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2007

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Measuring Learning In An Honors Interdisciplinary Course On Video Games, Rudy Mcdaniel, Peter Telep Nov 2007

Measuring Learning In An Honors Interdisciplinary Course On Video Games, Rudy Mcdaniel, Peter Telep

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Some research suggests that video games can be effective tools for learning complex subject matter and for teaching students how to manage and work with information in project settings. In our session we will discuss our experiences teaching and conducting SOTL research in an undergraduate Honors Interdisciplinary team-taught seminar. The course, entitled Gaming 360: The History, Culture, and Design of Video Games, was taught during the Spring 2007 semester and included 20 Honors In the Major (HIM) students. Our primary research question was this: How would students improve their understanding of video game production concepts (video games as technologies) and ...


Knowledge Surveys: Helping Students Self-Assess, Jon M. Clauss, C. Kevin Geedey Nov 2007

Knowledge Surveys: Helping Students Self-Assess, Jon M. Clauss, C. Kevin Geedey

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There is an obvious desire to increase students' efficacy at transferring the knowledge and skills acquired in one situation to new tasks or contexts. Active learning theory points to the importance of helping students take control of their learning, monitor their level of understanding and assess learning strategies, in order to achieve this transfer. Knowledge surveys are intended to improve a student's ability to self-assess and enhance the subsequent transfer of skills. Knowledge surveys cover the content and the full range of cognitive levels of a course. Taken several times during the course, students rate their ability to answer ...


Are John Dewey's Ideas Alive And Well In Undergraduate Education? New Zealand Case Studies In Inquiry-Based Learning, Billy O'Steen Nov 2007

Are John Dewey's Ideas Alive And Well In Undergraduate Education? New Zealand Case Studies In Inquiry-Based Learning, Billy O'Steen

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Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) is an approach for undergraduate education that appears to implement John Dewey's experiential education theory by integrating students' interests and experiences with content knowledge. The IBL approach has been described as "a range of strategies used to promote learning through students' active, and increasingly independent, investigation of questions, problems and issues, often for which there is no single answer" (Lee 2004, 5). In order to identify, explore, and describe an IBL approach in undergraduate education, research is underway during the first semester of 2007 at the University of Canterbury. Through a successfully funded grant from the ...


You Snooze; You Lose: Using A Scale-Up Approach To Increase Student Participation And Performance In A First-Year Mathematics Course, Mary Z. Krohn, Sherry S. Biggers Nov 2007

You Snooze; You Lose: Using A Scale-Up Approach To Increase Student Participation And Performance In A First-Year Mathematics Course, Mary Z. Krohn, Sherry S. Biggers

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This presentation will examine several elements of the Clemson Mathematical Science Department's reformation of the curriculum and instruction of its Calculus sequence (an adaptation of North Carolina State University's SCALE-UP project) in a mock classroom setting. Those attending will experience an interactive classroom as a participant. The lesson will begin with a brief introduction and mini-lecture outlining some reasons for choosing an active learning environment. Next, "students" will break up into groups to begin work on a learning activity. After completing the activity, participants will be asked to comment on their student experience. The presentation will conclude with ...


Positioning The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning In The Academic Arena, Kamanja Gathu Nov 2007

Positioning The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning In The Academic Arena, Kamanja Gathu

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This presentation is an analysis of the nature and meaning of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The presentation begins by indicating the challenges faced by SOTL as an emerging discipline within the traditionally research oriented higher education institutions and underscores the need to operationalise the term 'SOTL' for it to be fully embraced by higher education institutions. The presentation then focuses on the complexities of evaluating the SoTL and highlights some current evaluation criteria for SOTL work, their shortcomings, and makes suggestions for standardizing SOTL work. A proposal of acceptable criteria for evaluating the SOTL to distinguish it from ...


The Relative Effectiveness Of Different Modes And Media In Informational Presentations On Students’ Recall Of Concrete And Abstract Prose, Stephen E. Gareau Nov 2007

The Relative Effectiveness Of Different Modes And Media In Informational Presentations On Students’ Recall Of Concrete And Abstract Prose, Stephen E. Gareau

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The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of various modes and media of information presentation on the recall of information among freshmen undergraduate students of differing reading abilities. Modes compared included (a) text-only information, and (b) information presented as a combination of text and visuals. Media compared included (a) printed materials and (b) computer-based information presented via self-paced PowerPoint presentations. The information presented included both concrete and abstract types of information. A 2 x 2 factorial, posttest-only, comparison group design, using four intact groups of freshmen undergraduate students (n=98), and ANCOVA data analysis techniques were used ...


