online learning

Webinar: The Journey to Digital: Incorporating Technology to Strengthen Critical Minds

Join us for The Journey to Digital Professional Development Webinar Series! The first webinar, “The Journey to Digital: Incorporating Technology to Strengthen Critical Minds,” will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Have you gone digital? According to a recent study, 74% of surveyed college students feel that they would fare better if their instructors would use more technology. Whether you are a technology novice or a digital pro, we welcome you to a webinar inspired by a recent case study at Oakland University. Dr. Dale Prentiss, Special Lecturer at Oakland University, will Read More…


College Students’ Use of Digital Learning Tools

By looking at students’ attitudes, habits, and behaviors, we can better understand—and address— their needs. Given the prevalence of digital learning solutions, we wanted to take a look at how, and how frequently, students made use of these tools. To do so, we turned to two recent polls conducted by our colleagues at CengageBrain.com. Below, we share the results, as well as some tips that help both you and your students get the most out of your course.

How much time do students spend with digital learning tools?

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Digital in the Classroom: An Adult Learner’s Perspective

How do adult learners perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? Let’s find out by asking one ourselves. We recently spoke with JoAnna Zalkovsky, a student at Navarro College. Joanna, a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016, is an adult learner in the nursing program and also serves as secretary of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Below, Joanna discusses why she believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.  

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Digital in the Classroom: The Student Voice

How do students perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? What better way to find out than to ask students themselves? We recently spoke with Zak Malamed, a student at the University of Maryland. Zak is also the Founder & Executive Director of Student Voice, and is a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016. Below, Zak discusses why he believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.

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The Future of Higher Education

Education is now evolving at a more rapid pace than ever. Just a few years ago, e-readers were not in the hands of many students and online learning wasn’t quite so prevalent.

Today, digital and online learning opportunities are abound for college students around the world, even creating chances to learn where there simply may have been none previously. What might the future of higher education look like for college students in three to five years that they don’t have now? Read More…


Teaching with EdTech: Make the Most of Your Experience

Teaching with edtech can be a joy for instructors, as well as students. However, getting from Point A (the desire—or need—to use a new tech tool) to Point B (successful implementation) can prove challenging, especially if you or your colleagues are just getting up to speed. Whether you yourself are new to teaching with edtech, or you have some colleagues who are about to join you on the journey, you’ll enjoy and be engaged by “Chalk and Talk the Edtech Walk,” a panel discussion brought to you by TeamUP, Cengage Learning’s peer-to-peer faculty development group. During this informative and Read More…


What’s the Role of the Instructor in Today’s Learning World?

If, as many say, we’re moving past the age of the “sage on the stage,” what’s the role of the instructor in today’s (physical or virtual) classroom? How can the instructor make use (and sense) of the wide variety of learning technologies and teaching strategies available? And, how can the instructor gain (or maintain) a dynamic, creative, collaborative, and—dare we say—playful learning environment for their students?

In his presentation “Education 3.0: My, Our Learning World is Changing!,” given during the Twentieth Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, held in March 2015, Curtis J. Bonk, professor at Indiana University, considers the role of instructors in today’s learning world. It’s an informative, fast-paced, and energetic session: watch the Microsoft Office Mix below!

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Tips for Students: How To Get the Most Out of Summer

Summer break is just around the corner for many students. Some college students use their summer vacation to relax, while others take the opportunity to get ahead. Whatever their preference, share these tips with your students for getting the most out of their summer. Read More…


With Digital Learning Solutions, Assignments Matter

Within the past few years, advances in digital learning solutions have increased the options available to instructors. The challenge for instructors has evolved from simply incorporating a digital solution into their classroom into how to best leverage the myriad options available within the solution. Research conducted by Cengage Learning shows that the biggest difference can come from weighting assignments within the digital solution as part of a course grade. Instructors across disciplines have reported higher levels of student engagement in course materials when at least 20% of their course grade is tied to their digital learning solution. This white paper will examine a semester-long study of instructors using MindTap as well as individual stories of instructors successfully implementing digital learning solutions in their respective courses.

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Promoting Improved Outcomes in a Hybrid Course

How do you promote better outcomes in your classroom? Our recent MindTap Best Practices contest prompted instructors across the country to share their ideas and experiences for engaging their students with MindTap. We have learned a lot from these stories showcasing how MindTap turns the light on engagement. We are happy to award second place to two exceptional MindTap users. The first, Professor Lesley Kauffman, teaches History at San Jacinto College’s Central campus. Here’s how Professor Kauffman uses MindTap to improve student outcomes: As a History professor, I teach in a discipline that is very content driven. Last semester I Read More…