online learning

Connecting with Students via Mobile Learning

Think about your classroom. How many students pull out their tablets at the start of class? Now, picture your campus. As you walk around, how many students are gazing into the screens of their smartphones? To be certain, many of those students embrace their mobile devices as sources of news, entertainment, and communication with their peers. But this digitally connected generation also recognizes the power of those same tech tools for knowledge gathering, building, and sharing. How can we take advantage of these shifts to better connect with and relate to the people in our classes? In today’s featured webinar, Cengage Learning author Read More…


Using Technology to Manage Your Time

Whether you’re teaching an online course or conducting your class in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, you’re likely using technology to facilitate your course or manage your workload in some way. The computer, tablet, or smartphone you’re using to read this very blog post can also provide you with access to some effective tools for time management and can also be a means of making the most of your time. If you’d like some additional ideas or inspiration for using your tech tools as time-management tools, review these tips that we’ve adapted for you from Ryan Watkins Read More…


Have You Flipped Your Classroom?

Throughout the past year, our posts on flipping the classroom have proven to be among the most-read articles on the Cengage Learning Blog. In her post “To Flip or Not to Flip: That is the Question,” Cengage Learning author Beverly Amer notes that “The approach ‘flips’ the class model so the focus is less on instructor control of information, and more on empowering learners to gather on their own and bring the knowledge to bear on solving a problem or contributing to a work group.” The model is designed to increase student engagement and put more Read More…


Have You Participated in a MOOC?

Massive open online courses (aka “MOOCs”) have garnered a significant amount of discussion in recent months. Some view them as the next step in the evolution of old-style correspondence schools and newer-style distance and online learning practices. Others ponder the effect they’ll have on education as a whole, while still others wonder if they’re simply a fad. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of opinions surrounding MOOCs, we want to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the survey below!     Do you have any other experiences, opinions, or insights you want to share regarding MOOCs? Discuss them in the Read More…


Academic Integrity and the Online Setting

Some students may be tempted to believe that they’ll have an easier time cheating in an online course. They may think: “the instructor’s not here in the room with me; my cheating will go unnoticed.” However, acting on this (mistaken) belief could exact a heavy toll. Depending on your school’s policies, their lack of integrity could cost them a passing grade, credit for your course, time spent re-doing the work, or other disciplinary actions, some of which may be noted on their permanent transcripts. Repeat offenses may bring about suspension or expulsion. Though you may not be able to stand Read More…


Perfecting Your Online Presentations

Even if you have finely tuned lecture and presentation skills, the act of conducting a presentation online may be new to you. Though the process of planning a presentation is, in many respects, the same, you’ll have a few additional matters to consider before you share your message with an online audience. Below, you’ll find some suggestions adapted from Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry’s E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success, Fourth Edition, which will help ensure successful online presentations. These may also benefit your students if and when they’re required to present Read More…


Tips for Conducting Student Peer Reviews Online

Among its numerous other benefits to writing and research, technology provides a variety of ways to simplify the student peer-review process. Here, we share a few ideas that can help foster that process online, adapted from recommendations offered in Susan Miller-Cochran and Rochelle Rodrigo’s Wadsworth Guide to Research, Second Edition:

    Word processing programs offer the ability to track changes and insert comments, making them an ideal tool for peer-review projects. The writer can send a copy of the document via e-mail; each student, in turn, can add on their comments. At the end of the review process, the writer receives the feedback
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Maintaining an Effective Environment for Online Teaching and Learning

Just as you’d take the time to set up your physical classroom for an optimal learning experience, it’s wise to consider what you can do to set up and maintain your computer in a manner that supports the goals you’ve established for your online course. Likewise, online students should consider their computers their classrooms and study halls, and therefore use their tech tools in a way that optimizes their ability to achieve academic success. In their book E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success, Fourth Edition, Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry list some steps you and your students Read More…


Success Strategies for Teamwork in the Online Setting

Group assignments teach students far more than simply what they glean from the research they conduct and the project they complete. Astute students will also learn important lessons about communicating clearly, establishing plans and schedules, and collaborating in a proactive and positive manner. They may also hone their leadership skills along the way. Students taking online courses gain the additional benefit of learning to work with others in technology-mediated settings. They’ll find that the skills that they gain from collaborating online will prove highly useful, especially if they take positions within today’s multi-locational companies and organizations, which rely heavily on Read More…


Tips for Students: Put Your Best Foot Forward in Your Online Classes

The first day of class can be nerve-wracking for many students. In addition to their questions about the course material and requirements, they may set foot on school grounds wondering: Will I get along with my instructors? If I’m struggling, who can help me? Will I have things in common with others in my classroom? Will I be able to make new friends? With whom should I study? Where should I eat lunch? Did I choose the right outfit? These questions pop up because, to some degree, most of us are concerned about making a good first impression on Read More…