Computing

Microsoft Office Mix: Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Thanks to the growth in online learning, as well as teaching approaches such as the flipped classroom, more and more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage their students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors like you with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease. At Cengage Learning, we’re always seeking out ways to support your use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. That’s why Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated Read More…


Instructor Turns to Technology to Identify and Assist Struggling Students at Owens Community College

Cy Keiffer, a computer instructor at Owens Community College, quickly became frustrated with guessing which students needed more of his time and attention to succeed in his Introduction to Computing course. Teaching the course with the printed textbooks was challenging, Keiffer said. Adding to Keiffer’s frustration was the fact that students were often unable to see exactly where they were erring when attempting to learn about the Microsoft Office suite of products. It meant Keiffer often spent too much time reinforcing course material some of his students had already mastered while not spending enough time on topics that still puzzled students.

Keiffer sought a digital solution that would not only take the guesswork out of identifying which students needed additional attention, but also create a richer learning environment with fewer redundancies and inefficiencies. He found exactly what he was in search of when Owens Community College switched to Cengage Learning’s SAM platform, a cloud-based interactive learning environment that helps students master Microsoft Office and computer concepts vital to academic and career success. Owens uses a master Blackboard shell and the same SAM assignments across all sections and instructors.

In the case study below, you’l read how Students in Keiffer’s course now complete both assignments and exams in SAM, which allows instructors unique insight regarding individual performance. You’ll also see how the use of SAM helps instructors identify which students need extra help, as well as what they could to to improve or revise their courses.

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Using Technology to Collaborate? Remember Three Key Points

It’s very likely that your students are using technology to collaborate in their college courses. If they aren’t using it today, they’ll soon be doing so in their future careers. You, too, may be using tech tools to collaborate with your colleagues. When collaborating within a group or team, it pays to adopt the communication skills that enable you to work together effectively. However, due to its very nature, online collaboration requires some extra finesse. In the Enhanced Edition of Microsoft® Office 2013: Introductory, Enhanced Edition from the Shelly Cashman Series, Misty E. Vermaat shares three key things Read More…


Teaching with Technology: Look Into the Not-So-Distant Future

Not that long ago, watches that served as telecommunications devices, holograms, and voice-controlled computers seemed like the futuristic stuff of cartoons and science fiction movies. But now, that future is upon us, with wearable tech tools like smartwatches, augmented reality apps, and “intelligent personal assistants” for your smartphone. As this technology becomes more commonplace, there’s a likelihood that you or your fellow instructors will be teaching with technology tools like these in the not-so-distant future. Furthermore, some of the software and tech tools you already use will soon be getting enhancements that can make it easier for you to bring this technology into your own classroom. Interested in Read More…


What’s the Role of the Instructor in Today’s Learning World?

If, as many say, we’re moving past the age of the “sage on the stage,” what’s the role of the instructor in today’s (physical or virtual) classroom? How can the instructor make use (and sense) of the wide variety of learning technologies and teaching strategies available? And, how can the instructor gain (or maintain) a dynamic, creative, collaborative, and—dare we say—playful learning environment for their students?

In his presentation “Education 3.0: My, Our Learning World is Changing!,” given during the Twentieth Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, held in March 2015, Curtis J. Bonk, professor at Indiana University, considers the role of instructors in today’s learning world. It’s an informative, fast-paced, and energetic session: watch the Microsoft Office Mix below!

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Hand Grading and Paperwork Become Overwhelming, Until SAM Lightens the Load

Sandy Keeter has been teaching at Seminole State College since 1994, but has been a computer “trainer” since the early 80s. At Seminole, she teaches a variety of classes in Microsoft® Office, both on-campus and online, including Introduction to Office Applications, which is offered as an online or hybrid course. As a former Air Force officer, Keeter previously worked with IBM on a project to “modernize” DOD computer systems, and she also taught Air Force ROTC students at the University of Florida. Not too many years ago, Keeter and her colleagues in Information Technology at Seminole were struggling with Read More…


Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015: Highlights

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cybersecurity, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions. Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Read More…


SAM’s Hands-On Environment Boosts Computer Competency at University of Arkansas

Brittany Bright teaches two online computer competency courses at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. For as long as she has been there (since 2009) she has used SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an online learning environment for Microsoft® Office and computer concepts.

In this Success Story, you’ll read how SAM enables her students to learn skills that are essential to both their college experience and career needs. SAM guides students and reinforces their learning as they observe, practice, train, and then apply their skills live in the application.

In addition, SAM’s auto-grading saves instructors time, while its flexible reporting tools enable them to easily track and report details of students’ progress at the student or section level, and then focus their attention on those areas where students need the most help.

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Twenty Ways Computing Has Changed in Twenty Years

In celebration of the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, the team has put together a list of twenty ways that computing has changed in the past twenty years. We hope you enjoy this walk down “memory lane,” and we invite you to share your own memories in the comments! Are you a Computing instructor? Register for the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, taking place March 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. If you have photos… we invite you to share them on Facebook and Twitter! Use hashtag #20YrsComputing. And keep up with the Cengage Learning Computing team on Read More…


Busy Student Overcomes Academic Challenges with Technology

Darryl Nguyen, a freshman at Northern Arizona University, aspires to work in Hospitality as a hotel manager. However, a busy schedule that includes a job in the campus cafeteria was cutting into his study time and complicating matters.
 
Despite enrolling in a Computer Information Systems course, Darryl initially doubted the classroom technology would lighten his load. But after using Cengage Learning’s SAM Assessment/Training/Projects solution, a cloud-based digital learning platform, Nguyen was convinced.
 
In this success story, you’ll learn how SAM helped Darryl think more critically, collaborate with fellow students, become more motivated to study, and overcome academic challenges such as procrastination.

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