Author: Tami Strang

Librarian Employs Unconventional Marketing Tactics and DemoNow to Reach New and Underserved Residents

If you’re looking for Kathryn Lynip, Manager of Technical Services at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado, don’t assume she will always be stationed at the reference desk waiting to help. Instead, you might find her out among new developments in her city, at a table in a public place, reaching out to gain potential cardholders. Her tactics help reach the people in her community who may not be aware of the library’s resources or how they can be used to make smarter decisions that can improve lives.

While Lynip still takes a few shifts at the library’s reference desk, she won’t likely run out of new parks to visit anytime soon as the city of Broomfield is growing rapidly. If current projections hold, hoards of new residents are expected to move to town without any firsthand knowledge of the library.

Besides being a conduit between the library and underserved populations, Lynip also helps the city plan for the future with Gale’s DemographicsNow: Business & People (DemoNow), a highly customizable, cloud-based collection of rich business and demographic data that provides patrons easy access to real-time demographic, purchasing, and consumer behavior data.
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Digital Solutions Coordinators: Your Support Team for Success

At the beginning of a new term, you have many concerns for your course—some concerning your students and their immediate needs; others, more administrative in nature. At times, those details include setting up your course’s digital solution and ensuring that it suits the specific needs of your class.

We recently asked Cengage Learning’s Digital Solutions Coordinators: “What’s the most challenging issue an instructor has brought to you and how did you resolve it?” Below, we’ve shared a few of their responses. You’ll see how they’ve partnered with instructors to help them use our solutions to accomplish their course goals.

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Make it Count with MindTap!

Our latest infographic shows you the rich benefits that instructors who “Make it Count with MindTap” see in their courses! Discover how assigning MindTap can help improve student outcomes, engagement, and satisfaction.

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Better Engagement, Better Outcomes—MindTap® Proves Its Impact in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In college classrooms across the country, instructors are witnessing the effectiveness of MindTap® in improving academic outcomes and engagement in today’s courses, as well as its ability to transform today’s students into critical thinkers. Research conducted by Cengage Learning—including in-depth conversations with instructors who use MindTap—verifies the digital solution’s positive impact. The data from these instructors’ courses demonstrates multiple successes: strong student engagement with assignments, greater mastery of course content, higher test scores, and overall improved student performance and success rates.

Students recognize MindTap’s advantages, too. They’re telling their instructors that MindTap truly helps them review, understand, and master the course content—and that they enjoy engaging with the content, homework, and learning activities.
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Great Icebreakers for the College Classroom

The weather outside may be chilly, but there’s no reason you can’t “warm up” your classes with a great icebreaker activity!

We asked Cengage Learning’s Faculty Partners: “What’s your favorite ‘icebreaker’ and how do you use it in class?” Below, you’ll find some of their great suggestions. Whether you teach in a classroom or in the online environment, we believe you’ll find something that will engage your students!
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Wishing You the Best in 2016

We at Cengage Learning’s Engaging Minds blog wish you all the best in 2016!

We’d also like to thank you for visiting and reading the Engaging Minds blog in 2015. We’ve enjoyed your comments and feedback, and we hope to see you again throughout 2016!
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Engaging Minds Blog: 2015’s Most-Read, Most-Shared Posts

It’s the end of the year, so we’re taking some time to look back at some of 2015’s most-read, most-shared, and most-discussed posts at Engaging Minds, the Cengage Learning blog.

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How to Support Student Success in the New Year

As the year comes to a close, we at the Engaging Minds blog are taking a look back at some of the topics we’ve addressed this year.

Given that academic success is a top-of-mind topic for instructors and students, we aren’t surprised that our posts on that topic are among our most read.

Below, we’ve shared four of 2015’s most popular posts on student success. We thought that, as you reflect on the close of the year, you might enjoy reviewing these posts as well. The posts discuss some of the key factors that motivate and engage students, and include a variety of tips that you can bring into you own classroom.

Read one or read them all… then jump down to the comments section and share how you support student success in your own courses!
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Ideas for Building Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

If you’re like the majority of instructors, you recognize the importance of teaching critical thinking. However, you may occasionally find it challenging to communicate that importance to your students.

Looking for ways to refine, increase, or change the ways you address critical thinking in your classroom? Below, we’ve provided some questions that will help you consider (or reconsider) how your course helps students develop the critical thinking skills they’ll need today, and in the future. If you’d like to add your own suggestions, please share them in the comments!

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Top Tips: Preparing Your Course for Next Term

As you review students’ final exams, read their papers, and get set to turn in your course’s grades, you’ve likely got your mind set on a well-deserved break.

But, as we’re all aware, the new term will be here soon! So, before you close the books on this term, save yourself some time by taking a few steps to get ready for the next term now.

To help you in the process, we recently asked Cengage Learning’s Digital Solutions Coordinators: What are your top tips for instructors who are either wrapping up the end of this term or preparing for the next term?

Below, we’ve shared their responses, which include time-saving course-prep and tech tips, as well as suggestions for getting your Cengage Learning digital solution ready for your next class full of students. These ideas will help you make a smooth transition into the next term!

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