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The First Amendment And Provocative Teaching: Lessons From The Evidence, Kent D. Kauffman Mar 2017

The First Amendment And Provocative Teaching: Lessons From The Evidence, Kent D. Kauffman

SoTL Commons Conference

Risk-taking teaching is memorable and the research shows students retain content deeply when their learning connects to emotional intensity. But how far do academic freedom and the First Amendment extend to faculty teaching techniques? In this session, the presenter will synopsize the body of law on the prerogative of faculty over their pedagogical devices – called the germaneness standard. Attendees will analyze actual examples and evaluate if the controversial teaching techniques are protected by the confluence of academic freedom and the First Amendment. Consequently, attendees will be able, with confidence, to continue engaging their students to achieve the best learning outcomes.


Student Attitudes Toward Using Social Media For Class Assignments, Kathryn Woods, Melissa Gomez, Michelle Arnold Mar 2017

Student Attitudes Toward Using Social Media For Class Assignments, Kathryn Woods, Melissa Gomez, Michelle Arnold

SoTL Commons Conference

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Impacts Of Intentional Planning For Active Learning Environments, Michelle Carpenter, Susan J. Hillman, Karl P. Carrigan Mar 2017

Impacts Of Intentional Planning For Active Learning Environments, Michelle Carpenter, Susan J. Hillman, Karl P. Carrigan

SoTL Commons Conference

High levels of student engagement are associated with a wide range of educational practices and conditions including purposeful student-faculty contact, active learning, and environments that are perceived as inclusive and affirming.

This study seeks to understand how undergraduate and graduate student levels of engagement differ between typical learning spaces and intentionally designed active learning spaces, with a specific focus on two learning spaces at the University of New England. Herman Miller Education’s Learning Spaces Research Program (LSRP) offers a platform for reaching common objectives that support the advancement of learning environments for educational institutions within North America.


Assessing Astronomy Students’ Views About The Nature Of Science, Jennifer Blue Mar 2017

Assessing Astronomy Students’ Views About The Nature Of Science, Jennifer Blue

SoTL Commons Conference

For this project, I analyze papers and essays from students in a general education course, Observational Foundations of Astronomy. Students were asked to construct arguments about whether ancient astronomers, who in many cases were also astrologers and priests, were scientists. I will present the results, with student definitions and examples. This should have implications for how we talk about science with our students across the curriculum.


Simulation In A Graduate Online Learning Environment, Mickey Gillmor-Kahn, Tanya Tanner, Tia Andrighetti Mar 2017

Simulation In A Graduate Online Learning Environment, Mickey Gillmor-Kahn, Tanya Tanner, Tia Andrighetti

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This research explores the effect of simulation on graduate nursing student learning in an online distance education program. Simulation research has shown increased student confidence and knowledge after participation in activities that promote critical reasoning skills and approximate real-life situations. Most online courses accomplish this through asynchronous case study forum discussions. Faculty noted decreasing forum participation, and instituted online simulations to apply course concepts and improve critical thinking skills. This panel session showcases various online simulation formats, technical platforms, and presents student reactions and outcome data. Participants will also generate ideas for implementation of simulation activities in their courses.


Ethical Reasoning Development Through Disaster Simulation: Sotl In A Simulation Laboratory., Erika Metzler Sawin Phd, Rn Mar 2017

Ethical Reasoning Development Through Disaster Simulation: Sotl In A Simulation Laboratory., Erika Metzler Sawin Phd, Rn

SoTL Commons Conference

This SoTL study measured the effect of a disaster nursing simulation and debriefing session on nursing students’ perceived ethical reasoning confidence and beliefs in the importance of ethical reasoning. The simulation was placed within a community health undergraduate nursing course to teach disaster education, including triage/ prioritization, and ethical reasoning concepts. Using a quasi-experimental design, this study compared participants’ responses before and after the simulation using the Survey of Ethical Reasoning. Post-test results demonstrated an increase in students’ perceived ethical reasoning confidence, perceived importance of ethical reasoning, and utilization of our University’s Eight Key Questions Ethical Reasoning Framework.


