On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The 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…


National Geographic Learning Partnership with Precision Exams

Expanding K-12 Curriculum to Provide Certification Pathways in CTE and 21st Century Skills National Geographic Learning (NGL), the K-12 division of Cengage, has partnered with Precision Exams to offer industry-recognized certifications. High school students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can now earn credentials in more than 170 courses, including health science, building and trades, agriscience, welding, travel & tourism, nutrition and wellness, child development, and 21st Century Success Skills.  The combination of NGL curriculum solutions and Precision Exams certifications supports mastery of key industry standard concepts, with exams delivered in the classroom by a professional high school Read More…


Cengage Career Online High School to Support Workforce Training Initiative in Appalachia

Cengage’s Career Online High School will soon be available to workers and students impacted by the changing coal economy in Appalachia, thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The $100,000 competitive grant was awarded to Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the U.S. Cengage is partnering with JFF to implement the grant. An estimated 10 million people ages 18 and older do not have a high school diploma or equivalency across the 13 states in the Appalachian Region, according to the American Community Survey of 2015. The Read More…


Ed Trend to Watch: Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education offers an interesting alternative to the more traditional credit-hour-based system of learning in higher education. In this system, college students progress when they prove that they’ve mastered the subject matter, whether that may be faster or slower than their classmates. Competency-based education has received a great deal of attention as a disruptive innovation which promises to raise course quality and student completion.

Why competency-based education?

Today, not enough students who begin their college journey end up graduating, which can set them back even further than when they began. The most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that the college graduation rate Read More…


Cengage Learning is Integrating Microsoft Office into MindTap

College students look for every boost towards success they can get, and homework convenience is often a vital component. In an effort to focus on the ever-evolving needs of college students, business statistics and computing students will now have access to Microsoft Office right within MindTap. “Real-world context is key to making the student learning experience more engaging and relevant. Because of the flexibility of our MindTap learning platform, we are able to seamlessly integrate Microsoft technology directly into a student’s learning path in order to give them experience using the live application,” said Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer, Cengage Learning. “This Read More…


Congratulations to the Winners of the Make It Count Contest!

Throughout this spring we received great videos of instructors across the country sharing the ways that they make it count with digital tools. Some encourage classmate collaboration while some foster critical thinking and others involve social media, but all utilize digital resources in unique and compelling ways to engage students in learning. The votes are in, and we are thrilled to announce these three winners of the Make It Count contest:

First Place

Aiyda Evans, Morgan State University

In her Introduction to Sociology course, Aiyda uses YouTube to present music videos from around the world to incite student discussion around Read More…


Adapting Tech Support to Today’s College Students

The idea of a “typical” day in the life of a college student is becoming increasingly difficult to grasp. Between extracurricular activities, work, commutes, and family obligations, a college student’s realm extends well beyond academics. Therefore, it’s no surprise that study habits look remarkably different than they have in the past. With all of the demands on students’ time, the days of spending hours on end studying in the library are becoming increasingly scarce. We interviewed over a thousand students and only 19% of students actually even study in the library. However, with average study times ranging between 1.5 to Read More…


SXSWedu: Learning from the Student Voice

Guest Contributors: Chloe Ryan & Brandon Pinette At this week’s SXSWedu festival in Austin, Cengage Learning sponsored a panel focused on the student voice.  The panel featured four diverse student voices and covered topics ranging from the role of social media in the classroom to gamified education experiences and how digital tools can enhance learning.

Technology in the classroom

The students agreed that as technology plays a central role in all other aspects of life, it’s necessary for instructors to find thoughtful and creative ways to use digital tools inside and outside of the classroom.  Zak Malamed, Executive Director of Student Voice, led Read More…


Join Cengage Learning at SXSWedu 2016

As SXSWedu approaches, we are looking forward to seeing many of you in Austin for what promises to be an informative, eye-opening, and fun conference.

While we’re there, we’ll be hosting three unique sessions designed to inform and inspire you. We would love to see you there!

We also welcome you to follow and join the conversation on social media! Use #SXSWDigEdu for our conversation about “Students Unfiltered,” and use #SXSWeduLO for the discussions on “Authentic Capability Transcripts” and “Innovation Without Compromise,” featuring leaders from Learning Objects.

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