edtech

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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Bridge the Digital Divide in Your Classroom: EdTech Tips

We’ve all heard about the split between technology haves and have-nots. In fact, you probably witness this digital divide in your own classroom—to a greater or lesser extent. As a result, even if you wanted to incorporate new edtech tools into your course, you may be reluctant to do so if you fear that a percentage of your students won’t have access to the resources—and thus the content and learning experiences—that you want them to have.

How to reach all students with technology: Tips from TeamUP

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Cengage Learning Launches New Browser Extension Tool Allowing for Research Simplicity

This week, our team at Questia, the online research and writing tool for college students and valued part of Cengage Learning, announced the launch of a browser extension aimed to streamline your students’ research process. The extension, called “Questia Research Tools” in the Chrome Web Store, is a capture tool that allows members to save and cite research from the Questia library of over 83,000 books and 10 million articles as well as from any book or article, online or in print.

Student research made easy

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Relevant and Intelligent Uses of EdTech in Your Classroom

You’ve heard about the many advantages of using edtech in your course, and you’ve probably seen many edtech tools and learning solutions designed to support learning in your field or discipline. You may be intrigued or impressed—and, you may want to try out those tools for yourself. However, you don’t want to force a new resource or learning solution into your curriculum simply for the sake of adding technology to your class. Likewise, you don’t want start using the latest and greatest edtech tools just to follow the crowd. On the other hand, if you can think of Read More…


Using EdTech to Build Meaningful Active Learning Experiences

You may embrace change in some aspects of your life. However, when it comes to your carefully prepared and thoughtfully designed lesson plans, you may be eager to keep the content itself fresh and current but more reluctant to redesign everything around a new software platform or technology tool.

Hear Cengage Learning TeamUP’s tips for integrating technology into your course—with ease

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Implementing Innovative Ideas for Education in Latin America

I recently posted about developments in the Latin American region, making it an ideal place for disruption and educational innovation, with Cengage Learning quickly becoming an ideal partner for innovators within the region and abroad. Last week, Cengage Learning announced that it will bring LearnLaunch Accelerator, a leading Boston-based edtech startup program, to Latin America via Cengage Learning’s Laboratorio de Innovacion en Experiencias de Aprendizaje (LINNEA) in Chihuahua, Mexico. LINNEA is an innovation lab established by Cengage Learning, National Geographic Learning and The Universidad de Autonoma de Chihuahua, which has been recognized as the most innovative public university Read More…


Paving the Way for Educational Innovation in Latin America

Several regions around the world have been touted as the next big areas for edtech innovation and Latin America is one that has a lot to offer. With around 600 million people, mostly speaking two languages and living in twenty thriving urban cities, Latin America houses one of the world’s largest populations of young people that has recently emerged from poverty and has the opportunity to access benefits that none of the previous generations have. This has created challenges and opportunities that are being identified by investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, technologists, and media around the globe. Latin America has begun to Read More…


Teaching with Technology: Get the Training You Need

Your department’s using a new text next term… and the latest technology alongside it. You think: I’ve already got this term’s assignments to grade, classes to teach, and exams to prepare… in addition to all my research, administrative tasks, and departmental meetings. How am I supposed to find time to learn this technology—and turn around and be the “expert” in front of all my students? Things have gone well without these tech tools so far… Why change start teaching with technology NOW? These concerns are understandable, especially if you’ve never taught with technology before. However, they need not be Read More…


College Students Share Their Classroom EdTech Wish List

Are your students satisfied with the EdTech being used in your classroom? Cengage Learning recently surveyed college students to see if they would enjoy using their mobile devices more as learning tools and what types of tools and apps would work best. Thousands of students responded; we’ve shared the findings below. Find out what technology college students ask their instructors for most frequently.

We asked students “What kinds of tools or apps would work for learning on mobile (phone, tablet, laptop) in your class?” Students had a lot of great ideas! We’ve outlined a few of the most frequent responses below. Read More…


Seven Reasons the Flipped Classroom Matters

Guest Contributors: Marc Alan Sperber, MS and Craig Dane Roberts, PhD, both of Duke University. Evidence supports that active learning environments help to improve student’s grades and reduce the number of failing students. Further evidence supports that certain flipped classroom models can enable students to reach the highest levels of learning as they actively and collaboratively focus on solving complex real-world problems during class sessions. Marc Sperber and Craig Roberts work with faculty at Duke University and beyond to help them employ an approach to the flipped classroom that provides instructors with a framework for achieving the Seven Principles Read More…