Impact Of Training On Instructor Attitudes Towards Clicker Technology, Lisa Liseno, Zhaihuan Dai Mar 2017

Impact Of Training On Instructor Attitudes Towards Clicker Technology, Lisa Liseno, Zhaihuan Dai

SoTL Commons Conference

Extensive literature exists on why clickers are effective teaching tools, yet many instructors do not use them. The goal of this research study, which was supported by a 2015 POD Early Researcher Award, is to determine if receiving training on how to effectively use this technology will have an influence on instructors’ attitudes towards using it in their classrooms. We presented clicker training workshops, surveyed participants pre- and post-training, and analyzed the data. During this session we will share our findings, and lead discussion on what impact they may have on future training and use of this teaching technology.


Practice. Practice. Practice. Do Homework Management Systems Work?, Kathy K. Archer, Mark Olson Mar 2017

Practice. Practice. Practice. Do Homework Management Systems Work?, Kathy K. Archer, Mark Olson

SoTL Commons Conference

Do online homework management systems improve student learning? Do they work as well for adult learners in an online course? This natural experiment divided a sample of 2500 online students in an entry level university economics course into three treatment groups to look at the relationship between homework support and quiz scores. Group A got no homework support. Group B got simple Microsoft Excel templates. Group C got an online homework management system. Join us for this interactive session where we’ll discuss our findings and collect your ideas on how these findings might translate into practice.


Pedagogical Considerations In Teaching Implicit Bias, Lisa Bloom, Sur Ah Hahn, Charmion Rush, Candy Noltensmeyer, Pam Buskey, Tonya Westbrook Mar 2017

Pedagogical Considerations In Teaching Implicit Bias, Lisa Bloom, Sur Ah Hahn, Charmion Rush, Candy Noltensmeyer, Pam Buskey, Tonya Westbrook

SoTL Commons Conference

This SOTL Project examined the effects of an interactive lesson on implicit bias on the knowledge and attitudes regarding implicit bias of undergraduate students across 3 disciplines at a university in the South Eastern United States. A quasi-experimental design involving a pre and post-test given to participating students and a control group was used to determine the effect of the lesson. Pre and post test measures included open-ended questions that were analyzed for themes.


Implementing A Sotl Program At A Community College, Kimberly A. Delauro, Ann Tate, Dawn Eaton Mar 2017

Implementing A Sotl Program At A Community College, Kimberly A. Delauro, Ann Tate, Dawn Eaton

SoTL Commons Conference

San Jacinto College implemented a SoTL Group on its South campus and by doing so, the college has been able to bring research into the college culture in a systematic way, encouraging faculty to make research-driven decisions with regard to the discipline-specific approaches they take in the classroom. Also, because research is not typically a requirement at the community college level, SoTL gives faculty an opportunity to hone their research skills and share scholarly inquiry with their colleagues on the campus, district, and national level. SoTL can positively affect the culture and can revive creativity in the classroom.


Honors @ Georgia Southern, University Honors Program Students And Staff Jan 2017

Honors @ Georgia Southern, University Honors Program Students And Staff

Honors@Georgia Southern

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Sotl Commons Conference Program [2017], Sotl Commons Conference Jan 2017

Sotl Commons Conference Program [2017], Sotl Commons Conference

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Reimagining The Stacks: Classroom Technology And Library Collaboration For Writing In The Disciplines, Jossalyn Larson, Daniel C. Reardon Jan 2017

Reimagining The Stacks: Classroom Technology And Library Collaboration For Writing In The Disciplines, Jossalyn Larson, Daniel C. Reardon

The Journal of Student Success in Writing

This article details the process by which one university redesigned a first year writing course to better promote discipline-specific and best-practice research techniques. The program offers experiential learning activities through scholarly collaboration, using library staff as mentors, producing an open-access peer-reviewed student journal, and emphasizing face-to-face interaction of peer research communities. It has the potential to establish for students in high school, community colleges and universities that research writing is fundamentally about joining and contributing to a conversation.


