online learning

Student Perspectives on the Course Experience: Trends

As an instructor, you can choose among a variety of teaching methods and strategies that suit your course topic, support student learning—and, ideally, foster student engagement. From the traditional lecture format, to hands-on activities and labs, to technology-enhanced, online learning environments, you can use the method that best meets your goals, satisfies your objectives, and communicates your course’s content.

But have you ever wondered which teaching methods students favor in their course experience, and which they find most effective? We recently asked hundreds of students to share their preferences; below, we’ll examine their responses. Read More…

Do College Students Find Their LMS Beneficial?

In our recent post, “How Do Instructors Use Their LMS,” we shared the many ways that instructors find their Learning Management Systems beneficial to their courses. But do college students see the benefits as well? In a recent survey conducted by Cengage Learning, students who reported using an LMS were asked to share whether or not they find their LMS beneficial to their classroom experience and why. The vast majority of students find that, yes, their LMS is beneficial to their classroom experience. 58% say it keeps them engaged with the materials and connected to their class. Another 54% say Read More…

How Do Instructors Use Their Course LMS?

Though you will find a Learning Management System (LMS) in use at many institutions around the country, individual instructors do use their course LMS in different ways and for different purposes. In fact, if you’re using one in your own course, you have likely already discovered that you and your colleagues in different departments set up and manage your course LMS in a different manner, too. In a recent survey conducted by Cengage Learning, instructors revealed the ways that they commonly use their course LMS. The top three responses:

    77% use the LMS to track students’ grades.
    77% post the course syllabus to the LMS.
    71% post course
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Five Ways to Elevate Learning with Enhanced WebAssign®

Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).
Whether I am designing a face-to-face course or an online course, student engagement is a top priority. Experience and reflection has shown me that students who are engaged in class and in the content are more likely to develop their own understanding and successfully transfer the learning to a more difficult concept, and eventually the next course. Technology helps me achieve my goal: to engage students where they are with technologies that they will use. Remember, only when students find value in it will they use it.
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Fully Integrated Solutions Go Beyond the Links

Digital learning solutions are offering instructors and students more ways to engage with course content than ever before. With seamless login now a standard of LMS integration, instructors and administrators are looking for LMS integration to go farther in helping them achieve their mission of improving student outcomes. This new frontier of LMS integration are learning solutions that provide customizable content, automatic grade return and personalized instructor services. These are three incredibly powerful ways that integrated learning solutions can increase student engagement and decrease instructor workload.

Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted in-depth research at a large technology conference with LMS administrators to better understand how they are integrating course solutions and what they need a “fully integrated” course solution to accomplish. Over the course of two days the research team conducted fifty interviews with LMS administrators from a diverse range of institutions using a wide range of LMS.
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Cengage Learning’s Digital Options Engage and Educate

With all sorts of digital tools at your disposal, how do you find the right ones for your course and integrate them in a manner that engages your students?

Your Cengage Learning team is here to help:
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What’s the Most Effective Community-Building Strategy? Share it With Us

Whether you’re a seasoned instructor of online courses or you’ve only taught a handful, you have undoubtedly observed a number of best teaching practices that lead to a strong sense of community within your online class.

Today, we’d like to hear about the most effective community-building strategy you’ve put into place in your classes. Please describe your ideas, experiences, and words of wisdom in today’s survey. Thank you for sharing your insights!

Building Online Community: What Challenges Do You Face?

Students meeting for an on-campus course have many opportunities to build community. They see one another on a fairly regular basis—for the class session, at the very least. They may chat before class or walk to their next class together, and come to form connections. During class discussions, students can see each others’ facial expressions and hear the tone that others use to voice their answers and opinions. And in the bigger picture, they share a common context—the campus in general, and the classroom in particular—that allows them to relate to one another’s experiences at a certain (even Read More…

Activities that Foster Collaboration and Community

If you’ve taught online, you’ve likely tried many strategies for engaging the students in your online courses. Some of them successfully increased engagement and built community… while others may not have brought about the desired effect.

Which activities, assignments, tools, and strategies have best supported your goal of building community in the classes you teach online? Let us know in today’s survey.

Benefits of Creating Community in the Online Course

Consider what you find most engaging and stimulating about the classroom experience. Certainly, the act of learning plays a paramount role in your enjoyment, and in students’ success. However, lively interaction and exchange of thoughts and opinions can turn a fairly satisfying class into one that you and your students attend with great eagerness and anticipation. Now picture an online course. What benefits could you gain by developing community among your students? How might a strong sense of community within the class build up their levels of motivation, engagement, and willingness to apply themselves during activities, assignments, and other Read More…