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Our research-based white papers illustrate the impact that current teaching strategies and technologies have on today’s educators and learners. Discover how today’s best tools and techniques can benefit you and your institution.

Learning Outcomes

Defining Unique Learning Outcomes and Measuring Student Success Well-defined learning outcomes help educators design their course and determine the best use of technology, improving student success. Cengage Learning custom digital learning solutions make it easy for instructors to execute lesson plans and gather results in a format that drives desired outcomes. This report reviews the use of learning outcomes in classrooms around the country and provides Read More…


How to Improve Student Engagement in the Classroom

Keeping students actively engaged in the classroom can seem like an uphill battle, so Cengage Learning asked thousands of college students and instructors what most encourages student engagement. Fortunately, the most popular responses consist of simple activities and tips to keep in mind. We asked instructors to tell us the specific activities and strategies that get their students most engaged with class. We also asked students to write and tell us what makes classes most interesting. You may be surprised where students and instructors agree!

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Three Keys to Getting Top Results on Students’ Assignments

At Cengage Learning, we recently surveyed thousands of college students and instructors about the practices that best engage students. We gained some helpful insights, particularly when it came to what gets students interested in their assignments. Instructors revealed what makes their class do the best on their assignments and students explained what makes their assignments most interesting. Read More…


Three Steps to Creating an Engaging Classroom Discussion

Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students and instructors about what engages them most in the classroom. We discovered some enlightening trends when it came to what gets students interested in classroom discussion, not just with the instructor, but with their classmates as well. We asked instructors what makes their class discussions most engaging and asked students what makes their discussions most interesting. Read More…


Writing a Research Paper: Nine Tips for Student Success

Both instructors and college students often complain that students are not as prepared to write college-level research papers as they should be upon graduating high school. Some students struggle with the mechanics of research, citations, and grammar. Others struggle to understand the difference between a research paper and a summary or personal essay.  This can be daunting for new and experienced writers alike. Share these tips with your students to keep them focused as they embark on the process of writing a research paper. (They can also be printed as a reference!) Read More…


Top Ten Tips: How to Craft Effective Peer Review Questions

When it comes to peer review work in the classroom, everyone stands to benefit. The owner of the paper receives another perspective and a much-needed “second pair of eyes” for catching grammatical errors. The student reviewers have the opportunity to fine-tune their editing and comprehensive reading skills. If these revisions are handed in, even the instructor may enjoy observing each student’s unique thought process via the edits and comments.

Most students will appreciate the provision of guidelines or sample questions to kick off their peer review process. Whether online or in person, this will help to ensure their revisions are insightful as well as courteous. Read More…


Career Online High School Brings Education to the World

As part of our ongoing commitment to engage students and support them in reaching their professional and academic goals, our ed2go division and partner Smart Horizons Career Online Education are teaming up with the Southern African Virtual School to offer the Career Online High School program. This partnership offers the citizens of The Republic of South African the opportunity to earn an online high school diploma. At Cengage Learning, we are thrilled and honored to partner with such an inspiring program! Read More…


EdTech Roundup: Smart Watches; Laptops in Class; LMS Trends

Want some tips for implementing edtech in your classroom? Today, we’re discussing how the Apple Watch, tablets, and LMS best practices could help your students get even more out their classroom experience.

Apple® Updates Your Students

Communities around the globe tuned in to learn about Apple’s recent updates to the iPhone. Whether you feel the latest technology will impact you or not, might it begin to impact the lives of your students, or even their education? Along with making the phone slightly larger in size, making it better for videos and research, Apple also released the Apple Watch™. While this may seem Read More…


Do College Students Find Their LMS Beneficial?

In our recent post, “How Do Instructors Use Their LMS,” we shared the many ways that instructors find their Learning Management Systems beneficial to their courses. But do college students see the benefits as well? In a recent survey conducted by Cengage Learning, students who reported using an LMS were asked to share whether or not they find their LMS beneficial to their classroom experience and why. The vast majority of students find that, yes, their LMS is beneficial to their classroom experience. 58% say it keeps them engaged with the materials and connected to their class. Another 54% say Read More…


Creating Learning Objectives that Fit Your Course

When creating learning objectives for a course, instructors have a lot of options to consider. In response to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, instructors revealed that they tend to track multiple learning outcomes. The following graph shows eleven themes instructors use in the process of creating learning objectives specifically suited for their courses.

Instructors' primary learning outcome themes

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