Achievement and outcomes

EdTech: Engaging Students, Increasing Productivity, and Impacting Success

Contributor: Greg Rivera, Senior Digital Educator at Cengage Learning.

We can’t deny that technology is here to stay. But that is definitely not a bad thing! In fact, using educational technology can help engage students, improve retention and help students succeed. There are several educational technologies (including free or almost free ones) that can help you with these endeavors.
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College Success Strategies—Submitted By Students

As they pursue their academic goals, students can gather many great success tips from their peers!

That’s why, in our Fall 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked: “Beyond completing assigned coursework (e.g. readings and homework), what steps do you take to ensure that you succeed in a class?” In addition to voting on their top college success strategies (which included reviewing lecture notes, using online resources such as quizzes, and creating reading notes), they volunteered some of their own tips.

Below, we’ve listed just a few of their many responses. Share them with your own students and encourage them on to academic success this semester!

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The Top Steps Students Take to Ensure College Success

At the beginning of the year—and at the beginning of a new term—it’s natural for students to start thinking about how they might maintain or improve their success in college.

To hone their college success skills, students might ask their peers what they’re doing to “raise the bar” academically. It’s also instructive for students to consider some steps they could take, but haven’t yet implemented.

In an effort to understand students’ study habits—and with a desire to share these insights with you and your students—we recently sent out the latest version of our Student Engagement Insights survey. Among the many questions posed in the survey, we asked: “Beyond completing assigned coursework (e.g. readings and homework), what steps do you take to ensure that you succeed in a class?” Nearly twenty thousand students responded. Below, we talk about their answers and outline some tips that can help your students adopt some of these strategies for success.

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Librarian Employs Unconventional Marketing Tactics and DemoNow to Reach New and Underserved Residents

If you’re looking for Kathryn Lynip, Manager of Technical Services at Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado, don’t assume she will always be stationed at the reference desk waiting to help. Instead, you might find her out among new developments in her city, at a table in a public place, reaching out to gain potential cardholders. Her tactics help reach the people in her community who may not be aware of the library’s resources or how they can be used to make smarter decisions that can improve lives.

While Lynip still takes a few shifts at the library’s reference desk, she won’t likely run out of new parks to visit anytime soon as the city of Broomfield is growing rapidly. If current projections hold, hoards of new residents are expected to move to town without any firsthand knowledge of the library.

Besides being a conduit between the library and underserved populations, Lynip also helps the city plan for the future with Gale’s DemographicsNow: Business & People (DemoNow), a highly customizable, cloud-based collection of rich business and demographic data that provides patrons easy access to real-time demographic, purchasing, and consumer behavior data.
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How to Support Student Success in the New Year

As the year comes to a close, we at the Engaging Minds blog are taking a look back at some of the topics we’ve addressed this year.

Given that academic success is a top-of-mind topic for instructors and students, we aren’t surprised that our posts on that topic are among our most read.

Below, we’ve shared four of 2015’s most popular posts on student success. We thought that, as you reflect on the close of the year, you might enjoy reviewing these posts as well. The posts discuss some of the key factors that motivate and engage students, and include a variety of tips that you can bring into you own classroom.

Read one or read them all… then jump down to the comments section and share how you support student success in your own courses!
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Questions to Help Adult Learners Set Their Success Strategies

Typically, the adult learners in your course want to succeed, and they are quite driven towards achieving success. However, most are also balancing many responsibilities, activities, and commitments at home, work, and elsewhere. As a result, they may have an ultimate goal in mind (a certificate or diploma that leads to a job)… but, they may benefit from additional encouragement and support, as well as a “refresher” on the specific traits, positive habits, and attitudes that enable them to earn academic success. In the Instructor’s Manual for her text, The Adult Learner’s Companion: A Guide for the Adult College Student, Second Edition, Deborah Davis provides a set of ten Read More…


Why College Students Choose to Use Library Resources

In a previous post, we noted that a portion of college students opt not to use the college library and its resources as the starting point for their research projects. But under what circumstances do students choose to use resources available to them?

To better understand their reasoning, we recently asked thousands of college students: “What do you like about using library resources to do your research?” Below, we’ve summarized the top reasons that they choose to use library resources for assignments.

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MindTap Supports Strong Student Outcomes in History

Would you like to see improved participation and outcomes in your History courses? Try assigning digital. Our studies show that students spend more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.
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MindTap Supports Student Learning in Environmental Science Courses

Have you been seeking out additional ways to engage the students in your Introduction to Environmental Science courses? Try incorporating digital for a grade. Instructors who make MindTap count for at least 20% of their students’ score in Introduction to Environmental Science see higher engagement and improved outcomes.

Digital learning tools matter to today’s students. According to a recent report, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage for all disciplines across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes.

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Promote Student Success in Paralegal Studies with MindTap

What are your goals for your Paralegal Studies courses? Do you want to see improved participation? Improved outcomes? Students in Paralegal Studies courses courses are spending more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.

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