Author: Heather Mooney

Engaging Your Learners & Channeling Distractions

This week, we are featuring content from presenters at Cengage Learning’s upcoming Engage 2013 Conference. Today, we’ll hear from Professor Corinne Hoisington. In this video she shares an idea that you can put into action to engage learners at the start of each class period. She also offers tips on channeling potential technology distractions into opportunities to create an active learning environment.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt5PBd6XwcI?wmode=Opaque] What types of activities do you do in your classrooms — on-ground, online, or blended — to get your learners engaged in the material? Share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below. Corinne Hoisington, Read More…


Welcome Back, and Welcome to a New Year

As we officially begin a new year, we’d like to welcome you back to school and welcome you back to our blog. This year, we look forward to sharing with you more content that relates to teaching, learning, and engagement, and that speaks to your needs as teachers and lifelong learners. What are you most looking forward to learning in 2013? What did you learn last year that will help improve your teaching experience this year? Let us know what you’re most interested in reading about on the blog this year by sharing your suggestions in the comments section Read More…


New Year’s Resolutions: Reaching Your Goals

With a new year comes a chance for a fresh start. It’s a time when many of us make resolutions that embody the goals we want to accomplish this year or the ways we’d like to do better in the new year. For some of us, that may also mean recycling last year’s tossed-aside resolutions in the hope that we’ll have the time, the drive, or some mix of the two, to make them a reality this year. In FOCUS on College and Career Success, Constance and Steve Staley give us an overview of what it means Read More…


Holiday How-To: Make Smart Food Choices on and off Campus

With so much to do around the holidays, we often find ourselves eating what’s available at arm’s reach. This time of year especially that can mean sweets and special holiday treats. During a busy shopping trip it’s also far more convenient to drive through and grab some fast food than it is to pack something healthy or sit down at a restaurant that offers food that’s good for you. But in HLTH, authors Jeffrey S. Nevid and Spencer A. Rathus tell us that it is possible to make healthy choices when grabbing something from a fast Read More…


Holiday How-To: Wine & Food Pairing: Aromas and Flavors

The holiday season is full of opportunities to host parties and to entertain friends and family. One hurdle to overcome on your way to the host or hostess hall of fame is choosing what to serve — both food and beverage. In Pairing with the Masters: A Definitive Guide to Food & Wine, Certified Master Chef Ken Arnone and Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan introduce readers to a primer on wine — its terminology, as well as components and flavor characteristics. As part of that primer, they include tips on tasting for different characteristics of wine. Here Read More…


Five Ways to Engage Adult Learners

The same things that can make your classroom more challenging to manage can also make it a richer experience for both you and your learners. Having a mix of different generations in your class can be one of those challenges. Adult learners will likely walk in the classroom door with some different experiences, strengths, and demands than more “traditional” learners have. But as with all learners, the key to reaching them is in engaging them. Below, we share five guidelines to help you engage adult learners, adapted from the TeamUP Professional Development Portal module on Engaging Read More…


Exploring Different Generations

How do you make learning relevant and engaging for the learners in your classroom? Do you give certain examples that you find most of your students can relate to? Please share your feedback and comments below. In this podcast from the TeamUP Professional Online Development Portal, TeamUP Faculty Programs Consultant Damon Givehand interviews his colleague and fellow TeamUP Consultant Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins about her experience teaching different generations in the same classroom. Bridgett reflects on what she observed, learned, and acted on from that experience. She also discusses feeling prepared to make learning relevant, interesting, and engaging for everyone Read More…


Reaching the “ME” Generation

Guest Contributor: Dr. Jonathan Duchac, Merrill Lynch Professor of Accounting, Wake Forest University

What do you do to connect with a new generation of students? Below, Dr. Jon Duchac, accounting professor and author, writes about the “ME” Generation — what makes them unique, and how you can reach them. 

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Moving Your Course Toward the Online Environment

Guest Contributors: Sande Johnson, Worth Hawes, and Deborah Hoffman, Academic Services Consultants, Custom Learning at Cengage Learning. Are you considering teaching a course online for the first time? In this post, contributors Sande Johnson, Worth Hawes, and Deborah Hoffman share some first steps to consider when moving toward the online teaching environment. Have questions about moving a course online, or tips to share from your own experience? Include them in the comments section below! So you’ve decided to give this online teaching thing your ole college best. It really doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, but you do Read More…


Aligning Objectives in Online Classes

Knowing what you want students to understand when they leave your course is great information to keep in mind, but how can you take your goals for learners and translate them into objectives that align with specific course activities and assessments? Even beyond that, how can you write those objectives so they encourage activities that promote active learning, engagement, and higher-order thinking skills? Share with us how you align your objectives in online courses with course activities in the comments section below. Watch and listen to The Instructor’s Perspective on Aligning Objectives in Online Classes, a narrated presentation by Read More…