseudo-experimentally designed Scholarship of Teaching and Learning studies were addressed by including recent recommendations in the literature (LoSchiavo, Shatz, & Poling, 2008; Smith, 2008). These involved: (a) pre/post tests administered in Social Psychology (SP) courses; (b) random assignment of SP students within the same course, semester, and instructor to one of the two interventions; and (c) the recruitment of students from a participant pool to serve as a group control (i.e., completed the same tests without having taken the course). This presentation focused on results from a 50-items SP exam covering SP topics, including prejudice, aggression, attraction and ...


(Much) Older University Students: Their Study Motivations And Experiences, Bronwyn Ellis Mar 2012

(Much) Older University Students: Their Study Motivations And Experiences, Bronwyn Ellis

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In an ageing society where retirement may need to be deferred, equity considerations mean that it is important to allow for the inclusion of an under-represented older cohort in higher education. Regional undergraduate students born before 1956 were invited to respond to an anonymous online questionnaire on being a university student in later life. Demographic information was collected – sex, place of residence, age group, any former university study, current study year and mode, and whether full or part time. Open-ended questions investigated study motivations, extra supports and facilities required, highlights of being a university student, negatives or challenges faced, contributions ...


Engaging In The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning: A Guide To The Process And How To Develop A Project From Start To Finish, Beth Dietz-Uhler, Cathy Bishop-Clark Mar 2012

Engaging In The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning: A Guide To The Process And How To Develop A Project From Start To Finish, Beth Dietz-Uhler, Cathy Bishop-Clark

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The purpose of SoTL is not just to make an impact on teaching and learning, but through formal, peer-reviewed communication, to contribute to the larger knowledge base on teaching and learning. The objective of the poster is to provide participants with a framework and some tools for completing a SoTL project. We will illustrate how SoTL has enriched our teaching and our careers. We will provide examples of our own studies as well as those of our peers. Lastly, we will introduce participants to a five-step process of creating their own SoTL project that facilitates movement from an idea to ...


Multiple Case Study Investigation Of E-Reader Devices In Academia, Lauren Scharff Mar 2012

Multiple Case Study Investigation Of E-Reader Devices In Academia, Lauren Scharff

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E-texts are seen as the imminent direction for education publishers. There are many e-reader devices currently available, leading to a variety of device characteristics that might affect use of the device, and more importantly, impact behaviors that can influence learning (e.g. note-taking and general likelihood to read). For example, some devices are able to display dynamic, colored images and run applications that allow users to interact with the material, possibly leading to increases in reading and enhanced learning. Less positively, small display screens make the more portable e-reader devices unappealing for many disciplines that rely on large, detailed diagrams ...


Fidget Toys In The University Classroom, Don Slater Mar 2012

Fidget Toys In The University Classroom, Don Slater

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This session reports on summarized and analyzed data that was collected through seven semesters and demonstrate the value of two hundred twenty student self-reported perspectives, values, opinions, and observations using fidget toys in the classroom as a behavior modification technique. A multiplicity of in-class distractions detracts contemporary students from the learning process. The researcher initiated the use of fidget toys in the classroom in order to create a positive distraction to help refocus student attention on in-class topics. The fidget toys used were small, squeezable, spongy, hand-held items. A twelve question Likert Rating Scale survey was used to record data ...


Critical Inquiry In The Classroom: Creating Opportunities For Deeper Learning And Application, Andy Dyer, Stephanie Foote Mar 2012

Critical Inquiry In The Classroom: Creating Opportunities For Deeper Learning And Application, Andy Dyer, Stephanie Foote

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The first year of college is a critical time in the cognitive development of students, a time when students experience measurable gains in learning (Reason, Terenzini, & Domingo, 2006). Through the implementation of a 1-credit hour required Critical Inquiry (CI) course, faculty at one institution are encouraging this development by engaging first semester first-year students in deeper learning that applies critical inquiry knowledge and skills. In this session, the presenters will draw from collective experiences developing and implementing the CI course, and related faculty development to: a) communicate strategies that have been used to get students engaged in the critical inquiry process; b) share examples of student work on activities and assignments that encourage deeper thinking and learning; c) explain the methods used to evaluate critical thinking and inquiry skills through student learning outcomes measurement and a common CI Portfolio; d) present findings related to the authentic portfolio assessment; and e) facilitate a discussion with the audience about how they can adapt activities and assignments in their courses to promote deeper learning.


