Engage conference

Creating a Learning Experience that Sticks with Students

“When we’re talking about relevance, we have to be thinking about making what we’re doing, or tying what we’re doing, to [students’] future.” — Christy Price “What we must understand is that we have to make the learning experience streamlined, we have to make it lean, we have to simplify it. Focus on the key things that you want your students to learn.” — Carey M. Roberts As an instructor, you likely encounter the frustration of distracted and passive students — as well as the thrill of seeing students become excited about and involved in what they’re learning. Undoubtedly, you have your Read More…


Cultivate an Engaging Online Learning Environment via TEC-VARIETY

“Education extends to wherever we happen to be. Learning’s wrapped all around us.” — Curt Bonk It’s no secret: education can happen anytime and anywhere a person wants it to happen. Though it’s easy enough to pick up some information by simply reading a website or watching a video, people are embracing more formal settings for online learning in greater and greater numbers. Whether they’re enrolling in a MOOC simply to satisfy their curiosity on a topic, or they’re matriculated in an online degree program at a traditional university, we can see that people around the world recognize the power Read More…


Embracing Life-Wide Learning via Emerging Technologies

“It’s mainly a matter of getting beyond the ‘old wine in new bottles’ attitude and recognizing that these mediasocial media included—are a more effective way of doing something different, rather than a way of automating the same old stuff that we’re used to doing now.” — Chris Dede Do you remember the first cell phones? The ability to reach out, and be reached, wherever you went meant that an expected phone call no longer tethered you to your home or office. As the technology evolved – and the humble cell phone’s power increased from simple voice and text messaging, Read More…


Empowering Students to Take Charge of Their Learning Opportunities

“What is our role? To provide conducive situations that allow students to engage in creating effective Personalized Learning Environments by organizing and managing their own learning experiences.” — Nada Dabbagh
How can you, as an educator, engage digital natives in the learning process and build a desire for life-long learning? What role do you play in helping students develop the twenty-first century skills that lead to personal and professional success? In this video from Cengage Learning’s Engage 2013 conference hosted by SXSWedu, Nada Dabbagh of George Mason University addresses the Personalized Learning Environment (PLE). The PLE allows students to customize, Read More…


The New Tech Skill Set: Change

“Change it up. Use something a little bit different. Even our lecture styles should be different at times.” — Corinne Hoisington The increasing ubiquity of mobile devices is inspiring a shift in the way many instructors are thinking about classroom applications of technology. In these educational settings, the static experience of desktop PCs in computer labs and tablets-as-expensive-notetaking-tools is giving way to mobile-device-driven projects that draw students into the learning process as participants. And though students may be familiar with consuming social media and the hottest new gadgets, they also need preparation for the ways these technologies can, and will, be Read More…


Personal Learning Environments: A Way to Engage Students in Self-Regulated Learning

Guest Contributor: Nada Dabbagh, George Mason University. Many of today’s learners are likely to be familiar with, and facile with, today’s technologies. However, it can take some effort and skill to help them use and manage online resources to their fullest advantage within the educational setting. Today, Nada Dabbagh discusses how Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) can help your students learn to best manage their learning spaces and thus take greater charge of their own learning opportunities. Dabbagh, who serves as the professor and director of the Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason Read More…


Adding Some TEC-VARIETY to Online Teaching and Learning

Guest Contributor Curtis J. Bonk, Indiana University. Seeking ideas for engaging learners in your online course? Today, Engage 2013 conference presenter Curtis J. Bonk shares his series of ten motivational principles, organized according to a helpful mnemonic device: “TEC-VARIETY.” What challenges have you faced, and resolved, in motivating online learners? Post your ideas, questions, or below.    With my “TravelinEdMan” moniker attached to my blog and Twitter feeds, friends and colleagues often ask me where in the world I am. Well, from late 2004 to early 2007, I was often found in the UK. During one such trip in March 2005, Read More…


Engaging Students Via Immersion in Virtual Worlds and Augmented Realities

Guest Contributor Chris Dede, Harvard University. This week, we are featuring articles from presenters at Cengage Learning’s upcoming Engage 2013 Conference. Today, we’ll hear from Chris Dede, who describes EcoMUVE, an immersive virtual environment designed to engage students in the process of learning about ecosystems. Though this particular project is designed for middle-school students, the learning principles and methodology behind it have application within higher education as well. Have you used virtual worlds as a part of your course curriculum? How did this serve to engage students in the learning process? Provide your feedback in the Read More…