Discussion Papers

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Volume 6 - 2017 - Discussion Archives

The following papers have been submitted to JIR for potential publication. The first state of the publication process is dissemination for public review. Please read and comment on the following manuscripts. Comments should be professional, relevant and provide guidance to the author on potential avenues for improvement.

2014 - Discussion Archives

The discussion period is now closed for the following manuscript submissions.
Active Learning Strategies for Complementing the Lecture Tea... in Large Classes in Higher Education - Jeffery Mangram.docx 49.5 KB1064Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Active Learning-How to Be the Facilitator, Not the Authoritarian - Cheryl Patton.docx 55.8 KB1784 
Adding to Your Teaching Repertoire- Integrating Action Resea... Lesson Plans - Matthew J. Basham & Barbara Yankowy.docx 28 KB791 
Classroom Assessment Techniques Good for Business – Swinton Hudson.doc 45.5 KB2155 
Conspicuous Strategies in Teaching Expressive Writing - Jennifer Fontenot.doc 82.5 KB2537 
Discussing Active Learning with a Collaborative Assignment in a Hybrid Freshman College Classroom - Priscilla Bamba.doc 104.5 KB1190 
Effectiveness of STAD and LT Cooperative Learning Strategies...’ Achievement and Motivation in Physics - Isiaka Gambari.doc 171 KB958 
Establishing and Atmosphere for Critical Thinking in the Online Classroom - Ronald G. Steadman.docx 41 KB1076 
Faculty Engagement as a Function of Instructional Mode and E...h, Justin Barclay, Shanna Huslig & Christina M. Jackson.docx 45.1 KB950Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
From CATS to WILD HOGS-Elevating the Level of Discussion in - Meredith DeCosta, Rick Holbeck & Emily Bergquist.docx 38.1 KB1117 
Grammar Games- A Case for Instructionist Game Models to and Accuracy - Jennifer M. Santos & Brian P. Raftery.docx 32.5 KB963 
Hiring Training and Supporting Online Faculty for Higher Student Retention Efforts - Lisa Marie Portugal.doc 123 KB942Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Integrating Technology into the Online Classroom through Steele, Thomas Dyer, Elizabeth Larson & Rick Holbeck.docx 384.4 KB927 
Learning through Research- Using Classroom Assessment Techniques as an Active Learning Strategy - Tetyana Rios.docx 38.1 KB754 
Opportunities to Create Active Learning Techniques in the Classroom - Danielle J. Camacho & Jill M. Legare.docx 31 KB994 
Reducing Classrooom Disputes between Faculty and Students - Ian Toppin & Laveda Pullens.docx 40.1 KB2408 
Supporting 21st-Century Teaching and Learning-The Role of Google Apps for Education - Lawrence Awuah.docx 117.2 KB1004 
Talking Techne- Techniques to Establish an Active Online Discussion Forum - Stephanie Maher Palenque & Meredith DeCosta.docx 44.8 KB849 
Teaching APA Style Documentation- Discovery Learning, Scaffo... and Procedural Knowledge - Thomas Skeen & Maria Zafonte.doc 59.5 KB1194 
The Use of Games as Classroom Assessment Techniques - Robert Vaughan.doc 39.5 KB1733 
The Writer’s Memo- A Tool for Improving Student Learning and Instructor Feedback - Patricia Nereim.docx 24.9 KB1486 
Why Use Young Adult Literature in Content Teaching - Leisha Anderson.docx 64.8 KB786 
Will Small-Group Collaboration Increase the Number of Substa...scussion Forum - Pam Epler, Bruce Bennett & Rorie Ross.docx 36 KB865 
Working the Crowd- Behavior Management through Strategic Classroom Arrangement - Jeff Martin.docx 352 KB1078 

2013 - Discussion Archives

The discussion period is now closed for the following manuscript submissions.
A Conceptual Model for CATs in the Online Classroom - Emily Bergquist & Rick Holbeck.docx 40.3 KB178231Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Adding Rigor to Classroom Assessment Techniques-A Lifecycle Improvement Approach - Jason Thomas & Philip Hornsey.docx 86.3 KB1479Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Checking for Student Understanding in an Introductory Course - Rick Holbeck, Emily Bergquist & Shelia Lees.docx 26.5 KB1385Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Disrupted Identities and Gentle Shifts When Teaching in Cybe...on, Suzanne Ehrlich, Susan Watts Taffe & Cheri Williams.docx 50.2 KB1355Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Effective Classroom Assessments Online - Kristen DiCarlo & Lori Eyre.docx 27.9 KB1452 
Effects on Instruction, Planning, and Efficacy to Teach Mathematics - Jameel Mostofo.docx 43.9 KB1459 
Longitudinal Perspectives-Expanding the Efficacy of End of Course Surveys in Higher Education - Lawrence Wright.doc 582.5 KB972Rating: 4out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Mode of Delivery-A Classroom Assessment Technique Comparison - Andrea Hogan & Jolene Daw.doc 142 KB1611Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Servant Leadership Theory and the Emergency Services Student - Eric Russell.doc 134.5 KB1626 
Use of Classroom Assessment Techniques - John Steele & Thomas Dyer 61.9 KB1834 
Using Multimedia to Build a Sense of Community with Online Distance Learners - Jennifer Ashton.docx 489.2 KB1651Rating: 3.5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo
Webquest 2.0: Best Practices for the 21st Century - Jennifer Levin-Goldberg 77 KB3090Rating: 5out of5Igloo.Common.ObjectUserInfo

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