Computing

SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Copy an Existing Section

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This instructor resource video demonstrates how to copy and existing section with SAM 2013. For additional resources, please visit SAM 2013 at Cengage Learning.


SAM 2013 for Instructors: How to Schedule SAM Path

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


Highlights from the 2014 Course Technology Conference

From March 12 through 14, 2014, instructors from across the United States gathered at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee to experience and participate in the 19th annual Course Technology Conference. As always, the meeting was filled with engaged and enthusiastic attendees who wanted to learn about the newest technologies in education, network with over five hundred of their colleagues, and bring plenty of tools, ideas, and inspiration back to their classrooms.
Today we want to share a brief synopsis of what happened at the meeting, along with some of our highlights. If you attended—we’d love for Read More…


Using SAM, Instructor Melinda White’s Students Learn from Mistakes

Learning Microsoft® Office® applications requires repetitive hands-on practice and reinforcement to assure skill retention—yet many of the students in your computing courses may have family, work, and other obligations that make it challenging to find the time for that practice. Discover how Melinda White of Seminole State College (Florida) uses the trainings, projects, review resources, and exams in SAM to make learning convenient, engaging, and effective for the students in her Office Applications courses. Read More…


Cengage Learning’s Write Experience Leads to Improved Writing Skills

The development of effective writing skills is widely recognized as one of the most important college outcomes, and it is widely believed that using digital learning tools to support post-secondary instruction improves student engagement and ultimately increases student learning. This study examined the effectiveness of a widely-used, post-secondary digital instructional tool, Write Experience, an online learning solution, employing automated essay scoring, dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills. Read More…


Professor Kathleen Gowdey’s Computing Students Stay on Track with SAM

Your Computing class may feature a mix of students with varying levels of experience with computers and technologies—leading to varying levels of preparedness and confidence. Additionally, students may not have ready access to their own copies of the software that you cover in class. But SAM — the learning environment that supports assessment, training, and projects —offers a solution. Dr. Kathleen Gowdey of Berkshire Community College (Pittsfield, MA) has found that SAM helps to address the diverse needs of students who are at very different levels in terms of their Microsoft Office skills—and it provides them with a way to learn the software without having the entire suite downloaded to the computers they use. Read More…


Students of Dr. Steven Mark Sachs Like the Range of Learning Options in SAM

Students with varied computer backgrounds and learning needs require an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. SAM addresses multiple learning styles with a student-friendly interface, three modes of learning (Observe, Practice, Apply), and a self-paced environment that helps them develop practical Microsoft Office skills with real-world simulations, hands-on training, and instant feedback. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Steven Mark Sachs of Los Angeles Valley College (Valley Glen, CA) used SAM to support his students’ needs—and see an improvement in their performance in his Microsoft® Office® course. Read More…


Professor Lee Cornell Sees an Increase in Student Engagement with SAM

Providing Business majors with the fundamental skills they need in information systems—and keeping them engaged in the class—can prove challenging. However, if your course is supported by learning resources that make the learning process smoother for both you and your students, the experience is much more motivating and rewarding for all involved. Discover how SAM has helped the students in Dr. Lee Cornell’s Introduction to Information Systems class at Minnesota State University, Mankato to keep up with—and master—course concepts, and how SAM supports students’ learning needs through engaging assignments that provide plenty of practice with important course concepts, 24/7 availability, and instant feedback that direct students towards areas that need further study. Read More…


Professor Andrew Blitz’s Students are Inspired to Learn Microsoft® Office with SAM

When novice computer users enter your course, they may feel intimidated or anxious about learning new and unfamiliar technologies. Likewise, they may also be juggling a number of responsibilities—requiring them to fit in study time wherever and whenever they can. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how SAM’s user-friendly interface, instant feedback, and 24/7, web-based availability has helped the students in Dr. Andrew Blitz’s Computer Literacy and Computer Applications for Business courses at Edison State College, Lee Campus (Fort Myers, FL) to reduce their anxiety towards technology, and how its step-by-step trainings, auto-graded assessments, realistic projects, and computer concepts labs promote student learning and retention. Read More…


With SAM, Merlin Amirtharaj’s Computing Students can Learn at Their Own Pace

Students enter Computing courses with a variety of motivations, needs, and purposes—and they also come with a diverse set of learning needs and backgrounds. Thus, the learning solutions that you choose for your course should provide an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. With self-paced training and projects that address multiple learning styles, SAM has allowed Merlin Amirtharaj’s students at Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC) to work through their assignments as slowly or as quickly as their level of expertise allows. In the following Success Story, you’ll learn more about how Merlin uses SAM in her course, and how it’s helped her increase student engagement and retention, and how it enables her to ensure consistency in course content across a number of sections. Read More…