Author: Heather Mooney

Tips for Students: Taking Summer Courses — What Kept Me Going

It can often be beneficial to collect advice on overcoming challenges from those who have encountered similar issues before. In this post, some of us here at the Cengage Learning Blog share our memories of taking summer courses, and reflect on the challenges we faced and how we kept ourselves motivated despite distractions. We’re sharing what we learned about taking summer courses, but what did you learn the first time you taught a summer course that you’d like to share? Start the conversation below. I attended school at Northeastern University, which is well known for having a cooperative education program. Read More…


Examining Long-Term Fiscal Challenges

In the video below, recorded during his keynote address from the 8th Annual Economics Teaching Conference, Harvard University Professor of Economics N. Gregory Mankiw illuminates the long-term fiscal challenges we face. In his forty-minute keynote presentation, entitled “The Fiscal Challenge Ahead,” Professor Mankiw discusses some of the long-term issues that economists will be thinking about over the coming years, and addresses the important question of how economists will meet those challenges. How do you teach your students about the fiscal challenges we face and the choices about how to address them? Share your comments below.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H57N_k-u-k8?wmode=Opaque] N. Gregory Mankiw is Professor of Economics Read More…


Tools and Strategies to Keep Students Motivated and Focused

Keeping students motivated and focused: The challenge is not a new one, and certainly not exclusive to summer courses, but it can be exacerbated by the siren’s call of warm weather and summer fun that students face when opting to take part in these courses. Today, we’ll examine a few strategies and tools that you can inform them of so they can keep up their motivation, and even improve their focus. In The Confident Student, author Carol Kanar writes about a few strategies that students can use to give themselves a positive push toward self-motivation. Summarized below Read More…


How to Inspire Engagement and Manage Disengagement

Advances in technology have obviously had great impact on the field of education. You may find that some of those effects have been positive — for example, you have access to new tools to reach and engage with your students. On the other hand, some may be more negative — perhaps your students sometimes become distracted by their smartphones or other devices during class and disengage from learning. In either event, the fact remains that this shift is here to stay and will expand in years to come. In this video, Stan Gully, co-author of Organizational Behavior: Tools Read More…


Econ Educators Best in Class: Using Interactive Maps to Teach Economics

Below, we share a stellar teaching method from last year’s third-place winner in the Economist Educators Best in Class Teaching Award competition. For her winning entry, Becca Arnold, Professor of Economics at San Diego Mesa College, shared a teaching method she calls Visualizing the Economy: Using Interactive Maps to Teach Economics. In her contest entry, Becca explained how she reinforces economic concepts through the use of interactive maps. View her video below, and then visit the Economist Educators Best in Class Award Web site to learn more about this year’s contest and to link out to Read More…


Tips for Students: Success in Summer Classes

Summer term can pose an excellent opportunity for students to catch up on or get ahead in credit hours in their course of study, but let’s face it: It’s nice outside, many of their classmates are enjoying other summer activities, and there can be even more distractions than usual that get in the way of focus and success in summer classes. Our friends at the CengageBrain.com blog, CengageBrainiac, have written a post for students that can help them see the benefits to staying focused on success in summer classes. Among the great reasons to enroll Read More…


Teaching Shorter Summer Courses: Focus on Outcomes

As this term comes to a close, you may find yourself looking ahead toward teaching a summer course. Though you may still find that you encounter many of the same challenges teaching during the summer months that you would otherwise, it can also pose its own unique challenges. Among them, you may find that students find it even more difficult to focus on being in class when they’d like to be enjoying a summer break, or that you have less time to get them up-to-speed with course content. One of the other challenges that can be unique to Read More…


Career Skills Activity: The Importance of Looking Ahead

You have a lot to cover during your allotted class time. Though helping students make skill connections to the professional world is something you’d like to do, it may not always be feasible to cover in that time frame. However, there are ways you can quickly drive home the importance of professionalism and career skills without taking up much time. What are some of your ideas for quick activities, practices, or exercises that emphasize the importance of professionalism in a career? Share your thoughts below. In the Instructor’s Manual that accompanies Illustrated Course Guides: Professionalism – Soft Skills for a Read More…


Assisting Students in Connecting College Studies to their Careers

Beyond wanting your students to soak up all of the course-specific knowledge you endeavor to instill in them every day, you likely also work hard to equip them with skills that will benefit them as they grow throughout their time in school and move beyond it, not only to a workplace, but to a career. In this recorded virtual event, titled Career Readiness and Transferring College Skills to the Workplace, leadership coach, author of (among others) the Master Student series, educator, and philanthropist Dave Ellis encourages you to consider what you can do to help your students make the Read More…


Activity: Minimize Stress and Avoid Procrastination

Maintaining a healthy balance between the things we have to do and the things we want to do is often a goal we overlook in the interest of getting things done at work and being successful. However, ensuring that you make time to do the things you enjoy can be an important step toward being more successful at work, and to lowering stress and avoiding procrastination. The activity below, included in Richard L. Daft and Dorothy Marcic’s Building Management Skills: An Action First Approach, First Edition can help you reflect on where you’re spending your time, and Read More…