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The Biggest Challenge of Today’s EdTech? Support

When you think about getting support for a product or service, you normally think of the experience as an unpleasant one. Something you paid for is not working and you need help. It happens in all areas of life: travel, shopping, and for college students, homework. With an exponential increase in the number of students using digital products in the classroom, the challenge for ed tech companies is how to provide the highest level of support for students using digital products. Think about it. There is an 8 week period twice a year when most of the college Read More…

Employees Give Back at Boston’s “Back to School Celebration”

More than one hundred volunteers from Cengage Learning’s Boston office assembled at Boston Garden, not to see the Bruins or Celtics play, but to help make a difference in the lives of many students going back to Boston Public Schools in September. These employees had the exciting opportunity to volunteer for Boston’s Back to School Celebration, an event developed by a partnership among the Salvation Army, Garden Neighborhood Charities (TD Garden), and the city of Boston. On Monday morning, volunteers stuffed over four thousand backpacks with pencils, pens, and other supplies to help students start the year off right. They Read More…

Digital in the Classroom: An Adult Learner’s Perspective

How do adult learners perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? Let’s find out by asking one ourselves. We recently spoke with JoAnna Zalkovsky, a student at Navarro College. Joanna, a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016, is an adult learner in the nursing program and also serves as secretary of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Below, Joanna discusses why she believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.  

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Digital in the Classroom: The Student Voice

How do students perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? What better way to find out than to ask students themselves? We recently spoke with Zak Malamed, a student at the University of Maryland. Zak is also the Founder & Executive Director of Student Voice, and is a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016. Below, Zak discusses why he believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.

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Vote for “Students Unfiltered” at SXSWedu’s PanelPicker 2016

Cengage Learning has submitted a proposal for a session to take place during SXSWedu 2016. We’re aiming for a lively and informative presentation that brings students—the most important part of the equation—into the spotlight. Through the PanelPicker 2016 process, you can show your support for the idea. We’d appreciate your vote! Our proposed session, “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” will seek to understand how technology’s increasingly important role in the classroom impacts students. By asking critical questions, the conversation will help uncover what students want and don’t want from digital and how to best integrate digital tools Read More…

MindTap Mobile Nominated for the 2015 Bammy EdTech Awards

We’re proud to announce that MindTap Mobile is a nominee for the 2015 Bammy EdTech Awards!

Driven by extensive student feedback, Cengage Learning designed the MindTap Mobile App to allow students to access different features of MindTap from their iOS or Android devices. MindTap, a complete digital learning solution, is Cengage Learning’s flagship learning solution, which demonstrates proven results for improved student success, engagement, and critical thinking skills. Informed by feedback directly from students, the MindTap Mobile App encompasses the features that align with the needs of today’s students.

We’d appreciate your vote and comments! Read and leave your review for MindTap Mobile’s entry to the Bammy EdTech Awards.

Note: before you vote, you must be a registered user on the Bammy EdTech Awards site. Create your account today.

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How to Simplify College Students’ Back-to-School Process

Back-to-school time is just around the corner and many students have already started preparing. From early planners to last-minute textbook buyers, every type of student is different. We want to help however we can. Students have far less to stress about with CengageBrain available to help them through the first few weeks of school and all through the year.

1. Get the right materials

When speaking with students, we have learned that many worry about whether or not they’ll receive the right textbook version and edition when ordering online. With CengageBrain, your students are purchasing directly from the publisher, and they Read More…

21 Voices: Now Recruiting Freshmen for This Year’s Program

Do you know any incoming college freshmen? Encourage them to apply for 21 Voices’ 2015/2016 Program Year! We’re taking applications through July 10, 2015.

What is 21 Voices?

Cengage Learning’s 21 Voices Program is a paid research effort that follows students throughout their college years to enrich our understanding of their learning lives. The program focuses on learning about the end-to-end lives of the students involved, with the intention of discovering new opportunities to help students succeed. The insights we glean fuel our efforts to design and deliver products that both engage and delight students.

Qualifications and Rules for Participation in 21 Voices

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Reaching the Masses: The Power of Education

Often the newest technologies reach more expensive, private schools earlier than they reach public schools or community colleges. This may leave the hard working students and instructors at these schools at a disadvantage. Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen answers: “What do you think the country owes to the middle class?” He believes that we are not well served if we serve to only the elite. Community colleges are the backbone of the college system. Michael explains how easily education can change someone’s life. Education is a way to bring your creativity to the world in a way that is uniquely personal to you. Read More…

Detroit Collective Impact Initiative: Our Commitment to Action

Cengage Learning recently announced its Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment, “Detroit Collective Impact – Pathway to Education & Work.” Alongside other businesses and social-service organizations, we’re committing to use our collective resources to accelerate Detroit’s recovery by implementing some of our best and most innovative educational solutions. Through the work done in this initiative, Detroiters in need can earn their high-school diploma and access valuable career training through Career Online High School (COHS). Our partners will be providing tuition assistance and onsite support services to help broaden access to the program. What’s more, learners will be surrounded Read More…