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Effect Of Three Classroom Research Experiences On Science Attitudes, Lauren K. Lucas, Frances K. Hunter, Zachariah Gompert Oct 2020

Effect Of Three Classroom Research Experiences On Science Attitudes, Lauren K. Lucas, Frances K. Hunter, Zachariah Gompert

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Here we evaluate undergraduate student attitudes about science after each of three authentic research experiences in a semester of an introductory biology laboratory course at Utah State University. The three course-based research experiences (CUREs) vary in length and student freedom, and they cover different areas of biology. Students responded to the science attitude items of the CURE Survey. When compared to national data, our students faired similarly, and all students struggled with certain epistemic assumptions about science knowledge. As also seen in the national database, change in science attitude was slight and nonlinear. Student self confidence in what a career ...


Taking Into Account Interpersonal Aspects Of Teacher Feedback: Principles Of Responding To Student Writing, Elena Shvidko Oct 2020

Taking Into Account Interpersonal Aspects Of Teacher Feedback: Principles Of Responding To Student Writing, Elena Shvidko

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Providing feedback on student work is a fundamental aspect of instruction and an important part of the learning process. A considerable amount of literature describes pedagogical value of different types of feedback--explicit vs. implicit, comprehensive vs. selective, direct vs. indirect, and feedback on content vs. feedback on form, thus treating feedback primarily as an instructional/informational phenomenon. It must be remembered, however, that there is a real person behind each paper; therefore, interpersonal aspects of teacher feedback should not be disregarded. This article discusses five principles of responding to student writing that take into account this interpersonal nature of feedback ...


Implementation Of A 25-Minute Mini-Lecture On Learning And Studying In Large-Enrollment First-Year General Chemistry Courses, Shawn M. Miller Oct 2020

Implementation Of A 25-Minute Mini-Lecture On Learning And Studying In Large-Enrollment First-Year General Chemistry Courses, Shawn M. Miller

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Poor results on the first exam in a course can be a shock to freshmen college students who found great success in high school. The experience can be demoralizing and put students in the mindset that academic success is out of reach. To convince such students that not only is academic success possible but readily achievable, I presented a 25-minute mini-lecture on learning and studying in two large-enrollment general chemistry courses (total N = 289) based on author Dr. Saundra McGuire’s work. The mini-lecture discussed human learning and practical study tools. The purposes of the mini-lecture were to: 1) examine ...


Enacting Rhetorical Listening: A Process To Support Students’ Engagement With Challenging Course Readings, Jessica Rivera-Mueller Oct 2020

Enacting Rhetorical Listening: A Process To Support Students’ Engagement With Challenging Course Readings, Jessica Rivera-Mueller

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Many educators assign course readings to purposefully enlarge students’ perspectives. In doing so, though, educators may face a range of behaviors—reluctance, resistance, avoidance, disengagement—from students who feel that such readings negatively press upon their prior knowledge, belief systems, or educational goals. This teaching challenge is often present for social justice educators. However, “rhetorical listening,” a rhetorical theory developed by Ratcliffe (2005), is a pedagogical tool that can help shift students’ understandings of and expectations for the activity of reading, thereby creating a learning environment that supports meaningful engagement with challenging course readings. In this article, the author outlines ...


Assessing Student Performance Using Video Recordings In Field-Based Experiences, Karen D. Hager, Barbara J. Fiechtl, Summer Gunn Oct 2020

Assessing Student Performance Using Video Recordings In Field-Based Experiences, Karen D. Hager, Barbara J. Fiechtl, Summer Gunn

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Field-based experiences are vital components of many undergraduate programs. However, assessing student performance in these settings can be challenging. Video-based observation is an approach to providing performance feedback that addresses these challenges and may also provide benefits not inherent in live observations. Using examples from our teacher preparation programs, we (a) explain the benefits and challenges of using video recordings in field-based experiences; (b) identify the video recording platform we use; (c) describe specific examples in our program, including supervisor performance feedback to preservice teachers, peer feedback/coaching, and instructor feedback on in-home family coaching; and (d) address the logistics ...


Giving Students A Chance To Learn: Hitting Pause And Engaging Students, Michelle Arnold Oct 2020

Giving Students A Chance To Learn: Hitting Pause And Engaging Students, Michelle Arnold

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A book review of Gail Rice's book, Hitting pause: 65 lecture breaks to refresh and reinforce learning.


