Achievement and outcomes

Let’s Be Direct: What’s Your Employability Strategy?

Derived from blog originally
posted on WCET Frontiers
I
had the opportunity to partner with WCET and talk about soft skills—what
they are, why they matter, how they impact employability and why the current
workplace demands them. I’ve continued this conversation by speaking with educators across
the country, often hearing similar feedback: “We all know the primary reason students pursue education is to get a job or a better job—yet employers consistently tell us students graduate without the requisite skill set to be successful. When it comes to hiring, a whopping 92 percent of HR professionals tell us that soft skills matter as much Read More…


Innovation Makes the Dean’s List: How Ryan Tipton Takes Tech Campus-wide

When it comes to scalable access to learning, those who can do, teach. Doctor Ryan Tipton felt it was time for something new after retiring early. After a fruitful career in which the Lovington, New Mexico native grew his own oil company into an acclaimed group of cross-industry subsidies, Dr. Tipton sold his energy empire and enrolled at Walden University. With a Doctorate in Business Administration, it wasn’t until after founding his consulting company that his career took a (new) pivotal turn—not in the private sector, but to higher education. The year was 2009. While acting as Lead Consultant on Read More…


Taking Advantage of Your Students’ Smartphones

Author: Machiavelli W. Chao, Lecturer Continuing, The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine Many, many years ago, when I was an undergraduate student, the drill was pretty standard: I sat in a classroom for lectures, did my written homework and physically handed it to a TA. And, if I had any questions, I waited in front of my professor’s office and hoped he could see me.  My, how times have changed. Enter Mobile Technology With the rapid emergence of mobile technology, students now clamor to take online and hybrid courses. They use their tablets to Read More…


Improving Pass Rates in Intermediate Accounting 1 Through Student Engagement

Authors, all from Cleveland State University: Craig Fotin, DBA, CPA, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting; Heidi Hylton Meier, DBA, CPA, Chair and Professor, Department of Accounting; Jan Rose, MBA, CPA, CMA, Lecturer of Accounting; Peter Poznanski, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CFM, Professor Emeritus, Department of Accounting   After completing Principles of Accounting I (financial accounting) and II (managerial accounting), most Accounting majors enroll in Intermediate Accounting 1 . For almost all students, the quantity and difficulty level of the material makes Intermediate Accounting one of the most difficult courses they will take in their degree program. Compounding this difficulty level is the Read More…


Building Airplanes in an Accounting Class: An Interactive Exercise in Managerial or Cost Accounting

Authors: Tim Creel, Harding University and Veronica Paz, Indiana University of Pennsylvania  The process of building paper airplanes in an accounting classroom allows students to experience an interactive, engaging, problem-solving, and fun learning environment. Building paper airplanes occurs in a managerial accounting class at the undergraduate level, an MBA accounting class or cost accounting class. Students volunteer to build paper airplanes in front of their fellow classmates to illustrate the manufacturing process. The class answers questions related to the manufacturing process after completion of the simulation. In a cost accounting class, building airplanes simulates aspects of manufacturing such as process Read More…


Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…


Effective Assessments: Objectives, Goals, and Results

By: Dr. Jenny Billings – Chair of English and Study Skills, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Cengage Faculty Partner   As someone who majored in and teaches English, I surprise others by how into numbers and data, I actually am. I have always been careful, curious, and strategic; I am always anticipating the outcome, what an action will yield. That’s a trait I have in common with my best friend, who actually teaches Mathematics.

Creating SMART Goals in Higher Ed Courses

While earning my doctorate, I took a class on data-driven decisions and one on planning and assessment. The combination of these classes Read More…


Affordable Access to Quality Learning with Cengage Unlimited

As community college Math professors and Cengage authors, Mark Clark and Cindy Anfinson see firsthand the impact expensive course materials can have on a student’s learning experience. With a shared commitment to helping students access and achieve higher education, Mark and Cindy share their reactions and excitement around Cengage Unlimited, which can help students save money without sacrificing the quality of their education.    1. As community college Math instructors, what are the biggest challenges that your students face? The two biggest challenges our students face are time and money. Many students are working one or more jobs, as well as Read More…


The Whole View—Building Student Success with the MindTap Progress App

As a Professor of English at Blinn College, it is crucial to bolster and maintain my students’ performance. If there were #JustOneThing I could recommend to my peers, it would be the MindTap Progress App.

What Does the Progress App Do?

The Progress App enables me to reach out individually at the beginning of the semester and at midterms to students who may not understand what I expect of them in my online class. Using the Analytics Tab, I can see which students are not fully engaged in the class, how much time they are spending on course work, Read More…


Four Ways Going Digital Makes Humanities Courses More Enjoyable

You just heard another student say, “I’m only taking this course because I needed another Gen Ed credit to graduate.” After everything you’ve put into your course, they’re only taking it because they have to? Unfortunately, students are often unpleasantly surprised to learn that humanities courses are in their future. At most institutions, students will take at least one required humanities or social sciences course. While students may not know the intention behind such a requirement, it’s our responsibility to make sure they reap the benefits from our courses. We strive to make the content relevant while sharpening students’ critical Read More…