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Shearwater International: EdTech Supports Student Success

Earlier in October, Cengage Learning partnered with LearnLaunch to host a higher education “pitch competition” in our Boston offices. The competition showcased many innovative edtech startups in Boston. We spoke with one of the winners, Jackson Boyar of Shearwater International, to learn a bit more about his perspective on the current state of education and technology.

In your opinion, what’s the most pressing challenge or problem in education today? Why does this issue have personal relevance to you?

Frankly, I think equal access to education is the most pressing challenge we face; however, the issue I am working to solve—and the one Read More…


Cengage Learning: See You at EDUCAUSE 2015!

From October 27-29, we’ll be attending the EDUCAUSE 2015 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. We’re excited to connect with educators and administrators from around the country (and globe). We’re also eagerly anticipating the opportunity to hear from leading experts on a variety of topics related to technology in education. Our own theme this year—Recharge with Cengage Learning—focuses uses on best practices in implementing education technology and student involvement. At our booth 1310, we’ll be highlighting our expanded institutional offerings, including our student-centric mobile products and the recent acquisition of the edtech company Learning Objects.

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Cram Fighter: Using EdTech to Maximize Student Learning

Recently, Cengage Learning partnered with LearnLaunch to host a higher education “pitch competition” in our Boston offices. The competition showcased many innovative edtech startups in Boston.

We spoke with one of the winners, Amit Mathew of Cram Fighter, to learn a bit more about his perspective on the current state of education and technology.

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How to Assess Your Students’ Technical Literacy

Good technology can never replace good teaching, but it can certainly help to amplify students’ learning experience. It’s important to ensure that you and your students have a solid mastery of the tools you’re going to be using, and that those who don’t are given the help they need to catch up. Take some time to determine what skills are necessary to excel in your classroom, and test your students on them early on.

Technology in the classroom

Many classes, of course, now have an online or digital component. Instructors have to worry about their own learning curve associated with mastering new digital tools. But Read More…


Make It Count: Assigning MindTap Improves Student Outcomes

Digital learning tools matter to today’s students. According to a recent report, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology. Recent analysis of MindTap usage for all disciplines across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes. Digital counts. When MindTap assignments count for at least 20% of their grade, students spend 50% more time in the platform. Students who use MindTap for at least 3 hours each week are twice as likely to earn Read More…


Five Advantages of Digital Learning Materials in Intro Spanish

Contributor: Patti Marinelli, University of South Carolina; co-author (with Karin Fajardo) of Conectados. Is the textbook dead? Numerous articles in the popular media cite declining sales of traditional printed textbooks and increasing sales of e-books and e-learning resources. Indeed, on most college campuses these days, you are more likely to find students’ book bags filled with personal electronic devices, water bottles, and energy bars than with traditional textbooks. Of course the textbook itself is only one of the more recent manifestation of humankind’s desire to conserve and transmit information. From clay tablets to papyrus to parchment to paper, the Read More…


Microsoft Office Mix: Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Thanks to the growth in online learning, as well as teaching approaches such as the flipped classroom, more and more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage their students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors like you with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease. At Cengage Learning, we’re always seeking out ways to support your use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. That’s why Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated Read More…


Webinar: Five Course Design Tips to Increase Engagement

How do you get the most out of your students?  Do you wish for them to participate more? Complete their homework?  Improve their outcomes? Join us on Wednesday, October 21 at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time for our second seminar in The Journey to Digital Professional Development Webinar Series. Listen as Greg Gellene reveals his five tips for designing a course to better engage college students. Greg will share his experience building a digitally-infused course that increased class attendance and drove homework completion rates to over 80%.  Attend this second webinar in our Journey to Digital Professional Development Series to hear Read More…


How to Implement Mobile Learning Activities in Your Course

Wondering how you can implement mobile learning activities in your course? Looking for some tips that can help you make smart use of smartphones (and other devices) in the classroom? Take some time to get “Lost & Found in a Wonderland of Mobile Learning”! In this presentation, recorded during our recent online workshop “Wired and Inspired!: The Intelligent Use of Technology in Higher Education,” Shelley Rodrigo, visiting professor at the University of Arizona, will introduce you to a variety of ways that you can provide your students with opportunities to engage in mobile learning. Rodrigo’s resource-packed presentation offers:

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How to Have Energizing Online Discussions in Your Course

If you teach an online course, or if your course has an online component or LMS, you probably make extensive use of the discussion board. Online discussions can be a great way for students to connect, collaborate, and share their ideas with their fellow students. Unfortunately, student discussions often become monologues, rather than the lively conversations that you’d hope for them to be. Want to gather some fresh ideas for sparking energizing online discussions? Then watch “Reenergizing Online Discussions.” This presentation, recorded during our recent “Wired and Inspired!: The Intelligent Use of Technology in Higher Education” online workshop, offers specific Read More…