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Three Ways to Address STEM Attrition Through EdTech

Recent shifts in the global economy has placed a new national focus on the STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics–fields. However, we are simultaneously facing a crisis of STEM attrition as large swaths of students—48% of bachelor’s candidates and 69% of associate’s candidates—entering STEM majors in higher education drop out without completing their degree or switch to a different major. This trend of student flight has policymakers worried that a lack of STEM-educated talent will negatively impact our ability to compete in the global marketplace. While some aspects of STEM attrition are unavoidable, there are several strategies based in Read More…


How To Orchestrate Productive Classroom Discussions

Guest Contributor: Sherri Singer, Department Head for Social & Behavioral Sciences at Alamance Community College The long pause: we’ve all experienced waiting an eternity in our classrooms hoping for just one student to respond to our questions. Articles and advice from tenured faculty flow about  the value of the long pause. If we wait long enough, they will respond. And sometimes they do, with a disappointing answer, leaving you hanging in the middle of a failing classroom discussion.  Or  we sometimes get one student responds who, and responds and responds.  Classroom interaction and discussion is a balancing act that can perplex even Read More…


Webinar: Motivate College Students with Active Learning

At Cengage Learning, we know that instructors of all types are always on the lookout for new ways to engage students and transform them into active learners. That’s why, in October of 2015, we expanded our partnership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges, to co-host a series of webinars, podcasts, and blog posts covering professional development topics for adjunct faculty and administrators.

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Our most recent webinar hosted through our partnership with NISOD, titled “Koala to Kangaroo: Getting Your Read More…


Communication IS the Conversation: 21st Century Pedagogy That Works

Did you know that of 93% of employers surveyed believe the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems are skills more important than an undergraduate degree? That’s why soft skills are listed as the most sought after skill-set by employers. However, fewer than 3 in 10 employers felt recent college grads were adequately prepared in the area of critical thinking. How can instructors address this skill gap? The answer is easy: with MindTap.

On March 10-11, Cengage Learning hosted the “Communication IS the Conversation: 21st Century Pedagogy That Works” event in San Francisco to highlight MindTap as a learning tool that equips students with transferable communication skills for success in the classroom and beyond. Fourteen Communication educators from across the country came together to learn about the power of MindTap; a unique student-centered, discipline-focused learning solution. Read More…


Tech Madness: Vote for the Championship Round!

Thanks to you, Cengage Learning has made it all the way through BostInno’s Tech Madness bracket to the Championship Round! BostInno, an online news site that highlights innovation along with technology and education in the city of Boston, has been hosting the month-long bracket‐style competition among 64 top technology companies. The goal is to identify the Boston-based tech company that will “be the most valuable in five years.” Being included with innovative technology leaders in the region is a clear demonstration of Cengage Learning’s evolution as an edtech company. It’s an exciting time for our company! If you’d like to help Cengage Learning become Read More…


Six Soft Skills for Student Success

While every industry comes with its own set of specific technical knowledge and proficiencies, there are universal “soft skills” that are applicable to any industry, and workers who lack them could be setting themselves up for failure. We’ve all seen the trend pieces criticizing recent graduates’ dearth of these skills, but consider that many graduates haven’t had a chance to practice them when they were in school. If we want to set students up for success outside of the classroom, then they’ll need opportunities to learn and hone these skills BEFORE graduation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are Read More…


Webinar: Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Next generation is a term that is used widely and, on occasion, vaguely within Higher Education.  To uncover what next generation learning could mean, hundreds of educational leaders from across the country met virtually with Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer of Learning Objects to discuss. Mott, previously Managing Director for Instructional Design and Innovation at Brigham Young University, outlined learning science, rich content, digital learning environments, learning design, curriculum development, and how all of these components help shape a next generation learning experiences. So, what is a next generation transformational learning experience?

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Many educational leaders are familiar with Read More…


Are Students Confident They’ll Get a Job After Graduation?

Whether they’re completing courses for a professional certificate or working through a bachelor’s program in a particular discipline or field, most college students hope that all their hard work will pay off in the form of new, or more fulfilling, careers.

In our recent white paper, “Students to Colleges: Get Us Work-Ready!”, we share the results of an extensive study that we conducted with the Work Institute. Among many questions, we asked students how confident they felt about getting a job after graduation.

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Maker Movement: What Tech Does Your Makerspace Need?

Once thought of as a solitary pursuit for garage-hobbyists, DIY and tinkering culture has shifted from hobby to pedagogy as educators embrace the Maker Movement for its potential to transform different aspects of education. We’ve talked about how the Maker Movement could potentially provide solutions to some of the challenges we face in higher education, but what do you actually need to start a Makerspace at your school? Rather than let yourself get overwhelmed by the number of technological offerings, it’s important to consider how these tools will integrate into the culture and curriculum of your school, and Read More…


Tips for Students: Career Training Your School May Not Offer

The campus career center is an asset to job preparedness, but there are even more career training options available to students that might not be found in every school. Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner, and it might be the perfect time to start building new skills that will look great on your resume, as well as help you in your remaining semesters in school.

Summer courses

In high school, the thought of “summer school” may sound like some sort of punishment. But summer is actually a great time to improve your future hire-ability by picking up some classes Read More…