Curiosity And Questioning: Quality Learning In The Classroom, Franco Zengaro, Sally Zengaro, Asghar Iran-Nejad Nov 2007

Curiosity And Questioning: Quality Learning In The Classroom, Franco Zengaro, Sally Zengaro, Asghar Iran-Nejad

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This research was guided by the following research questions: 1) Does multiple-source learning provide a new lens for the observation of reflective teaching and learning practices? 2) Is there evidence which shows that the practices adopted by one teacher fostered this kind of thinking among students, and if so, what were those practices? The participants in this study were 22 university students in a first-year writing class and their instructor, chosen because of the instructor's interest in encouraging active learning. Data were collected over one semester through videotapes of classroom instruction, formal and informal interviews, and class documents. Data ...


Student Evaluations And The Impact On Curriculum, Teaching And Assessment, Rob Connoley Nov 2007

Student Evaluations And The Impact On Curriculum, Teaching And Assessment, Rob Connoley

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This presentation discusses some of the major pressures on universities to frame curriculum around employability skills and professional requirements. Recent evaluation of Australian university courses by graduates suggests that many institutions remain perplexed as to how to do this. The presentation suggests that the student evaluations do not necessarily indicate poor curriculum development but possibly a lack of making skill development more overt through teaching and assessment. The main objective of this presentation is to outline and describe a project on how curriculum needs to and can respond to professional needs and what this may entail for the way in ...


Enhancing The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning At Georgia Southern University: The Impact Of The Faculty Learning Community Program On Participating Faculty, Diana Sturges, Susan Trimble, Raleigh Way Nov 2007

Enhancing The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning At Georgia Southern University: The Impact Of The Faculty Learning Community Program On Participating Faculty, Diana Sturges, Susan Trimble, Raleigh Way

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Quantitative and qualitative data are analyzed at the individual level - using 80 participant registration forms and 32 end-of year reports and 10 facilitator interviews; the group level- using 10 mid year and 3 end-of year case reports and the community level based on the overall results of the FLC program. Quantitative data from the individual reports indicate that 97% of participants found the FLC experience valuable and would recommend participation to a friend or colleague. The vast majority of participants (98%) would like to continue their participation, either in the same FLC (72%) or a different one (16%).The impact ...


Student Confidence Ratings And Learning Outcomes, Donald Slater, Ludwika (Ludy) Goodson Nov 2007

Student Confidence Ratings And Learning Outcomes, Donald Slater, Ludwika (Ludy) Goodson

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This poster session will show students' confidence ratings before and after instruction on individual learning tasks, results from tests given after instruction, and students' evaluation of the confidence rating process in TCM 4434, Site Construction. Data will show the impact of instruction on both confidence and performance results. Analysis of perceptual data from student evaluations will show the strengths, improvements, and insights for the course design and teaching process. The poster session will show the Likert rating scale students used in self-reports of confidence, sample clusters and individual learning tasks for which students rated confidence, highlights of the confidence survey ...


Creating Rich Environments For Active Learning, Lucy Kamanja Nov 2007

Creating Rich Environments For Active Learning, Lucy Kamanja

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The lecturers in an open and distance learning institution strive to ensure that their learners are provided with stimulating learning experiences which are on par with that of their counterparts in face to face institutions. They do this by continually evaluating their study materials and their assessment strategies and redesigning them to enhance effectiveness in the learning experiences. They maximally utilize available technology in combination with other human and physical resources to create interactions between learners and their environment, the learners and their lecturers, and tutors and learners within the institution. They work in teams to evaluate and develop study ...


Identifying And Navigating Barriers To Sotl Work For Junior Faculty Members, Kellie D. Weiss, Temika M. Michael Nov 2007

Identifying And Navigating Barriers To Sotl Work For Junior Faculty Members, Kellie D. Weiss, Temika M. Michael

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It is generally acknowledged that service learning has a positive effect on students' ability to apply what they have learned in the "real world." (Miller, 1994). In Public Relations Studies, we wanted to substantiate that the involvement of a community service provider in the evaluation phase is a critical component to the SoTL approach. This interactive session is designed for faculty who believe service learning is a manifestation of these curricular connections. The discussion offers practical strategies for documenting student learning, and confirming the validity of an assessment approach through collaboration with a thirdparty service provider. We will look at ...


