Engagement and Motivation

Part Two: Can We Teach our Students How to Teach Themselves Critical Thinking?

Before the start of term this fall, I sat through two days of professional development with colleagues from a variety of disciplines. When the facilitator asked us what we wanted our students to be able to do after leaving our classes, one phrase that came up again and again was critical thinking—we want our students to leave our classes with stronger critical thinking skills than they came in with. The facilitator pushed back, asking us what we meant by that and what it looked like in our classrooms. There was a collective pause in the room. Lots of Read More…


Expand the Way Students Think and Learn for National Arts and Humanities Month

“The study of humanities has allowed me to expand the way I think. To think differently, and to always see other peoples’ lives through their perspectives. To be able to think critically and not be spoon fed information – [and] actually thinking about the information I am absorbing.” –Francisco Rubio Fernandez, a Freshman at Santa Monica College, on the true value of Humanities coursework. As October nears and National Arts and Humanities Month begins, now’s the time to discover the importance of a humanities education, and share the objectives on which Humanities is built upon, including:

    Teach students how to
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Strategy Two: Emphasize the Relevance Logic for Students

In the second of this two-part series, Lori Watson, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at University of San Diego, provides insight into “A Concise Introduction to Logic, 13th Edition” by Patrick J. Hurley, co-authored by Watson. As you use this text in your course, utilize Watson’s best practices in your own classroom. Students really enjoy Chapter Three on fallacies. Again, I find an effective teaching method is to get them excited about applying what they’re learning in class to material they come across outside class. An effective assignment here is to ask Read More…


Strategy One: Emphasize the Relevance Logic for Students

In the first of this two-part series, Lori Watson, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at University of San Diego, provides insight into “A Concise Introduction to Logic, 13th Edition” by Patrick J. Hurley, co-authored by Watson. As you begin using this text in your course, utilize Watson’s best practices in your own classroom.

Arguments are Everywhere!

When teaching Chapter One, I find it really helps to have students look for arguments in the news media or blogs that they frequent—an assignment asking them to locate an argument on a topic they’re interested Read More…


Helping Students Write Chemistry into Their Daily Lives

In most disciplines, the ability to write is necessary in order to send notifications about new findings or research. For undergraduate Chemistry students, the ability to clearly express yourself is needed when authoring a laboratory report, answering a short response exam question, etc. For this reason and because I want my General Chemistry students to see that Chemistry is a part of their daily life—not just stuff in a textbook—I require a writing assignment with two sections of 300 students. The assignment is submitted to Turnitin to discourage plagiarism. I do allow students to see their originality report and Read More…


Real-World Economic Analysis Through Writing

As Economics professors, we often stress the importance of certain types of kinesthetic learning. We tell students that they need to work problems—draw the graphs, do the math, etc.—in order to learn the material. Yet despite being well aware of the importance of learning by doing, we often overlook the value of making our students write. In the honors sections of my Principles classes, I have an assignment in which I ask students to explain a current event to me using economic principles or economics analysis. Their analysis can either explain why recent events occurred or predict what will happen in the future. I resist the urge to place limitations on what topic Read More…


Writing for Student-Turned-Employee Success

I teach a Business Communications course that is housed in the Business College at Ball State University. Although writing is considered vital throughout our curriculum, Business Communications is the core course where we polish students’ business writing skills. This sophomore-level course is designed to prepare students with the writing foundations for their upper-division courses—and for future business careers. A major focus of the course is our Employment Communications unit. The employment project I use includes three parts: An internship: students select one and report on how it relates to their career goals.
A résumé: students write one according to the internship Read More…


Prepping Students for the Workforce—One Career Project at a Time

In preparing students for the 21st century, we must revisit our curriculum and ask a very important question: “Am I preparing students to compete in a global society, equipping them with the skills requested by prospective employers?” Julie Bort, in her article, 3 Skills College Grads Still Need to Learn to Impress Hiring Managers, posits a survey conducted by compensation software company PayScale. The survey included 64,000 hiring managers and about 14,000 college grads. Interestingly, 44% of the managers pointed out that writing proficiency is a skill in which recent college graduates were deficient. This Read More…


CengageNOWv2 Saves Trees, Makes Learning a Breeze and Delivers Results

Andrea N. Aviles Colton, a full-time student at University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon Bayamon, Puerto Rico, started using CengageNOWv2 when her Accounting professor assigned it to her class. Find out how it eventually became her best friend.

Challenge

Andrea struggled to find time to go over course material while deepening her understanding of it.

Solution

CengageNOWv2

Result

Andrea dramatically improved her grades and reduced paper consumption with the user-friendly platform—plus it made studying fun!

Read Andrea’s full story on how CengageNOWv2 proved to be a successful product for her.

 


Students Make Their Voices Heard on CengageNOWv2 Experience

Nearly 3,000 students across the country use CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes. We asked them to tell us about their experience—let’s find out what they had to say.

Covering 668 schools—a mix of two-year and four-year institutions and face-to-face, online or blended formats—2,871 students shared what they think about CengageNOWv2. The results included favorable opinions to the questions they were asked about their experience.

Click over to the infographic for more detailed information on what students are saying about CengageNOWv2.