student engagement

Top Classroom Resources Asked for by College Students

Many students breeze so quickly though their end-of-term classroom evaluations that they don’t always detail what they thought of the classroom resources used. So we took the question straight to our pool of college student respondents. We asked over three thousand college students, “What types of tools are your instructors not yet using that you think might improve your learning process?” Read More…


Relating with Students: What Motivates College Students to Succeed?

Diversity among college students is part of what makes learning together so advantageous. From student to student, you are sure to find a wide range of personalities as well as motivators for student success. To better encourage your students to succeed, it’s a good idea to speak to what motivates them most. In a recent survey, we asked hundreds of instructors, “What do you think most motivates students to succeed?”  Read More…


Student v. Instructor: Turn-around Time for Out-of-class Responses

Our team at Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students on how they interact with their instructors. We asked students how they prefer to contact their instructors and what they would expect the response time to be.

Naturally, the majority (96%) of students choose to use email as a means of contact. But surprisingly, the largest percentage of students (39%) said that they expect a 1 – 6 hour turn-around for out-of-class response time from instructors. How does this work for your classroom and how can you set appropriate expectations? Read More…


College Students on Critical Thinking in the Classroom

According to our recent “Student Engagement Insights” survey of over three thousand college students, 99% of students believe critical thinking is an important skill for them to learn in the classroom. Additionally, 92% believe what they learn in class sharpens their critical thinking skills for the “real world.” Terrific! But how many instructors and institutions find room for teaching it in their curriculum? Read More…


Connecting with Students: What They Want and Expect

Strategies for connecting with students today are not the same as they may have been ten, or even five, years ago. While some students are open to whatever works best for instructors, others expect their instructors to connect with them via the latest communication methods, and others still prefer only to interact during class. Find out what students say are their expectations for communicating with instructors. Read More…


College Students Share Their Classroom EdTech Wish List

Are your students satisfied with the EdTech being used in your classroom? Cengage Learning recently surveyed college students to see if they would enjoy using their mobile devices more as learning tools and what types of tools and apps would work best. Thousands of students responded; we’ve shared the findings below. Find out what technology college students ask their instructors for most frequently.

We asked students “What kinds of tools or apps would work for learning on mobile (phone, tablet, laptop) in your class?” Students had a lot of great ideas! We’ve outlined a few of the most frequent responses below. Read More…


Community Building: Student Engagement in Online Classrooms

For college students who either need or prefer to take online classes, the benefits are endless. However, certain challenges arise that instructors of online courses always strive to overcome. One such example is that community building in online classrooms can be much more challenging than in-person classrooms. To learn more about the need for collaboration in the online classroom setting, Cengage Learning surveyed thousands of college students about how they collaborate in their online courses. Read More…