Engaging Students in Non-Traditional Formats - Abstracts due May 15th, 2013

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Dr. Prudence Layne/Elon University
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CFP: Abstracts for edited collection
Engaging Student Learning in Non-Traditional Formats
Deadline: May 15th, 2013

We are soliciting abstracts for an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary book that examines whether course format, delivery, & duration make a difference in students' academic performance and achievement. In particular, we are interested in approaches to some of the following questions:

Do students learn the content of their coursework more effectively, with greater retention, or with deeper reflection than they do in a non-traditional, brick and mortar format?

Do the neurological and psychological functions of the brain explain how students learn and what they retain during intense, short periods of intellectual activity? Do the ways we expend energy hold one of the keys to explaining the process of learning under these circumstances?

Does the student learning experience in the short, intensive format change across categories of race, gender, culture, age and discipline? In particular, we are interested in comparisons of the undergraduate vs. the graduate/professional experiences, and ESL vs. native-speaker experiences.

Why and how do instructors, institutions, and students choose one format versus the other? As higher education student demographics change and become more heterogeneous, how will/must curricula, support programs and institutional policies change to meet the needs of these shifting populations?

How do instructors approach instruction in non-traditional formats?

When and what are the most effective ways to assess what students have learned in the condensed/intensive format?

We welcome abstracts that consider other questions as well. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, send an abstract of 250-500 words to Prof. Prudence Layne at playne@elon.edu and Prof. Peter Lake at P.Lake@shu.ac.uk by May 15th, 2013. Please include the following information with your abstracts: full name, title, name of institution/organization, email, and proposed chapter title. Following notifications, potential contributors will be invited to submit complete book chapters by July 1st, 2013. Please circulate and forward this announcement to colleagues whose expertise may enrich the collection. Thank you!