student retention

Teaching Tips to Help with Student Motivation and Struggling Students

Midterm exam time has passed, and now as a college instructor you may be left wondering how to assist your struggling students. Another concern may be student motivation for those college students that are breezing through the class and starting to seem disengaged. Both are issues that can be addressed with some innovative teaching tips.

What are college students thinking?

Author Peter Filene discussed the importance of listening to students prior to starting class to discover their preconceptions in The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. Filene recommended college instructors ask what students think about Read More…


5 Teaching Strategies for Struggling Students

It can be challenging to spot struggling students in your classroom. And even if you realize a student is having issues, figuring out how to help them achieve academic success before it is too late is yet another challenge. Having some basic teaching strategies on hand to not only recognize students who are falling behind, but also to help them catch up before it’s too late, is essential.

Identify struggling students

Struggling students come in a variety of forms, from the troublemaker to the quiet type. Figuring out who needs help achieving academic success is not always easy. “Swimming Read More…


Encourage College Students to Finish and Continue Education

College students can get discouraged or stressed at colleges and universities and contemplate dropping out. Teachers should encourage students to finish their higher education and earn their bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree. Here are some tips for helping students find value in their education and finish their degree.

Set goals to keep students on track

Setting goals is important for college students to find value in their college education. In “Tips for Students: How To Reach Your Academic Goals in College,” by Taylor Massey, posted in Cengage Learning’s Engaging Minds January 10, 2014, students are advised to set goals Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: May 2016

Authentic Evidence Brought to Life – The Value of the Modern Transcript What if the transcript could be a digital, formative, and interactive learning tool? Learning Objects and UMUC are bringing authentic assessment, outcomes, and activities to life. In collaboration with IMS, the extended transcript concept is a finalist in the 2016 IMS Learning Impact Awards. What the extended transcript video, and cast your vote!
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lies in more than any one product or application.” As 500+ institutions prepare to launch new CBE programs, the need for innovative support is growing. Check Read More…


Bringing Student Success to the Forefront at the 2016 ASU+GSV Summit

This week, thought leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, innovators and heads of business and industry are convening in San Diego for the 2016 ASU+GSV Summit. Held over three days, this summit provides the venue for leading minds in education technology to partner, explore and discuss challenges and opportunities facing the future of the edtech.

Retention, persistence, & completion

Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen will be participating in ASU+GSV’s Leaders Track. Additionally, Learning Objects Chief Learning Officer Jon Mott will be participating in a panel discussion focusing on next generation learning systems and redefining adaptive learning. The panel, “Next Generation Digital Platforms,” will be Read More…


Three Ways to Address STEM Attrition Through EdTech

Recent shifts in the global economy has placed a new national focus on the STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics–fields. However, we are simultaneously facing a crisis of STEM attrition as large swaths of students—48% of bachelor’s candidates and 69% of associate’s candidates—entering STEM majors in higher education drop out without completing their degree or switch to a different major. This trend of student flight has policymakers worried that a lack of STEM-educated talent will negatively impact our ability to compete in the global marketplace. While some aspects of STEM attrition are unavoidable, there are several strategies based in Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2016

Student Oriented Learning Environments and Innovative Design

SXSWedu 2016 featured interactive workshops, the latest edtech advancements, and hands on events. One of the largest takeaways? The importance of keeping students in mind when designing learning environments and infrastructure. Learning Objects, a Cengage Learning innovation partner, hosted two enlightening sessions on Innovative Layered Design and Next Generation Learning Experiences. Check out this post to learn more.

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EdTech: Engaging Students, Increasing Productivity, and Impacting Success

Contributor: Greg Rivera, Senior Digital Educator at Cengage Learning.

We can’t deny that technology is here to stay. But that is definitely not a bad thing! In fact, using educational technology can help engage students, improve retention and help students succeed. There are several educational technologies (including free or almost free ones) that can help you with these endeavors.
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Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: February 2016

When Implementing Competency-Based Education, Software Infrastructure is Key

Over six hundred institutions currently use some form of Competency Based Education (CBE), but the definition of CBE is still speculative as is its impact on the revolution of Higher Ed. At LearnLaunch 2016, thought leaders strategized on what infrastructure is needed to ensure successful implementation of these new innovative models.

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Thought Leadership Recap: Inclusive Access and Student Retention

How can new business models impact at-risk students and increase retention? Academic executives from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College implemented an inclusive access partnership across multiple campuses and experienced impactful success. Learn about their experience in the Thought Leadership Forum: Inclusive Access and Student Retention. Inclusive Access Needs Assessment: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College had to address a number of challenges including:

    Course material cost and access
    State-mandated curriculum redesign
    Student empowerment
    Retention
New Business Model: To tackle these issues and lift student success, a variety of business models were considered. Inclusive Access, a model that integrates the cost of course materials into registration fees and delivers content Read More…