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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

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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.


I Like It, But Is It Good? Identifying Quality Writing, Peggy J. Lindsey, Jinrong Li Mar 2017

I Like It, But Is It Good? Identifying Quality Writing, Peggy J. Lindsey, Jinrong Li

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Even when faculty clarify evaluation criteria through the use of rubrics, students often interpret and apply the criteria differently from faculty (Li and Lindsey, 2015). This can be particularly true for writing assignments. This presentation explores a new methodology for improving student understanding of quality writing across disciplines and genres. It describes initial findings of a mixed-method research study designed to test the efficacy of key word rubrics – rubrics that consist solely of essential descriptive terms rather than detailed criteria. The presenters will share preliminary data on the effectiveness of this methodology and its potential for application across disciplines.


The Efficacy Of A Model Rubric To Enhance Experiential Learning In An Entrepreneurship Course: A Case Study, Douglas W. Glass, Earl Wayne Freeman Mar 2016

The Efficacy Of A Model Rubric To Enhance Experiential Learning In An Entrepreneurship Course: A Case Study, Douglas W. Glass, Earl Wayne Freeman

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Current research suggests that college entrepreneurship courses tend to be abstract and lack concrete experiential elements that encompass the total entrepreneurial experience. Using an 18-point model rubric, this case study will detail how to incorporate semester-long functional small businesses, within limitations, that enhance and stimulate the learning experience. Important to this rubric has been an integrated business program in which previous courses teach needed skills in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The rubric is used as a tool against which learning is measured and pushes the students toward discovery of entrepreneurial engagement. Appropriate models/ systems per ...


Social, Cognitive And Teaching And Presences In The Synchronous Online Environment, Nancy Weissman Mar 2015

Social, Cognitive And Teaching And Presences In The Synchronous Online Environment, Nancy Weissman

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This presentation will focus on research that is being conducted using synchronous technology to provide virtual instruction to students in online classes. The research in process is grounded in the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework which suggests that learning online is supported by the three presences – social, cognitive and teaching presence. Application of synchronous technology to the online classroom seeks to improve student learning by establishing CoI. In this presentation the CoI model and each presence will be discussed followed by a description of the virtual instruction provided, the survey data collected and several short clips from recorded sessions will ...


Lessons Learned While Developing An Effective Culture Of Assessment For Library Instruction, Sonya S. Shepherd May 2013

Lessons Learned While Developing An Effective Culture Of Assessment For Library Instruction, Sonya S. Shepherd

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After testing and using multiple assessment surveys and tools over time to evaluate student learning after and satisfaction with library instruction, workshop attendees discussed lessons learned by an academic librarian attempting to develop a more effective culture of assessment for library instruction. The following was addressed:

  • various surveys and tools used/tested
  • why certain surveys and tools were selected for use and not others
  • why certain surveys and tools worked better than others
  • what were the lessons learned
  • what assessment surveys and tools are being used after the lessons learned


Compelling Student Support In Calculus, Keith Howard, David Nelson, Jeff Denny Mar 2013

Compelling Student Support In Calculus, Keith Howard, David Nelson, Jeff Denny

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Confronted with high failure and withdrawal rates in calculus and precalculus courses, we conducted a case study comparing a voluntary model of student support with a compulsory model imbedded within course requirements. This study design was in large part reflective of the highly acclaimed study by Uri Treisman at Berkley University. The case study, which included experimental and control groups, will be presented along with an active demonstration illustrating the added value of compulsory groups and direct assistance in the learning process. We will discuss the findings of our study both in terms of differences in student performance and perception ...


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 ...


Utilizing Feedback In On-Line Quizzes To Improve Student Learning And Retention, Melody Jewell Mar 2011

Utilizing Feedback In On-Line Quizzes To Improve Student Learning And Retention, Melody Jewell

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The most powerful tool to helping students learn is feedback, but it must be delivered promptly. The feedback is designed to tell the student where they went wrong, to further develop their understanding through explanation and then give them an opportunity to demonstrate they have learned the material. In this study, multiple-choice on-line quizzes were given to chemistry survey classes. Students took the quiz once, then immediately receive their score and the ability to view feedback. Each student could choose to re-take the quiz (different questions, same concepts) knowing if they chose a second attempt that score would be their ...