Online Tools For Engaging Undergraduate Business Students, Wallace Lockhart Mar 2012

Online Tools For Engaging Undergraduate Business Students, Wallace Lockhart

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Description: As we move toward online course management and blended learning, are we keeping up with student expectations? The 2010 ECAR survey raises concerns. The Study : A single platform (moodle) is used for class co-ordination. Students were exposed to a blend of traditional and online tools for engagement and assessment. Paper was eliminated. The study covered ten courses over two years. Surveys asked perceived difficulty and benefits of online vs traditional tools, and what is most important to student's overall learning experience. Results : Student response to online tools was initially luke-warm, but improved over time as we learned to ...


Ways For Cooperating Teachers To Build A Positive Relationship With Student Teachers, Hsiu-Lien Lu Mar 2012

Ways For Cooperating Teachers To Build A Positive Relationship With Student Teachers, Hsiu-Lien Lu

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The purpose of this session is to explore what cooperating teachers can do to build a positive relationship with student teachers to help foster a successful internship. Working with student teachers over 10 years, I have seen great successes in the relationship between the cooperating teacher and the student teacher; I have also seen others not as successful. To motivate at the beginning of the session, attendees will be asked to reflect upon their experiences, positive or negative, working as a student teacher, a cooperating teacher, and/or a program supervisor. Throughout the session, an interactive model will be utilized ...


The Adult Student Priorities Surveytm: An Analysis At A Private Central Appalachian University, Jack Mccann, Daniel Graves Mar 2012

The Adult Student Priorities Surveytm: An Analysis At A Private Central Appalachian University, Jack Mccann, Daniel Graves

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The purpose of this session is to present the results of the Adult Student Priorities SurveyTM conducted at a private university school of business in central Appalachia. In this session, attendees will learn what adult learner participants found to be important and the reported level of satisfaction with a full range of experiences in their educational program. A description of the study, major findings, and the implications for colleges and universities will also be presented in this session. In addition, recommendations are included for further research, so that these results may be used by schools to help improve existing policies ...


Developing A Mutually Beneficial Approach To Providing University Students With Effective Feedback, Bronwyn Ellis Mar 2012

Developing A Mutually Beneficial Approach To Providing University Students With Effective Feedback, Bronwyn Ellis

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Feedback quality has been shown to influence student satisfaction and engagement with learning. Undergraduate social work students were invited to respond to an anonymous online survey and also participate in a focus group on their perceptions of the feedback provided and their suggestions for improvements. Faculty interviews probed their experiences, and their perceptions of how feedback could be used to engage students more effectively. Discussions at a staff feedback workshop have also provided data. The ongoing project, with its action research approach, includes developing practice guidelines for effective, efficient feedback. A further student survey will gauge the effectiveness of modifications ...


Reading The Absence: Critical Reading And Social Engagement, Karen Manarin, Melanie Rathburn, Miriam Carey Mar 2012

Reading The Absence: Critical Reading And Social Engagement, Karen Manarin, Melanie Rathburn, Miriam Carey

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The term “critical reading” has two distinct traditions: reading for academic purposes and reading for social or civic engagement. In this session participants will learn about a collaborative method for SoTL projects, hear findings about critical reading for social engagement in a general education program, and engage in dialogue about critical reading. This session describes the evidence-based assessment practices used to gather information about how students demonstrate critical reading across the four areas of a first-year general education program: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy; Values, Beliefs and Identities; Community and Society; and Communication. Researchers examined the written work produced by students ...


