Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter

A Collaborative Approach to Information Literacy
Abstract In an ongoing effort to instruct students in the use of a university library, an English faculty member and an academic librarian collaborated to incorporate information literacy objectives into a research assignment. Their partnership...
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A Collaborative MAP for Early Interventions
Abstract As institutions of higher education create programs focused on student success, the links between collaboration and assessment become critical. This paper describes one project that uses collaboration and assessment to create early intervention...
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A Distance Education Learning Environment Survey
Abstract This paper describes the research of psychosocial learning environments in post-secondary distance education using a recently validated survey instrument--the Distance Education Learning Environment Survey (DELES). The instrument validation...
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Ageworks: The Evolution of Gerontology Education
Abstract There is a tremendous demand for gerontology and geriatrics education. Ageworks is the innovative multimedia division of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. During the past 5 years Ageworks has created,...
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A Great Script Deserves Great Actors
Abstract This article discusses how the practical employment of dramatic skills evaluation in the assessment and development of information literacy teacher-librarians. By providing an observation rubric, suggestions for teacher-librarian motivation,...
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All Things Being Equal: Classroom vs. Web
Abstract Since the initial offering of an online library/information literacy course, the question has been whether this form of instruction has any advantages over the traditional classroom method in terms of improved learning outcomes. The present...
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Assessing Online Lesson Plans
Abstract As information technology (IT) increasingly enters into classroom instruction, study of classroom IT becomes imperative. To assess one form of classroom IT, the use of online lesson plans, two focus groups were conducted with public school...
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A Web Dream Team: The Seven Principles and WebCT
Abstract Prompted by a demand for increased efficiency, measurable outcomes, dwindling resources, and changing student demographics, academics worldwide face the challenge of meshing teaching and technology. This paper discusses how enhancing traditional...
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A Writing Course Faculty-Librarian Collaboration
Abstract Writing courses are a logical place to integrate research skills into the curriculum. Traditional methods include scavenger hunts, pre-determined research agendas, and tours of the library, but these methods rarely result in meaningful...
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Beliefs about Mathematical Understanding
Abstract Thirteen preservice middle school mathematics teachers from a four-year teacher education program in Turkey were interviewed about their beliefs related to mathematical understanding. The analysis yielded four components of mathematical...
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Blended Courses: A Mixed Blessing
Abstract The use of an electronic course management system such as Blackboard to supplement the face-to-face weekly classes typical of many graduate programs can enhance instruction. Blended courses allow students and instructors to communicate...
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Bringing Active Learning into a Hybrid Course
Abstract Hybrid courses, which combine both online and classroom components, offer a number of benefits, including flexibility, independence, and convenience. In addition, the hybrid course offers numerous opportunities for active learning to be...
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Culture Teaching and Learning: An It/Thou Paradox
Abstract Ethical concerns have been raised regarding explicit presentation of cultural differences in the classroom, since this may lead to "othering" or essentializing the cultures studied. Examining this viewpoint in the light of Buber's distinction...
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Editorial
My teaching career is nearing its end at the beginning of an education revolution. For over thirty years as an English instructor, I used reams of paper; now I use none. For over thirty years, my students would have to wait until my office hours to...
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English-Use Anxiety in Israeli College Libraries
Abstract In high-tech, highly educated small language communities, college students are often dependent on non-native language material, usually English, for their studies and research. In a study of library anxiety among Israeli college students,...
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Evaluating Application Software Training Methods
Abstract As microcomputer is used increasingly in business environments, effective training method for computer application software is indispensable. Computer software instructors have difficulty in choosing appropriate instructional approach and...
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Faculty and Librarians Spice-Up Instruction
Abstract in a general science education course, Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants, taught at a research university, librarians and the professor worked to incorporate information literacy (library research skills) tips, resources, assignments and...
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Feminism's Final Frontier: Cyberspace
Abstract Feminist teachers often look to computer-mediated communication as a solution to the gender inequities of the classroom. This paper discusses the difficulties encountered by feminist teachers in a computer medium. Specific suggestions are...
