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Real-Time Access to Progress and Grading Makes SAM Effective for Randy Meissner and His Students

Randy Meissner is a Computer Science lecturer at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. He teaches three night classes with a total of 50-60 students each semester, and has been using SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an online environment for Microsoft® Office — for eight semesters.

In this Success Story, you’ll read how SAM engages his students through real-world simulations and hands-on training activities that allow them to build their skills and work on course materials at their own pace. You’ll also discover how SAM makes teaching and learning more efficient, through auto-graded assignments that save his time while providing students with instant feedback on their work. Read More…


Explore Technology Tools and Trends for Your Course

Each school year, students come to campus with shiny new tech tools for use in class (and recreation). Your classroom, whether physical or virtual, may have new equipment or functionality designed to make learning more dynamic and interactive. And on a regular basis—even daily—developers bring new applications to the market, many of which can enhance your teaching and spur on student engagement and learning. Within this constantly evolving landscape, you may have a hard time keeping up with all these changes and developments. Yet maintaining a familiarity with technology tools and trends will benefit both you and your students. Read More…


Teaching Technology: Or, Educating for Value Generation

Author Kenneth SousaExploring information technology effectively in the classroom
Guest Contributor: Kenneth J. Sousa, Ph.D., Bryant University.

“In this business, you can never wash the dinner dishes and say they are done. You have to keep doing them constantly.” (Mary Wells Lawrence)

Business strategy continues to evolve. Through careful planning and analysis, businesses react to changes in market, competition, and the economy. But also to the advances and adoption in information technology.

I have always believed that there is a difference between teaching and educating. Teaching is focusing on communicating in one direction. This method seeks to avoid developing the innovative problem solving skills using the topic at hand. Read More…


20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference: Save the Date!

We are thrilled to announce that the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference will take place March 18-20, 2015, in beautiful, sunny, Phoenix, Arizona! Nashville was a great success… who is ready to continue the dialogue at The 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference in Phoenix? Our passion is…continuing to engage with you! We are looking to YOU to help with the success of next year’s Conference, by reminding you to submit a proposal to present. Please plan on submitting your proposal by Friday, August 15, 2014 for a coveted spot in our 2015 agenda! To submit a proposal, please submit a Read More…


Engaging, Interactive Ideas for Online Courses

Whether you’re an experienced online educator or it’s your first time teaching online, you recognize the importance of keeping students engaged and motivated in your courses. And, as someone who wants to promote and inspire learning in fresh new ways, you likely stay on the lookout for ideas for online courses that engage your students and encourage them to interact with you, the course content, and their fellow students. In “How to Make Blackboard and Online Classes More Interactive and Informational for the Student,” a workshop from the 2014 Course Technology Conference, Debbie Luna of El Paso Community College Read More…


Tips for Flipping Your Hybrid and Blended Courses

Instructors in a variety of settings are implementing flipped-classroom strategies and techniques into their courses. And, if reader response to Engaging Minds posts is any indication, many more instructors are intrigued by the concept of the flipped classroom and want to explore the opportunities it might open up for active learning, collaboration, and increased student engagement. In the presentation “Flip and MOOC Out Your Hybrid/Blended Courses” from the 2014 Course Technology Conference, Frances Rampey of Wilson Community College discusses tools, techniques, and methods that she has successfully used to incorporate principles of flipped teaching methodology into hybrid or blended courses. (She also Read More…


The Tech Scene of 2014

New technologies are everywhere and changing how you can engage with your students. The more our tech tools—and our lives—interconnect, classrooms will likewise be transformed. With that said… are you feeling as though it’s time to update your technology curriculum? If so, listen in on “The Tech Scene of 2014,” Corinne Hoisington’s presentation from the 2014 Course Technology Conference. She discusses many of the technology trends of 2014, including the “Internet of Things,” wearable computers, new cloud technologies, and more. As always, Corinne presents in an engaging, enthusiastic, and inspiring manner: offering a variety of ideas for bringing these Read More…


SAM 2013 for Instructors: Creating Custom Questions

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This instructor resource video covers: Creating A Custom Question. For additional resources, please go to SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.


SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Schedule an Assignment

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to schedule an assignment with SAM 2013. For additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.


SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Set Up Projects

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to set up projects with SAM 2013. For Additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.