student contests and scholarships

Student Voices: “Two Minds are Better Than One!”

As students progress through their college experience, they’ll receive numerous opportunities to collaborate, learn, and share ideas with their classmates. For Steven Doung, student at Middlesex Community College and a runner-up in Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest, the process of collaboration presents students with a solid opportunity to learn and grow. When he’s asked to share his tips for getting engaged in class, he says: “two minds are better than one!” He advises fellow students to find and connect with a peer or friend who can help them out. Partnering with others brings about the reward of solving challenges together. And as Steven Read More…


Student Voices: How to Engage Me: “Be Passionate!”

What engages you in your field of study? What prompted you to be passionate about it? As you consider all the factors that brought you to where you are today, you’ll probably recall a particular individual (or several individuals) who lit the spark that fueled your passion. Therefore, it stands to reason: If you’d like students to be passionate about your class, you’ll see them do so if you demonstrate the passion that drives you to research, study, and explore your field. That’s the perspective of Kayla Orlinsky, student at Irvine Valley College and a runner-up in Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” Read More…


Student Voices: To Be Engaged, “Be Focused!”

What does it take for students to stay engaged in their classes? According to Nathan Le, student at Houston Community College and a runner-up in Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest, the key is to be focused! In the below video, Nathan shares his tips for being, and remaining, focused in class. His first recommendation: if you bring your tech tools to class, avoid the temptation of clicking on distractions such as cat videos and your social-media pages, and keep your attention on those important topics your instructors are covering. (Temptation still strong? His suggestion: Leave the laptop at home, and take notes with pen Read More…


Student Voices: “It’s All About Learning and Discovering”

At the Engaging Minds blog, we’ve shared students’ thoughts on a variety of topics related to their college experience, from their most successful study habits, to their strategies for achieving their academic goals, to the role their instructors play in motivating them to succeed in their courses. Their perspectives provide us with a fresh look into the life of today’s college students. In that same spirit, Cengage Learning recently ran the “Instructor for a Day” video contest, which prompted students to show us how they would engage their students if they were an instructor for a day. We received over Read More…


Instructor for a Day Video Contest: Scholarship Winners!

Cengage Learning is pleased to announce the winners of our Instructor for a Day video contest! We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor For A Day. We received over one hundred video entries, and narrowed the field to ten student finalists, which were then publicly voted on to determine the winner.

Instructor for a Day Grand Prize Winner

Matthew Abeler, University of Northwestern of St. Paul, is our grand prize winner of a $1,000 scholarship. His video shows how he’d engage Read More…


CengageBrain Greatest Professor Award: Vote for the Winner

There’s still time for students to nominate an engaging, outstanding instructor for CengageBrain’s Greatest Professor Award! Voting closes May 30, 2014, so be sure to share the news with students and weigh in on behalf of a colleague today! Read More…


Top Ten Things Students Would Do as “Instructor for a Day”

We recently asked students to submit videos showing us what they’d do if they were “Instructor for a Day” for the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarships. The results were fantastic – engaging videos that delighted, inspired and even made us laugh. They also made us think about how we can, as educators, better engage our students. Read the tips from the contest’s finalists below, and then review the list of “Instructor for a Day” contest winners. Read More…


“Instructor for a Day” Video Contest: Vote for the Winner!

It’s time to vote for the winner of Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” contest! We received over one hundred entries, and we’ve narrowed the field to ten student finalists. Watch their engaging, inspiring videos, then vote for your favorite! The video with the most votes receives a $1,000 scholarship, and five runners-up will each receive $500 scholarships.

Our finalists include:

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Encourage Your Students to Enter Our “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

Every day, you strive to engage your students. But what if the shoe was on the other foot… and they were the ones in front of the classroom, endeavoring to teach in an informative and engaging way? What would they do? Now, you can find out! Put your students at the head of the class—encourage them to show their skills and creativity by entering Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest. They may win one of six scholarships! It’s easy (and fun) to enter! In a one- to two-minute video, students should show us what they would do to get their classmates Read More…