Engagement and Motivation

9 Management Myths, Debunked!

As an instructor, you want your students to gain the skills needed to think and act like successful managers. Unfortunately, it’s easy for new managers to fall for the many myths about what good managers do. Check out these nine management myths, plus discover ways to help your students navigate the management world. MANAGEMENT MYTH #1: There’s only one right way to lead or manage. THE TRUTH: Leadership can be customized for different employees. Hersey and Blanchard argue employees have different levels of readiness for handling different jobs, responsibilities and work assignments. Accordingly, Hersey and Blanchard’s situational theory states that leaders need Read More…


Choosing Assessments That Allow All Students to Succeed

Author: Dr. Jenny Billings, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College  Last year, I wrote and spoke on a process for creating goals and objectives to help measure course performance—I hope it was helpful. This year, I think it’s important we talk about student success from the student perspective. As an instructor, I always want to make sure I’m reaching all of my students; I’m sure this is true for you, too. In the classrooms of today, we must rise to this challenge more than ever before. With each day, our classrooms are evolving, becoming increasingly diverse in student population, resources available and technology Read More…


Adjusting the Lens: Active Learning in Online Classes

Author: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies, Ashland University As a college faculty member for more than 25 years, I’ve taught thousands of undergraduate students in a traditional classroom setting, utilizing active learning strategies to engage and involve students in the learning process. Changing charts, card flip, expert groups, clearest/muddiest point, group projects, polling, augmented reality and case studies—all tools of the trade I know, love and use every semester. Then came online classes. I taught my first completely online course 15 years ago. I’ll be the first to admit it was Read More…


Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…


Innovators Speak: Creating a Co-Requisite Model for English Composition

Author: Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College As a chair, I helped oversee the Pearl River Community College English department’s shift from offering nine non-transferrable developmental hours before students could enroll in the traditional first semester writing course, to a track where those same students now directly enroll in a transferrable, four-credit hour first semester writing course. We’re now in our second year, and our tracking numbers show that academically, students perform at or above the levels they did previously. Combined with the fewer developmental hours students no longer have to take, we now retain more Read More…


5 Tips to Engage Your Introduction to Business Students

  Want to capture the attention of your Introduction to Business students? Check out the following five tips to engage your students and increase success in class — and beyond. Tip 1: Make Content Applicable to Students’ Daily Lives Incorporating hot topics in business from Amazon, to AI, to the #MeToo movement, helps students relate course concepts to their everyday lives.  The Cengage Higher Ed Faculty Community provides articles related to discipline content that you can bring in for classroom discussion.  From reviewing new branding strategies in Marketing Dunkin’ to learning about the Worst Read More…


Increasing Engagement with Digital Resources

Author:  Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Cornell University How do you engage a class of more than 450 students with varying academic backgrounds and vastly different interests in the subject? This is the challenge I face every fall semester when I offer Introductory Microeconomics. I approach this question from the following perspective: students come to class on the first day because they have to come. They come to class the rest of the semester because they want to come. It’s hard for us to imagine why a student wouldn’t want to come to class! As instructors, most of us enjoyed going to Read More…


Icebreakers and Topic Starters

By: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, Faculty in Communication Studies at Ashland University – Ohio Icebreakers often come with a dreaded connotation that implies frivolous activities done on the first day of class with limited benefits to student learning. Consider that one icebreaker—”introduce yourself and tell us one interesting thing about yourself”—that is used over and over while yielding little enthusiasm or class engagement. Yet, semester after semester, we pull that icebreaker out and use it again. Why? Because we want to start the semester off by fostering student connection and community. This Read More…


Effective Assessments: Objectives, Goals, and Results

By: Dr. Jenny Billings – Chair of English and Study Skills, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Cengage Faculty Partner   As someone who majored in and teaches English, I surprise others by how into numbers and data, I actually am. I have always been careful, curious, and strategic; I am always anticipating the outcome, what an action will yield. That’s a trait I have in common with my best friend, who actually teaches Mathematics.

Creating SMART Goals in Higher Ed Courses

While earning my doctorate, I took a class on data-driven decisions and one on planning and assessment. The combination of these classes Read More…


Three Steps to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Rated KR (Keeping It Real)

 By: Essie Childers, Education Professor at Blinn College – Texas   Let’s take a moment to step away from facts around student retention, building facilities, growing partnerships and enrollment numbers. Albeit, those topics are truly important and can be found on any college or university’s agenda. What about adding to the agenda expected classroom experiences to promote student learning. The secret is out—instructors are at the “front door” to facilitate student learning; they also help promote retention and build enrollment. How? This is possible when instructors become culturally responsive teachers.

What IS Culturally Responsive Teaching?

“Culturally responsive teaching occurs when there is Read More…