Instructor for a Day

2015 Instructor for a Day Scholarship Contest: Winners

The votes are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Student Scholarship Contest. We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor For A Day. From among all the entries we received from college students, we narrowed the field to twenty student finalists. A public vote determined the winners. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Instructor for a Day: 2015 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our grand-prize winner Rene Castro, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, who will receive a Read More…


An Engaging Classroom Experience, Student Style

What does it take to create an engaging classroom experience? As an instructor, we’re sure you have your own response to this question.

But what would students say? How would they inspire and engage a classroom full of learners?

Below, we’ve shared summaries of the strategies that appeared in our “Instructor for a Day” contest finalists’ videos. You’ll find twenty fun and creative ideas from the minds of students. To see all they and to say, be sure to view and vote for your favorite submission on our “Instructor for a Day” student scholarship Facebook page!
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Instructor for a Day Scholarship Contest: Vote for 2015’s Winner

It’s time to vote for the winner of Cengage Learning’s 2015 Instructor for a Day scholarship contest! We received over one hundred entries, and we’ve narrowed the field to twenty student finalists. Watch their inspiring, engaging videos, then vote for your favorite!

The video with the most votes receives a $1,000 scholarship, and five runners-up will each receive $500 scholarships.

Voting opens Wednesday, June 24th and closes at 11:59 PM Eastern on Wednesday, July 22nd. Tell your students, colleagues, and friends—and help our entrants in their quest to receive a scholarship!
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Instructor for a Day College Scholarship Contest: Back for 2015!

You know your most successful strategies for engaging your students. But what would a student from your class choose do to if he or she were “Instructor for a Day”? Now, you can find out! Encourage your students to show their skills and creativity by entering Cengage Learning’s 2015 “Instructor for a Day” college scholarship contest. If they submit a video, they may win one of six college scholarships! Entry is easy (and fun): In a one- to two-minute video, students should show us what they would do to get their classmates engaged and involved in the learning process. The top entry Read More…


Student Voices: “Two Minds are Better Than One!”

As students progress through their college experience, they’ll receive numerous opportunities to collaborate, learn, and share ideas with their classmates. For Steven Doung, student at Middlesex Community College and a runner-up in Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest, the process of collaboration presents students with a solid opportunity to learn and grow. When he’s asked to share his tips for getting engaged in class, he says: “two minds are better than one!” He advises fellow students to find and connect with a peer or friend who can help them out. Partnering with others brings about the reward of solving challenges together. And as Steven Read More…


Student Voices: How to Engage Me: “Be Passionate!”

What engages you in your field of study? What prompted you to be passionate about it? As you consider all the factors that brought you to where you are today, you’ll probably recall a particular individual (or several individuals) who lit the spark that fueled your passion. Therefore, it stands to reason: If you’d like students to be passionate about your class, you’ll see them do so if you demonstrate the passion that drives you to research, study, and explore your field. That’s the perspective of Kayla Orlinsky, student at Irvine Valley College and a runner-up in Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” Read More…


Student Voices: To Be Engaged, “Be Focused!”

What does it take for students to stay engaged in their classes? According to Nathan Le, student at Houston Community College and a runner-up in Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest, the key is to be focused! In the below video, Nathan shares his tips for being, and remaining, focused in class. His first recommendation: if you bring your tech tools to class, avoid the temptation of clicking on distractions such as cat videos and your social-media pages, and keep your attention on those important topics your instructors are covering. (Temptation still strong? His suggestion: Leave the laptop at home, and take notes with pen Read More…


Student Voices: “It’s All About Learning and Discovering”

At the Engaging Minds blog, we’ve shared students’ thoughts on a variety of topics related to their college experience, from their most successful study habits, to their strategies for achieving their academic goals, to the role their instructors play in motivating them to succeed in their courses. Their perspectives provide us with a fresh look into the life of today’s college students. In that same spirit, Cengage Learning recently ran the “Instructor for a Day” video contest, which prompted students to show us how they would engage their students if they were an instructor for a day. We received over Read More…


Instructor for a Day Video Contest: Scholarship Winners!

Cengage Learning is pleased to announce the winners of our Instructor for a Day video contest! We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor For A Day. We received over one hundred video entries, and narrowed the field to ten student finalists, which were then publicly voted on to determine the winner.

Instructor for a Day Grand Prize Winner

Matthew Abeler, University of Northwestern of St. Paul, is our grand prize winner of a $1,000 scholarship. His video shows how he’d engage Read More…


Top Ten Things Students Would Do as “Instructor for a Day”

We recently asked students to submit videos showing us what they’d do if they were “Instructor for a Day” for the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarships. The results were fantastic – engaging videos that delighted, inspired and even made us laugh. They also made us think about how we can, as educators, better engage our students. Read the tips from the contest’s finalists below, and then review the list of “Instructor for a Day” contest winners. Read More…