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Engaging with You at SXSWedu 2015

A group of Cengage Learning employees attended SXSWedu this week and sent in “dispatches” from the field. Below are some quick snippets of the things they heard, saw, and did!  

Highlights from our trip to SXSWedu

Monday, March 9 Our time in Austin started off with Charles Best’s inspiring keynote on “How the Crowd Will Change Education,” during which he focused on the ways that people are coming together to fund programs and resources for some of the United States’ highest-need schools. We also attended “Accelerating Change by Personalizing Learning,” a session featuring Gillian Waterston, Mike Midgley, and student Ramiro Read More…


Cheers to Taco Bell’s First Career Online High School Graduate

Cengage Learning congratulates Stephen Irvine, the first Taco Bell team member to earn a high school diploma and career certificate through Career Online High School for Taco Bell, an innovative program supporting team member success through education. This program is being offered through a partnership of Cengage Learning’s ed2go, Smart Horizons Career Online Education, and Taco Bell and its franchisees. Friends, family, co-workers, and the local media were present for Stephen’s celebratory graduation ceremony, which took place at the Rapid City, South Dakota Taco Bell franchise location where he works. “We’re so proud of Stephen and his Read More…


Improving Retention and Engagement at Community Colleges

Community colleges open the door to higher education and skills training for millions of people across the U.S. As government leaders focus on global and state competitiveness, they’re rightly looking for innovative ways to increase access to a community college education. Still, broader access is only one component to improving higher educational opportunity—and the upward mobility that comes with it. With roughly half of students who enroll in community college dropping out before completion, it’s clear we must also focus on new ways to address student retention, engagement and graduation if students are to realize their full potential. One way Read More…


Knewton: Producing a Truly Adaptive Learning Experience

Guest Contributor: Jennifer Shea, Knewton. Lately, it seems every new educational product features some form of adaptive learning. It can be hard to sort out the differences between these products. What does personalization in a learning product really mean? It depends. Not all adaptive learning is created equal. Most of today’s “adaptive” solutions are built on rules-based systems, which use a few checkpoints to route students through a variety of pre-determined paths. These products are a lot like Choose Your Own Adventure books: students can move through the course in one of a few possible ways. For example, Read More…


3 Quick Tips and 30 New Scholarships for College Students

Scholarships, in conjunction with student loans, make a big impact on college students’ abilities to continue their education. But when it comes to filling out scholarship applications, many are thrown in the deep-end. Share these top three scholarship tips with your students, and be sure to let them know about all the great scholarship opportunities Cengage Learning has to offer. Read More…


Reflections from Davos: Transforming Education in the New Global Context

As this week comes to a close, I am very much refreshed and recharged after spending several days among the world’s leaders in business, economics, education and government at the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. This year’s meeting was focused on political, economic, social and, above all, technological transformations resulting in an entirely “new global context” for decision-making. For me, this theme hit close to home as the education industry is undergoing an overall shift in culture and technology. Similarly, Cengage Learning is amidst a cultural transformation of its own to Read More…


Community College: Increasing Student Access—and Student Success

Community colleges play a critical role in U.S. higher education. And with President Obama’s new proposal to provide students with access to two years of community college, it’s clear that many people, in all corners of the United States, see community colleges’ incredible value to individual success, as well as to the success of the nation.

Each one of us hopes to see more and more people gain access to the education that prepares them for professional and personal success. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle—to ensure that students realize this goal, we also need to do everything we can to increase student engagement and retention.

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Student Voice Live! Goes Nationwide

Guest Contributor: Zak Malamed, Founder & Executive Director of Student Voice. Since May 2012, Student Voice has carried a conversation that once never existed. It started with a few tweets, then, two years in a row, we brought students, teachers, parents, politicians, thought leaders and change makers to New York City for our Student Voice Live! education summit. We may have started as a motley crew of students, but we shared—and still share—one common goal: to empower students to use their voices and embrace their inherent roles as stakeholders in the education community. Students should have the power to Read More…


Students’ Learning Preferences: Using Research to Understand Learnflow

Guest Contributor: Steve Joos, Product Director for 4LTR Press. In 2007, a group of people at Cengage Learning launched the first campaign by a major publisher to gain an understanding of what students valued in their learning materials.  The publishing industry already had a strong handle on what instructors wanted, but it became clear that students weren’t getting the value from these tools that their instructors hoped to provide – especially from the traditional textbook. This Cengage Learning group proceeded to conduct interviews and focus groups with hundreds of students and have collected user feedback from thousands more over the Read More…


Spring 2014 Student Speech Video Contest – Our Ten Winners

Public speaking can be a rather intimidating process for anyone, particularly students and young adults. It can sometimes help for students to have real-world examples from their peers. In the spring of 2014, Cengage Learning announced the Student Speech Video Contest Scholarship. Students submitted speech videos on a topic of their choice, between one and ten minutes in length. Speeches were intended to inform, influence, persuade, or entertain a listening audience. Read More…