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Your Strategies for Motivating Students

In a recent post at the Engaging Minds blog, we asked instructors: What are your top strategies for fostering students’ motivation to succeed in your classes?  Below, we’ve summarized their responses. We’ve also provided some suggestions that can help you implement these strategies with your own students. (click to enlarge) n=39

Making the connection between college success and future personal achievement

The top-ranked response in our survey was “I do my best to help [students] see the connection between success in their coursework and success in their lives as a whole (graduation, professional achievements, etc).” Seventy-two percent of instructors answered Read More…


What are the Key Ingredients of Student Success? Share Your Thoughts

The ability to know and understand students’ perspectives plays an important role in your ability to deliver course content in a way that inspires, engages, and educates the individuals who enroll in your classes. And, as an instructor, you know the factors that will help them achieve their educational goals and enjoy academic success. But, when it comes to the essential elements of college success, motivation, and engagement, are instructors and students of the same mind? We at Cengage Learning want to know… and we believe that you are curious about this as well! Below, you’ll find a survey that Read More…


What Inspires Students? What Inspires You?

In a recent survey of participants in Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked college students: “Please think of the best instructor you have had since being in college. What made them the best in your mind?” One student wrote: “This instructor was not just a teacher, but an EDUCATOR, inspiring students to engage and contemplate, not just try to absorb.” In this individual’s mind, the instructor’s ability to inspire played a large role in the students’ ability to truly become engaged in the course and gain a deeper understanding of the course material. The instructor’s Read More…


How Do You Help Your Students Find Their Motivation to Succeed?

In her book The Confident Student, Eighth Edition, Carol C. Kanar advises students: “Being a self-motivated student means that you take personal responsibility for your life and its outcomes. You know that with hard work and persistence, achievement is within your grasp” (30). Ideally, all of your students would be self-motivated learners who set goals and do all they can to achieve what they’ve hoped and planned to do. However, some students may need some direction as to how they can turn their hopes into concrete actions—and maintain the discipline needed to stay focused and energized as they work towards Read More…


Technology Tools and Topics in 2014

One thing’s for certain: throughout 2014, new technologies will emerge. Some of those that are currently on the “cutting edge” will become mainstream… and will probably show up in your classroom in the coming year. Below, we’ve listed a few of the tech tools and topics that a diverse set of sources (including the IEEE Computer Society, CNET, the Huffington Post, Forbes, and the Young Adult Library Services Association) have listed as emerging (or expanding) in 2014. One—or many—of these will likely have an impact on the way you teach and interact with students. What’s Read More…


What Are You Looking Forward to in 2014?

As 2014 gets into swing, we’re getting prepared for the new ideas, opportunities, and possibilities coming our way.Planning ahead for 2014

What are you eagerly anticipating in the coming year? Any topics related to teaching and learning that you’d like to see us cover here at the blog? Share them below!

 


How to be a Great Instructor: College Students Tell All

In a survey conducted by our partners at Questia of 1,000 college students and instructors, we garnered data on everything from college study habits to relationship building with faculty. We knew that instructors were substantial influencers in students’ lives, but the results may surprise you! According to the survey, “When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, a whopping 61 percent said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, 46 percent said it was also a professor.” It looks like students put a lot of trust Read More…


Top Ten Things College Students Need From Their Instructors

Whether due to lack of open communication or simply lack of time, instructors sometimes arrive at classroom review time to find that a number of students were not completely satisfied for all or part of the course. To get to the bottom of this conundrum, as part of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked our college student audience what it is they need from their instructors in order to get the most out of their education. Of course, some students’ answers were not surprising: “More extra credit!” Some were rather unexpected: “Nothing, students should put more Read More…


Flipping the Classroom: Your Ideas and Experiences

Posts on the “flipped classroom” at the Cengage Learning Blog always generate a good deal of interest. We realized that many of you have implemented this model in your class, and that we could all benefit from your experiences. So, we recently asked our readers: “Have you flipped your classroom?” The poll included the question: What opportunities do you believe the flipped classroom model offers to students and instructors? We received a number of insightful comments, several of which we’ve shared below. Thanks to those of you who took the time to respond! If you’d like to share your experiences, add Read More…


Student Engagement: What Works?

In a recent post, we asked readers of the Cengage Learning Blog: What tools and activities spark engagement in your course?  Below, we’ve shared the results of the survey. The top answer? Class discussions (at 66%), closely followed by video clips (63%).  

Strategies, Tools, and Techniques that Spark Engagement

  Over half of our 65 respondents use group projects (55%) and case studies (54%). Icebreaker activities and games for learning are implemented in 45% of our respondents’ courses. Other results include: online discussion forums (32%); simulations (20%); podcast or video lectures (20%); Read More…