EdTech in the College Classroom: Get Wired and Inspired!

What impact has technology had on the teaching and learning experience? And how can it be used to enhance that experience while successfully meeting the academic needs of today’s students? To consider the answers to these questions, and to gather ideas about incorporating effective edtech strategies into your course, watch “Wire Me and Inspire Me—A Panel Discussion.” This presentation, recorded during our recent “Wired and Inspired!: The Intelligent Use of Technology in Higher Education” online workshop, addresses the impact of technology on the needs of today’s learners and explores ways that technology can help to maximize learning in the Read More…

Webinar: The Journey to Digital: Incorporating Technology to Strengthen Critical Minds

Join us for The Journey to Digital Professional Development Webinar Series! The first webinar, “The Journey to Digital: Incorporating Technology to Strengthen Critical Minds,” will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Have you gone digital? According to a recent study, 74% of surveyed college students feel that they would fare better if their instructors would use more technology. Whether you are a technology novice or a digital pro, we welcome you to a webinar inspired by a recent case study at Oakland University. Dr. Dale Prentiss, Special Lecturer at Oakland University, will Read More…

Tips for Students: Get Ahead with MindTap Personalized Learning

Why is everyone going digital? We asked students from all backgrounds to explain how they use Cengage Learning’s MindTap to help them study smarter, master class material, and improve grades. College students have mastered the tech scene, and it’s our job to rise to meet them at their level by providing the academic tools and resources they need to do their best.

MindTap advantage

Can you imagine having all your materials in one place — all of your class notes, all of your assignments, all of your tests, and even your due dates — everything? Then imagine being able to customize it to your needs by Read More…

Five Secrets of Successful College Students

As college students settle in for the new school year, they make it a top priority to start off their semester on a strong note.

Below, we’ve shared some not-so-secret “secrets” of successful college students. Pass them along to the learners in your own courses!

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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.

» Download the whitepaper: “The Not-So-Powerful PowerPoint®: Students Weigh the ‘Best’ Classes against the ‘Worst’”

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Digital in the Classroom: Hearing From the Student End-User

There’s a plethora of digital tools available to today’s students… but are they using them? And to what extent?

Who better to learn from than the students themselves?

We recently spoke with Matt Bilotti, Senior at Northeastern University and a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016. Below, Matt discusses why he believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.
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The Biggest Challenge of Today’s EdTech? Support

When you think about getting support for a product or service, you normally think of the experience as an unpleasant one. Something you paid for is not working and you need help. It happens in all areas of life: travel, shopping, and for college students, homework. With an exponential increase in the number of students using digital products in the classroom, the challenge for ed tech companies is how to provide the highest level of support for students using digital products. Think about it. There is an 8 week period twice a year when most of the college Read More…

College Students’ Use of Digital Learning Tools

By looking at students’ attitudes, habits, and behaviors, we can better understand—and address— their needs. Given the prevalence of digital learning solutions, we wanted to take a look at how, and how frequently, students made use of these tools. To do so, we turned to two recent polls conducted by our colleagues at CengageBrain.com. Below, we share the results, as well as some tips that help both you and your students get the most out of your course.

How much time do students spend with digital learning tools?

The amount of time spent on assignments is not the sole indicator of Read More…

Digital in the Classroom: An Adult Learner’s Perspective

How do adult learners perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? Let’s find out by asking one ourselves. We recently spoke with JoAnna Zalkovsky, a student at Navarro College. Joanna, a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016, is an adult learner in the nursing program and also serves as secretary of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Below, Joanna discusses why she believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.  

Why is it important to hear from students

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“Tools for Today” Event: Exploring 21st-Century Pedagogy

The Tools for Today MindTap as 21st Century Pedagogy event that occurred in San Francisco, California from June 24th-26th was a huge success! Educators from different disciplines—English, History, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, and College Success—came together under a common goal to create collaborative, meaningful discussion surrounding teaching and learning in the age of technology. The event kicked off with a Welcome Reception where fellow educators began to pave the way for community by sharing ideas about what 21st Century Pedagogy means to them and by discussing how they can learn from each other to augment student learning. Day two Read More…