Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

Instructors on Integrating a “Flipped Classroom” Teaching Style

While the flipped classroom style of teaching is not currently the most widely used method in classrooms around the country, it might be the method getting the most attention!

Just last month, we shared our brand new podcast series, Flipping the College Classroom, filled with best practices for flipping the classroom. But how many of you are using this method in your classrooms and what are your thoughts on it? Read More…


How to Communicate Effectively With Your Students

Effective communication skills are a valuable asset in any scenario, especially between instructors and their students. Are the options for communication provided to your students the ones that best suit their needs? Learn what students say are their preferences and expectations compared to instructors’ trending habits. Read More…


Connecting with Students: What They Want and Expect

Strategies for connecting with students today are not the same as they may have been ten, or even five, years ago. While some students are open to whatever works best for instructors, others expect their instructors to connect with them via the latest communication methods, and others still prefer only to interact during class. Find out what students say are their expectations for communicating with instructors. Read More…


Tips for Students: Last-minute Study Tips for Finals Week

We work hard all through fall term to earn a much-needed Thanksgiving break, and afterwards, time flies right into final exam time! As you gear up your classroom for finals week, be sure to pass these top study tips for final exams on to your students or post them in your classroom for some extra advice.

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Top Study Tools and Methods Your Students are Using

With finals time right around the corner for many college students, it becomes even more important to learn what study tools and methods work best for each student. Cengage Learning recently surveyed over 3,000 college students to see what types of study tools and methods they use and what works best for them. Find out what strategies college students around the country find most beneficial. Read More…


College Students Share Their Classroom EdTech Wish List

Are your students satisfied with the EdTech being used in your classroom? Cengage Learning recently surveyed college students to see if they would enjoy using their mobile devices more as learning tools and what types of tools and apps would work best. Thousands of students responded; we’ve shared the findings below. Find out what technology college students ask their instructors for most frequently.

We asked students “What kinds of tools or apps would work for learning on mobile (phone, tablet, laptop) in your class?” Students had a lot of great ideas! We’ve outlined a few of the most frequent responses below. Read More…


Tips for Students: How Student Collaboration Improves Learning

As with many processes within the classroom, student collaboration becomes part of an ongoing cycle. Students may not feel comfortable participating in class, so they don’t get to know their classmates, so they don’t collaborate outside of the classroom, so they don’t form a community, and therefore don’t feel comfortable participating. It’s endless! But how to intervene? To learn more about the benefits of student collaboration, Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students and instructors to see what the top benefits of collaborating in and outside the classroom are.   Read More…


Community Building: Student Engagement in Online Classrooms

For college students who either need or prefer to take online classes, the benefits are endless. However, certain challenges arise that instructors of online courses always strive to overcome. One such example is that community building in online classrooms can be much more challenging than in-person classrooms. To learn more about the need for collaboration in the online classroom setting, Cengage Learning surveyed thousands of college students about how they collaborate in their online courses. Read More…


Community Building: Do Students Want Collaboration?

Community building in the classroom is never simple with the short amount of time that you and your students have together. While it comes naturally to some, other students may be reluctant to speak up in class and only collaborate with classmates when assigned to during class sessions. To learn more about the need for collaboration, Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students and instructors about how well they collaborate in the classroom.

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Tips for Students: How to Get Motivated to Study in College

Instructors often face an ongoing battle to keep college students motivated to study all semester long. The same students that show up bright-eyed and eager to learn on day one are not typically the same come November!  Sometimes motivation can come from unexpected places, such as famous quotes you may have overlooked. They may seem obvious, but they can be quite actionable when related to your students’ unique needs. Try our advice for showing your students how to get motivated to study.  Read More…