Cengage Learning Efficacy

The Not-So-Powerful PowerPoint®: Students Weigh the “Best” Classes Against the “Worst”

The Today’s Student project by Cengage Learning is based on original research that springs from our company’s commitment to gaining insights directly from students. We surveyed and interviewed 5,000 students—traditional and non-traditional, from four-year and two-year colleges—for their impressions of success, career prospects, technology, courses, and obstacles to achieving academic goals.

In this report, Cengage Learning explores how students define their “best” and “worst” classes and uncovers the criteria that influenced this ranking. Student comments largely spoke to the importance of active learning—using technology to complement instructor interaction.
 

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Paramedic-MPA Candidate Showcases His Skills with Pathbrite

Brian Christison is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. He also has ten years under his belt as a paramedic in San Diego, where he participates in a pioneering emergency services program. By all measures, his performance both academically and professionally has been first-rate.

Even standouts like Brian need tools to help them showcase their skills and accomplishments in today’s business environment—and for that, Brian has a Pathbrite e-portfolio. He learned about Pathbrite when he was required to create a personal brand portfolio for a Human Behavior in Public Organizations course. Recognizing Pathbrite’s value, he has continued to update it.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll learn more about the reasons why Brian, and others like him, have found Pathbrite so valuable. Discover the features that make it easy to create a compelling, visually striking digital portfolio that allows individuals to showcase their skills and experience—and differentiate themselves in a competitive business environment. You’ll also read how Pathbrite can be used by both students and instructors within the higher-education environment.

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Students’ New Reality: Saving for Four Years is Not Enough

When is a four-year college not a four-year college? When it takes six years or more to finish. A survey of 5,300 students from the Today’s Student research study, co-developed and deployed by Cengage Learning and The Work Institute, LLC, reveals how students are handling the new reality of college life – from additional years to mounting student debt.
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