engagement

Five Ways to Engage Adult Learners

The same things that can make your classroom more challenging to manage can also make it a richer experience for both you and your learners. Having a mix of different generations in your class can be one of those challenges. Adult learners will likely walk in the classroom door with some different experiences, strengths, and demands than more “traditional” learners have. But as with all learners, the key to reaching them is in engaging them. Below, we share five guidelines to help you engage adult learners, adapted from the TeamUP Professional Development Portal module on Engaging Read More…


Exploring Different Generations

How do you make learning relevant and engaging for the learners in your classroom? Do you give certain examples that you find most of your students can relate to? Please share your feedback and comments below. In this podcast from the TeamUP Professional Online Development Portal, TeamUP Faculty Programs Consultant Damon Givehand interviews his colleague and fellow TeamUP Consultant Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins about her experience teaching different generations in the same classroom. Bridgett reflects on what she observed, learned, and acted on from that experience. She also discusses feeling prepared to make learning relevant, interesting, and engaging for everyone Read More…


Reaching the “ME” Generation

Guest Contributor: Dr. Jonathan Duchac, Merrill Lynch Professor of Accounting, Wake Forest University

What do you do to connect with a new generation of students? Below, Dr. Jon Duchac, accounting professor and author, writes about the “ME” Generation — what makes them unique, and how you can reach them. 

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Aligning Objectives in Online Classes

Knowing what you want students to understand when they leave your course is great information to keep in mind, but how can you take your goals for learners and translate them into objectives that align with specific course activities and assessments? Even beyond that, how can you write those objectives so they encourage activities that promote active learning, engagement, and higher-order thinking skills? Share with us how you align your objectives in online courses with course activities in the comments section below. Watch and listen to The Instructor’s Perspective on Aligning Objectives in Online Classes, a narrated presentation by Read More…


What Activities Work to Achieve Learning? Merrill’s First Principles

It’s likely that you encourage learners in your classroom to connect the material you’re covering to examples from their own lives. How do you then take it a step further and get them to think critically and apply what you’ve taught them to solve a problem? Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. Guest Contributor: Erin Doppke, Senior Instructional Designer, Cengage Learning Custom Solutions As you approach your courses for next semester, consider incorporating an instructional model on which many instructional designers rely: Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction (Merrill, 2002). Instructional designers think of Merrill’s First Read More…


For Your Students: How to be an Effective Note Taker

Even as we edge toward the end of the term, it’s not too late for students to hone their study skills. This article from a previous eNewsletter on “Active Learning” offers students some tips for taking effective notes in your course — notes that will later prove handy as they study for their final exams. Note-taking can keep students engaged because they are, in essence, disciplining themselves to listen closely to what is being said. What else do you do to encourage active engagement during a lecture? Please share your thoughts in the comments section or send them to us via Read More…


The Fiscal Cliff

Though it’s been in the news for some time, tensions continue to grow as we get nearer to the fiscal cliff looming at the end of this year and Congress has still not reached a compromise. What is the fiscal cliff, how did we get here, what provisions are involved, and what’s important to note if you’re teaching about it? Prior to the election, Bill Raabe, taxation professor at Ohio State University and author on the South-Western Federal Taxation series and Federal Tax Research text, recorded a podcast about the fiscal cliff, what it means, Read More…


Tips for Breaking the Ice in the Classroom

Since we first started sending out the Cengage Learning eNewsletter, our readers have responded very positively to the the teaching tips and activities we’ve provided. Today, we’re bringing back one of the most popular resources we’ve shared to date. Review the activity, and consider the ways you might bring these ideas — or similar ones — into your classroom.  Have you tried the activity presented here? How did it go? What did your students learn? Share your feedback in the Comments section. Please feel free to share activities that you’ve created to promote learner engagement as well! Building a community Read More…


Optimizing Learning Activities for Student-Centered Learning

As you approach the beginning of a new year, and likely the start of a new term, we’d like to revisit an article from an early edition of the Cengage Learning eNewsletter that addresses some best practices that you can keep in mind as you think about creating student-centered activities. Do you have a “success story” about how you have re-shaped assignments so that they are more student centered? Share it in the comments section below! Guest Contributor Jason Lancaster, M.Ed. Regardless of the model you use, designing a meaningful educational program requires careful analysis, thoughtful development, and thorough assessment. Here, Read More…


Tips for Students: Healthy Finals Week Study Tips

Though Thanksgiving offers most of us an opportunity to reflect and rest, students (and instructors) know that finals week is just around the corner. The good news: by preparing now, students can eliminate some of the pressure and stress they’d face if they leave it all to the last minute. Throughout the year, our colleagues at Questia share tools, tips, and resources that inspire more effective research and study habits. In light of the time of year, we wanted to share this helpful post from the Questia blog, which offers students some suggestions for staying healthier and better organized through Read More…