Efficacy and research

Flipping the Classroom in Medical Assisting Programs Leads to Increased Student Engagement

In order to better understand the challenges facing Medical Assisting (MA) instructors, Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted interviews with instructors at the American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA) conference in October 2014. Cengage Learning wanted to understand instructor needs and pain points as well as what are the most significant challenges they face in teaching. The research shows that instructors are challenged by teaching to a wide spectrum of student abilities as well as teaching basic professionalism skills. While engaging this wide spectrum of student abilities, MA instructors see a great deal of potential in new teaching methods and course technology.
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An Early Report: Integration and Subject Content Assembly with MindTap Learning System

This paper presents an early report into the adoption of MindTap, a personal learning experience product provided by a commercial publisher; and its integration into Interact, a Sakai-based learning management system in Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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Tracking Database Usage and Implementing Usage Policies

Patron usage data is an extremely useful tool for better understanding patron needs. However, the proliferation of electronic resources – and metrics to track their usage – poses a number of new problems for librarians. What are the most relevant metrics to track? Many vendors’ databases have different usage standards, so how can they be accurately compared with each other? Do hard usage numbers tell the entire story? Who should usage statistics be shared with?
To help answer these questions, Gale interviewed ten librarians heavily involved in tracking and reporting usage at their libraries. The librarians work at a variety of library sizes and types – librarians from public, academic and K12 institutions were all represented. Their insights formed this guide, which will look at usage from varying perspectives and how it can be used to help inform your decision making.
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The New York City DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

Educators across the country are defining and deploying innovative strategies to engage students and to build foundations for academic and professional success in the 21st Century. The imperative is driven by high school dropout rates and by graduates who are not equipped for the rigors of college-level studies or career/trade educational programs.

The challenge is to position high school graduates as college students who will be expected to acquire knowledge, analyze and evaluate information, explore ideas (in depth and in a logical manner), draw conclusions, and test theories. Students must be equipped to think creatively and critically and to conduct meaningful research that leads to understanding through discovery. Unfortunately, too many of our students graduate from high school without these skills because traditional curricular testing has emphasized content knowledge. High school assignments often guide students step-by-step through the learning process so that when students reach college, they often struggle without close support and direction.

In 2009, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) took a significant step toward ensuring students graduate from high school equipped to take on the challenges of academic and career pathways. The NGA and CCSSO introduced the Common Core State Standards to strengthen foundational literacies that are the key to high school graduation and success beyond high school.

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Motivating and Engaging Today’s College Students: Insights from Phi Theta Kappa’s NerdNation

There has been a lot of negative press about the state of higher education in the United States—students not prepared for the very jobs they thought they were learning about, students not attaining enough practical experience before they graduate, tuition and course-material costs skyrocketing, and the student loans they have to repay. So why are people enrolling at all? And once they are in college, what keeps them going to completion?

As a global education company, Cengage Learning wants to get to know college students better. The below white paper encapsulates what we discovered from 116 students we interviewed at NerdNation in spring 2014, in Orlando, Florida. In addition to this, just last week Cengage Learning met with more than 50 students at North Idaho College, as well as members from the NW chapter of Phi Theta Kappa to continue the conversation on student success.

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Study Shows Students Using EWA for Calculus Outperform their Peers

This peer-reviewed study examines the impact of using Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) on student knowledge and skills in Calculus I courses.

MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of EWA’s effectiveness in the spring of 2014 using an array of qualitative and quantitative methods. The primary goal of the study was to determine the extent to which EWA users improved their calculus knowledge and skills more than a control group of students who used the same textbooks and other technology supports but not EWA. Further, the study investigated faculty and student perceptions of EWA.
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Instructors and Students Tap into MindTap to Boost Engagement and Learning

Motivating and engaging students has always been a challenge for higher education instructors, and with today’s learners — who use, and often demand, solutions that support their unique study needs and preferences — it can be particularly difficult. Administrators are concerned, too, because engaged students are often the successful students, and student success is increasingly vital these days. Why? Institutions, faced with economic pressures and a job skills gap, have a high stake in enrolling new students, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with skills to think critically in both their academic and professional careers. Read More…

EdTech Roundup: Smart Watches; Laptops in Class; LMS Trends

Want some tips for implementing edtech in your classroom? Today, we’re discussing how the Apple Watch, tablets, and LMS best practices could help your students get even more out their classroom experience.

Apple® Updates Your Students

Communities around the globe tuned in to learn about Apple’s recent updates to the iPhone. Whether you feel the latest technology will impact you or not, might it begin to impact the lives of your students, or even their education? Along with making the phone slightly larger in size, making it better for videos and research, Apple also released the Apple Watch™. While this may seem Read More…

Student Perspectives on the Course Experience: Trends

As an instructor, you can choose among a variety of teaching methods and strategies that suit your course topic, support student learning—and, ideally, foster student engagement. From the traditional lecture format, to hands-on activities and labs, to technology-enhanced, online learning environments, you can use the method that best meets your goals, satisfies your objectives, and communicates your course’s content.

But have you ever wondered which teaching methods students favor in their course experience, and which they find most effective? We recently asked hundreds of students to share their preferences; below, we’ll examine their responses. Read More…

Do College Students Find Their LMS Beneficial?

In our recent post, “How Do Instructors Use Their LMS,” we shared the many ways that instructors find their Learning Management Systems beneficial to their courses. But do college students see the benefits as well? In a recent survey conducted by Cengage Learning, students who reported using an LMS were asked to share whether or not they find their LMS beneficial to their classroom experience and why. The vast majority of students find that, yes, their LMS is beneficial to their classroom experience. 58% say it keeps them engaged with the materials and connected to their class. Another 54% say Read More…