engagement

Qualities of Strategic Learners

What helps make a student successful? You, the instructor, play an important role in their achievement, providing them with the knowledge, insights, and training they need for success. But students themselves must also be strategic learners, ready to actively engage in the learning process. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, authors Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie discuss the qualities that help students learn how to learn, and do so successfully. We’ve summarized four of them below. In addition, we have included previous posts that you can use as talking points with students should they approach you with a desire to improve Read More…


Math Doesn’t Change Much… But Teaching It Does!

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, California).
Although the content of math courses has not changed much over the past few decades, methods of teaching and delivery of material have. The era of lecture and group work is now more extensive and includes many different models. The introduction of technology has welcomed a more dynamic style of teaching, and Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) has taken those prototypes and expanded them even further.
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Tips for Students: How to Use Class Time Effectively

As an instructor, you give careful thought regarding how to use class time effectively. You plan the course as a whole; and, you have a plan for each class session, considering how to cover your material in a given period. Students, also, should give consideration to the ways they can maximize the time they spend in class. In her book The Confident Student, Eighth Edition, Carol C. Kanar provides students with suggestions that will help them use class time effectively. We’ve summarized them below. Share them with your students:

    Come to class on time and prepared. It’s tempting to miss class, skip the weekly
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Active Learning Techniques for Your Classroom

It’s October (already?!), and perhaps students’ attention is starting to wane. Rather than allow them to slip into passivity, you want to keep students motivated and engaged in the learning process throughout the term. To this end, adding more active-learning strategies into your class sessions may increase their energy, enthusiasm, and involvement. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, authors Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie share a number of active learning techniques that can support your goal of building engagement in your classes. Even if you teach a course in a large lecture hall, these ideas can help you put some Read More…


Calculus Students Embrace Enhanced WebAssign® — and Ask for More

Perri Larson teaches College Algebra and Calculus at Palomar College in California’s San Diego County, where she has been using Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) in Calculus since the fall of 2012. Perri was introduced to EWA at a webinar, where she learned (and liked) that students could link to video explanations of concepts from the eBook version of her text, Stewart’s Calculus. She also wanted to motivate more of her students to complete their out-of-class assignments, so she decided to test out Enhanced WebAssign, too. In this success story, you’ll read how Enhanced WebAssign has led to increased student engagement in Larson’s Read More…


Instructors and Students Tap into MindTap to Boost Engagement and Learning

Motivating and engaging students has always been a challenge for higher education instructors, and with today’s learners — who use, and often demand, solutions that support their unique study needs and preferences — it can be particularly difficult. Administrators are concerned, too, because engaged students are often the successful students, and student success is increasingly vital these days. Why? Institutions, faced with economic pressures and a job skills gap, have a high stake in enrolling new students, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with skills to think critically in both their academic and professional careers. Read More…


Computer and Internet Literacy: Engaging and FUN

Guest Contributor: Sandy Keeter, Seminole State College, Florida. Engaging and motivating students is ALWAYS a challenge. How do YOU encourage them to come to class, much less do the work and think critically? We have a few solutions! Last year, we completely renovated our “Basic Computer Concepts” course to make it more current, appealing and relevant. The new name is “Computer and Internet Literacy” and the only book we use is Emerge with Computers – Online. By using this product, we have created an environment that encourages students to do what they all love to do Read More…


CengageNOW Helps Non-Traditional Student Retain Concepts, Master the Material, and Stay on Target

Having recently obtained her Associates degree in business administrative technology, Pamela’s goal is to put her degree to work in a promising career. She plans to continue learning by taking more online courses and is considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree. As part of her coursework, she took College Accounting.

College Accounting turned out to be Pamela’s most difficult subject, yet she ended up with an A in class—a feat she attributes to CengageNOW. It helped her build her critical-thinking skills, reinforce her understanding of course concepts, and become better prepared for class and for exams. She explained that she has already recommended CengageNOW to a fellow student, and she notes the key benefits were the way the program contributed to her increased understanding of the material and increased retainment of the information presented.

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Join the ThinkNation Webinar: Student-to-Student Learning

Building a ThinkNation Webinar Series
Utilizing Student-to-Student Learning to Improve Academic Outcomes

Where do today’s students turn when they become “stuck”? Through the Flashnotes.com student-to-student study materials marketplace, students gain access to student-created study materials such as notes, study guides, flashcards, videos, and live video sessions.  This approach benefits learners, but can also help educators discover opportunities to improve student engagement and refine teaching practices. Join Lester Lefton, President Emeritus of Kent State University, as he shares his view on how peer-to-peer education can provide much needed assistance to a generation of students who arrive to college unprepared for Read More…


MindTap for Intro to Business Improves Students’ Engagement and Outcomes

As lead instructor for the introductory business courses at Sandhills Community College, Sarah Bumgarner was determined to improve achievement level of student learning outcomes of online students. Bumgarner knows that increased engagement improves student outcomes as well as their overall engagement in the course.

But getting them engaged and keeping the level of motivation high has always been a struggle. She also wanted to find an online resource that provided exceptional technological support to both her students and the instructor allowing her to focus on content rather than technological support. This would give students more opportunities to see business concepts in action, which she believes would lead to greater understanding, and in the end, better results.

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