Fa 2020 About This Issue: The Power In Slowing Down Oct 2020

Fa 2020 About This Issue: The Power In Slowing Down

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Whether it be videotaping, guided classroom conversations, lecture-based, or written, feedback is the backbone of educational excellence. We use it to mentor beginning undergraduates, writers, readers, explorers, and experimenters. And, if we are thoughtful, feedback becomes a loop by which we slow down learning, we engage reading, writing and exploring, and we collaborate our way to becoming better.


Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 4, Issue 2 Oct 2020

Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 4, Issue 2

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

The full Fall 2020 issue (Volume 4, Issue 2) of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence.


Three Key Principles For Improving Discussion-Based Learning In College Classrooms, Christopher E. Garrett Apr 2020

Three Key Principles For Improving Discussion-Based Learning In College Classrooms, Christopher E. Garrett

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Discussion-Based Learning (DBL) can be an effective pedagogical tool for student engagement and developing higher-order thinking skills. However, DBL can be a challenging endeavor for college teachers for various reasons. The purposes of this article are to identify those challenges, present three key principles, and share several practical ideas that will help improve discussions in college classrooms.


Open Access Textbooks In A Professional Communication Classroom: A Pilot Study, Sherena Huntsman, Avery C. Edenfield, Erin L. Davis Apr 2020

Open Access Textbooks In A Professional Communication Classroom: A Pilot Study, Sherena Huntsman, Avery C. Edenfield, Erin L. Davis

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In this paper, we share our findings from a curricular innovation project: a small pilot study replacing a conventional professional communication textbook with an open access book. Results showed that students received the change favorably and a final grade comparison showed no variation between similar courses that used conventional books and those that used open access books. While far from definitive, this study demonstrates the promise of open access books and open educational resources (OER), and that further study is needed in this area.


Student Success: A Literature Review Of Faculty To Student Mentoring, David D. Law, Kim Hales, Don Busenbark Apr 2020

Student Success: A Literature Review Of Faculty To Student Mentoring, David D. Law, Kim Hales, Don Busenbark

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This review summarizes the literature on university faculty to student mentoring programs. There has been a proliferation of mentoring programs because of the perceived benefit to student persistence and retention. While mentoring programs have become common, the research on these programs has not kept pace. Shortcomings identified thirty years ago such as lack of theoretical guidance, lack of operational definition of mentoring, and poor design continue to plague mentoring research. Recommendations to address these shortcomings and improve internal and external validity are examined. As universities continue to have increasingly constrained resources, and pressure to demonstrate strategies to help students be ...


Successful Strategies For Content Creation And Design Of Online Classes, Antje R. H. Graul Apr 2020

Successful Strategies For Content Creation And Design Of Online Classes, Antje R. H. Graul

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Given the increasing demand for an education that is compatible with a students’ professional or private life, there is a growing need for higher-educational bodies to launch high-quality online classes that allow students to pursue their education while fitting it around their individual commitments. Thus, more than ever, guidance is needed on how to design an online class successfully. Drawing on the design of an asynchronous Digital Marketing online class, this article discusses strategic decisions regarding content creation, personalization, assignments, and assessment ideas that may hold the potential to increase students’ engagement in an online class. The insights provided may ...


Teaching Excellence: The Core Of The Land-Grant Mission, Stephen M. Gavazzi Apr 2020

Teaching Excellence: The Core Of The Land-Grant Mission, Stephen M. Gavazzi

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The tripartite mission of the land-grant university – teaching, research, and community engagement – has evolved over the course of the past 150 years. The intensified concentration on empirical activities in the last half century, however, is thought to have created a mission-related imbalance that often has relegated teaching and community engagement activities to second-tier status within the academy. In tandem, there have been several unforced errors on the part of universities that have diminished the public’s belief in the return on investment associated with a college degree. The argument is made for an increased emphasis on teaching and learning activities ...


The Impact And Importance Of Understanding The Role Of Land-Grant Universities In Higher Education, Robert Peterson Apr 2020

The Impact And Importance Of Understanding The Role Of Land-Grant Universities In Higher Education, Robert Peterson

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Book Review:

Gavazzi, S. M., & Gee, E. G. (2018). Land-grant universities for the future: higher education for the public good. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • 171 Pages
  • Available in hardback and Kindle
  • Price $21.99 (hc), $19.22 (Kindle)
  • Keywords: Land-Grant, teaching, public, service, community

Reviewer:

Robert Peterson, Director of Student Services

Utah State University Uintah Basin

bob.peterson@usu.edu


Spring 2020--About This Issue, Kim Hales Apr 2020

Spring 2020--About This Issue, Kim Hales

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

The Spring 2020 issue of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence presents articles relative to the mission of the land grant institution, including a review of Gavazzi, Gee, and McGrath's (2018) book, "Land Grant Universities for the Future," followed by an article by Gavazzi arguing for greater emphasis on teaching in land-grant institutions. Additional contributions include articles on creating content for online courses, a literature review on faculty-undergraduate mentoring, a pilot study on open-access textbooks, and principles for discussion-based learning.


Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 4, Issue 1 Apr 2020

Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 4, Issue 1

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

The full Spring 2020 issue (Volume 4, Issue 1) of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence.


How Students Learn And Instructors Can, Too: Effective College Teaching According To Eyler (2018), Karin Dejonge-Kannan Dec 2019

How Students Learn And Instructors Can, Too: Effective College Teaching According To Eyler (2018), Karin Dejonge-Kannan

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Book Review

Eyler, J. R. (2018). How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching. West Virginia University Press.

    • 293 pages
    • Available in hardback, paperback, and digital format
    • Price $85 (hc), $22 (pb), $17 (ebook)
    • Keywords: learning, teaching, college students, classroom practice

Reviewer:

Karin deJonge-Kannan, Principal Lecturer

Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies

Utah State University

karin.dejongekan@usu.edu


Reflective Practice: The Impact Of Self-Identified Learning Gaps On Professional Development, Joanna C. Weaver, Matthew Ryan Lavery, Sarah Heineken Dec 2019

Reflective Practice: The Impact Of Self-Identified Learning Gaps On Professional Development, Joanna C. Weaver, Matthew Ryan Lavery, Sarah Heineken

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The ebb and flow of education creates unique challenges within educational programming. Universities are charged with the directive to offer more diverse field experiences within their course requirements. As a result of the directive, not every topic nor instructional scenario can be addressed in the program coursework, challenging the programs to bridge the pedagogical learning gaps of their candidates. The purpose of the professional development (PD) being studied was to connect pedagogical methods to candidates’ own learning by providing self-selected PD with instructional tools that candidates could directly put into practice. The self-selected PD based on self-reflection of knowledge had ...


Assessing Community-Engaged Learning Impacts Using Ripple Effects Mapping, Benjamin J. Muhlestein, Roslynn Mccann Dec 2019

Assessing Community-Engaged Learning Impacts Using Ripple Effects Mapping, Benjamin J. Muhlestein, Roslynn Mccann

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Communicating Sustainability, an upper level undergraduate service-learning live broadcast course was created at Utah State University to help students gain critical skills in communicating and participating in local sustainability efforts. Community-Engaged Learning was a key component applied in gaining and using these skills. This study sought to capture the impacts of this course on both its students and the community partners who worked with those students using Ripple Effects Mapping. Key findings include: powerful impacts on student learning, growth and ability to engage in local movements; as well as clearly defined benefits for community partners. Included in this study are ...


“Does Increased Online Interaction Between Instructors And Students Positively Affect A Student’S Perception Of Quality For An Online Course?”, Jennifer Hunter Dr, Brayden Ross Dec 2019

“Does Increased Online Interaction Between Instructors And Students Positively Affect A Student’S Perception Of Quality For An Online Course?”, Jennifer Hunter Dr, Brayden Ross

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Online education is increasing as a solution to manage increasing enrollment numbers at higher education institutions. Intentionally and thoughtfully constructed courses allow students to improve performance through practice and self-assessment and instructors benefit from improving consistency in providing content and assessing process, performance, and progress.

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of student to instructor interaction on the student’s perception of quality for an online course. “Does increased online interaction between instructors and students positively affect a student’s perception of quality for an online course?”

The study included over 1200 courses over a three ...


Enhanced Teaching Requirements: A Case Study Of Instructional Growth On Student Academic Performance And Satisfaction In An Online Classroom, Mingzhen Bao, Adam L. Selhorst, Teresa Taylor Moore, Andrea Dilworth Dec 2019

Enhanced Teaching Requirements: A Case Study Of Instructional Growth On Student Academic Performance And Satisfaction In An Online Classroom, Mingzhen Bao, Adam L. Selhorst, Teresa Taylor Moore, Andrea Dilworth

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Online and brick-and-mortar universities are continually looking for a model that maximizes the student experience with the goal of enhancing retention and graduation rates among all student populations. Online education with its asynchronous nature and adult student populations need to hold faculty accountable for student performance in the classroom. This case study examined the effect of enhanced faculty requirements developed for online teaching on student academic performance and satisfaction. The enhanced requirements focused on increased faculty communication, subject-matter expertise, discipline mentoring, immediate assistance, and relationship building. Researchers compared student performance and satisfaction in courses taught under regular requirements with those ...