Teaching Techniques Of Athletic Training Educators During Instruction Of Concussion Assessment Tools, Michelle Lima Jan 2017

Teaching Techniques Of Athletic Training Educators During Instruction Of Concussion Assessment Tools, Michelle Lima

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Context: Standards for concussion management in clinical practice are essential to best practices in health care. Even with the heightened awareness of concussion education in medical professionals over the past decade, there have been no studies to date to investigate the educational practices of instructors at CAATE-accredited institutions and how they teach concussion assessment tools. Purpose: To evaluate the educational practices of instructors teaching the course on concussion assessment tools at CAATE-accredited institutions. Design: Mixed-methods, exploratory study. Methods: Nine instructors from CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Programs that varied in geographical and division completed a 34-item survey using Qualtrics (2015)©. A ...


Academic Engagement, Motivation, Self-Regulation, And Achievement Of Georgia Southern University Sophomore Students, John O. Lemay Iv Jan 2017

Academic Engagement, Motivation, Self-Regulation, And Achievement Of Georgia Southern University Sophomore Students, John O. Lemay Iv

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Research has shown that engagement, motivation, self-regulation, and their individual effects on student achievement are established factors that influence college students’ success. However, what is less clear are these variables’ relationships and their collective influence on achievement. Since students face unique trials as they persist through college, consideration of these relationships and their effect on the achievement of all students is necessary. There is a widening achievement gap between sexes; females have now passed males in enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates. Previous research in this area has been largely centered on undergraduate female students in their freshman year, but the ...


Technology And Student Achievement In Stem Subjects: Perspectives From Teachers In Grades 3rd-5th, Kayleigh D. Hunter Jan 2017

Technology And Student Achievement In Stem Subjects: Perspectives From Teachers In Grades 3rd-5th, Kayleigh D. Hunter

University Honors Program Theses

The purpose of this study is to research teachers’ perspectives of their role and responsibilities of integrating technology in the classroom and the influence of technology on student achievement. The participants involved in the qualitative research process included seven in-service professional public school teachers. The thirty minute to an hour interviews were piloted using researcher created interview question constructed from previous research on teachers’ perceptions of technology. The questions used were created to specifically answer the researcher’s topic of study; some questions are regarding whether teachers believe success is technology driven and what benefits they think technology brings. The ...


Women's Education: An International Perspective, Nneka B. Dean Jan 2017

Women's Education: An International Perspective, Nneka B. Dean

University Honors Program Theses

The purpose of this study is to dissect a topic that is heavily discussed around the world: women’s education and the many diverse ways in which it is practiced. One of the reasons women’s education is such a highly-debated topic is because there are still many differences in how people believe it should be accomplished while other places do not see the advantage or purpose of educating women. There are many countries with male dominated enrollment because of the women’s traditionally-held gender role of staying at home or because the family’s socioeconomic status. This study compared ...


Review Of Quantitative And Qualitative Methodologies, Richard E. Cleveland Nov 2016

Review Of Quantitative And Qualitative Methodologies, Richard E. Cleveland

Leadership, Technology, and Human Development Faculty Presentations

This presentation was given during the Georgia Southern University SoTL Academy.


Hopscotch Building: A Model For The Generation Of Qualitative Research Designs, Iván M. Jorrín Abellán Jul 2016

Hopscotch Building: A Model For The Generation Of Qualitative Research Designs, Iván M. Jorrín Abellán

Georgia Educational Researcher

In this article we describe the process followed in the creation of the “Hopscotch Model,” a tool to help novice researchers thoroughly design qualitative research studies while learning the philosophical underpinnings of this particular form of research. The model helps to incorporate the theoretical background behind any qualitative study, as well as the intrinsic complexity of the multiple technical procedures that could be followed within the many different traditions in the field. Hopscotch is supported by an easy to use web-tool that drives potential users through the design of qualitative studies. In this article we describe the phases followed to ...


