Personalized Learning: Dawning of a New Era in Education

Guest Contributor: Andrew Smith Lewis, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Cerego. Today my company, Cerego, and Cengage came together to give postsecondary psychology students a new suite of adaptive learning applications inside MindTap, a personalized teaching experience for educators. Together, we’re working to help students learn more effectively and gain a better understanding of precisely what’s in their brains—and how it got there—through a personalized learning approach. Stepping back, it’s only appropriate that we substantiate this partnership starting with the study of psychology, as our mission and technology at Cerego are firmly rooted in the science Read More…

Student Retention and Success: Partnering for Proven Results

Guest Contributor: Sandi Kirshner, Chief Marketing Officer, Cengage Learning. Student retention and success remain a top concern among educators, our nation’s leaders—indeed, among all of us. Although the National Center for Education Statistics notes that “[b]ased on data from the Current Population Survey, the status dropout rate decreased from 12 percent in 1990 to 7 percent in 2012,”* we still want to see that number drop even further. We also see a continuing drive to help learners develop the skills needed to enter, and succeed, in today’s workforce. Education and training play an absolutely vital role in this trajectory to success. Read More…

Three Ways to Stay Energized and Engaged Over the Break

Ah, Thanksgiving. Traditionally, it’s a time for us to gather together with family and friends and reflect on what’s important to us. And many of us receive a day or two off from work, which provides us with some extra time to rest, travel, or engage in recreation. Over these days, you also may find yourself with a bit of extra time that you’d like to put to good use. Or, perhaps you’ll have some time on your hands in an airport or transit station, and you want to do something other than peruse magazines at the newsstand. In today’s Read More…

Applying Knowledge in the Flipped Classroom: Best Practices

What’s your measure of student success? Is it simply that students can achieve a particular score on your midterms and finals? Or, would you like to see them applying their newfound knowledge, engaging around real-life issues, and collaborating to create solutions to challenging problems? If you prefer the latter, there’s good news: flipped-classroom methods can help you achieve these higher-order learning goals.  

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Why Nontraditional Students Decided to Attend College

Nontraditional students’ motivations may be similar to those of students who matriculated right after high school, but you’ll also hear some markedly different stories.

Recently, we conducted our Student Engagement Insights survey, which shed light on the motivations, interests, and opinions of today’s students. Over 2,600 nontraditional students (25 years and older) responded. To learn more about what motivates them, we asked: Why did you choose to (re)enroll in college at this time?

Below, we’ve presented ten of the major themes that recurred in their answers. Some of these may seem quite natural or expected… and others might leave you inspired! Read, and consider some of the reasons why they’re motivated to attend your courses.

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Seven Reasons Students Use Smartphones in Class

In a recent post at the Engaging Minds blog, we discussed the ways that smartphone use in class can either distract students from learning, or serve as a learning tool. There, we revealed that 77% of students bring a smartphone to class, and 63% of the students said that they weren’t a distraction. On the other hand, 72% of instructors said that they do distract students from the learning process.

This discovery led us to wonder: Just what are students doing with their smartphones in class? For this reason, we reached back out to students who use CengageBrain.com and asked them: What are you typically doing when you’re using your phone in class? Over 3,100 students responded, and we’ve shared the results below. You may or may not be altogether surprised by the findings… but, knowing this information can help you address the types of issues that might arise in your classroom as a result.
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How to Get Students Ready for Your Flipped Classroom

In order to truly participate in a flipped classroom setting, students must come to class prepared. This, of course, takes motivation and initiative on their part. So, what can you, the instructor, do to set expectations that ensure students’ readiness? And, how can you foster the type of environment that encourages students to hold themselves accountable to those expectations?

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Community Building: Do Students Want Collaboration?

Community building in the classroom is never simple with the short amount of time that you and your students have together. While it comes naturally to some, other students may be reluctant to speak up in class and only collaborate with classmates when assigned to during class sessions. To learn more about the need for collaboration, Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students and instructors about how well they collaborate in the classroom.

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The Flipped Classroom: Building Student Engagement and Success

Perhaps you’ve heard a lot of buzz around “flipping the classroom,” but it’s brought a lot of questions to mind: Is it just a matter of watching videos before class, and completing homework in class? If I choose to flip my course, will I be able to cover all my course content without that in-class lecture? Will students participate? And, Will students give me poor course evaluations because they aren’t receiving the kind of classroom lecture-and-assignment format that they expect?

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What Drives Students’ Interest in Their Courses?

Recently, we shared that 97% of students who responded to our recent Student Engagement Insights survey indicated that, on the whole, they find their college courses interesting. Great news!

But what, specifically, drives students’ interest in their courses? We asked students which of the following factors—class subject, course materials, classroom environment, classmates, and of course, the instructor—had an influence on their level of interest in it. What did they have to say?

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