engagement

What are You Reading? Books for Educators

As an educator, you know the power of ideas and information. To stay abreast of the developments in your field, you frequently read a variety of books, articles, and other materials relating to your areas of expertise. You’re also in tune with issues, trends, and topics relating to education in general. And, undoubtedly, you enjoy exchanging your thoughts, reflections, and discoveries with your colleagues and your students.  

We want to hear from you, too. Have you read an especially insightful, challenging, or timely book relating to education lately? Share your thoughts on the best books for educators.

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Improving Academic Outcomes: Let’s Bring Students Into the Equation

Contributor: Michael Matousek, CEO/Founder, Flashnotes.com. For years, students have faced a limited choice in terms of the materials they could use in order to achieve academic success. While many students have been successful within this model, many others have struggled and have made it to graduation day only by a small margin. Still others grew so sick of failure that they dropped out of our academic system altogether, facing a world without the education that is becoming required by more and more employers and professions on a daily basis. This challenging situation also leaves instructors seeking ways to improve academic Read More…


Getting Students to Read Their Textbooks

Guest Contributor: Reggie Cobb, Nash Community College. In the past, students used textbooks as their primary resource, as they provide more detailed information used for better understanding of course content. However, with recent advances in technology, learning content is now being delivered via presentation documents, videos, and animations. This instant availability has allowed students to push textbooks aside, using them infrequently and as secondary resources. The challenge with my students at Nash Community College is to get them to actually use their textbooks and use them effectively. To address this challenge, I use a combination of textbook material Read More…


Fully Integrated Solutions Go Beyond the Links

Digital learning solutions are offering instructors and students more ways to engage with course content than ever before. With seamless login now a standard of LMS integration, instructors and administrators are looking for LMS integration to go farther in helping them achieve their mission of improving student outcomes. This new frontier of LMS integration are learning solutions that provide customizable content, automatic grade return and personalized instructor services. These are three incredibly powerful ways that integrated learning solutions can increase student engagement and decrease instructor workload.

Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted in-depth research at a large technology conference with LMS administrators to better understand how they are integrating course solutions and what they need a “fully integrated” course solution to accomplish. Over the course of two days the research team conducted fifty interviews with LMS administrators from a diverse range of institutions using a wide range of LMS.
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Ideas for Building In-Class Participation

In a recent poll on the Engaging Minds blog, we asked readers which posed the bigger challenge: getting to know your students, or getting students to participate in class. Of the 98 respondents, 86% stated that getting students to participate proved more challenging. Given this response, we thought we’d investigate some ideas for building in-class participation.

Do you have suggestions to share? Offer them in the comments!

 

Why might students avoid in-class participation?

In McKeachie’s Teaching Tipsauthors Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie present five potential reasons that students may be reluctant to participate in class discussions:  Read More…


More Strategies for Successfully Engaging Students

As the school term progresses, and as students’ responsibilities, activities, and assignments begin to accumulate, you might find it a bit more challenging to engage the students in your courses. To draw them back into the learning experience, you might want to try out some new ideas or activities that capture their attention, prompt their participation, and bolster their motivation. If you’d like add a new technique or two to your repertoire, take some time to review a few quick tips that can spark students’ interest and get them engaged in class material. In the below slides, Julie Hansen, Implementation and Training Specialist for Cengage Learning, Read More…


An Experienced Instructor Switches to Aplia™ and is Able to ‘Teach at a Higher Level’

Bill Carroll has taught Microeconomics of the Service Industry more than twenty times at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Over the past nine years, he has traditionally taught the course with a printed textbook, but after a colleague told him that Aplia was a good resource, he decided to try it.

Aplia, which is fully integrated with the text Carroll uses, includes comprehensive online interactive problem sets, analyses, tutorials, experiments, and critical-thinking exercises to give students hands-on application, which is part of what makes it so attractive to Carroll. Based on discovery learning, Aplia requires students to take an active role in the learning process—helping them improve their economic understanding and ability to relate to the economic concepts presented. Read More…


Phi Theta Kappa Convention: Insights from Two-Year Students

During the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Convention, Cengage Learning spoke to 116 students from 67 different schools to better understand student engagement, interaction with technology, and goals. Download the featured infographic, and see learn more about their goals, what engages them, what distracts them, and more. You’ll also see whether or not they believe that high school prepared them for the college experience.
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Webinar: Learn Teaching Secrets That Will Make Students Say “Wow!”

As a new term begins, you’re probably thinking “It sure would be nice to turn things up a notch …” However, who has the time to completely revamp everything? The good news is you do not have to! The secret to teaching in a way that drives students to feel more engaged and empowered in your courses is no longer under wraps. This interactive session has just what you need to up the ante on your role as a powerhouse in the classroom and make this year the best one ever. Drive more student engagement and empower your students Read More…


Developmental Educators Work to Grow Student Engagement

Today it is increasingly vital as developmental education programs—faced with economic pressures and completion-based funding—have a higher stake in moving developmental education students efficiently through their curriculum as well as keeping them engaged so they persist and go on to graduate.
 
In a 2014 research study conducted by Cengage Learning at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) conference in Dallas, Texas, all of the faculty participants noted their greatest challenge is breaking down the barriers to achievement and helping increase student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and confidence. The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging.
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