Irb Processes And Guidelines, Richard E. Cleveland Jun 2016

Irb Processes And Guidelines, Richard E. Cleveland

Leadership, Technology, and Human Development Faculty Presentations

This session is for Students who have completed some coursework in their EdS or EdD program and want to get oriented to the research process and/or students who are about ready to start their action research projects (EdS) or dissertations (EdD).

Dr. Richard E. Cleveland will present an introduction and overview of IRB processes and guidelines. The session will facilitate both small- and whole-group interaction. Students are encouraged to bring current IRB materials (at whatever stage of completion) for peer collaboration.


Qep Process Writing Survey: Process And Results, Xiaomei Song Apr 2016

Qep Process Writing Survey: Process And Results, Xiaomei Song

Georgia Southern University Research Symposium

Goals and Objectives: Our institution, Georgia Southern University, has selected a Quality Enhanced Plan (QEP) focusing on fostering effective student writing and associated thinking skills across all college and in the disciplines. In addition to the 1st Student Learning Outcome (SLO) of demonstrating argumentation, analysis, and synthesis skills through writing, the 2nd SLO in our QEP highlights students’ engagement in process writing. In this presentation, we will describe how the qualitative technique, along with the quantitative method, have been used to capture students’ engagement in process writing through a pre-post design.

Theoretical Framework: Since the 1980s, writing pedagogy has expanded ...


Beyond Navel Gazing: The Evidence Base For Employing Reflective And Metacognitive Practices In Our Teaching, Sarah Leupen Apr 2016

Beyond Navel Gazing: The Evidence Base For Employing Reflective And Metacognitive Practices In Our Teaching, Sarah Leupen

SoTL Commons Conference

Most of us work hard to build our students’ discipline-specific skills, content knowledge, and even that elusive goal, critical thinking. Rarely, though, do we train our students in how to reflect on their learning practices and current level of understanding, or how to change their practices to deepen understanding. Lacking such skills, they often exhibit shocking (to us!) failures to make connections among what they have learned, improve ineffective study behaviors, or see what they’re learning in a broader context. The research in cognitive science now demonstrates the importance and value of metacognition and reflection in formal learning, and ...


Using Social Media To Build Your Sotl Research And Profile: The “What” “Why” And “How”, Josephine M. Csete Dr Mar 2016

Using Social Media To Build Your Sotl Research And Profile: The “What” “Why” And “How”, Josephine M. Csete Dr

SoTL Commons Conference

Technology has caused huge changes in how academic work is accessed and measured. The advent of social media has also changed the way academic works are found and discussed.

This session will present a range of popular social media tools and foster discussion on how various tools may be useful for SoTL, as well as for wider research purposes. Throughout the session participants will first be exposed to a number of multi-functional tools and then, through discussion, be encouraged to consider which of these might be most applicable to their own practices and interests. In addition, alternative metrics (which often ...


Measuring College Learning, Lendol Calder Mar 2016

Measuring College Learning, Lendol Calder

SoTL Commons Conference

What are college students learning? Informed by SoTL, instructors can use a variety of assessment techniques to answer this question. But as questions about learning move into governance and policy circles, challenges of scale, expense, and public intelligibility make academic leaders chiefly open to the idea of standardized assessment. While faculty tend to view standardized assessment tools with distaste, college professors will not turn back the tide of demands for accountability armed only with brooms. A better response to the coming of standardized assessment would view the design of such tools as an intellectual problem to be tackled with the ...


Social Justice Through Sotl: Establishing Authentic Communities Of Learning, Delores D. Liston, Regina Rahimi, Erin Peters-Burton, Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti, Karen S. Meaney, Mary R. Moeller Mar 2016

Social Justice Through Sotl: Establishing Authentic Communities Of Learning, Delores D. Liston, Regina Rahimi, Erin Peters-Burton, Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti, Karen S. Meaney, Mary R. Moeller

SoTL Commons Conference

SoTL: Establishing Authentic Communities of Learning

This panel session examines collaborative experiences drawing together SoTL with concepts of social justice to develop authentic communities of learning. Each author in this panel explores how engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning leads us closer to transformational teaching and learning.

