Achievement and outcomes

Success Story: Fisher College Creates Math Boot Camp With WebAssign

Math is one of the toughest courses students encounter in college. It can become a barrier to degree completion as they struggle with math anxiety, time management and access to quality resources. Fisher College in Boston is helping students overcome this obstacle through an intensive developmental math boot camp that improves confidence and outcomes, while saving students money. Since running the first pilot study in January 2016, nearly all of the students who have gone through the boot camp have passed the program, allowing them to move into a credit bearing class. The customized program uses Cengage’s Read More…

Infographic: It All Adds Up to Student Success with MindTap Math Foundations

“My class went from a 50% pass rate with a competing product to an 85%, 90%, and 92% pass rate for my 3 sections with MindTap Math Foundations.” –Jea Joseph, Instructor, Oakwood University Last Fall, students and instructors from around the country used MindTap Math Foundations in their developmental math classes. They noticed a difference.

63% of students felt that they would earn a grade of B or better

Built with students, for students in Developmental Math from the ground up, MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) instills confidence in students and motivates them to succeed. Helpful tools, such as step-by-step tutorials, learning Read More…

Tips for College Students: How to Answer Common Exam Questions

Many students feel that one reason they are not top students is that they are poor test takers. These students may not realize that an understanding of different types of test questions can help them create successful test taking strategies. In addition to study skills that help students learn the course material, we need to help our students to demonstrate what they know when they take an exam. What test taking tips will benefit your students?

Types of exam questions

The University of Waterloo Centre for Teaching Excellence explained “Exam questions: types, characteristics, and suggestions.” Generally speaking, there are two Read More…

How to Improve Learning Outcomes with Data-Driven Decisions

Instructors of college students, or any students for that matter, want to create the best possible learning outcomes for those they are teaching. But ideas on how to improve results have changed over the years. The latest trend focuses on data-driven decisions to better educate college students. Read on to learn tips for improving learning outcomes in your classroom.

Using student data

Data-driven decisions have been a part of education since education was first formalized in the United States. Teachers used information about how students did in certain areas and what techniques worked best to adapt their methods to create Read More…

How to Evaluate Learning Outcomes

When you’re creating a course, how do you determine the goals for your college students to reach by the end of the semester? Creating learning outcomes gives you a tool by which to tailor your student assessment, measuring their aptitude against the initial purpose of the course. Writing student learning outcomes can be a challenge, and there are several different ways to look at this tool. Consider some of these ideas as you evaluate your students’ learning.

Assessment and learning outcomes

Assessment of college student academic performance can be easily summed up as you determine if your students have learned Read More…

The Latest Anti-plagiarism Tools for Instructors

When students are pressed to meet a deadline for a term paper, they may become lax in following the proper procedures for writing and citing their papers. The Internet, a treasure trove of useful information, is also full of material that can be used by students to avoid their academic responsibility. Fortunately there are several online tools to check for plagiarism. Here is a look at a few of them.

Dealing with plagiarism

Sometimes the plagiarism is intentional. A student deliberately copies and pastes information from online sources and then passes it off as original work. But sometimes plagiarism occurs Read More…

Competency-Based Education for the Rest of Us

Guest Contributor: Tom Caswell, Learning Objects Competency-based education (CBE) has received a lot of attention as a disruptive innovation that promises to raise course quality and student completion while lowering costs. College for America and Western Governors University are among a small group on institutions “built from scratch” to offer competency-based education. Many more institutions find themselves at various stages of piloting different forms of CBE. What constitutes competency-based education? Is there is a spectrum of CBE implementations, and if so could CBE curriculum design be useful in a fixed-time, credit hour-based setting? First let’s cover the basics of CBE. EDUCAUSE Read More…

Curriculum Development: Advising Students Against Plagiarism

With knowledge at their fingertips online, as well as hundreds of essay writing services, college students are often tempted to plagiarize. Teachers need to educate their students on the dangers of plagiarism to their college education, their integrity, and their future careers. Teachers also need to inform students that they can easily check for plagiarism with plagiarism detector tools. Consider some of these topics when working on curriculum development.

Role of the instructor

The instructor plays an important role in informing and preventing students from engaging in plagiarism. “By teaching students about plagiarism, and by reinforcing their knowledge of appropriate research skills, you’ll Read More…

Top Resources for College Student Research

It seems that no matter how many student research papers you assign, each new assignment brings your students the challenge of finding the right sources in a timely manner. Facing an impending deadline can lead some students to try shortcuts that result in lackluster papers that don’t meet academic standards. Instructors can help students take control of the research and writing process by providing guidance along with the project instructions.

Student research guide

In their book, Cengage Guide to Research, 3rd Edition, Susan K. Miller-Cochran and Rochelle L. Rodrigo lead students through the process of completing a research paper. Recognizing that Read More…

Encourage College Students to Finish and Continue Education

College students can get discouraged or stressed at colleges and universities and contemplate dropping out. Teachers should encourage students to finish their higher education and earn their bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree. Here are some tips for helping students find value in their education and finish their degree.

Set goals to keep students on track

Setting goals is important for college students to find value in their college education. In “Tips for Students: How To Reach Your Academic Goals in College,” by Taylor Massey, posted in Cengage Learning’s Engaging Minds January 10, 2014, students are advised to set goals Read More…