Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Use Score Normalization

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to use score normalization with SAM 2013. For additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.


SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Understand User Management

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to understand user management with SAM 2013. For additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.


SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Copy an Existing Section

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to copy and existing section with SAM 2013. For additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.


SAM Helps Szymon Machajewski’s Students Gain Confidence and Proficiency with Computer Technology

Szymon Machajewski is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State University. An instructor for eight years, he currently teaches eight sections of Introduction to Computing annually. Szymon uses SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an interactive online learning environment that helps students master Microsoft® Office and other computer skills and concepts that are essential to academic and career success — in conjunction with the textbook Discovering Computers. Szymon discovered SAM in 2013 and saw the advantage in using a learning solution that gives students a self-paced, hands-on experience. “I was surprised at how successful SAM is at really bringing out what we’ve known now for a while, based on the research of Dr. Benjamin Bloom, that one-on-one instruction is most effective.”

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MeL and Gale Join Forces to Boost Michigan’s Economy

MeL and Gale Join ForcesWondering how libraries can help business grow? This study explores the partnership between Gale and the Michigan eLibrary to offer new resources to Michigan’s business owners. Sheryl Mase, Statewide Library Services Director at the Library of Michigan, noted, “I’m not sure the business community knew they could go to the library to find the information they needed in the first place. They likely would have gone to the Chamber of Commerce or the SBDC [Michigan Small Business Development Center].” With MeL providing business-building tools at the state level, funding concerns by libraries are reduced, and small businesses owners or entrepreneurs have the resources and guidance that they need. Read More…


Physics Students Boost Test Scores with Enhanced WebAssign® at Oral Roberts University

Elena Gregg teaches physics at Oral Roberts University (ORU). In a WDG Research survey in which employers rated the quality of graduates of local training institutions, ORU scored 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, besting 21 other schools. Elena uses the Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) online homework tool to ensure that her students receive interactive problem-solving practice, access to animations and other visual resources, and individual attention that improves their understanding and performance.

Interested in a digital solution that ensures students practice on their own? Review this study, and learn how EWA supported the success of a physics program at Oral Roberts University. Read More…


Smart Horizons Career Online High School: A Thoughtful Approach for Adult Learners

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) is the world’s first accredited online school district. SHCOE partners with schools and organizations to design, build, and manage affordable, career-based online high schools serving students around the world. A district of Smart Horizons, Career Online High School (COHS) is an AdvancED/SACS-accredited program that enables students to earn their high school diplomas while gaining real-world career skills. Career Online High School employs an innovative curriculum that is aligned to the National Common Core Standards (NCCS), the convenience of an anytime-anywhere online learning platform, and interactive content that engages adult learners and helps them achieve their educational goals. Read More…


Ninteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) Improves Engagement in Lucy Morrison’s Literature Class

Dr. Morrison teaches a 300 level course at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, called Literature of a Decade. “It is a course that any Literature instructor can teach, and I was teaching it from a British Romantic perspective. I wanted students to use more than a text in isolation,” said Dr. Morrison. One of her primary goals is to have the literary, social, and historical background on a topic. She used Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) in class, and students were required to use it in writing a research paper. Each of them had to do an oral presentation and write-up on the months of their birthdays and the year that was assigned to them by Dr. Morrison. “For example,” Dr. Morrison elaborated “the King losing his head – how was that reported in January 1793? What was the media saying? What was of interest to the students that happened during their birthday month?” Read More…


Career Online High School Helps Non-Traditional Student Frances Ramos on the Path to a New Career

Frances Ramos was in her early 70s and wanted to move into a career in healthcare. However, she found the roadblock to gaining the skills needed for this field was her lack of a high school diploma. Career Online High School’s (COHS) online degree program afforded Frances both the curriculum and pace she needed. Because some of Frances’s previous credit hours from high school courses completed transferred over, she was able to earn her diploma in seven months. Learn how Frances was able to complete all of her coursework online—a must since she was working full-time throughout the program. Read More…


SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Schedule SAM Path

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to schedule SAM Path with SAM 2013. For additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.