Author: Tami Strang

For Your Students: How to be an Effective Note Taker

Even as we edge toward the end of the term, it’s not too late for students to hone their study skills. This article from a previous eNewsletter on “Active Learning” offers students some tips for taking effective notes in your course — notes that will later prove handy as they study for their final exams. Note-taking can keep students engaged because they are, in essence, disciplining themselves to listen closely to what is being said. What else do you do to encourage active engagement during a lecture? Please share your thoughts in the comments section or send them to us via Read More…


Fostering Community in the Classroom

Guest Contributor: Melisa “Joey” Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College.   Though every institution and student population has its unique challenges, one person’s success story can often inspire the seeds of your own next great idea. Below, Melisa “Joey” Bryant shares some of the community-building strategies she’s taken at Forsyth Technical Community College. We hope they encourage you in your own quest to build student interaction in your own course or institution.  What are your top tips for encouraging peer-to-peer learning among students? Please share them in the Comments section!
Forsyth Tech is in a diverse community, and our student body reflects that. We Read More…


Tips for Breaking the Ice in the Classroom

Since we first started sending out the Cengage Learning eNewsletter, our readers have responded very positively to the the teaching tips and activities we’ve provided. Today, we’re bringing back one of the most popular resources we’ve shared to date. Review the activity, and consider the ways you might bring these ideas — or similar ones — into your classroom.  Have you tried the activity presented here? How did it go? What did your students learn? Share your feedback in the Comments section. Please feel free to share activities that you’ve created to promote learner engagement as well! Building a community Read More…


What are You Thankful For?

Cengage Learning wishes you all a happy Thanksgiving. We’re grateful to you, our customers and readers, and we hope that those of you celebrating Thanksgiving have an enjoyable break, with time to reflect on the people and things that matter most to you. As we pause for the holiday, we wanted to take a moment to ask: For what are you most grateful? Please share your thoughts in the comments section! Post Author: Tami Strang. Tami Strang is a Managing Editor of the Cengage Learning blog. She has extensive experience in higher education publishing, and recently obtained her Masters degree Read More…


Tips for Students: Healthy Finals Week Study Tips

Though Thanksgiving offers most of us an opportunity to reflect and rest, students (and instructors) know that finals week is just around the corner. The good news: by preparing now, students can eliminate some of the pressure and stress they’d face if they leave it all to the last minute. Throughout the year, our colleagues at Questia share tools, tips, and resources that inspire more effective research and study habits. In light of the time of year, we wanted to share this helpful post from the Questia blog, which offers students some suggestions for staying healthier and better organized through Read More…


It’s Thanksgiving Week: Take a Deep Breath

You’ve likely got a lot on your mind this time of year: On top of your regular class sessions, department meetings, and social responsibilities, you have papers to grade, exams to administer, and holiday meals to prepare. Without proper self-care, these can become a recipe for burnout. Thankfully, most of us have a few days off to enjoy before we launch into December. In recognition of this busy time, we’d like to share some tips adapted from the Health CourseMate for Jeffrey S. Nevid and Spencer A. Rathus’ HLTH.  We hope that these ideas provide you with the small nudge you need Read More…


Your Teaching Ideas

As an educator, no matter your teaching environment, you’re constantly looking for new ideas for engaging your students and keeping them motivated to learn. We admire this trait, and we’re also inspired by the ideas you’ve shared with us. In this spirit, we’re pleased to share some of those ideas with our readership. See below for ideas on keeping students — and yourselves! — engaged with, and energized for, the educational process. Do you have any teaching ideas you’d like to share with the community? Respond in the Comments section below! ***** Most of today’s students prefer hands-on learning in the classroom. Therefore, Read More…


Using Assessment to Manage Student Learning Outcomes

Guest Contributor Dr. Clayton Austin Mid-terms. Finals. Quizzes. Undoubtedly you — and your students — are all familiar with these assessments. But perhaps you’d like to gauge student progress toward outcomes before you see the results from a major test… and before it’s too late for a student to change direction. Below, we’ve re-published Dr. Clayton Austin’s article, in which he shares one of his methods for assessing his students’ progress prior to a big exam — and it takes less than five minutes!
What are your strategies for assessing student progress prior to a “big exam”? What have been Read More…


Learning Styles: A Response

An early issue of the Cengage Learning eNewsletter was devoted to the topic of “Addressing Different Learning Styles.” This issue prompted some feedback from instructors with opposing viewpoints on the matter of basing one’s teaching style on this idea. Below, Dr. Melanie Cooper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Education at Clemson University, provides her response. We welcome thoughtful, academic dialogue around all the topics we discuss at our blog. If you have any feedback, please feel free to submit it via the Comments section below. Guest Contributor: Melanie M Cooper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Clemson University (Clemson, SC) The Cengage Learning Read More…


Welcome to Cengage Learning’s New Blog!

We would like to formally welcome you to Cengage Learning’s new blog! At this site, we’ll feature articles of interest and applicability to your professional life, addressing such topics as teaching with technology, classroom management, assessment & outcomes, research & writing, professional development, and more. You’ll also find suggestions for keeping your students engaged and motivated throughout the school year. To keep our readers up-to-date on our latest blog posts and activity, we will send a weekly newsletter. If you haven’t yet subscribed, we invite you to do so today! From the outset, we also want you to know that we endeavor to speak to Read More…