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How to improve student learning? Some ideas from American higher education

Based on the surveys from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, National Survey of Student Engagement, and Wabash National Study on issues such as the purpose of college education, student learning and engagement, and the cognitive and personal growth of university students, the article “Let’s Improve Learning. OK, but How?” concludes that an approach to learning which is explicit about its purposes, intentional in the way departmental and class requirements link to those purposes, and evidence-based in classroom practices may be the key to improve student learning in American universities. It is also suggested that institutions should develop a systematic evaluation of effectiveness so that they would understand clearly what works and what does not work.

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