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Improve Student Confidence and Engagement with Gamification

Guest Contributor: Carlos Diaz, The American School, Vietnam It is the cold truth: a video game will catch your students’ attention more than the elaborate, cool plan you stayed up all night preparing for. For some instructors, this may be a sad truth. For others, this is simply the way society is evolving. But hopefully, you can see this as an opportunity. You can use games in your classrooms to boost engagement, confidence and learning. More and more students are responding positively to what is known as Game Based Learning (GBL): teaching strategies using games or gamification to find a better Read More…


Webinar: 2017’s Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Updates

The new year brought with it new updates from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Join the authors of the Cengage text, Intermediate Accounting: Reporting and Analysis Second Edition, Jeff Jones and Don Pagach, for a new webinar series discussing the latest changes by the FASB. Topics include revenue recognition, simplification projects–such as lower of cost and market accounting for inventory– changes to the investment standards, and leases.

Jefferson P. Jones, Auburn University

Dr. Jefferson P. Jones is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Accountancy at Auburn University. He received his Bachelor’s in Accounting and Master of Accountancy Read More…


Confidently Master New Technical Tools for Your Classroom

Modern college students are digital natives—they’ve always lived in a world surrounded by user-friendly, handheld technology, and information at their fingertips. More and more, such students expect their professors to be teaching with technology, creating a college classroom where technical tools are infrequent and easy use. But if you’re not used to integrating technology into your teaching methods, incorporating new tools can seem like a big challenge. When do you have time to learn the new tools adequately in order to seamlessly add them to your teaching strategies? And how do you prioritize them? These questions can be Read More…


National Geographic Learning Partnership with Precision Exams

Expanding K-12 Curriculum to Provide Certification Pathways in CTE and 21st Century Skills National Geographic Learning (NGL), the K-12 division of Cengage, has partnered with Precision Exams to offer industry-recognized certifications. High school students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can now earn credentials in more than 170 courses, including health science, building and trades, agriscience, welding, travel & tourism, nutrition and wellness, child development, and 21st Century Success Skills.  The combination of NGL curriculum solutions and Precision Exams certifications supports mastery of key industry standard concepts, with exams delivered in the classroom by a professional high school Read More…


Podcast: How Instructors Can Help Students Bridge Skill Gaps

College instructors spend most of their classroom time on content and often feel as if there is not enough time to cover everything. So the idea of adding more subjects to the mix can be daunting. Yet that is what Dr. Tanya Martini of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario is suggesting. According to Dr. Martini, our graduates have a skills gap. They graduate without sufficient understanding of necessary career skills such as communication, collaboration, leadership, creativity and empathy. Along with the skills and knowledge of their profession, these are the transferable career skills that employers look for in Read More…


Inside 2017’s LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference

Last week, Cengage CEO Michael Hansen and CTO George Moore participated in LearnLaunch’s 5th Annual Across Boundaries Conference in Boston. The conference brings together the education and technology community to drive innovation, transform learning and increase achievement using digital technologies. Michael opened Day Two as the featured speaker for the LearnLaunch Accelerator Breakthrough Program Showcase. He spoke of Cengage’s commitment to student success and placed an emphasis on learners who overcome many barriers as they work to obtain their degrees. Touching on the importance of confidence, Hansen stressed the ability of digital tools to help students manage Read More…


The Value of Open Educational Resources

Guest Contributor: Jonathan Mott, Chief Learning Officer
Learning Objects, A Cengage Company When we set about improving learning, we generally begin with some notion of what we want to be better or different for our students. If our focus is on student achievement, we might invest more in instruction, technology, or materials designed to yield better outcomes. Alternatively, if our primary objective is to lower cost, we might look at ways to reduce institutional investments in a program or we might directly reduce student expenditures by replacing current materials with lower-cost alternatives or OER (free and openly licensed educational Read More…


Motivating College Students: Women in STEM

According to a 2012 White House report, the United States is on track to face a huge deficit of qualified STEM workers by the 2020s. One of the ways to mitigate that deficit is encouraging a traditionally underrepresented group—women—to pursue careers in STEM fields. Given the studies on gender biases that face women pursuing those careers, however, it may be difficult motivating students toward goals where they will face additional challenges. Mentoring college students is particularly important when recruiting women into STEM fields and majors, and providing adequate opportunities to explore (and make mistakes) is key to encouraging Read More…


How to Build Decision-Making Skills with MindTap

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM
Criminal Justice Online Program Chair at Broadview University Developing tomorrow’s decision makers in criminal justice is certainly a tall order. But, this is one challenge I take very seriously, as do most instructors. One of my biggest challenges is finding effective ways to engage my students and build their decision-making skills because I know how critical this will be to their success as a criminal justice professional. As an online criminal justice program chair, I want to design a learning experience that helps empower my students to reach their potential and Read More…


Instructional Design 101 Part 5: Why Use an Instructional Designer?

The field of instructional design has gotten a lot of attention lately, especially in the world of higher education. But even some experienced instructional designers have a hard time explaining exactly what it is they do. In this part of our Instructional Design 101 series, we’ll take a look at how instructional designers approach course development.

Instructional Design Supports Learning

Generally speaking, an instructional designer’s job is to help ensure that students walk away from a course with a specific set of knowledge and skills.
In terms of what the ID does in the course development process, this Read More…