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Mid-Semester Reset: Approaches For Student Self-Assessment, Self-Efficacy And Support, Paige W. Johnson Ed.D. Jan 2021

Mid-Semester Reset: Approaches For Student Self-Assessment, Self-Efficacy And Support, Paige W. Johnson Ed.D.

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A full college semester, like any long-term project, benefits from periodic reflection, and reconfiguration to make it to completion successfully. This is the thinking behind creating a mid-semester reset framework for first-semester students aligned with lessons on health and wellness. Students asked to reflect on themselves personally, each class during the semester and create an actionable plan was useful in helping to find their power, remember and reconfigure their motivations and see what they're doing right and well as what they can improve.


Using Microanalysis (Mfd) To Teach & Train Students, Sara Smock Jordan Feb 2019

Using Microanalysis (Mfd) To Teach & Train Students, Sara Smock Jordan

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Microanalysis of face-to-face dialogue (MFD), that is, the detailed and replicable examination of any aspect of observable communicative behavior as it occurs, moment by moment, in a face-to-face dialogue (Bavelas, Gerwing, Healing, & Tomori, 2016) to examine professional conversations. MFD is an inductive methodology which uses detailed operational definitions and analysis rules, rather than relying on subjective judgment, to produce high inter-analyst agreement (Bavelas et al., 2016). MFD principles are applicable to teaching, training, and supervising clinicians in our CFT program.


Fostering Student Engagement: Four Strategies, Erica Marti, Ryan Sherman, Haroon Stephen Feb 2019

Fostering Student Engagement: Four Strategies, Erica Marti, Ryan Sherman, Haroon Stephen

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In response to studies demonstrating that poor teaching was the cause of many students leaving math, science, and engineering programs, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed the ExCEEd(Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop. Several faculty from the UNLV Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction have attended the highly intensive five-day workshop. To evaluate the impact on student engagement, four basic instructional strategies from the ExCEEdworkshop, applicable to all fields, were tested and assessed during the Fall 2018 semester: Questioning techniques, physical models, instructor involvement, and group work.


Pre-Tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking, Alison Sloat Feb 2019

Pre-Tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking, Alison Sloat

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First-year students’ critical thinking and analysis in science is rudimentary in SCI 101, the College of Sciences First Year Seminar. I tested whether the use of Pretests (Figures 1 and 2) can improve students’ inquiry, critical thinking, and analysis skills.


Body Continuum Polling: A Dynamic Technique For Any Classroom, Erica S. Tietjen Feb 2019

Body Continuum Polling: A Dynamic Technique For Any Classroom, Erica S. Tietjen

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Body continuum polling is an active technique designed to engage students physically in the classroom space, by getting them move around the classroom to place themselves along a gradient (less to more, low to high, etc.) that spans the room. Students provide their opinion on a question or topic, combined with a kinesthetic approach that engages them with movement (Mobley & Fisher, 2014).


Categorization Of Exam Questions To Improve Metacognition, Tiffany Barrett Feb 2019

Categorization Of Exam Questions To Improve Metacognition, Tiffany Barrett

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This practice addresses UNLV students’ need for greater metacognitive awareness. Students often employ memorization as a study strategy when preparing for an exam. This can create an inability to apply the knowledge in a complex or different scenario. We know that “practice retrieving” study activities produce greater gains in meaningful learning (Karpicke 2011) but often students don’t identify a need for a change in study habits and a deeper level of understanding, especially if their exam score is considered passing.


Reducing Anxiety While Boosting Creativity: Lessons From The Progymnasmata, Bryan Blankfield Feb 2019

Reducing Anxiety While Boosting Creativity: Lessons From The Progymnasmata, Bryan Blankfield

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The fear of public speaking is a widely shared among individuals. This can be difficult to overcome when students are assigned several large, heavily-weighted speeches with few opportunities to become acclimated to standing in front of an audience. Several times throughout the semester students are assigned a 2–3 minute long speech inspired by the progymnasmata (a series of rhetorical exercises from Ancient Greece). The speeches vary widely from presenting a fable to impersonating an individual.


Engaging Assignments Increase Performance, Jorge Ramon Fonseca Cacho Feb 2019

Engaging Assignments Increase Performance, Jorge Ramon Fonseca Cacho

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It is well known that students who complete homework assignments and other outside of class activities related to the course lead to improve student outcomes. However, engaging a student and motivating them to complete their assignments is no easy feat. To address this, we developed new assignments for two sections of the Fall 2018 course CS135.


