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Teaching Tips for Engaging Students in the Online Classroom

The online classroom is gaining ground and popularity. The challenge for teachers at any level is figuring out how to foster a class discussion when all eyes are on a screen, at different times, rather than directly in front of you all at once. A successful class discussion can be difficult when you are in the same room as your students, but engaging students in another room, building or state requires another level of effort. What are some teaching tips you can employ?

Common problems in the online classroom

When it comes to online classrooms, most cater to adult learners Read More…


OLC Innovate: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning

The Big Easy played host to the inaugural conference geared to education leaders, faculty, system administrators, and course designers in pursuit of quality online learning. Attendees were invited to challenge existing barriers to innovation and re-imagine the learning experience. Through diverse sessions, workshops, and labs, the conference fostered dialogue and networking around emerging ideas in instructional design, pedagogical innovation, mobile technology, accessibility, online learning and course delivery, adaptive learning, and many more.

Thinking beyond the course

In partnership with Learning Objects, Cengage Learning hosted the lively session: Thinking Beyond the Course in Curriculum Design. The hosts, Natalie Skadra, Director of Instructional Design Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Study with 5, 3, or 1 Day Until the Exam

Spring has sprung and the semester is nearly over, which means final exams are finally here. While creating a solid study plan over several days is considered the best practice, sometimes life happens, and students need to fit a week’s worth of studying into a few days, or even just one night. With that in mind, here are three study plans students can use no matter how much (or little) time they have.

Steps for every study plan

In her text Essential Study Skills, 8th ed, author Linda Wong outlines the process for creating a study plan that all students Read More…


Cengage Learning Progress on White House UpSkill Initiative for Front-Line Workers

This week’s White House Upskill Initiative anniversary announcement reports on the significant impact being made in support of the President’s challenge to equip today’s employees with skills for advancement.  One year into its expanded commitment to support front-line workers, more than 5,000 McDonald’s and Walmart employees have participated in at least one Cengage Learning online workforce course. Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School (COHS) is the first fully accredited U.S. online training provider that issues high school diplomas and entry-level workforce certificates to qualified graduates. McDonald’s is making the program available to all eligible employees in both company-owned Read More…


Common Goals, Study Habits and Challenges of 2-Year College Honor Students

In an ongoing effort to place students at the center of designing digital learning solutions, Cengage Learning surveyed nearly one hundred members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, about their personal and academic goals. The survey, conducted at Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015 annual conference, NerdNation, conveyed a desire for self-improvement and career satisfaction, highlighted the integral role smartphones play in their lives and shed light on challenges members face while pursuing their education endeavors. “Phi Theta Kappa is grateful for our partnership with Cengage Learning,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, Director and CEO of the Phi Read More…


Soft Skills for STEM Success

While there are thousands of STEM positions open and waiting for workers to come and fill them, there is a lack of work-ready STEM professionals graduating from higher education institutions. However, rather than lack the technical skills necessary to complete the work, many of these candidates lack the ability to be an effective employee to the organization because they lack the necessary soft skills for success. Read More…


Why I Write: The Conference on College Composition and Communication

From April 6th through April 9th, the Cengage Learning English Team attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Houston. During CCCC, the Cengage Learning English Team attended sessions, led in-booth demonstrations, ran a Social Media contest, and hosted an event to engage with educators.

Composition educators at in-booth demos appreciated the new MindTap Mobile Handbook, which allows students to access MindTap on the fly. To educators, it’s clear; MindTap is developed with students at the core of what we do. From the research, to the resources to the technology, Cengage Learning believes in the power of writing. Read More…


Inside 2016’s Cengage Learning Computing Conference

From April 4 through 6, 2016, we celebrated 21 years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida, where we were inspired to be Change Agents of Computing. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions of a variety of topics, including: Cyber Security, wearable technology, mobile apps, computing in the cloud, Power BI, digital literacy and more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap and other Cengage Learning solutions. Keynote speakers Rob Curtin of Microsoft; Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage Read More…


McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity and Career Online High School

McDonald’s broad commitment to serve employees through education and training is showcased most recently a series of education and training programs under the flagship, Archways to Opportunity. The McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity team has collaborated with Cengage Learning in the high school completion program, Career Online High School (COHS). Career Online High School is an innovative, online, competency-based high school diploma program focused on advancing educational and career opportunities for our students. Last week, world-renowned investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet commented on McDdonald’s Archways to Opportunities program, which helps McDonald’s employees advance their career prospects through continuing education. To date, over 800 McDonald’s employees have Read More…


Curate Reference Content for History and Political Science

New MindTap Feature Helps Instructors Curate Reference Content for History and Political Science Courses A separate ereader can be costly for college students, yet they are an essential part of many courses. A new feature for MindTap can help with just that. CourseReader for MindTap, is now available through the Instructor’s Resource Center. This new feature provides access to Gale’s authoritative library reference content to aid in the development of important supplemental readers for history and political science courses. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been providing research and education resources for libraries for more than 60 years. Read More…