Living English Simulation Learning For Non-Native English Speakers Incorporating Edutainment Methodology, David Ross Nov 2007

Living English Simulation Learning For Non-Native English Speakers Incorporating Edutainment Methodology, David Ross

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This research project is a major breakthrough for the student (and teacher) of English as it allows students to phonetically encode/decode the English language. The project embraces innovative technology to provide an interactive program accessible to students in face to face, e-learning and DVD formats. The English speaking educational program is being piloted and the results of the students' interactions with the learning and teaching features will be presented. There will be an Internet demonstration where the audience will be able to interact and try the various features of the educational program such as karaoke, an e-book and simulated ...


A Case Study Of The Effectiveness Of A Teacher Education Program, Donna M. Armstrong Nov 2007

A Case Study Of The Effectiveness Of A Teacher Education Program, Donna M. Armstrong

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Colleges and universities have the ongoing challenge of assuring their programs of study provide the necessary components to generate well prepared teacher candidates. The creation and implementation of national and state level teaching standards provide a framework upon which teacher education departments can build their curriculum. However, it is the responsibility of higher education entities to interpret the standards and employ them in the creation and delivery of their programs. Within this process of analyzing and applying the standards, there is an opportunity for great variance in interpretation. Therefore, the onus falls on individual education departments to further identify, through ...


Blending Online Components Into Traditional Instruction In Pre-Service Teacher Education: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Hong Lin Nov 2007

Blending Online Components Into Traditional Instruction In Pre-Service Teacher Education: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Hong Lin

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This study investigated the effectiveness of using online instruction as a supplement to a face-to-face introductory technology education course. Survey data were collected from 46 pre-service teachers. Findings indicated that when traditional face-to-face instruction is combined with online components learning is enhanced over a single delivery mode. However, the blended approach adopted in this course also brought unexpected challenges for both students and the instructor. The paper identified good teaching and learning practices arising from blended instruction and presented lessons learned for future design and implementation for blended instruction.


The Effectiveness Of Project-Based Labs On Learning The Process Of Science: A Sotl Study, Jennifer Kraft Leavey Nov 2007

The Effectiveness Of Project-Based Labs On Learning The Process Of Science: A Sotl Study, Jennifer Kraft Leavey

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Graduate and post-graduate study give faculty a sound foundation in discipline-based research but often fail to provide training in how to critically assess success in the classroom (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - SoTL). Here, I describe the research project I designed as a member of the American Society of Microbiology's Scholars-in-Residence Program, a program designed to encourage SoTL. The study evaluates the effectiveness of an optional laboratory component of an introductory microbiology course in teaching the process of science. This question is relevant because laboratory courses are expensive and time-consuming and it is important that they meet their educational ...


Re-Conceptualizing Teaching To Engage Students With Authentic Disciplinary Practices, Rachel G. Ragland Nov 2007

Re-Conceptualizing Teaching To Engage Students With Authentic Disciplinary Practices, Rachel G. Ragland

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This session will describe a faculty member's process of revising the teaching of a senior capstone course in education. The objective of the course redesign was to better engage students and push them to critically examine their discipline and then apply this authentic disciplinary knowledge. Research was then conducted on the pedagogical process to determine the success of the new course design in achieving its objectives. The research project documented: how the authentic disciplinary practices were taught to students; student attitudes toward the knowledge gained; and how the students subsequently put this knowledge into practice. Results and implications for ...


Digital Video And Blackboard For Microteaching, Junko Yamamoto, John Hicks Nov 2007

Digital Video And Blackboard For Microteaching, Junko Yamamoto, John Hicks

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Microteaching, a method in which students and an instructor view the students' video tapes to discuss their performance, allows students to gauge their strengths and weaknesses, helping improve their teaching performances. The study used digital video of microteaching for self-reflection and peer-feedback of 25 students in a teaching methodology class in a College of Education in Pennsylvania. After each session, students received a CD with their own microteaching and ones by two other peers. They then posted feedback to their peers anonymously on Blackboard and wrote a self-reflection for an instructor-student conference. Digitalizing the video increased the frequency of microteaching ...