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Formative Evaluation of a CSCLIP Lesson
Abstract Laboratory instruction at a distance using synchronous, remote group settings is the next generation of online learning. Computer-supported, collaborative learning requiring immersive presence (CSCLIP) relies on synchronous web-based instruction...
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Full and Part-Time Distance Education Faculty
Abstract In order to address concerns about assigning part-time faculty to teach using distance education, a study was conducted to compare full and part-time faculty who teach via the Internet in terms of student satisfaction and course completion...
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High School Students and the Science Olympiad
Abstract The qualitative study examines student involvement in Science Olympiad. Five high school students participating in Science Olympiad are interviewed both before and after a regional tournament. Interviews address student motivation and interest...
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Impacting Distance Learning Success Rates
Abstract Comparison of distance education (DE) and face-to-face (F2F) classes at a California community college found that a significant difference did exist between success and retention rates with the DE rates far lower than equivalent F2F classes....
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Information Literacy in Sociology at UCLA
Abstract The challenges of implementing an Information Literacy (IL) program at a major research institution can be daunting. Librarians at UCLA have begun by collaborating with senior faculty in the sociology department to develop a sequential,...
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Introducing Dialogue to Graduate Students
Abstract Scholars and practitioners in adult education commonly agree on the importance of communication and interaction in the adult classroom. Frequently, however, learners are not provided with guidelines on how to interact and communicate with...
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Jumpstarting Research with Essential Questions
Abstract Selecting and narrowing a topic are key components of research models. Many students complete the research process without ever identifying a focus for their research. Lack of a focus causes anxiety and frustration and leads to research...
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Keeping Faculty Online: The Case of Merlot
Abstract MERLOT is an online community of faculty with technology-enriched teaching as a shared goal. A survey of MERLOT Editorial Board members reveals key attributes of the academic community including on-going and sustained interactions, shared...
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Literature in an Interdisciplinary Science Seminar
Abstract Secondary school students tend to compartmentalize knowledge--writing and literature fit in English class; analytical thinking works in mathematics; research and investigation belong in science class; and cultural studies takes place in...
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Making a Civic Investment through Technology
Abstract While more individuals and communities are becoming connected to technology and the Internet, a gap still remains. If communities intend to be competitive, they must develop and cultivate a well-trained workforce to stay viable. This research...
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Males' Academic Motivation: Doing a Personal Best
Abstract This paper surveys an understanding of academic motivation. From a motivational goal theory perspective, it is argued that males may be more likely to pursue performance approach goals rather than task mastery goals. Performance approach...
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Multi-Cultural Awareness in a Learning Community
Abstract St. Ambrose University uses Learning Communities to help students integrate themselves into the university community and to lay the groundwork for their understanding that a solid liberal arts education involves cross-disciplinary learning....
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Multigenerational Approach to Teaching Research
Abstract A strategy for overcoming some of the problems associated with teaching research methods in a single academic term was developed. The strategy termed "a multigenerational approach" allowed for a closer approximation to the actual research...
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Online Teaching: A Framework for Success
Abstract There is little doubt that the information age has impacted the way colleges and universities look at course delivery. This is most evident in the increasing demand for online courses in all disciplines and programs. As a result, it has...
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Peace Begins in the Classroom
Abstract It is the responsibility of teachers to model a peaceful society in their classrooms, so that root causes of corruption, institutional aggression, poverty and sickness may be examined in a safe microcosm of world society. Language classrooms...
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Pedagogical Implications of Classroom Blogging
Abstract This paper discusses blogs, as an educational tool. In this paper, the authors discuss the pedagogical framework for blogging in the classroom, the importance of it, and provide a model for implementation. Additionally, benefits and concerns...
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Preparing to Teach Online
Abstract As with traditional instruction, there are three critical evaluation points in Web-based instruction---course startup, course progression, and course ending. Using a flight metaphor, this article provides 20 guiding principles for these...
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Product and Resource Markets: Points of Symmetry
Abstract For an introductory-level course, one useful teaching strategy is to regularly make students aware of the connections and symmetries between results established in different parts of the course. For example, in the introductory microeconomics...
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Reading Journals: A Versatile Assessment Strategy
Abstract Reading journals can be used in a variety of ways to encourage students to read more reflectively and to develop skills in communicating their understanding. While normally used as an individualistic assessment strategy, incorporating regular...
