Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Takahashi, Shinya. "NUTR100 Healthy Living – A Peer Review of Teaching Benchmark Portfolio" (2021). UNL Faculty Portfolios, 193. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/193


NUTR100 Healthy Living is a gateway course for Nutrition and Health Sciences major students as well as students from other majors at UNL. The course is a large hybrid-online 100-level class. The course is an introductory course designed to help the students improve his/her level of well-being by understanding various risk factors and personal behaviors that affect health. The objectives of this portfolio were 1) Improve students’ preparation for exams by providing exam review sessions, 2) Improve students’ “healthy living practices” throughout the semester and beyond, and 3) Creating a sense of belongingness/community by sharing your experiences, providing constructive feedback, and working together toward similar healthy lifestyle goals. Based on the end of semester survey conducted, 64% (69/108) of the students responded that they attended “all of the review sessions” or “most of the review sessions.” In addition, When the students were asked “Did the exam review sessions improve your understanding of the learning materials?” Seventy percent (76/108) responded either “Agree” or “Strongly Agree.” However, the one-way ANOVA revealed that there were no statistically significant differences among the overall exam mean scores for the students who attended different frequencies, F (3, 103) = 2.40, p = .072. The results for the objective 2 revealed that a vast majority of students stated that the Healthy Living Assignment helped them to improve their healthy lifestyles, and continue to implement their healthy living practices after this course ended. Finally, the results for the objective 3 showed that 72% of the students (78/108) either chose “Agreed” or “Strongly Agreed” that the discussion board assignment helped creating a sense of community within the small groups.