Achievement and outcomes

Tips for Students: Build Career Professionalism in College

Students often view college as a “pit stop” on the road to their future careers. However, college life provides numerous opportunities to build and develop skills that will lead to career professionalism. In their book FOCUS on College and Career Success, Second Edition, Dr. Steve Staley and Dr. Constance Staley offer a list of “Ten Things Employers Hope You Will Learn in College.” We’ve summarized them below. Share them with any students who hope to apply themselves to career success well before they enter the job market! 1. Develop reliability, diligence, and consistency today. Hard work gains others’ respect. Living by a Read More…

Activity: Traits of an Ideal Leader

Who would you call an “ideal leader”? And which traits define an “ideal leader” in your perspective? By reflecting on these matters, you can define the type of leader that you’d like to become, and strive to develop your own capacities in these areas. The following exercise, selected from the Instructor’s Manual for Richard L. Daft’s The Leadership Experience, Sixth Edition, offers students the opportunity to consider the leaders who have earned their admiration and respect, and then consider how they might grow in these areas themselves.   Spend some time thinking about someone you believe is an ideal Read More…

How to Cultivate the Next Generation of Leaders

From the beginning of their college experience, students can (and should) begin to cultivate the knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective leaders and citizens. As an educator, you certainly want them to exhibit leadership and citizenship on your campus; but more importantly, you want to prepare them to step confidently into those roles after they graduate. In the webinar featured below, Dr. Britt Andreatta, author of Cengage Learning’s Navigating the Research University: A Guide for First-Year Students, Third Edition, provides strategies for weaving leadership and citizenship into your first-year seminar and Read More…

An Experienced Instructor Switches to Aplia™ and is Able to ‘Teach at a Higher Level’

Bill Carroll has taught Microeconomics of the Service Industry more than twenty times at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Over the past nine years, he has traditionally taught the course with a printed textbook, but after a colleague told him that Aplia was a good resource, he decided to try it.

Aplia, which is fully integrated with the text Carroll uses, includes comprehensive online interactive problem sets, analyses, tutorials, experiments, and critical-thinking exercises to give students hands-on application, which is part of what makes it so attractive to Carroll. Based on discovery learning, Aplia requires students to take an active role in the learning process—helping them improve their economic understanding and ability to relate to the economic concepts presented. Read More…

Future Nurse Anesthetist Credits Enhanced WebAssign® for Success in Math

A’lea Hathcock is a full-time student majoring in pre-nursing at Columbus State University (CSU) in Columbus, Georgia, on her way to becoming a nurse anesthetist. Her days are filled with classes and her evenings — as well as pockets of time between classes — are often spent studying.
In a recent term, one of the positive aspects of studying was the opportunity to use Enhanced WebAssign®, which was a required homework resource in her Mathematical Modeling course. Enhanced WebAssign gave her a lot of assistance and practice, which helped the concepts stick. Additionally, Enhanced WebAssign helped A’lea build her study skills, as well as critical thinking skills that will serve her beyond her math courses. She appreciated EWA’s relevance, and also credits it with helping her manage her time.

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Enhanced WebAssign Takes the Heat Off Calculus Homework

Brandon Arrowood got a jump-start to his academic career, entering Cleveland Community College through his high school’s early college program. Brandon made his goal graduating with his high school diploma and associate’s degree simultaneously. A volunteer firefighter, Brandon plans to major in Chemistry at Western Carolina University, and pursue a career that involves supporting firefighters. Brandon uses Enhanced WebAssign for his Calculus course.
Though he’s always been a fan of math, Brandon finds that the challenges of a full-time student demand a better way to approach assignments. When college classes overlapped with his volunteer firefighter training, Brandon would pull all-nighters to manage all his responsibilities. Key to his math study time, says Brandon, was ensuring he had the concepts down pat.
As part of Brandon’s Calculus course, Enhanced WebAssign brought him closer to conceptual understanding than other homework solutions that simply drill students for answers. Besides being a timesaver, Enhanced WebAssign helped Brandon grasp Calculus concepts and work independently using his own critical-thinking skills. Brandon reports he will pass Calculus with nearly a 100 average grade.

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Enhanced WebAssign® Promotes Grade-A Work in Calculus

College sophomore Eutimio Gonzalez will transfer to Texas Tech next year to complete his biology degree. He likes science and math, which explains his degree choice and his decision to take chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and calculus in a single semester. Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) was required in his calculus hybrid course, and proved to be beneficial. “I got an ‘A,’ and I think a lot of that had to do with EWA,” he says.

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Aplia Helps Developmental English Students Thrive in Boot Camp

Elizabeth Keefe is an Assistant Professor of English that oversees the developmental English programs at Gateway Community College in New Haven Connecticut. In 2013, Elizabeth began redesigning Gateway’s developmental English programs in response to a law passed in Connecticut that required colleges and universities to reconfigure their developmental education curriculum. In order to fully address the needs of students with the most significant gaps in their reading and writing skills, Elizabeth developed Boot Camp – a three-week intensive review of basic reading and writing concepts. Students at the lowest remedial English level attend the Boot Camp prep course and conclude it by taking the ACCUPLACER placement exam. The goal of the course is for students to score high enough on the ACCUPLACER exam to place into a higher level English course, thus saving them time and money.

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4LTR Press Course Materials Improve Marketing Students’ Retention and Grades

As a marketing instructor, Professor Beth Deinert of Southeast Community College (SCC) in Nebraska is knowledgeable about the concept of trends. Some time ago she saw a disturbing trend — traditional textbooks creating “readability difficulties” for too many students. The annual uptick in traditional textbook prices was also disconcerting. The fact that her courses were taught online further complicated her selection of an appropriate course solution.
Professor Deinert’s eventual adoption of a 4LTR Press title, MKTG, addressed these diverse concerns and produced positive results. Professor Deinert especially liked the format of MKTG. The textbook was designed by a student-tested, faculty-approved development process, used for all 4LTR Press solutions and determined to maximize student engagement and access across learning styles.
Along with the engaging presentation in the core text, Professor Deinert found the inclusion of CourseMate with MKTG and other 4LTR Press titles to be an important benefit to her students, both because of the online environment in which she teaches and the value of these online resources when evaluated on their own merits.
A year after adopting MKTG, Professor Deinert cites higher retention, improved homework grades, and “more in-depth” and detailed answers and examples in student work as proof that her choice of MKTG was a good one.

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Developing Effective Learning Objectives: Share Your Ideas

This week, we’ve discussed a number of topics related to the use and usefulness of learning objectives. We’ve shared insights we gleaned from instructors around the United States, and we’ve offered some suggestions that can help you select and define the learning objectives that best suit your course. Now we want to hear from you!

How do you develop effective learning objectives for your courses?

We value your insight and want to know how you’ve achieved your goals. We’d also love to hear your questions and suggestions for those seeking to implement more strategic learning outcomes and lesson plans in their classroom. Read More…