Engagement and Motivation

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.


Q&A: Time-Strapped Student Finds Balance with MindTap for Criminal Justice

Rachel Bull, a freshman Fashion Merchandising major at Texas Christian University, is both a night owl and an early riser who struggles to find time to complete her coursework and thoroughly prepare for tests. We found out how MindTap gave her time back. Challenge Rachel was overwhelmed and lacked the time required to thoroughly complete complex coursework. Solution MindTap for Criminal Justice Result MindTap saves time and reduces stress, offering real-time performance evaluations to promote better study habits and test preparation. Read the full Q&A with Rachel on how MindTap made her a better student and offered many ways Read More…


SXSWedu 2018 PanelPicker Voting is Open

Yes it’s August, but SXSWedu will be here before you know it, and PanelPicker voting for the conference is open now! This is your chance to vote for great content—and for Cengage!

Vote for Cengage Panels

Whether you’re going or will be joining virtually, here’s your chance to shape the content of the SXSWedu conference by voting for the panelists you want to hear. Cengage has two submissions, so please review and vote for our compelling panel discussions. PanelPicker voting is open until August 25, so thanks in advance for the support.

Reality Tech for Real Job Skills

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Find Balance as a Full-Time Student and Employee with CengageNOWv2

Carrie Stegall, a Business Administration student at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia, and full-time Customer Service Manager at a grocery store, was looking for balance with her busy workload. Here she shares her story on how CengageNOWv2 made that happen.

Challenge

Carrie struggled to focus on her studies while balancing full-time work with a full college course load.

Solution

CengageNOWv2

Result

The flexibility and guided support of CengageNOWv2 helped Carrie earn high grades, despite her busy schedule.

Read the rest of Carrie’s story and learn how you can also balance your busy schedule.


How to Achieve Better Learning with Technology

Technology is transforming learning, and institutions considering how to move forward have lots of compelling options. Just as instructors bring diverse experiences and expertise to class, so too do students vary in how they best absorb new knowledge. Smart use of technology can meet the needs of all—student, instructor, administrator—and still improve learning outcomes.

Better Learning Through Technology

Key benefits of a good digital choice will:
    Empower learners to be more engaged and confident in their course material
    Be flexible so instructors can personalize their lectures while also enabling customized student experiences
    Offer convenience and time savings, yet produce superior results

Success Story: Erie

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What Makes Cengage Worthy of BostInno Coolest Company

Recently, Cengage was named a finalist in BostInno’s Coolest Companies competition for the second year in a row! Voting is still open and, and Cengage is certainly worthy of this designation.

Cengage Cool Qualities

To many people, the idea of a “cool company” means perks like nap pods, on-site game rooms and beer on tap. And while those things are fun, what’s really cool to me—and many of my colleagues—is our company’s ability to make a difference in the lives of learners everywhere. As far as cool companies go, the Cengage commitment to supporting scholarship, success and confidence sets us Read More…