Collaborative Assessment: Measuring Effects Of Community-Based Participatory Research On Student Learning, Caroline Nielsen, David Dunbar, Christina Medved, Susan Gill Mar 2012

Collaborative Assessment: Measuring Effects Of Community-Based Participatory Research On Student Learning, Caroline Nielsen, David Dunbar, Christina Medved, Susan Gill

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Community-based participatory research (CBPR) involves students in addressing real-world problems in collaboration with community partners. Research has shown that this approach results in positive outcomes with respect to student engagement and attitudes. However, demonstrating that CBPR leads to genuine improvement in student learning, as compared with more traditional pedagogical approaches, is an emerging challenge. In order to address this challenge, we present the use of an authentic assessment in Watershed Ecology, a CBPR science course for non-majors, to measure gains in student learning as compared with learning gains in a similar undergraduate course that does not use a CBPR approach ...


Sotl And The Creative Power Of Faculty Learning Communities, Arlene Wilner, Sharon Mirchandani, Phillip Lowrey, Bryan Spiegelberg, Danielle Jacobs Mar 2012

Sotl And The Creative Power Of Faculty Learning Communities, Arlene Wilner, Sharon Mirchandani, Phillip Lowrey, Bryan Spiegelberg, Danielle Jacobs

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Drawing on lessons learned from ten years of developing and sustaining faculty learning communities and from participation in a Dean's Task Force on Curriculum Revision, SoTL practitioners from different disciplines (e.g., music, biology, English, chemistry) will demonstrate the value of SoTL as an integrative activity that accomplishes simultaneously several higher-education objectives: 1) building faculty morale through shared evidence of positive effects on student learning, 2) promoting assessment as a tool for teaching as well as for evaluation, 3) enabling faculty to teach and learn from each other, and 4) influencing the revision of the general education curriculum in ...


Perceptions Of Program Completers Of A Hybrid Education Program, Ron Knorr, Richard Binkney Mar 2012

Perceptions Of Program Completers Of A Hybrid Education Program, Ron Knorr, Richard Binkney

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This session is designed to explore the results of an examination of initial perceptions of program completers of a novel hybrid instructional delivery system in graduate education. Established by a major regional university to meet a rapidly growing need for graduate-level perpetration in teacher education, this hybrid method of instruction, a combination of online and occasional face to face meetings between faculty and students, has been expanded from master's level offerings to add advanced graduate degree programs. The objectives of this session are to detail and explain the establishment of such a program and report on the initial satisfaction ...


Student Learning Styles And Personality Types: Their Implications For Teaching, Diann Moorman, Krista Clark Mar 2012

Student Learning Styles And Personality Types: Their Implications For Teaching, Diann Moorman, Krista Clark

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Research has suggested that personality measures predict a range of targeted performance criteria such as academic success. Studies attempting to investigate the relationship between personality type and academic success have concluded that this relationship is moderated by both student learning styles and instructor teaching methods; in that, people develop a preference for a particular learning style and the depth of their learning is, in part, a function of this preferred style of learning and the teaching methods used by their instructors. It has been suggested that tailoring instructor teaching methods to student learning styles has the potential to improve student ...


Portfolio Review: Evidence Of Student Learning Outcomes, Diana Gregory, Donald Robson, Samual Robinson Mar 2012

Portfolio Review: Evidence Of Student Learning Outcomes, Diana Gregory, Donald Robson, Samual Robinson

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Following self-study analysis a portfolio review process was initiated addressing and improving student-learning outcomes. Published standards for admission leave institutions on their own to determine criteria and processes. When faculty members seek consensus, is anything lost in the process? Do (should, or indeed can) admission standards take into account student's future success in the program as recommended by accreditation institutions? If so, what are the most effective criteria to evaluate student learning outcomes and how can these be used to assess student progress? What are the ultimate goals of the admissions portfolio? This session seeks to delineate both problems ...


