It’s clear to see that digital is the place to be, especially for students. According to a recent article, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology.

Digital counts. According to recent studies, student engagement and outcomes improve when instructors require digital course material and make it at least 20% of their grade, proving that screen time increases scores over time.

So—how do you make it count? Show us!

Submit a short video sharing how you assign digital. You could win a paid trip to a national conference, scholarship funding, and more, plus the opportunity to share your ideas with peers and learn from one another!

All you’ll need to do: in two minutes or less, tell us your favorite digital assignment and how it engages your students.

Some things to address in your video:

  • What is your favorite digital assignment to use in your course? Why?
  • How do students respond to it?
  • How does it count towards their grade?
  • Why do you recommend it to other instructors?
  • Your name, institution, course area, and the line “Make It Count!”

No need for extreme editing or anything fancy, as long as the quality is right. What is important is your message—what is your favorite digital assignment, and how do you make it count?

In April, we will announce ten finalists. All finalist submissions will be featured on our Make It Count instructor contest website, where you and your peers will vote to determine the winning digital assignments and super digital instructors.

Three winners will receive:

  • First Place: Paid travel and registration to EDUCAUSE, or a national conference of the winner’s choice ($2500 maximum value)
  • Second Place: $1000 donation to a scholarship of the winner’s choice at their institution
  • Third Place: $500 donation to a scholarship of the winner’s choice at their institution

Check out the Make it Count contest website for more info, including full contest rules, tips, and opportunities for bonus prizes throughout the contest. Right now, submit a video sharing how you Make It Count with Critical Thinking and you could win a $100 gift card and a fast pass to the finalist round.

Make it count. Impart your digital prowess. Win some choice prizes.

Wondering how to show us the ways you “Make it Count”? Watch this video from Cengage Learning Faculty Partner Audrey Wick for an example!

We look forward to seeing your submissions to the “Make it Count” contest! Any questions or comments? Please share them below.


“Make it Count” Contest: Official Rules

  1. Contestant must be an active instructor in a post-secondary institution.
  2. Video must be less than two minutes in length.
  3. Only videos uploaded to the Make It Count instructor contest website will be accepted.
  4. There is no limit to the number of submissions. Contests can submit new videos as often as they like throughout the duration of the contest.
  5. Videos must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
  6. The contest winner will be determined by public vote.
  7. There will be three opportunities throughout the contest for participants to submit videos incorporating a special topic at an earlier date. For each topic, one entry will win a $100 gift card and an automatic entry in the finalist round.


Review the complete rules for the “Make it Count” contest.