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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…


What Tools and Activities Spark Engagement in Your Course?

This week at the Cengage Learning Blog, we’ll be asking you—our readers—for your opinions and insights on a range of topics related to learning and education. As we’ve mentioned previously, student engagement remains a popular topic here at the blog. We’re always eager to share new ideas, and we’re especially happy when you send your teaching ideas to us as well. Recently, we highlighted a webinar featuring Beverly Amer, who presented a number of student engagement techniques to use and ideas to try in your own classes. And now, we want to hear from you! Thanks Read More…


Your Favorite “Icebreaker” Activities

We enjoy receiving comments, ideas, and teaching tips. We also enjoy passing those ideas back along to you! Below, we share a few of the “icebreaker” activities contributed by readers of the Cengage Learning Blog. Try some of them in your classroom! Have teaching ideas you’d like to share? Leave us a comment below. In my doctoral program, we were given a few bonus points for sharing a little background on ourselves and they would be read and commented upon by other students. It was interesting to find multiple connections of areas of interest to family to past experiences. —David Horst

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Reader Ideas: Inspiring Student Success

At the Cengage Learning Blog, we frequently offer tips that students can use to hone their academic, personal, and professional skills. We also recognize that numerous educators from around the country (and the world) have found creative and effective ways to support students in their quest for college success. Today’s idea, submitted by Sandra Rapp of Eastern University, describes one way her school helps students prepare for what’s expected of them in college. We believe that this activity could help your students better position themselves to achieve their educational goals and make the most out of their experience at Read More…


Your Feedback & Experiences: Teaching Online

Today, the feedback we share focuses on readers’ experiences and best practices for teaching and learning online — a topic we address frequently on the blog. We hope you’ll gain insight from their ideas, and feel inspired to share your own best practices. Do you teach online? Would you like to discuss your thoughts or experiences? Add your comments below, or send them to thinktank@cengage.com.   I’ve migrated two F2F [face-to-face] classes to the online format, and I’m in the process of creating another. My basic philosophy is that students should not have MORE work to do in an online Read More…


Your Best Practices for Getting Students Engaged & Conversing

At the Cengage Learning Blog, we enjoy sharing our teaching tips, strategies, and ideas with you. But it also inspires us when you share your ideas! This week, we’re featuring comments and contributions submitted by our readers. Today’s teaching tips focus on ways you can get students engaged, motivated, and conversing in your class. Have teaching ideas you’d like to share? Comment below, or send your thoughts to thinktank@cengage.com. Utilize Twitter and Skype to engage students in learning. Place a question on Twitter daily and have the student answer the question citing the source. –Marian Yavorka Jobe, UPMC Mercy (Pittsburgh, PA)   Before discussing Read More…


Share Your Bright Ideas About Teaching and Learning!

At the Cengage Learning Blog, we endeavor to bring you tips and information that speak to your needs and interests as an educator. But we also value hearing from you! Have you tried any of the activities or teaching tips we’ve presented on the blog? What topics would you like for us to address in the future? Have you observed any emerging trends in your discipline or field? What ideas would you like to share with your colleagues? We invite you to submit your suggestions to us in the comments. As always, thank you for reading and engaging with us! Read More…


Welcome Back, and Welcome to a New Year

As we officially begin a new year, we’d like to welcome you back to school and welcome you back to our blog. This year, we look forward to sharing with you more content that relates to teaching, learning, and engagement, and that speaks to your needs as teachers and lifelong learners. What are you most looking forward to learning in 2013? What did you learn last year that will help improve your teaching experience this year? Let us know what you’re most interested in reading about on the blog this year by sharing your suggestions in the comments section Read More…


Your Teaching Ideas

As an educator, no matter your teaching environment, you’re constantly looking for new ideas for engaging your students and keeping them motivated to learn. We admire this trait, and we’re also inspired by the ideas you’ve shared with us. In this spirit, we’re pleased to share some of those ideas with our readership. See below for ideas on keeping students — and yourselves! — engaged with, and energized for, the educational process. Do you have any teaching ideas you’d like to share with the community? Respond in the Comments section below! ***** Most of today’s students prefer hands-on learning in the classroom. Therefore, Read More…


Learning Styles: A Response

An early issue of the Cengage Learning eNewsletter was devoted to the topic of “Addressing Different Learning Styles.” This issue prompted some feedback from instructors with opposing viewpoints on the matter of basing one’s teaching style on this idea. Below, Dr. Melanie Cooper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Education at Clemson University, provides her response. We welcome thoughtful, academic dialogue around all the topics we discuss at our blog. If you have any feedback, please feel free to submit it via the Comments section below. Guest Contributor: Melanie M Cooper, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Clemson University (Clemson, SC) The Cengage Learning Read More…