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Engaging Students Through Active Learning

The words: "Studies Can Increase Student Learning and Critical Thinking"

Research shows that case studies can help students learn how to apply theories and generate practical solutions to problems...

The words: "Students Report the in-class Mindfulness Exercises May Enhance Deep Learning"

Anecdotal evidence suggests that in-class mindfulness exercises may enhance student learning. In this study, a researcher and...

The words: "Active Learning Classrooms and Student Engagement"

Active learning classrooms (ALCs) typically include round or curved tables, moveable seats, and large screen displays that students...

The words: "Increasing Student Engagement in Action Videos"

Instructors use videos in face-to-face and online settings as a key tool in education. Students’ attentive behaviours while watching...

The words: "Using Collaborative Note-Taking to Promote an Inclusive Learning Environment"

Many students use laptops to independently take notes which can lead to low class-engagement and unhelpful or inaccurate notes...

Research shows that lectures are still the most commonly-used teaching method in higher education. Though lectures are...

Online tutorials can present challenges for students and instructors including keeping students engaged and presenting...

Although drawing is used as a teaching technique in the visual arts and some science disciplines, drawing is used less often in....

The ability to analyze and interpret data is a growing focus in the life sciences. A Research Box assignment can be used to engage...

In a ‘flipped classroom’ model, students read or view materials before class, work on practical problems in class, and check their...

In typical flipped classes, class time is used for what would traditionally be homework, and time out of class is used for what would...

Cognitive psychologists agree that cramming, highlighting, and rereading are not effective study strategies, especially for long-term...

Researchers have examined factors that affect student motivation in the university environment. Lack of motivation can lead...

Active learning in a student-centered learning environment can enhance students’ critical thinking and communication skills...

Creating an active learning environment is important for educators in order to engage students during class time. The flipped...

Cooperative learning involves students working together to achieve a learning goal. Research suggests...

Large undergraduate courses, specifically first-year courses, run into challenges such as engagement and self-directed learning...

 

Assessment of Student Learning

The assessments used in a course influence the way students learn and engage with class content. Certain assessments require...

In remote classes, invigilated exams are not always possible. Academic dishonesty in remote classes has become a widespread...

Intercultural competence refers to the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in intercultural situations. Intercultural...

Providing students with more control over the assessments they complete can increase students’ engagement, motivation,...

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some instructors converted their traditionally in-person supervised exams to open-book online...

Learning objectives are statements that describe what instructors intend for students to know and be able to do after a lesson, unit...

In a flipped classroom, students study independently with guidance, and use class time to practice and engage with what they...

An increasing problem that university instructors are facing is a lack of preparedness amongst students...

Academic Policies & Procedures

Most syllabi used in Canadian universities are “content-focused,” mainly consisting of the class schedule, grading scheme, and...

Assignment deadlines are a common source of stress for university students. Flexible assignment deadlines have been shown ...

In a democratic classroom that follows a Students-as-Partners approach, students help make decisions about course assignments...

Studies suggest that class attendance and participation is associated with improved student learning. Class absenteeism can be...

Feedback on students’ work play a critical role in improving student learning. To be productive, feedback should be collaborative...

Team formation and development is a fundamental part of post-secondary education. Students regularly work in teams to complete...

Supporting Student Mental Health & Well-being

Prior research with high school students documents the importance of caring teachers and how they support student engagement...

Communication apprehension can range from mild nervousness to dropping a course out of fear of public speaking. Classes that...

Researchers have long been concerned with academic integrity and misconduct. Research indicates that students cheat because...

Online & Blended Learning

Online asynchronous discussions are used in both online and in-person courses. Research has shown that asynchronous online...

Pedagogical Technology

In post-secondary learning environments, many instructors incorporate personal response systems to increase class interaction...

Accessibility & Universal Design

Invisible disabilities are the most common form of disabilities among students in higher education. Research shows that when...

The article analyzes a case study in which a university instructor focused on including concepts of Universal Design while planning...

This study compared the use of the online course design elements with the skills and strategies deemed important by the students...

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in Teaching

Large lecture courses have hundreds of students with diverse learning preferences. Instructors can follow the three Universal...

Very little research focuses on what teaching strategies university instructors use to create an inclusive teaching environment...

Indigenizing & Decolonializing the Curriculum

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) determined that education is an important component of reconciliation. To be a...

Indigenous students are under-represented in post-secondary classrooms. If universities and colleges do not strive to decolonize ...

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