Engagement and Motivation

Reflections on the Accounting Degree and Career Opportunities

Accounting courses are often taught in silos at colleges and universities and students are not aware of their integration. Accounting instructors are in a unique position to help students ‘connect the dots’ and obtain a better understanding of the accounting program and discipline.

Accounting instructors can then guide students throughout the program by discussing course integration, career opportunities, and keys to success. This discussion should begin in the introductory accounting courses to attract students to the major, and in upper level courses to help accounting majors create or develop career paths.
This project was developed to help instructors achieve this goal. Read More…


Daimler Ag Case: Developing an Eye for IFRS

The case that follows aims to help students develop a better understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This case uses the financial statements and accounting policies note for a company that reports under IFRS, Daimler AG.

Students must identify accounting and reporting treatments Daimler exhibits under IFRS that would be different if the company applied US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) instead. Read More…


How To Orchestrate Productive Classroom Discussions

Guest Contributor: Sherri Singer, Department Head for Social & Behavioral Sciences at Alamance Community College The long pause: we’ve all experienced waiting an eternity in our classrooms hoping for just one student to respond to our questions. Articles and advice from tenured faculty flow about  the value of the long pause. If we wait long enough, they will respond. And sometimes they do, with a disappointing answer, leaving you hanging in the middle of a failing classroom discussion.  Or  we sometimes get one student responds who, and responds and responds.  Classroom interaction and discussion is a balancing act that can perplex even Read More…


Webinar: Motivate College Students with Active Learning

At Cengage Learning, we know that instructors of all types are always on the lookout for new ways to engage students and transform them into active learners. That’s why, in October of 2015, we expanded our partnership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges, to co-host a series of webinars, podcasts, and blog posts covering professional development topics for adjunct faculty and administrators.

Active learning

Our most recent webinar hosted through our partnership with NISOD, titled “Koala to Kangaroo: Getting Your Read More…


Share Stories of Student Collaboration with Digital and Win!

How do you encourage student collaboration in a digital environment? Share your story of successful student teamwork with your peers in our Make It Count contest. You could win excellent prizes, including a $100 gift card now and a paid trip to a national conference later.

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Student Insights on MindTap in the Classroom

What do you think your students expect from their digital learning tools and materials? Certainly, you have your own opinions on what works and what doesn’t. But what about students? What gets them motivated, engaged, and most importantly — what gets results? We spoke with college students to learn more about their experiences using MindTap. We asked about grades, accessibility, critical thinking, and outcomes. In the following videos, you’ll hear many of their responses. For some, it’s about getting detailed feedback on their performance every step of the way. Many students enjoy the helpful features such as a digital textbook for search, online flashcards, Read More…


Top Mobile Apps for College Student Research

From writing and research to organization, the average college workload is relentless. Mobile applications are the latest and greatest way for college students to keep all of their due dates, assignments, and study materials all at their fingertips. But where to begin? Share these top mobile apps with your students for keeping up with the demands of their college courses.

MindTap Mobile

If you’re enrolled in a MindTap course, MindTap Mobile offers convenient organizational and study tools that will help you stay on track and prepared. You’ll improve your study habits by accessing a clear view of the activities coming up in Read More…


College Students’ Research Practices

If you’re continually getting papers turned in at the last minute and poorly researched, it may be that students are unsure of the amount of work that must go into writing a polished research paper. To find out where students might be confused or cutting corners, we recently surveyed thousands of college students asking, “On average, how much time do you think it’ll take you to find citable sources when assigned a paper or presentation?”

Research time

Given the options of “Less than 1 hour,” “1–2 hours,” “3–5 hours,” “5+ hours,” we discovered that the majority (47%) of college students think it Read More…


College Success Advice from Students

Do you know how your students manage the pressures and responsibilities of their college courses? In a recent survey of thousands of college students, we asked students, “After completing assigned coursework, what else do you do to ensure college success?”

#1 Review lecture notes

Most college students appear to appreciate the value of taking good notes during class lectures. In fact, 83% of our college respondents told us they review their lecture notes from class sessions to ensure success in their classes. Author Ginny Gaylor explains in her article, “How to pay attention in class—tips for college students” on the Read More…


College Students Reveal Where They Begin Research

Do you know how your students work through a research assignment? From a recent survey of thousands of college students, we discovered that the majority (47%) of students think it takes only “1–2 hours to find citable sources” for their research paper. We also asked instructors what they recommend, and naturally, the majority felt this was too little time spent researching. So where do they begin that is so efficient it only takes an hour or two?

Research process

We also asked the students, “Where is the first place you go when doing research for class assignments?” Course materials, Google, LMS, Read More…