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The Art and Science of Design Education in a New College of Architecture

Educating today’s design students goes beyond the standard walk and talk of the traditional classroom. Environments that nurture and promote collaboration and integration of technology are becoming a standard, critical for students emerging from the design academy. This paper will discuss the design of a college of architecture at the academy that must promote and foster the concepts of interdisciplinary collaboration, teaming and technology integration. A well-conceived facility creates an environment that will generate students that are ready to enter the design industry at a competitive level after graduation. Creative facility design promotes and enriches inclusive learning in a technologically-based educational discipline.

Enhancing Classroom Communities and Course Engagement

The concept of the classroom as a community has been shown to contribute to student course engagement. The research literature also shows that classroom community may also contribute to academic achievement as well. This study looked at some of the variables that might further contribute to an enhanced level of classroom community with both post-graduate and undergraduate university students. The study examined variables such as gender, mode of study and educational experience and their contribution to the development of a sense of community as measured using a Classroom Community Scale. This study will show the relative importance of each of these variables.

Innovations in the Traditional Chinese University Classroom

Traditionally, the Chinese classroom has been a place where lecturers transmit knowledge to learners. However, with the revolution in modern information technology, the traditional Chinese classroom has been systematically replaced by a virtual and multiple-function classroom where students and their instructors have more opportunity to exchange views on topics jointly set by the learners and instructors. So far the so-called “three-in–one classroom” has emerged from cooperation between higher learning institutions and their industrial counterparts. This paper addresses some critical issues related to this new pedagogical approach, where students are much more actively involved in industrial production as well as in traditional learning. It touches on issues concerning teaching effectiveness, assessment, the changing role of teachers, integrating textbooks with information available online or in the workplace, and the complementary roles of faculty and industry experts in student training.

University Students’ Self-Regulation of Time Management

This study reports on efforts to aid university students on how to manage time to reach their goals. These students are members of a time management self-help group at a university in Hong Kong, who have different degrees of experience in using weekly schedules to manage their time. Interviews were conducted to understand the process of their development, and reveal that their development of time management skills involves at least four stages.

Creativity in Materials Development: A Resource to Enhance Active Learning in Higher Education

Contemporary higher education faces many challenges: funding cuts and diminished resources, large class size, wider university participation, increased student diversity, and rapidly changing student characteristics. In the midst of these challenges, teachers remain a very important factor in student engagement. Using examples from teaching an undergraduate course in educational psychology, the author discusses ways in which teachers can be creative in developing authentic, interesting and meaningful course materials to engage students in active learning.

Students’ Attitudes towards Modes of Evaluation

The purpose of the study was to determine the attitudes of Israeli students towards different modes of evaluation. The Sample consisted of 346 undergraduate students who were enrolled in six different faculties. The instrument used in the study was a questionnaire. The analysis of the data indicated that there were significant differences among students’ attitudes from different faculties towards each mode of evaluation.

A New Interface as a Teaching Element in a General Course on Control Systems

In the “Control by Computer Program” course taught at the Osaka Electro-Communication University, students are expected to master a control system that consists of actuators, sensors, and a computer interface. But in real-world control systems there are many interfaces— so many that students cannot recognize them easily. In this study, a new, more easily understood, physically separated and visualized interface has been developed by the authors. In addition, the authors have tested the new interface in the course and confirmed its usefulness.

historia.scribere: Publications from the Ivory Tower for More Quality in Student Papers and Better Occupational Perspectives

historia.scribere is an online journal project of three historical institutes at the University of Innsbruck. The journal works with editorial peer review, including both BA-/MA- and PhD- students and faculty from the three departments in the review process. One of the goals of the project is to improve the quality of seminar papers using the extensive feedback students receive. The main focus of the project, however, is to involve students in the scholarly publication process so that they can acquire essential online publication skills, thus qualifying them for the primary job markets for historians: journalism and publishing.

Multi-Level Knowledge Transfer in a Blended Learning Environment

The possibilities offered by Web 2.0 tools and methods in teaching environments have the potential to change the traditional, mostly unidirectional form of knowledge transfer. Today, students come to class with a strong background in internet-based tools and can enrich the teaching/learning environment, if they are provided with the opportunity, the structures, and the motivation to do so. This paper describes a self-reinforcing knowledge and skills transfer framework in a blended-learning business communication class. Firstly, knowledge transfer occurs on several levels (teacher — student, student — student, student — teacher, student — IT administration team, etc.). Secondly, the framework develops its own dynamics and generates a new quality of knowledge transfer that necessitates a redefinition of the teacher’s role as a primary knowledge transfer agent.

Re-Engineering the Teaching and Learning Process with Specific Reference to Management Education

More often, the decision makers from the industry are not all that delighted when they visit management education institutes for placement. The industry, the institute, and the students can be treated as sides of an equilateral triangle. All three are equally responsible for this kind of scenario. The author proposes a thorough revamp of the entire process, which would start with reverse communication from industries to institutes and meaningful participation from industries. The author also proposes more fun and humor-filled teaching. An attempt is made in this paper to study in detail the various re-engineering practices that can be adopted to change the way we look at management education, especially with respect to the Indian scenario.