Learning To Be A Research Scientist: Capturing The Transformation, Bonnie Mullinix, Brannon Andersen Nov 2007

Learning To Be A Research Scientist: Capturing The Transformation, Bonnie Mullinix, Brannon Andersen

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This session engages participants in considering the multiple benefits of self-assessment and identifying mechanisms to capture transformative learning that moves student participants towards recognizing themselves as researchers and scientists. Session participants will be invited to brainstorm formative, summative and potential impact uses of self-assessment instruments and have the opportunity to review first-year findings exhibiting growth in key areas assessed. They may choose to work in small groups to represent the multi-modal research design of this NSF-Funded undergraduate research initiative or may choose to work with narrative reflections to identify themes and transformational moments. From these experiences, participants will help generate ...


Implementing A College-Wide Requirement For Teaching Scholarship, Lynne Crosby, Deborah Morris Nov 2007

Implementing A College-Wide Requirement For Teaching Scholarship, Lynne Crosby, Deborah Morris

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Many institutions encourage their faculty to engage in teaching scholarship, but few require it. In 2003, Florida Community College's faculty and administration approved a new contractual requirement for full-time faculty to complete an annual Learning Outcomes Enhancement Plan (LOEP), an evidence-based investigation of student learning at the classroom level. This session will present tools and models developed to support faculty and administrators as they implemented this new requirement, including professional development materials, policy statements, and other resources. Session participants will be engaged in discussion around practical, cultural, and political issues that arose during implementation, participate in a sample professional ...


Instructors' Perceptions Of Classroom Assessment For Web-Based Instruction, Kim L. Creasy Nov 2007

Instructors' Perceptions Of Classroom Assessment For Web-Based Instruction, Kim L. Creasy

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the dynamics of web-based classroom assessment by analyzing the perceptions and experiences of the instructors. The study included 10 faculties who taught Web-based classes, and 216 students in the College of Education in an urban university in the Midwest. Interviews and classroom observations were undertaken on-line. The findings indicated that, performance-based assessment, writing skills, interactive assessment and learner autonomy were major assessment aspects to inform teaching and enhance learning. If one of the major roles of online instruction is to increase selfdirected learning, as part of the pedagogical mechanism, web-based classroom assessment ...


Engaging Creative Arts Cultures In The Scholarship Of Teaching, Hilaire Graham Nov 2007

Engaging Creative Arts Cultures In The Scholarship Of Teaching, Hilaire Graham

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This session examines the design, implementation and effectiveness of a teaching, learning and assessment strategy in a new specialist creative arts university. The strategy is designed to reflect the needs of both the institution and its individuals. Both academic and non-academic staff are engaged through a process of recognition of individuals’ achievement through varied activities. But embedding the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is most effectively implemented by developing funded research activities: the scholarship of discovery that enables the institution to develop as a learning organization. The effectiveness of the strategy and its outcomes is measured and evaluated to ...


Evidence Of Sotl: The Service Community And The Student, Sandra Allen Nov 2007

Evidence Of Sotl: The Service Community And The Student, Sandra Allen

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It is generally acknowledged that service learning has a positive effect on students' ability to apply what they have learned in the "real world." (Miller, 1994). In Public Relations Studies, we wanted to substantiate that the involvement of a community service provider in the evaluation phase is a critical component to the SoTL approach. This interactive session is designed for faculty who believe service learning is a manifestation of these curricular connections. The discussion offers practical strategies for documenting student learning, and confirming the validity of an assessment approach through collaboration with a thirdparty service provider. We will look at ...


The Scholarship Of Learning: The Elephant In The Room, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Dale Lackeyram Nov 2007

The Scholarship Of Learning: The Elephant In The Room, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Dale Lackeyram

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Arguing for the Scholarship of Learning, this session will outline a framework of learning that is nonremedial, non-counseling based, and not attached to the power dynamics of grading; rather, this research discusses the learning that students experience through academic support programming, and examines how the subsequent learner transformations affect and inform the teaching that occurs in formal classroom settings. The presentation objectives are as follows: 1. to present a theory of learning that occurs in informal academic settings and discuss related experiences and research 2. to (re)conceptualize a new approach to the learning component of the Scholarship of Teaching ...