Engagement and Motivation

Assignment Idea: Nurture Collaboration and Campus Appreciation with Digital

Group assignments offer students the chance to experience variety in assignments, break free of comfort zones, maybe make new friends, and ultimately learn how to successfully collaborate with peers who have a common goal. In Michelle Davidson’s Business Professional Writing course at The University of Toledo, the common goal was an assignment:  to create a digital field guide to campus.  Students were tasked to work in groups and use WordPress to create a digital field guide showcasing an element of campus life.  This assignment required students to compose appropriate, descriptive copy and illustrate their ideas with visual images.  Responses Read More…


More than Just Fundamentals: Professionals in Principles

The challenge of every educator is to foster a learning environment that is engaging, meaningful, and relevant. As educators we should be ever mindful of who are students are and how to best connect with them to promote deep learning and retention of the subject matter being taught.

The students we teach today, desire something other than the formality of the traditional classroom and delivery mode. They want a more interactive learning experience not just the old-fashioned lecture model. Read More…


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…