Benefits Of Formative Teaching Observations, Dan Gianoutsos Feb 2019

Benefits Of Formative Teaching Observations, Dan Gianoutsos

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Formative teaching observations by peer teaching faculty can provide helpful advice about small changes to teaching that can improve teachers’ and students’ experiences during the term (see reference list). The researcher posits that the UNLV Teaching Observation project catalyzed real-time changes to the participating faculty’s teaching and generated short-term solutions to some of their teaching challenges.


Student Outcomes -Online Vs. Hybrid, Sharon Jalene Feb 2019

Student Outcomes -Online Vs. Hybrid, Sharon Jalene

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The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the field of Kinesiology -the science of human movement. Concepts in the various subfields of Kinesiology are examined and career opportunities are explored. Students will also gain a better understanding of the course concepts through online lectures, discussions, assignments, and quizzes


Embedding Accessibility In Course Development, Gabriel Judkins, Rex Suba Feb 2019

Embedding Accessibility In Course Development, Gabriel Judkins, Rex Suba

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Accessibility as practice allows all to independently: acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, enjoy the same services within the same time frame with equivalent ease of use.


Using Problem-Based Learning To Promote Self-Directed Learning At Unlv School Of Medicine, Rosalie Kalili Feb 2019

Using Problem-Based Learning To Promote Self-Directed Learning At Unlv School Of Medicine, Rosalie Kalili

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It is imperative that medical students develop skills that promote life-long learning and manage the doubling rate of medical knowledge. Through the use of problem-based learning (PBL), self-directed learning (SDL) can be practiced; and both can serve as ongoing learning approaches beyond medical school.


Design Data-Driven Assignments For Clear, Transparent, And Efficient Teaching, Julian Kilker Feb 2019

Design Data-Driven Assignments For Clear, Transparent, And Efficient Teaching, Julian Kilker

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Working with students in hybrid, inperson, or online courses involves many data interactions. Data-driven assignments are structured to gather and evaluate student work at both macro and micro levels needed to evaluate learning and improve course materials. This practice uses Google Forms and linked Sheets to create data-driven assignments and custom dashboards.


Infographics As Data Visualization Class Assignment, Kim Nehls Feb 2019

Infographics As Data Visualization Class Assignment, Kim Nehls

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Data visualization is commonplace. UNLV students need to be prepared.


Student-Led Discussions, Deborah A. Obara Feb 2019

Student-Led Discussions, Deborah A. Obara

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According to constructivist learning theory informed by cognitive and educational psychology, the optimal conditions needed for learning include accurate assessment of student background knowledge; engaging, scaffolded activities; cognitive elaboration; and more knowledgeable others available to assist when needed.


Mentoring Meetings Increase Student Performance On “High Stakes” Projects In Stem, Elana A. Paladino Feb 2019

Mentoring Meetings Increase Student Performance On “High Stakes” Projects In Stem, Elana A. Paladino

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The current project addresses whether one-on-one, mentoring meetings to discuss poster rough drafts will impact learning more consistently.


The Importance Of Universal Design In Teaching, Maria Pena Feb 2019

The Importance Of Universal Design In Teaching, Maria Pena

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences.


Trauma-Informed Schools And Educators, Carolina Meza Perez, Michelle Paul Feb 2019

Trauma-Informed Schools And Educators, Carolina Meza Perez, Michelle Paul

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Educators, staff, and administrators in the school community will be prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress.


Student Polling In Webcampus, Benjamin Root, Jennie Tran, Joey Kim, Philip Cheung Feb 2019

Student Polling In Webcampus, Benjamin Root, Jennie Tran, Joey Kim, Philip Cheung

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Our goal was to increase student engagement with online courses by building a student polling system that works inside of WebCampus.


Designing Engaged Learning Experiences: Service-Learning At Unlv, Rian Satterwhite Feb 2019

Designing Engaged Learning Experiences: Service-Learning At Unlv, Rian Satterwhite

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“Service-learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes.” Jacoby and Associates, 1996


Active Learning And Transparency In Teaching Gateway Mathematics Courses, Viktoria Savatorova Feb 2019

Active Learning And Transparency In Teaching Gateway Mathematics Courses, Viktoria Savatorova

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The need: we concentrate our attention on the gateway courses (for example, PreCalculus ) which have had traditionally low passing scores and retention. Objectives: in our teaching practice we aim to be consistent assuring: Active participation in the class work based on understanding the concepts and ability to implement them; Clear understanding of the requirements and the grading system (what should be done, when it needs to be done, and how to do that?)


