We understand it is important for educators to relate course concepts to the outside world.  Highlighting aspects of current events and popular culture can make this connection and show students the value and importance of such concepts in the real-world and their own day-to-day lives.  Perhaps you have considered using, or already use, digital learning tools to help students forge these connections and better understand course subject matter.

One idea for using digital, along with current events or popular culture, to engage students in learning comes from instructor Aiyda Evans at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In her Introduction to Sociology course, Aiyda uses YouTube to present music videos from around the world to incite student discussion around culture.  Furthermore, students then must create their own YouTube videos to present their findings. Watch the video below to learn more about Aiyda’s assignment and how you might use her ideas in your own class!

Congratulations to Aiyda, whose video was selected as the second Make It Count contest bonus round winner!


Assign digital in your course? Show us how YOU make it count!

Have a great assignment that inspires students to use digital tools in a creative manner? Share your ideas with your peers and learn from one another in the “Make it Count” contest! To enter, submit a short video sharing how you assign digital. You could win a paid trip to a national conference, scholarship funding for students, and more.  Entering is simple: in two minutes or less, describe your favorite digital assignment and how it engages your students. Learn more about Cengage Learning’s “Make it Count” contest.

Want to enhance your chances as Aiyda Evans did? In our final bonus round, you have the opportunity to share how you encourage student collaboration through digital for a chance at additional prizes. Learn more about this bonus opportunity!