Efficacy and research

Tips for Writing Learning Outcomes for Your Course

You’ve considered the skills and concepts that students need to learn as a result of taking your course. Now it’s time to put pencil to paper (or finger to keyboard) and write the learning outcomes that represent the goals and objectives you have for your class.

If you find yourself looking at a blank screen or sheet of paper, you may want some suggestions to jump-start the process. Read More…


Creating Learning Objectives that Fit Your Course

When creating learning objectives for a course, instructors have a lot of options to consider. In response to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, instructors revealed that they tend to track multiple learning outcomes. The following graph shows eleven themes instructors use in the process of creating learning objectives specifically suited for their courses.

Instructors' primary learning outcome themes

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Why Instructors Adopt Learning Outcomes

Instructors may experience varying levels of responsibility when it comes time to adopt learning outcomes. In some instances, school administrators, department heads, or other organizations may provide instructors with a list of established standard learning outcomes that relate to the courses they teach. In other instances, instructors must determine and define the learning outcomes for their courses.

In response to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, instructors were asked to select all of the influences on learning objective creation at their institution.

Instructors' top determinants of learning objectives

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Who’s Using Learning Objectives? And How?

Are you using learning objectives to measure student achievement and success in your course?

Chances are, you do: In response to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 96% of instructors are using learning objectives to define and measure the knowledge and skills that students should have as a result of participating in and completing their courses. This indicates that most institutions, and many instructors, value these measures of student learning as indicators of student achievement. And indeed, many institutions require instructors to report on learning outcome mastery at the end of each course, making accurate analysis of the utmost importance. Read More…


Choosing a Digital Solution that Suits Your Needs

How can you make a positive impact when it comes to choosing digital solutions that best suit the needs of you and your students? The process for selecting course materials for the classroom varies widely by institution. In Cengage Learning’s recent “Digital in the Classroom” study surveying over 1,000 college students and faculty of all different institution types, we discovered that 33% of instructors are free to choose their own materials. Another 42% are on committees tasked with choosing what to adopt, and 15% choose materials for the entire department.

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Benefits of Using Technology in the Classroom

Whether you’re just starting to use technology in the classroom or you’re well versed in the tools and terminology of edtech, you may be curious how other instructors are using technology in their classrooms. You may also want to know how they would describe the benefits of technology in their courses.

In a study conducted by Cengage Learning, 74% percent of instructors report that the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has increased students’ academic performance, and 73% say it has improved students’ engagement with their courses. Less than 1% reported it has decreased performance or engagement significantly.

College students report similar educational benefits of using technology in the classroom:

  • 80% say the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has subsequently increased their academic performance.
  • 77% say it has improved their engagement with their courses.

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How Instructors Incorporate Digital Content into Their Courses

Practices at every college, department, and classroom likely vary from those trending at a national level. Whether you are required by your university to use a certain type of digital content in your classroom or you get to choose for yourself, there are often many unique ways to customize this content to make it work perfectly for your course. Whichever your circumstance, staying “in the know” about what’s trending with peers can help keep classrooms from falling behind in both engagement and outcomes. Cengage Learning’s recent “Digital in the Classroom” surveyed over 1,000 college students and faculty of all different institution types. After first asking students what they found to be the most effective digital content types, we then asked instructors to share with us their most-used digital content types.  Read More…


Selecting Digital Course Materials: What Faculty are Saying

What factors come into play when you and your colleagues are selecting course materials?

Certainly, the content itself, and how well it aligns with your course’s learning objectives, are important criteria.

You likely also consider how well the structure of the solution helps you accomplish your course goals: be they increasing student engagement, improving outcomes, increasing student retention… or, perhaps a combination of these three factors, alongside others. Read More…


Course Content that Engages Your Students

Is student engagement a top priority in your classroom? If you’re like many instructors, your answer will be a resounding “Yes!”

Many factors play a role in student engagement, including the course content you choose. Given students’ high interest in technology and tech tools, many instructors are turning to digital learning solutions, and overall, they’re seeing a great deal of success. Of the instructors surveyed in Cengage Learning’s recent “Digital in the Classroom” survey:

  • 74% report that the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has increased students’ academic performance, and
  • 73% say it has improved students’ engagement with their courses.

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Impacts of High School Completion for Adult Learners

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See how libraries are transitioning from repositories and organizers of information to active learning institutions with a measurable impact on adult learners looking for an end-to-end high school completion program.

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