engagement

Why College Students Want to Use MindTap

Guest contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   When college students enter my criminal justice program, they are excited to begin their careers in law enforcement, corrections, community supervision, security and other Criminal Justice positions. Unfortunately, some of the students are not always prepared for how rigorous the program can be, which can affect their confidence and present many teaching challenges. The solution that works for me and my students is MindTap, which helps bring the course to life! Within MindTap, I direct my students to the eBook and the dynamic visual summary, which provides a map showing how topics in Read More…


It’s More than JUST “Flipping the Class”

Using the terms “flipped” and “model” in Flipped Model can cause would-be newcomers to this style of teaching and learning to dismiss trying it out because they simply do not have the time to try another new thing. During this webinar, Damon Givehand, Digital Educator at Cengage Learning, discusses what this approach really offers, so you can determine for yourself if it is worth giving a shot in your own course!
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Today’s Student: A Summary of Recent Research

In October and November 2014, the Today’s Student research study attracted 5,188 students—traditional and non-traditional, representing four- and two-year colleges – as participants. The study was developed
and deployed by Cengage Learning, Inc. and The Work Institute, LLC. The intent of the research was to give students a voice to describe their college expectations and experiences, what is important to them, and what their goals for the future are. Students were asked quantitative and qualitative questions ranging from defining success to their overall satisfaction with their college experience. In February and March 2015, a sample of focused follow-up phone Read More…


What’s Ahead for Edtech: Cengage Learning Leaders Weigh In

What might be the ultimate impact of today’s trends, insights, and innovations on the students in your classroom? And, what can you do to ensure that the technology you use has a positive effect on student engagement, outcomes, and success?

As an educator in today’s environment, we’re sure you ponder these questions from time to time—if not all the time. We recently asked several members of Cengage Learning’s leadership team to give us their thoughts on the top edtech trends. See what they had to say below!
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Discovering Digital Learning within Art at CAA 2016

From February 3 to 6, 2016, the Cengage Learning Arts team attended the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C., the largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts. From interactive sessions led by distinguished scholars, to informative in-booth demonstrations, to cutting-edge focus groups, this year’s CAA was one for the books.
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Students’ Top Tips for Becoming an Engaged Learner

We recently asked a number of college students: “What are the qualities of a good note-taker?” Among their answers, we noticed many that offered broader strategies that can help students increase their level of engagement and success in their college courses. Below, we’ve shared several of their suggestions. Take a look through what they had to say, and pass their tips along to any students who might need or appreciate these ideas from their peers!

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Classroom Practices for Learners of All Ages

Guest Contributor: Sherri Singer, Alamance Community College.

As you look out over your classroom this semester there will be a variety of learners from ages 16 to 64+ staring back at you. While it may seem like there is a vast difference in their learning preferences and backgrounds, the reality is they have a lot in common.
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Essential Note-Taking Skills, As Defined by College Students

A thorough, thoughtfully organized set of lecture notes can be one of students’ best study tools! However, many students find it difficult to create the type of notes that will prove the most effective for them come study time. They may not write enough down—or, they may be attempting to write so much down that they inadvertently miss important points that you, the instructor, are making.

In our Fall 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: “What are the qualities of a good note-taker?” Among their answers, we noted many themes. Review what they had to say below, and share their advice with your students!

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Digital Learning Tools: Helping You Boost Engagement

One way to ensure your students are getting the most out of their college experience is by making it more engaging for them. But how do you make that happen? Digital! Many students and instructors agree that digital learning tools can help both you and your students get engaged with their coursework.

Boost engagement

We surveyed thousands of college students and instructors regarding the use of digital learning tools in the classroom. 73% of instructors say it has improved students’ engagement with their courses. 77% of students say it has improved their engagement with their courses. Instructors often share that getting their students engaged with the material and motivated to learn Read More…


A Six-Minute Lecturing Strategy to Increase Learning

Despite all the buzz around active learning, did you know that lecturing is still the most common teaching method? The good news is that we don’t need to abandon the lecture because research has shown that it can be effective (Baeten, Dochy, & Struyven, 2013). Lectures are efficient ways for the expert (otherwise known as the professor!) to share knowledge with students.  While many argue that lectures are passive and not effective as more active learning approaches, this is not the case when lectures are done effectively.  Mayer (2009) argues that cognitive engagement is what matters most and Read More…