Author: Tami Strang

Cengage Learning Tech Team Assures Smooth Integration of SAM and Canvas at Salt Lake Community College

Susumu Kasai, Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), knows both the importance and the value of collaboration. Although the institution uses the Canvas learning management system (LMS) as its primary vehicle for course design and delivery, its educators also recognize the advantages of digital solutions in teaching and learning. Until recently, however, no one at SLCC had attempted to integrate a digital product into Canvas. For the “inaugural” attempt, selecting the right digital product wasn’t enough: Susumu’s department also wanted the right publishing partner. They selected SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) from Cengage Learning and are pleased with their choice.
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Today’s Student: A Summary of Recent Research

In October and November 2014, the Today’s Student research study attracted 5,188 students—traditional and non-traditional, representing four- and two-year colleges – as participants. The study was developed
and deployed by Cengage Learning, Inc. and The Work Institute, LLC. The intent of the research was to give students a voice to describe their college expectations and experiences, what is important to them, and what their goals for the future are. Students were asked quantitative and qualitative questions ranging from defining success to their overall satisfaction with their college experience. In February and March 2015, a sample of focused follow-up phone Read More…


Three Easy Ways to Create a Video for College Courses

Perhaps you want to submit a video in the Make It Count contest—or, perhaps you want to post a short video message to students in your course LMS or digital platform… but, you are worried that it would take too much time or that it’s too complicated of a process.

Fortunately, filming a video is a lot more convenient than it used to be. And, as far as the video contest, there are no high-tech requirements. In a short amount of time and with easily accessible equipment, you can connect with your students and your peers through video.
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Students Speak Out About CengageNOWv2

The majority of more than 500 students using CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes responded favorably to questions about their experience. These students attend a mix of two-year and four-year institutions, and are taking their accounting classes in face-to-face, online, or blended formats.
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Join Cengage Learning at SXSWedu 2016

As SXSWedu approaches, we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Austin for what promises to be an informative, eye-opening, and fun conference.

While we’re there, we’ll be hosting three unique sessions designed to inform and inspire you. We would love to see you there!

We also welcome you to follow and join the conversation on social media! Use #SXSWDigEdu for our conversation about “Students Unfiltered,” and use #SXSWeduLO for the discussions on “Authentic Capability Transcripts” and “Innovation Without Compromise,” featuring leaders from Learning Objects.

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Activity Idea: Teaching Critical Thinking with Social Media

In your work as an instructor, you undoubtedly encourage your students to think critically about the topics and issues you cover in your class—and those that they encounter in the world around them. Given that students (and perhaps you!) enjoy social media, you may be thinking about using social media as a means of teaching students valuable critical thinking skills. We know that you enjoy reading about other instructors’ teaching ideas, so we’d like to share this great idea from Melody Niesen of the University of Central Missouri. In this video, Melody describes her strategy for teaching critical thinking Read More…


Beginning Language Learners and Authentic Materials

Guest Contributor: Karin Fajardo, co-author of Conectados.

When should beginning language learners use authentic materials? In my opinion, the answer is from day one. I know some may disagree, equating that practice with diving into water without knowing how to swim. However, one must approach the use of authentic materials with the same care as one who is entering the water for the first time. If provided with the proper tools and support, beginning language learners will not only be able to wade in the context of the authentic material but will soon want to dive deeper.

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What’s in Your Backpack?

Contributor: Sherri Singer, Alamance Community College. Across the country this semester, students have gone back to college. Their backpacks are filled with textbooks, paper, pens, pencils, laptops, and calculators. Many of those backpacks will weigh more than 30 pounds and be filled with materials that cost students on average $1,250 each semester (College Board). Backpacks are so heavy that colleges such as Boston University are providing guides for packing light and issuing warnings to students about carrying backpacks weighing more than ten percent of their body weight. A generic textbook will weigh between three and five pounds. If students Read More…


Reduce Readiness Gaps and Use Dynamic Assets to Improve Conceptual Understanding

“What is the most difficult challenge you face when teaching calculus?”

When engaging with instructors throughout the country, the most common answer we hear is that it is not necessarily the Calculus that students struggle with most, but rather the prerequisite skills from Algebra and Trigonometry that they should already know when coming into the classroom. In addition, as the mathematical study of change, Calculus is a dynamic subject, and we routinely hear that students best understand its concepts when they are presented in a dynamic manner. Although the concepts of Calculus themselves do not change, the methods with which they are taught and the technology available to assist in this endeavor continuously evolve.
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What’s Ahead for Edtech: Cengage Learning Leaders Weigh In

What might be the ultimate impact of today’s trends, insights, and innovations on the students in your classroom? And, what can you do to ensure that the technology you use has a positive effect on student engagement, outcomes, and success?

As an educator in today’s environment, we’re sure you ponder these questions from time to time—if not all the time. We recently asked several members of Cengage Learning’s leadership team to give us their thoughts on the top edtech trends. See what they had to say below!
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