Engagement and Motivation

Five Ways to Engage Adult Learners

The same things that can make your classroom more challenging to manage can also make it a richer experience for both you and your learners. Having a mix of different generations in your class can be one of those challenges. Adult learners will likely walk in the classroom door with some different experiences, strengths, and demands than more “traditional” learners have. But as with all learners, the key to reaching them is in engaging them. Below, we share five guidelines to help you engage adult learners, adapted from the TeamUP Professional Development Portal module on Engaging Read More…


Exploring Different Generations

How do you make learning relevant and engaging for the learners in your classroom? Do you give certain examples that you find most of your students can relate to? Please share your feedback and comments below. In this podcast from the TeamUP Professional Online Development Portal, TeamUP Faculty Programs Consultant Damon Givehand interviews his colleague and fellow TeamUP Consultant Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins about her experience teaching different generations in the same classroom. Bridgett reflects on what she observed, learned, and acted on from that experience. She also discusses feeling prepared to make learning relevant, interesting, and engaging for everyone Read More…


Reaching the “ME” Generation

Guest Contributor: Dr. Jonathan Duchac, Merrill Lynch Professor of Accounting, Wake Forest University

What do you do to connect with a new generation of students? Below, Dr. Jon Duchac, accounting professor and author, writes about the “ME” Generation — what makes them unique, and how you can reach them. 

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For Your Students: How to be an Effective Note Taker

Even as we edge toward the end of the term, it’s not too late for students to hone their study skills. This article from a previous eNewsletter on “Active Learning” offers students some tips for taking effective notes in your course — notes that will later prove handy as they study for their final exams. Note-taking can keep students engaged because they are, in essence, disciplining themselves to listen closely to what is being said. What else do you do to encourage active engagement during a lecture? Please share your thoughts in the comments section or send them to us via Read More…


Fostering Community in the Classroom

Guest Contributor: Melisa “Joey” Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College.   Though every institution and student population has its unique challenges, one person’s success story can often inspire the seeds of your own next great idea. Below, Melisa “Joey” Bryant shares some of the community-building strategies she’s taken at Forsyth Technical Community College. We hope they encourage you in your own quest to build student interaction in your own course or institution.  What are your top tips for encouraging peer-to-peer learning among students? Please share them in the Comments section!
Forsyth Tech is in a diverse community, and our student body reflects that. We Read More…


Tips for Breaking the Ice in the Classroom

Since we first started sending out the Cengage Learning eNewsletter, our readers have responded very positively to the the teaching tips and activities we’ve provided. Today, we’re bringing back one of the most popular resources we’ve shared to date. Review the activity, and consider the ways you might bring these ideas — or similar ones — into your classroom.  Have you tried the activity presented here? How did it go? What did your students learn? Share your feedback in the Comments section. Please feel free to share activities that you’ve created to promote learner engagement as well! Building a community Read More…


Learning Preferences of Today’s Students

Learners in your classes will soon be making decisions about purchasing course materials for a new term. Below, we’ve republished results from a recent survey about students’ format preferences when it comes to educational reading. Take a look to catch a glimpse of how students’ learning preferences have shifted.  Recently, Cengage Learning’s 4LTR Press team conducted a survey among students, asking their preferences for print or digital resources in the educational context. Review the results for a quick snapshot of what they’re thinking. You may find the trends interesting! What are your reflections on the Read More…


Tips for Students: Healthy Finals Week Study Tips

Though Thanksgiving offers most of us an opportunity to reflect and rest, students (and instructors) know that finals week is just around the corner. The good news: by preparing now, students can eliminate some of the pressure and stress they’d face if they leave it all to the last minute. Throughout the year, our colleagues at Questia share tools, tips, and resources that inspire more effective research and study habits. In light of the time of year, we wanted to share this helpful post from the Questia blog, which offers students some suggestions for staying healthier and better organized through Read More…


Time Management Tips (Or, How to Work on Finals and Still Get Your Turkey to the Table on Time)

Time management is one of the most important skills learners need master in order to be successful in college. Learning to effectively manage their time will also be vital to their success in whatever your students choose to do after graduation.  In How to Study in College, authors Walter Pauk and Ross J. Q. Owens outline how creating a schedule and using all time wisely can help optimize time management. Share these tips with your students, or take a couple into consideration as you work to get the turkey to the table on time this Thanksgiving! One way Read More…


Feeling a Little Blue During the Holidays? This Could Be Why.


During the holidays many people fear overeating; however, the effect of loneliness, or perceived isolation, can be even more detrimental to one’s health. John Cacioppo, author of Discovering Psychology: The Science of the Mind, 1st Edition, discusses his research on what effects social isolation, or loneliness, can have on people. He talks about what sparked his interest in studying the effects of social isolation, describes perceived isolation vs. objective isolation, and covers the effects of perceived isolation.

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