Engagement and Motivation

Visual Learner Finds Great Success Studying U.S. History with MindTap

Liberty University student and visual learner calls MindTap for U.S. History a “game-changer” for reading and retaining course content. Working full time and going to school is a challenge in itself, but studying walls of text at night can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately for Lauren Bankole, Sophomore at Liberty University in Virginia, her professor for U.S. History is using MindTap. MindTap is an interactive learning platform that features a mobile-ready textbook, videos, quizzes and flashcards all available online or on a convenient mobile app. This type of interactive learning is perfect for someone like Lauren who is Read More…


Stats Beyond STEM

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), a much lauded school located in Arnold, Maryland, recently announced that for students not seeking degrees in either science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), college algebra or trigonometry will no longer be a mandatory prerequisite. The school instead offers a course they believe to be more immediately relevant for a non-STEM student—elementary statistics. This shift from the traditional model—to mandate that all students take a beyond high-school algebra course—is happening in schools all over the country, and it makes sense. Jobs in America dependent upon statistics knowledge are projected to Read More…


3 Ways to Make International Relations More Relatable

Last month, we told you Dr. Gregory Dixon—Professor of International Relations and Cengage Faculty Partner—planned to share his tips for facilitating personal connections between students and their world. It can feel like a challenge getting students to grasp how global and political events impact their lives, or how common items like iPhones represent globalization—but there are ways to get through. Dr. Dixon’s two-part webinar series explored best practices and strategies for engaging students in world politics and globalization through pop culture, world events and everyday objects. Here are just some of the ways you can illustrate these concepts Read More…


How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…


How to Help Students Overcome Writer’s Block

Even when students choose to write on a topic that interests them, they may still experience the frustration of writer’s block. They may deal with the frustration by spending too much time researching and then run out of time when it comes to writing and revising their work. As instructors with advanced degrees, we’ve written more papers than we care to count. It’s easy to forget that our students are still neophytes when it comes to academic writing. What can we do to help students complete their writing assignments more effectively?

Reasons for writer’s block

Some people are procrastinators by Read More…


Improve Student Confidence and Engagement with Gamification

Guest Contributor: Carlos Diaz, The American School, Vietnam It is the cold truth: a video game will catch your students’ attention more than the elaborate, cool plan you stayed up all night preparing for. For some instructors, this may be a sad truth. For others, this is simply the way society is evolving. But hopefully, you can see this as an opportunity. You can use games in your classrooms to boost engagement, confidence and learning. More and more students are responding positively to what is known as Game Based Learning (GBL): teaching strategies using games or gamification to find a better Read More…


Motivating College Students: Women in STEM

According to a 2012 White House report, the United States is on track to face a huge deficit of qualified STEM workers by the 2020s. One of the ways to mitigate that deficit is encouraging a traditionally underrepresented group—women—to pursue careers in STEM fields. Given the studies on gender biases that face women pursuing those careers, however, it may be difficult motivating students toward goals where they will face additional challenges. Mentoring college students is particularly important when recruiting women into STEM fields and majors, and providing adequate opportunities to explore (and make mistakes) is key to encouraging Read More…


Encourage Your College Students to Use the Library’s Electronic Resources

Modern college students are used to information being available at their fingertips. So how do you persuade them that the best way to search isn’t to only use Google, but to also check out all the electronic resources available from the college library? In addition to the expert advice available from reference librarians, library resources at your college likely include a number of online resources and e-journal titles, often hosted in a database like Questia. Get familiar with the electronic resources offered to your students, and help them learn how to incorporate those resources into their Read More…


Top 5 Time Management Tips for Your College Students

Time management is self-reported as one of the largest challenges facing college students, particularly during their freshman year. Why is building good time management skills such a struggle for many students? What hurdles make it difficult to overcome? By taking a look at some of the reasons students struggle in building a concrete skill set to help them manage their time, you can gain a firmer perspective on how to help them gain those skills—and achieve academic success.

College students and work

In Taking Charge of Your Career Direction: Career Planning Guide, Book 1, 5th edition, Robert D. Lock Read More…


How to Help Criminal Justice Students Become Job-Ready

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   The criminal justice field has changed so greatly over the past decade. My goal in the classroom is to help prepare my students to become fully job-ready. We focus on improving their communication skills, their reading comprehension, and their decision-making ability through dynamic scenarios. When students begin their CJ career, they learn quickly that every written word and every action can be used in court, captured on video, and easily shared on social media. As a state trooper who is passionate about law enforcement, my primary goal is to act Read More…