Calculus Blues: Unlocking Mysteries In Related Rates, Kavita Bhatia, Kirthi Premadasa Mar 2012

Calculus Blues: Unlocking Mysteries In Related Rates, Kavita Bhatia, Kirthi Premadasa

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Calculus is a challenging course for most students and certain topics such as related rates which involve word problems have been identified as a particular source of such difficulties. This talk will present an intervention applied with the hope of reducing student difficulties in one particular step (the differentiation step) of the solution process, found to be caused mainly by misconceptions about the chain rule. An additional research lesson involving the application of chain rule to find rates of varying quantities was conducted in two sections of freshman calculus students as a prelude to the related rates topic and the ...


Implementing Practices To Enhance Student Consciousness Of Their Learning, Lauren Scharff, James S. Rolf, Sarah Robinson, James Scoville Mar 2012

Implementing Practices To Enhance Student Consciousness Of Their Learning, Lauren Scharff, James S. Rolf, Sarah Robinson, James Scoville

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Students often focus on required course products or solutions to assignments rather than taking time to consciously examine their learning and how they might learn better. By becoming conscious of practices that positively impact their learning, we believe that students will come to more strongly value those practices, be more likely to engage in them and, ultimately, improve the quality of their work. A common approach to enhancing student awareness of their learning is to incorporate multiple written and discussion reflection activities. This type of approach is not feasible in all classes, and if used in too many classes might ...


Learning Assessment, And Career Marketability: A Strategy For The Liberal Arts, Samantha Earley, Wolfgang Natter Mar 2012

Learning Assessment, And Career Marketability: A Strategy For The Liberal Arts, Samantha Earley, Wolfgang Natter

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Undeniably, it's one of the most difficult questions that a liberal arts major will face in her academic career: “What are you going to do with that major?” In these economic times, it's a fair question. The dilemma for the student isn't helped when, often, professors can't offer answers other than “teaching” or “graduate school.” As educators, we can help answer that question by using competency-based grading rubrics geared toward enabling students to discuss their skills sets in light of corporate hiring. Assessment in this sense can become a way to inform students about both the ...


Enhancing Cross-Cultural Competencies Through Online Social Networking, Mary Moeller Mar 2012

Enhancing Cross-Cultural Competencies Through Online Social Networking, Mary Moeller

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Participants will consider the educational utility of an online social networking site linking diverse populations in a service-learning project, and will discuss opportunities and challenges to reducing stereotypes through such online interaction. The session will begin with a review of findings from a study in which teacher candidates used an online social networking site to connect with Native American high school students in a service-learning project. Course instructors developed the site in response to the candidates' expressed need for greater interaction with these students. We evaluated the educational value of the site through both qualitative and quantitative analysis of candidate ...


Are Students Learning? Evaluating The Academic And Experiential Components Of Service-Learning, Eve Rapp Caudill Mar 2012

Are Students Learning? Evaluating The Academic And Experiential Components Of Service-Learning, Eve Rapp Caudill

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Research has pointed to a myriad of benefits associated with experiential learning, including students' enhanced critical thinking and improved decision making skills and their increased ability to connect traditional academic learning with “real world” application. Service-learning, a form of experiential learning, includes a community involvement component and thus is seen as contributing to students' civic-minded growth as well. Increased interest in service-learning brings with it the challenge of how to effectively structure and evaluate the learning component in service learning. The use of reflection assignments is cited as one of the tools that can motivate deeper, more reflective thinking in ...


Using Impact Data To Improve College Teaching, Randall Scott, William Sharpton Mar 2012

Using Impact Data To Improve College Teaching, Randall Scott, William Sharpton

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In response to an increasing national focus on educational accountability, many teacher education programs of study have shifted to a performance=based model. This session describes a unique approach to the evaluation of university teaching effectiveness through the use of impact data resulting from assigned field work. The session will focus on strategies to support two types of efforts: 1) measuring the effectiveness of applied projects in terms of K-12 student behavior improvement, and (2) using instructional impact data to determine the effectiveness of higher education faculty performance. This session will incorporate a case example of a graduate=level course ...