Engagement and Motivation

Don’t Let the Tech Take Over: Master Mindfulness

Does this scenario sound familiar? You’re in a department meeting. As you lift your eyes to listen to the department chair, you look around the room and see that everyone has their eyes fixed on the screens of their electronic devices, with fingers busy typing, scrolling, or swiping. Two minutes later, your own phone buzzes to alert you about an incoming text message – and you can’t get your mind off of it. Clearly: everyone at this meeting is physically present, but where are their thoughts? Now, picture yourself having a lively conversation with a friend over a meal. You’re literally Read More…


Reducing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

It’s nearly impossible for us to avoid stress altogether in our lives, but there are steps you can take to manage it so that you can avoid the dreaded burnout to which stress can make us susceptible. As you likely near the end this term, it seems a good time to share a post we previously published in hopes that it will help you again now. In this post, we shared ten ideas to help you maintain your balance and avoid burning out. By being intentional about taking these self-care steps, you can raise the likelihood of facing all that’s ahead Read More…


Conquering Distraction In and Out of the Classroom

For all its benefits, our use of technology has introduced certain challenges into our modern lives, including an increased sense of distraction and information overload. Of course, technology in and of itself is not the problem. In order to keep from feeling overwhelmed, we must master technology, rather than allowing it to master us. Many of the students who enter your classroom are “digital natives” quite accustomed to communicating and finding information online — and also quite attached to their technology devices. Fortunately, you as an instructor can play a role in raising these students’ awareness of how they can use this Read More…


Hot Technologies and Cool Applications for Your Classroom

Whether you teach history or human physiology, accounting or architecture, there’s a way for you to bring the latest technologies into your classroom in an engaging and entertaining way. In this presentation from Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology Conference, Mark Frydenberg and Corinne Hoisington demonstrate how you can use a variety of technologies and applications to get your students involved in and excited about the topics you’re covering in class that day. You’ll see a variety of low- and no-cost tools that allow you to share and collaborate over online content, build dynamic timelines, create interactive images, “publish” your own Read More…


Tips for Students: Setting a Strategy for Success

Do you find that your best students have a strategy for success in mind as they work? What do they do that you think would help their fellow learners succeed? Share in the comments section below.  Likely, your students are enrolled in college as part of a larger path toward the goal of future success. But like all roads not yet traveled, this particular journey would be well served by mapping out a path to the destination. Today, we share tips for your students on how to set a strategy for accomplishing their goals. It’s advice that should be Read More…


Activity: Using Response Technology to Connect with Students

Contributor: Linda Dunham, Discipline Chair and Instructor of Academic Student Success, Central Piedmont Community College.   We can connect with students through discussion or written communication, but what is working really well in the classroom is connecting through the use of response technology, or “clickers”. “Clickers” are typically used as assessment and polling tools, but they can also be a tool for gathering students’ feedback about the course and the syllabus. This is where the First Week Syllabus Activity comes in. Instead of making the syllabus review a boring, drawn out process, make it interactive and engaging! Clicker questions can be as simple as: I think Read More…


Creating a Learning Experience that Sticks with Students

“When we’re talking about relevance, we have to be thinking about making what we’re doing, or tying what we’re doing, to [students’] future.” — Christy Price “What we must understand is that we have to make the learning experience streamlined, we have to make it lean, we have to simplify it. Focus on the key things that you want your students to learn.” — Carey M. Roberts As an instructor, you likely encounter the frustration of distracted and passive students — as well as the thrill of seeing students become excited about and involved in what they’re learning. Undoubtedly, you have your Read More…


Cultivate an Engaging Online Learning Environment via TEC-VARIETY

“Education extends to wherever we happen to be. Learning’s wrapped all around us.” — Curt Bonk It’s no secret: education can happen anytime and anywhere a person wants it to happen. Though it’s easy enough to pick up some information by simply reading a website or watching a video, people are embracing more formal settings for online learning in greater and greater numbers. Whether they’re enrolling in a MOOC simply to satisfy their curiosity on a topic, or they’re matriculated in an online degree program at a traditional university, we can see that people around the world recognize the power Read More…


Embracing Life-Wide Learning via Emerging Technologies

“It’s mainly a matter of getting beyond the ‘old wine in new bottles’ attitude and recognizing that these mediasocial media included—are a more effective way of doing something different, rather than a way of automating the same old stuff that we’re used to doing now.” — Chris Dede Do you remember the first cell phones? The ability to reach out, and be reached, wherever you went meant that an expected phone call no longer tethered you to your home or office. As the technology evolved – and the humble cell phone’s power increased from simple voice and text messaging, Read More…


Empowering Students to Take Charge of Their Learning Opportunities

“What is our role? To provide conducive situations that allow students to engage in creating effective Personalized Learning Environments by organizing and managing their own learning experiences.” — Nada Dabbagh
How can you, as an educator, engage digital natives in the learning process and build a desire for life-long learning? What role do you play in helping students develop the twenty-first century skills that lead to personal and professional success? In this video from Cengage Learning’s Engage 2013 conference hosted by SXSWedu, Nada Dabbagh of George Mason University addresses the Personalized Learning Environment (PLE). The PLE allows students to customize, Read More…