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Realistic Course Previews for Online Students
Abstract The first day of class is an important time for both students and instructors. Online student expectations are likely to affect course success as well as instructor evaluations. An approach designed to foster more realistic expectations...
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Real-Life Experiences in Computing Courses
Abstract A constant in the advertisements for most entry-level information technology (IT) positions is the phrase "experience required or preferred." Obviously, it creates a dilemma for computer science and management information systems graduating...
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Reflecting on Online Teaching and Learning
Abstract The subject, Rural Health, was first offered in online mode, using WebCT and Dreamweaver, in 2001. This paper reflects on the first three years of going fully online and refers to evaluations carried out during that period. The evaluations...
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Renegotiating Kyoto: A Computer-Aided Role Play
Abstract The outline of a computer-aided role playing exercise is discussed. The exercise is developed around an international climate change treaty, and serves as the climax in a course on environmental science and policy. Benefits of the exercise...
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Strategically Increasing Faculty Productivity
Abstract The School of Business at Utah Valley State College is working toward AACSB accreditation. With a relatively new Dean and Faculty Scholarship Committee, carefully designed strategies for change have been implemented, specifically related...
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Students and Instructors Online: A Case Study
Abstract This paper examines student and instructor perspectives of online course issues. Qualitative data of student and instructor perceptions of online experiences help illuminate issues and identify discrepancies between both perspectives that...
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Teaching Basic Information Literacy Skills Online
Abstract LiONiL, an online information literacy tutorial, was introduced in a freshmen composition course at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2004. An analysis of the pilot study demonstrated that significant learning occurred,...
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Teaching Information Literacy to At-Risk Students
Abstract Academic libraries play a pivotal role in the success of at-risk students by helping to develop their information literacy skills. This paper describes the experience at the University of Northern Colorado where librarians teamed with the...
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The Best of Both Worlds: Teaching a Hybrid Course
Abstract While online education alone has strengths and weaknesses, the benefits of online learning can be used to enhance face-to-face teaching. This article will discuss an example of capitalizing on the strengths of online courses to improve...
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The Changing Culture of Language Departments
Abstract Internationalization and globalization demand that departments of foreign languages and literatures respond to new societal demands by placing an emphasis on marketable skill sets, communicative language skills, and cultural competency....
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The Consequences of Getting It White
Abstract Drawing upon the literary theory of Toni Morrison and the work of White study scholars, the authors propose a theoretical approach to using the deconstruction of Whiteness to teach high school English. Demonstrating this approach with Faulkner's...
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The Human Dimension of Online Instruction
Abstract Online instruction serves new markets" of students distanced from campus or unable to attend campus-based classes. Substantive content can be delivered online and communication online can be effectively achieved, but what are the human...
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Theory Application for Online Learning Success
Abstract The article compares two educational modes: online and traditional classroom. In this pilot study, the results suggest that student perceptions of online learning are equal or superior to the classroom experience. A theoretical framework...
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The Road to Faculty-Librarian Collaboration
Abstract It is critical that citizens of a democratic society have a solid grounding in information literacy skills. The author believes that an effective way to achieve this goal is for faculty and librarians to collaborate on ways to teach these...
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Trial by Fire: New Librarians as Team Teachers
Abstract New librarians are often thrown into library instruction with little or no formal training. Team teaching is one method that can be adopted by new librarians to ease them into their instructional duties while still delivering a quality...
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Using Chat to Teach Information Literacy Online
Abstract This article describes a collaboration between a faculty librarian and an English professor to develop the information literacy skills of composition students in an online classroom. We adapted one aspect of traditional library bibliographic...
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Weblogs and the "Middle Space" for Learning
Abstract Advocates suggest that Course Management Systems can transform the higher education classroom into a more student-centered space. However, this has not happened. To achieve this goal more easily, some educators are turning to weblogs ("blogs")....
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Working Together: Librarian-Faculty Partnerships
Abstract Partnerships between librarians and teaching faculty can help infuse information literacy skills more effectively into the curriculum. Information literacy continues to be of critical importance to librarians; many of the outreach efforts...
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