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Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom with Social Media

It’s said so often that it’s become a truism: Millennials and the generations following them are digital natives, people who have had access to pocket sized technology their whole lives. How do you reach college students who are digital natives in a way that resonates with their technology-infused world view? Part of the way to extend learning beyond the classroom can be to integrate the use of social media into your course. This doesn’t just mean Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, although all of those platforms can be useful. There are many ways to draw your students into a Read More…


Activity Idea: Teaching Critical Thinking with Social Media

In your work as an instructor, you undoubtedly encourage your students to think critically about the topics and issues you cover in your class—and those that they encounter in the world around them. Given that students (and perhaps you!) enjoy social media, you may be thinking about using social media as a means of teaching students valuable critical thinking skills. We know that you enjoy reading about other instructors’ teaching ideas, so we’d like to share this great idea from Melody Niesen of the University of Central Missouri. In this video, Melody describes her strategy for teaching critical thinking Read More…


What Do You Love About Teaching Computing? Show Us!

The Cengage Learning Computing team wants to spark a conversation on social media, and we’d love to have your participation! Our Computing team is going to post one question a month to our Facebook page and to our Twitter page. We want it to be interactive, candid, and ongoing—but most importantly, fun!
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Podcast: TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students, and You

Teaching faculty know that social media is no longer just for “liking” photos, updating Facebook timelines, and re-tweeting the latest news from higher education. In her eight-minute podcast “TECH-knowledge-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students and You,” Cengage Learning Senior Digital Educator Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A., discusses how social media tools and automation can help teaching faculty keep students in the know and better engaged. She shares tips on how to work smarter—not harder—to harness the power of social media to create a community of learners and improve student outcomes.
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TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct Coordinator: Social Media, Adjuncts, and You

What do you do when you want to connect with, want to have a sense of community among your cadre of faculty who appear on your campus only for a few hours a day – usually after 5PM – a few days a week? Your adjuncts. They mean so much to you, your students, your department, your school, and you want them to know that, but how? How do you draw them in, keep them connected, and make them a part of the community conversation when the reality of their lives on your campus does not seem to make Read More…


Spread Your Message via Social Media

An important aspect of the content creating process (whether it be a video, article, or blog post) is actually sharing it, often through social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. However, spreading your message through social media effectively can be easier said than done, due to what may appear to be an unwritten set of rules and guidelines that makes some posts successful, and others not. Here are some ways you can effectively spread your message through social media! Creating Your Title The title to your content is incredibly important! It’s the first thing a reader sees, and what Read More…


Three Ways to Use LinkedIn as an Educator

The popular social-networking site LinkedIn offers you far more than a place to post your résumé online. You can connect with colleagues and peers on professional interests and activities (rather than the cat videos and pop-culture quizzes you’ll find on other social-media sites).

But how frequently do educators use LinkedIn? To begin exploring this topic, we asked readers of the Engaging Minds blog: Do you have a LinkedIn account? Below, their responses:

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Social Networking and Student Motivation

Despite its (somewhat earned) reputation as a source of distraction for students, social media can also play a beneficial role in your course. For example, you could use Twitter to communicate with students or use Facebook as a tool for sharing information and promoting discussion. But social media’s role as a means for communication and connection—the “networking” part of “social networking”—can also prove to be a positive source of encouragement, support, and motivation for students, if and when it’s used judiciously. In the Instructor’s Resource Manual for Student Success in College: Doing Read More…


Social Networking: Has Its Time Come?

This article is from the Accounting Instructors’ Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.

Contributor:
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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How to Set Up and Run a Blog

A blog offers you the opportunity to share your voice with an online community—as broad as your circle of closest friends and colleagues, or as wide as anyone with Internet access. Best of all, it costs very little to nothing: many of the most popular blog-hosting sites are free, and you can post and publish your thoughts as frequently as you’d like. However, as with many things, it may be simple to start a blog, but it takes some knowledge and practice to do it well. Below, we’ve shared some insights from Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy’s Essentials Read More…