student success

Student Voices: Success Starts with “What If?”

Guest Contributor: Joy Hamilton, Student, University of Dayton (Dayton, OH).   While I value my professors and the relationships I have with them, the greater value is what they teach me. For me, success starts at the initial provoked thought. It starts at the spark of interest, that intellectual prod to my brain that sends spark flying and inspires me to ponder, to ask questions. Success begins when I am inspired to open my mind up to a lesson and explore materials, soaking up the subject like a sponge. I am an admitted and open brainiac; I will own it. For Read More…


Activity: Using Mnemonics as a Memory Tool

Though many assignments and examinations are designed to test students’ higher-order thinking skills, you do often need to ensure that they know and are able to recall key facts, processes, systems, or structures that relate to their mastery of a particular topic. As a result, they’ll often find themselves working hard to commit those crucial pieces of information to memory. And as hard as they work, they may often be in need of a system or a tool that helps them recall the information at the time they most need it. As Linda Wong writes in Essential Read More…


Creating Effective Writing Assignments

As an instructor, you make great efforts to help your students succeed in your class. You want them to stay engaged in class discussions, gain a thorough understanding of the concepts you’re covering, and ultimately perform well on your assignments. But as important as it is to offer students clear guidance and direction as they work on your assignments, you can actually begin to set students up for success as you create the assignment. In today’s featured video, Dr. Robert Yagelski, author of Cengage Learning’s new Writing: Ten Core Concepts and other texts, shares his approach to creating writing assignments. Read More…


Using the IncludED® Course Fee Model to Improve Student Readiness, Course Material Delivery, and Bookstore Sell-Through

The delayed purchase of assigned course materials can often negatively impact student preparedness and success. For this reason, many institutions are seeking new ways to address these concerns, which have an impact both students’ and instructors’ time and their overall experience in the course.

This featured case study explores an innovative partnership which allows course materials to be delivered as part of a student’s fee payment. Read how the includED program has delivered positive benefits to the faculty, students, and bookstore at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne.
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SAM Helps Szymon Machajewski’s Students Gain Confidence and Proficiency with Computer Technology

Szymon Machajewski is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State University. An instructor for eight years, he currently teaches eight sections of Introduction to Computing annually. Szymon uses SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an interactive online learning environment that helps students master Microsoft® Office and other computer skills and concepts that are essential to academic and career success — in conjunction with the textbook Discovering Computers. Szymon discovered SAM in 2013 and saw the advantage in using a learning solution that gives students a self-paced, hands-on experience. “I was surprised at how successful SAM is at really bringing out what we’ve known now for a while, based on the research of Dr. Benjamin Bloom, that one-on-one instruction is most effective.”

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Aplia Leads to Higher Grades and Success Rates in Logic Courses at CSU Channel Islands

Many Logic instructors face a common challenge of getting students engaged and motivated to practice outside of class. If this challenge sounds familiar to you, you may be seeking a learning solution that helps you increase retention, engagement, and success… without increasing your own workload.

In this case study, you’ll follow the success of Aplia when used in a Logic course at California State University Channel Islands. Read, and discover how Dr. Dennis Slivinski saw significant improvement in student performance, both in terms of their grades and their level of engagement.

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Teaching First-Year Students About Research

While Student Success courses typically address many important skills such as time management and study strategies, there is another set of skills that are essential to student success but are unfortunately often missing from the curriculum. Teaching students how to find, evaluate, read and use scholarly sources will be of significant benefit to first-year students. Integrating the use of peer-reviewed research on student success topics into the course is an excellent way to address content while also providing students with much needed support in developing their reading, critical thinking, and information literacy skills. Approximately 95% of college students report Read More…


Career Online High School Helps Non-Traditional Student Frances Ramos on the Path to a New Career

Frances Ramos was in her early 70s and wanted to move into a career in healthcare. However, she found the roadblock to gaining the skills needed for this field was her lack of a high school diploma. Career Online High School’s (COHS) online degree program afforded Frances both the curriculum and pace she needed. Because some of Frances’s previous credit hours from high school courses completed transferred over, she was able to earn her diploma in seven months. Learn how Frances was able to complete all of her coursework online—a must since she was working full-time throughout the program. Read More…


Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners

Look around your campus, or consider the roster of your online courses, and you’ll likely notice that many of the students fall outside of the “traditional” college age range of the late teens to early twenties. You might surmise that their reasons for attending college differ, at least in some senses, from those of the students who transition to college immediately after high school graduation. Some adult learners are making their first foray into higher education or are aiming to complete a degree that they began earlier in life. A good number are seeking an advanced degree. Many return to Read More…


CengageBrain’s Alternative Spring Break Contest Encourages Student Service

Over the past year at the Engaging Minds blog, we’ve seen a great deal of interest in our posts that address the topic of student leadership. With good reason: the sooner college students develop their leadership skills, the better prepared they are to apply them in their classes, communities, and future careers. If you want to provide the college students you know with the opportunity to put those leadership skills into action, encourage them to enter CengageBrain.com’s Alternative Spring Break Contest. A college student, or group of up to five students, can win up Read More…