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…


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…


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…


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…


Alternative Methods of Skills Assessment: Beyond the Exam

Just as a physician takes a pulse to assess a patient’s health, instructors use educational assessment techniques to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and achievement of learning outcomes in the classroom. Assessment provides valuable feedback that is used to adjust the presentation of instruction or to place students in programs. Traditional assessment tools often utilize a test instrument such as true-false or multiple choice. These instruments are designed to solicit either recall or identification skills of students. Other assessment techniques, such as authentic assessment, measure real-world situational knowledge. What methods can be used to take assessment beyond the Read More…


Creating a Research Paper Rubric for College Students

It’s often difficult for college students to understand exactly what the teacher expects from them when it comes to tests or research papers. Creating a research paper rubric for your students will help guide them toward the proper format, themes, concepts, focus and execution they need to perform in a term paper for it to be successful. Try these tips for both creating a rubric template and for using rubrics to give feedback to students.

Sample rubric for research papers

When creating rubrics, use straightforward and concise language to inform students. You can create a rubric with various parameters for different skill Read More…


Are Students Confident They’ll Get a Job After Graduation?

Whether they’re completing courses for a professional certificate or working through a bachelor’s program in a particular discipline or field, most college students hope that all their hard work will pay off in the form of new, or more fulfilling, careers.

In our recent white paper, “Students to Colleges: Get Us Work-Ready!”, we share the results of an extensive study that we conducted with the Work Institute. Among many questions, we asked students how confident they felt about getting a job after graduation.

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Are College Students Confident They’ll Achieve Their Goals?

Students enter college with myriad hopes and dreams; these might include learning a specialized skill or a particular body of knowledge, obtaining a promising and rewarding career, or gaining a sense of personal achievement. Though many may complete college with the sense that they’re successful, others will admit that they’ve struggled to achieve or accomplish all that they’d hoped.

In our recent white paper, “Students to Colleges: Get Us Work-Ready!,” we explore how the college experience compared to student expectations. Among many topics, we asked students to tell us whether or not they feel confident in their ability to successfully achieve their own goals.

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College Internships Work for Students

College internships present numerous benefits. For one, they give students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in their courses within a real-world job setting. In addition, students can gain practical experience that they can add to their resume, as well as valuable insights and advice from their supervisors. Some interns receive another key benefit: a job offer upon graduation.

All this being said: Do college students believe that the opportunity for internships contributes to their satisfaction with the college experience?
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