About This Issue Dec 2019

About This Issue

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

The Fall 2019 issue of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence presents studies that identify specific factors impacting the quality of the learning experience. Areas of study include the impact of enhanced teaching requirements on student performance in online classes, the effect of increased student-to-teacher interaction on students' perception of online course quality, assessment of community-engaged learning impacts, and the impact of self-identified learning gaps on professional development. The journal concludes with a book review of Josh Eyler's book, "How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching."


Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 3, Issue 2 Dec 2019

Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 3, Issue 2

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

The full Spring 2019 issue (Volume 3, Issue 2) of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence.


Coming Up: The Usu Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference Jul 2019

Coming Up: The Usu Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

A preview of the topics to be addressed in the upcoming Empowering Teaching Excellence conference at Utah State University, with proceedings to appear in the upcoming Spring 2020 issue of the journal.


Using A Noticing Framework In A Mathematics Methods Course, Diana Moss, Lisa Poling Jul 2019

Using A Noticing Framework In A Mathematics Methods Course, Diana Moss, Lisa Poling

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A noticing framework was introduced to prospective teachers (PTs) as a tool to use for analyzing student work. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of PTs’ use of a noticing framework for: 1) interpreting students’ mathematical thinking; and 2) reflecting on and discussing future implications for teaching. The study also sought to determine where PTs needed, if any, further support in engaging in the process of noticing. Using a coding schema that reflected three levels of understanding (periphery, transitional, and accomplished), a frequency table was constructed that allowed PTs’ use and understanding of a noticing framework ...


Teachers’ Stories About Teaching: Collaborative Dialogues As Open Educational Resources, Ekaterina Arshavskaya Jul 2019

Teachers’ Stories About Teaching: Collaborative Dialogues As Open Educational Resources, Ekaterina Arshavskaya

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This paper examines the nature of teacher learning through a social-constructivist perspective and describes instructional strategies utilized with teachers during an international teaching assistants’ (ITAs’) training workshop offered at the Utah State University (USU). The strategy used involved eliciting and structuring exemplary teachers’ stories about teaching to serve as a basis for class discussions and other assignments. These teachers’ stories, recorded on video, were then shared online through the university website and YouTube. In this way, new teachers gained access to co-constructed and pedagogically appropriate teacher knowledge represented by authentic teachers’ voices.


About This Issue, Kim Hales Jul 2019

About This Issue, Kim Hales

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The Spring 2019 issue of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence features articles that emphasize the use of meta-analysis to improve teaching in higher education.


Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 3, Issue 1, Kim Hales Jul 2019

Full Issue: Journal On Empowering Teaching Excellence, Volume 3, Issue 1, Kim Hales

Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

The full Spring 2019 issue (Volume 3, Issue 1) of the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence, Spring 2019


Design And Development Of An Mph Program For Online Delivery, Steven R. Hawks, Julie A. Gast Dec 2018

Design And Development Of An Mph Program For Online Delivery, Steven R. Hawks, Julie A. Gast

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is growing in popularity and is now delivered fully online by a large number of highly respected, fully accredited universities. This paper offers an overview of program design and development strategies that promote successful online delivery of MPH programs. Design and development challenges are discussed in terms of new accreditation standards, student demand, faculty development, user needs, course content, and plan of study. The development of an online MPH program at Utah State University with a concentration in health education and promotion is used to highlight and consider various aspects of this important ...


The Relative Influence Of Instructor Training On Student Perceptions Of Online Courses And Instruction, Mary Bowne, Melissa Wuellner, Lisa Madsen, Jessica R. Meendering, John Howard Dec 2018

The Relative Influence Of Instructor Training On Student Perceptions Of Online Courses And Instruction, Mary Bowne, Melissa Wuellner, Lisa Madsen, Jessica R. Meendering, John Howard

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Online learning opportunities have greatly increased in past years. Various studies have examined online courses and instructor practices but have not examined students’ perceptions of their online courses and online instructors who were offered a voluntary online certification program. Students who took online courses at a Midwestern university completed a survey related to their perceptions of their individual online course and instructor. Results showed that instructors who were certified received higher, positive ratings than instructors who were not certified. The certification program utilizes a “faculty as student’ model, where faculty take courses from a student learner perspective, to provide experiential ...