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Why Isn’t Anyone Following Me?: Basic Leadership Do’s, Don’ts, and Best Practices
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Students’ Opinions on Challenging Coursework

You might think that students resist challenging coursework. But is that truly the case? We wanted to know, so we set out to learn their opinions about the level of challenge they’re experiencing in their college courses… and whether or not they believe those challenges are welcome and effective part of their learning process.

In our recent Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked students: How challenging do you find the majority of your courses? Their responses are below:

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Active Learning and Calculus: Just Like Riding a Bike

Guest Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Richmond, TX).   Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? Did you read a book to learn how to balance on the bike? Did you watch someone else ride the bike? One would never think that learning to ride a bike would begin by reading a book. Nor would one believe that they could learn to ride a bike by just watching someone. I remember my father instructing me, guiding me, and then running alongside, holding on to the back of the bike seat while I tried and Read More…


Qualities of Strategic Learners

What helps make a student successful? You, the instructor, play an important role in their achievement, providing them with the knowledge, insights, and training they need for success. But students themselves must also be strategic learners, ready to actively engage in the learning process. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, authors Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie discuss the qualities that help students learn how to learn, and do so successfully. We’ve summarized four of them below. In addition, we have included previous posts that you can use as talking points with students should they approach you with a desire to improve Read More…


Active Learning Techniques for Your Classroom

It’s October (already?!), and perhaps students’ attention is starting to wane. Rather than allow them to slip into passivity, you want to keep students motivated and engaged in the learning process throughout the term. To this end, adding more active-learning strategies into your class sessions may increase their energy, enthusiasm, and involvement. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, authors Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie share a number of active learning techniques that can support your goal of building engagement in your classes. Even if you teach a course in a large lecture hall, these ideas can help you put some Read More…


Playing the Double Entry Monopoly Game – Active Learning in Accounting Principles and Practices

Worldwide sales of the famous board game Monopoly® exceeded 250 million in 103 countries (Daffey, 2008). An estimated half a billion people are believed to have played the game Monopoly (Dixon, 2009), and more than 200 editions have been released in 37 languages (Daffey, 2008). Have you ever wondered why Madonna is so successful and rich? Apparently her favourite board game as a 10-year old child was Monopoly (Day, 2008). There is even a Monopoly World Championship for this popular game (Dixon, 2009). Why not use this famous board game in our accounting classroom? Needles (2011) explain that the diverse group of students in introductory principles of accounting classes makes it necessary to present the subject matter that will arouse their interest because motivating them to want to learn accounting is always a major challenge.

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Online Teaching: The Warmth Factor

Student participation and interaction with peers and the course instructor are essential qualities for any successful accounting online class. An experienced instructor from a private, residential university implemented a variety of techniques to encourage student interaction during online courses. Strategic approaches encouraging active participation and developing a sense of “warmth” were created for the instructor’s Governmental/Not-for-Profit accounting online classes. These approaches can be applied to any online accounting course.

 

Contributor: Michelle Li-Kuehne, CPA, MS, Saint John’s University

 

Read Online Teaching: The Warmth Factor.


What Gets Students Studying? What Stops Them?

In each course, you’ll encounter students with all types of approaches to learning. With these varying approaches come different preferences and habits for studying as well.  For some, a reliable team of study partners may be the motivating force that keeps students going. For advice on helping students set up study groups, visit our post, “Learning from Fellow Students: Creating a Study Group.” For others, studying alone is either the only way for them to focus or their only option if they’re in an online class with no alternatives. Regardless of circumstance, we at Cengage Learning wanted to learn what the most common study methods and habits are for college students. Read More…


Course Tools that Lead to Student Success and Satisfaction

With the ever-growing myriad of course tools to use in your classroom, how will you ever choose what works best for you and your students — let alone learn how to master these new technologies yourself? While ease of use is important to student success, as soon as you have developed the skill set to take advantage of helpful tools yourself, you’ll be able to easily instruct and encourage your students to utilize them as well. Read More…


Class Participation and Student Success

How do you measure student participation in your classes? Obviously, a student who never attends class, never turns in assignments, and never takes an exam is far from anyone’s idea of an engaged student. On the other hand, some students do all they can to succeed, spending all their free time studying and all their class time in active participation (taking notes, working on activities, and sharing their thoughts during discussions). And most students fall somewhere within the spectrum of these behaviors (with some supposing—wrongly, of course—that they can skate by with minimal effort and still truly learn). If you asked most students, they Read More…