Dynamic Lightboard Videos, Kristina Schmid, Peter Mccandless, Eddie Gomez Feb 2019

Dynamic Lightboard Videos, Kristina Schmid, Peter Mccandless, Eddie Gomez

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STEM content in online courses can be difficult to convey. Instructional videos are often limited to voiced-over, handwritten examples which can limit the quality of dynamic presentation. The need is for a technological medium that facilitates a personal connection. The Office of Online Education’s new lightboard technology enhances video presentation. This solution supports online learning and student engagement to promote student success.


Reality In The Classroom: Teaching Critical Thinking With Scenarios, Timothy T. Self Feb 2019

Reality In The Classroom: Teaching Critical Thinking With Scenarios, Timothy T. Self

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One of the challenges for hospitality educators is to develop critical thinking skills in the future leaders of the industry. It is often thought that students will develop this skill as a by product of course work, but research indicates that it must be explicitly taught.


Connecting Ethics To Fys Class Participation, Emily Shreve Feb 2019

Connecting Ethics To Fys Class Participation, Emily Shreve

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One goal of UNLV’s First-Year Seminars is that students are introduced to, and understand the purpose of, the University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (UULOs). This activity introduces students to Citizenship and Ethics, focusing especially on applying ethics in situations directly relevant to students’ daily lives.


Quote Of The Day: Increasing Student Engagement With Textbooks And Common Readers, Brandy Smith Feb 2019

Quote Of The Day: Increasing Student Engagement With Textbooks And Common Readers, Brandy Smith

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Ensuring that students not only complete assigned readings, but also actively engage with the readings, is a common challenge faced by faculty. Research indicates that approximately only onethird to one-half of students complete assigned readings for any given day (Hatteberg & Steffy, 2013; Hoeft, 2012; Burchfield & Sappington, 2000).


A Strategy To Increase Formative Assessment And Student Engagement During Labs, Jennifer C. Utz, Angela Hammond Feb 2019

A Strategy To Increase Formative Assessment And Student Engagement During Labs, Jennifer C. Utz, Angela Hammond

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In a 200-level biology laboratory course, we developed learning objectives (LO) for each lab. We also developed practice activities that directly corresponded to each LO. Students earned participation credit through completing the practice activities. As students progressed through their lab work and felt ready, they would request that the lab instructor come check their progress towards mastering a particular LO. If students were successful with the practice, the instructor would mark completion for that LO on the students’ lab handout. If students were not successful, the instructor would provide feedback and recommend additional learning approaches. Since the purpose of the ...


Civic Engagement And Service Learning Partnerships, Diane Villa, C. Stockwell, M. Cohen, K. Stucki Feb 2019

Civic Engagement And Service Learning Partnerships, Diane Villa, C. Stockwell, M. Cohen, K. Stucki

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Service learning is designed to promote volunteerism and civic awareness. Community engagement in higher education specifically involves university members partnering with local community organizations to address a need. Students engage with community partners through service learning and other activities (Moore & Mendez, 2014). Service learning is a practice that connects new knowledge and social responsibility through active learning (Benson & Younkin, 1996).


Increasing Identification, Thus Success And Graduation From Unlv, Emmanuel Ayim Jan 2017

Increasing Identification, Thus Success And Graduation From Unlv, Emmanuel Ayim

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When our students are connected to UNLV at multiple levels, and identify as UNLV students, they will more likely persist and graduate.


Using Mastery Learning To Help All Students Achieve, Jori S. Beck, Christina J. Santoyo Jan 2017

Using Mastery Learning To Help All Students Achieve, Jori S. Beck, Christina J. Santoyo

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In 1968, Benjamin Bloom outlined a specific strategy that he dubbed learning for mastery, which later became mastery learning (Guskey, 2007).


Service Learning Collaboration With Student Affairs, Nathan Hanke, Leanne Soter, Kelsi Sullivan Jan 2017

Service Learning Collaboration With Student Affairs, Nathan Hanke, Leanne Soter, Kelsi Sullivan

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Service Learning is Applicable to courses across academic disciplines