This opportunity to explore our personal interactions with students, the sociology behind teaching, and the diverse perspectives explored through teaching and learning relationships is perhaps the most powerful promise of SoTL. The authors in this panel session examine social justice and opportunity for equity in the work of SoTL.

The guiding ...


A Method To The Madness: Infusing Critical Thinking Strategies Into Online Courses, Randall E. Osborne, Paul Kriese Mar 2016

A Method To The Madness: Infusing Critical Thinking Strategies Into Online Courses, Randall E. Osborne, Paul Kriese

SoTL Commons Conference

We have incorporated a critical thinking model into our course on “hate” using Kuhn’s (1999) work on meta-knowing skills, Paul and Endler’s (2002) emphasis on how critical thinking integrates emotions into one’s thinking, and Smith’s (2002) characteristics of critical thinking.

By integrating these approaches into our online classroom, we encourage students to discuss what they know, how they know it, and how those thoughts fit into the broader range of what people know. Additionally, we emphasize that critical thinking is developmental in nature. Smith’s characteristics of critical thinkers shows what critical thinkers would be able ...


Creating Opportunities For Institutional And Disciplinary Sotl Advocacy And Growth, Jennifer Friberg Mar 2016

Creating Opportunities For Institutional And Disciplinary Sotl Advocacy And Growth, Jennifer Friberg

SoTL Commons Conference

This presentation will focus on advocacy for and support of SoTL at the institutional and disciplinary levels to highlight successful initatives for the advancement of SoTL. Initiatives discussed will be used as a springboard for interaction among attendees to share “next steps” for SoTL advocacy in a manner which acknowledges differences in both institutional and disciplinary structures and priorities.

At the institutional level, steps taken to enhance understanding of SoTL and support SoTL research at Illinois State University will be highlighted:

  • establishment of a SoTL blog to share information, resources, and reflections on SoTL
  • publishing of a multi-media SoTL research ...


Overcoming Challenges Of Common Core Implementation Using An Online Tool, Aslihan Unal Mar 2016

Overcoming Challenges Of Common Core Implementation Using An Online Tool, Aslihan Unal

SoTL Commons Conference

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in their educations, careers, and lives. The purpose of this study was to investigate and compare the impact of two strategies (lesson design with Microsoft Word & lesson design with an online tool) on improving in-service teachers’ knowledge, skills and practices with the CCSS. Half of the master’s degree seeking in-service teachers in two different graduate level courses completed their lesson ...


Empathy In Experiential Learning: Universal Design Problem Solving, Lilia Gomez-Lanier Dr. Mar 2016

Empathy In Experiential Learning: Universal Design Problem Solving, Lilia Gomez-Lanier Dr.

SoTL Commons Conference

Interior designers as designers of the built environment are tasked with improving the overall lives of their clients, specifically safety, health and welfare of clients. Certain design projects may feature older or disabled individuals, but the focus in those situations tends to be on special needs rather than lifestyles and aspirations. Using the concept of universal design problem solving this qualitative research study explores the role that empathy may have on the experiential learning of interior design students in a residential design studio. Specifically, empathy's role on the knowledge, action and reflection components of experiential learning. Research participants as ...


A Pilot Study Of Instructional Alignment In College Teaching, Mike Metzler Mar 2016

A Pilot Study Of Instructional Alignment In College Teaching, Mike Metzler

SoTL Commons Conference

Every course starts with some statement/s of intended learning outcomes to be achieved over the span of the term. To promote those outcomes, an instructor plans for and directs students through any number of course components (readings, lectures, discussions, assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, etc.). Each component can lead to a certain type of learning outcome (recall, analysis, understanding, prediction, evaluating, etc.). When course components are out of alignment with intended learning outcomes, the possibility of students achieving those outcomes is greatly reduced. A protocol was developed to assist instructors to look for and find course components that are out ...