engagement

Perceptions, Expectations, and Responsibility

Contributor: Linda Dunham, Discipline Chair and Instructor of Academic Student Success, Central Piedmont Community College. Many students view a study skills class as a requirement, an extra couple of credit hours, or a class that they don’t really need. Challenge: How do we convince our students that this course is exactly what they need in order to jump start their college experience? As an educator of first year students at a community college, I find that actively engaging students the very first week of class is one of the best ways to connect with them, to promote retention and to bring 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…


Share Your Bright Ideas About Teaching and Learning!

At the Cengage Learning Blog, we endeavor to bring you tips and information that speak to your needs and interests as an educator. But we also value hearing from you! Have you tried any of the activities or teaching tips we’ve presented on the blog? What topics would you like for us to address in the future? Have you observed any emerging trends in your discipline or field? What ideas would you like to share with your colleagues? We invite you to submit your suggestions to us in the comments. As always, thank you for reading and engaging with us! Read More…


Online Learning and Assessment in Computing Courses

The high unemployment rates of the past few years have prompted many adults to return to school, to earn degrees or certificates, or simply to learn or refresh their computing skills. Many who are enrolled in degree or certificate programs also need training in basic computing skills in order to keep up with their classmates in campus-based or online courses. This need is especially acute among older adults in low income brackets, displaced workers, age 50 or older, who do not have access to the internet at home. For these learners, who may need to do Read More…


The Importance of Being a Fire Starter, Not a Fire Hose

What lessons about the importance of student engagement did you learn early in your teaching career? What have you changed about the way you share knowledge with your students as a result? Please share your thoughts and teaching ideas with us in the comments section below. We’ve posted often about how important student engagement is to the learning process. Learning to engage students doesn’t come without some trial and error, however. Knowing all there is to know about a particular subject doesn’t necessarily mean that one will be equipped to confer that knowledge upon a group of Read More…


Try Technology Tools To Enhance Your Teaching Style

Guest Contributor: Cathy Scott, Navarro College. You may find that in developing your professional and leadership skills, it becomes necessary to test out new ways to be the most effective teacher you can be. Technology tools offer new ways to engage students and create an active learning environment. In this article, author and professor Cathy Scott outlines some of those available tools, but she points out that while integrating technology is important to promoting an active and engaging learning environment, you remain the most important part of your students’ learning experience. As you develop your skills, trying new things Read More…


Social Networking: Think Before Posting—or Deleting

Social media and social networking can present great opportunities for both you and your students to engage and connect with each other and with the world around you. However, online interactions like these can also leave posters open to criticism. It’s important to consider how you’ll react to these situations. Do you delete the comment or post to avoid offending anyone? Do you take the opportunity, if appropriate, to start a meaningful dialogue around the subject? The activity below, from the instructor’s manual that accompanies Louis E. Boone and David L. Kurtz’s Contemporary Marketing, 16th Editioncan be used Read More…


Using Social Media Channels to Engage Learners

An interview with Donald Doane, CEO of ConnectYard.
Once upon a time, e-mail was the fastest and easiest means of facilitating asynchronous electronic communication, particularly when the message needed to reach a large group of people or required an attachment – a photo, a document, or a slide deck. Today, we have lots of channels available to us for posting and sending messages and files to individuals or large groups of people – whether through voice or written communications. Just think of your own personal and professional channels. If you are like most tech-savvy people today, you are Read More…


Using Text Messaging in Your Mobile Technology Learning Plan

Guest Contributor: Sandy Keeter, Seminole State College of Florida. You know that text messaging can be a distraction to students while they’re attending class. But can it can also be used as an effective means for you, as an instructor, to facilitate connections with them? Today, Sandy Keeter of Seminole State College describes how she is using a text-messaging service with the goal of increasing student retention and engagement with her course.  It all started two years ago, when our E-learning Department asked if anyone wanted to use texting in their classes. My first reaction was: absolutely not! I want students Read More…


Having an Experimental Attitude Toward Tech for Educational Purposes

Were you one of the first on campus to flip your course? Have you included a YouTube assignment on your syllabus since 2008? Were you using Twitter to communicate with classes and colleagues before some of your current students had even started high school? Whether your idea flies or flops, you may have found that taking the risk enabled you to discover discover new, dynamic, and effective ways of helping students learn. And furthermore, you’re not alone. According to author Roger Arnold, many instructors are adopting a more experimental attitude toward using technology or new models (such as the Read More…