online learning

Using Mobile Technology in the Classroom and Beyond

Chances are, if you’re reading this post on your computer or on a handheld device, you have some familiarity with online technology and feel comfortable with it. Hopefully, you’re the kind of instructor who is open and eager to utilize the growing list of free and fabulous websites and apps that are readily available to you and your students—resources that drive collaboration, organization, and even fun. At Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology Conference, Professor Gina Bowes-Miller of Harrisburg Area Community College presented Using Mobile Technology in the Classroom and Beyond. In the video below, you can learn how Professor Bowers-Miller has used Read More…


Digitally Literate Student Engagement

With online education making headline news due to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) from MIT, Stanford, and other prominent institutions, many colleges are wondering where they fit in the online education movement. Technology courses such as the Intro to Computers course are ideal courses to teach 100% online, and provide a great start for schools looking to extend their reach beyond the local community. When delivered effectively, online courses can also ignite learning in iGeneration students who live a great portion of their lives online. For example: In 1998, Professor Ken Baldauf joined the Florida State University (FSU) faculty Read More…


Selecting a Mobile Computer for Use at School? Consider These Points

Because of the nature of the coursework in a flipped environment, you may decide that a mobile computer — such as a laptop, netbook, or tablet — is the best tool for the job. However, given the array of available options, how do you decide which one to purchase? In Discovering Computers: Essentials, Misty E. Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok, and Steven M. Freund present a “Mobile Computer Buyer’s Guide,” which describes some of the factors you should consider when you’re evaluating which computer is best for you. Below, we’ve summarized some of the most salient points. By bearing these practical considerations Read More…


Creating Podcasts: Where to Start

If you’re beginning to explore the “flipped model” of instruction, you may be pondering how you can deliver lecture content outside the classroom walls. Podcasts are one popular means of delivery for many instructors. Simply defined, a podcast is “a series of audio or video files that are broadcast to a computer or personal media player over the Internet by publication in an RSS feed” (Shelly and Frydenberg, p. 106). The process of creating a podcast is fairly simple. However, if you’re brand-new to this process, you may be seeking an orientation to what it entails and where, exactly, you Read More…


Blend and Flip! New Approaches for Building Student Success and Engagement

Reaching and engaging today’s students has been a hot topic, not only on this blog, but in schools around the country and even in non-industry-specific media. Instructors are rethinking how they can create the spark of true learning in their students, and as part of that, what new avenues they can take to reach them. In this recorded virtual event, “Blend and Flip! New Approaches for Building Student Success and Engagement,” Beverly Amer of Northern Arizona University discusses blended and flipped classroom models and addresses how they can be utilized to reach higher levels of engagement and student Read More…


Engaging Your Students Using Inverted Instruction

What trends in education have you been taking notice of that will require instructors to take new approaches to engaging, educating, and retaining students? Start the conversation below. In this presentation, recorded at the 2013 Course Technology Conference, author and professor Jeff Butterfield hosts a 45-minute session on how you can meaningfully engage your students by using a “flipped” or “inverted” instructional model. He begins his presentation by citing some of the important changes in education today, including shifts in student demographics, disruptive technology and instructional models, and rising student concerns about things like financial aid and Read More…


Increasing Student Engagement in Workforce Development Programs

An interview with Matthew Seeley, Product Team Manager, Cengage Learning. When you hear the words “workforce development program,” what comes to mind? Do you picture older adults, training for a new profession at a community college, established professionals studying for re-certification exams or taking courses in order to maintain their credentials, or high school students exploring careers and learning new skills? In reality, workforce development programs encompass all of the above scenarios, as well as a host of others. Matthew (Matt) Seeley has been working with teams that create teaching and learning solutions for a wide variety of courses that Read More…


Enhancing the Complete Educational Experience for All Students

Even in the summer months, a college campus offers many students a hub for their extracurricular activities. Career centers, student affairs offices, on-campus eateries, gyms and intramural leagues, and other services provide students with an opportunity to hone their personal and professional skills, develop relationships outside of the classroom, and build connections to all the informational, educational, and human resources associated with their school. However: due to time, distance, or other pressing priorities, not all students may be able to use, participate in, or take advantage of those services traditionally considered a part of the campus experience. But, given Read More…


Course Redesign, Online Learning, & Assessment in Developmental English

An Interview with Annie Todd, Product Director, Cengage Learning. Over the past few years, many institutions and states have embarked upon course redesign initiatives, particularly in Developmental Math and English courses. In the case of Developmental English, such efforts are typically accompanied by the integration of reading and writing courses into a single, combined course. Annie Todd, who has been working in the Developmental English discipline for the past seven years, has been part of this course redesign evolution. Jeanne Heston recently caught up with her to learn more about the projects that she has helped to drive over the Read More…


User Research: Uncovering the Real Needs of Instructors and Students

An interview with Christine Freeman, Manager, User Experience Services, Cengage Learning. We’ve all had frustrating experiences with software and websites that appear to have been designed with little or no knowledge of who the customer is – screens full of gadgets that are aesthetically appealing but so cumbersome to use that they make it difficult for us to achieve our goals. What makes great online teaching and learning tools great? Christine Freeman and her team know that it is all about building products that make it easier for instructors and students to achieve their goals – improved engagement and Read More…