technology

Adjusting the Lens: Active Learning in Online Classes

Author: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies, Ashland University As a college faculty member for more than 25 years, I’ve taught thousands of undergraduate students in a traditional classroom setting, utilizing active learning strategies to engage and involve students in the learning process. Changing charts, card flip, expert groups, clearest/muddiest point, group projects, polling, augmented reality and case studies—all tools of the trade I know, love and use every semester. Then came online classes. I taught my first completely online course 15 years ago. I’ll be the first to admit it was Read More…


Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…


Innovators Speak: Creating a Co-Requisite Model for English Composition

Author: Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College As a chair, I helped oversee the Pearl River Community College English department’s shift from offering nine non-transferrable developmental hours before students could enroll in the traditional first semester writing course, to a track where those same students now directly enroll in a transferrable, four-credit hour first semester writing course. We’re now in our second year, and our tracking numbers show that academically, students perform at or above the levels they did previously. Combined with the fewer developmental hours students no longer have to take, we now retain more Read More…


Increasing Engagement with Digital Resources

Author:  Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Cornell University How do you engage a class of more than 450 students with varying academic backgrounds and vastly different interests in the subject? This is the challenge I face every fall semester when I offer Introductory Microeconomics. I approach this question from the following perspective: students come to class on the first day because they have to come. They come to class the rest of the semester because they want to come. It’s hard for us to imagine why a student wouldn’t want to come to class! As instructors, most of us enjoyed going to Read More…


Cengage Unlimited Gives You Access to Materials for Your Courses—and Your Future Career

Have you ever sat around in class wondering, “What am I doing here? How is this relevant to my future? Can I afford this?” I know I have.  When it comes to the real world, what do you truly need to know to succeed? Don’t you worry, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re also one of those students who avoids buying textbooks because they cost so much—and you think you can get by without them—Cengage Unlimited might just change your mind. Because as a Cengage Unlimited subscriber, a student can access so much more than Read More…


Cengage Supports and Celebrates Literacy in Raleigh

This fall, a team of rockstar Cengage engineers had the opportunity to put their tech skills to work for a great cause: student literacy. To support Readvolution, a partnership between the Carolina Hurricanes (North Carolina’s NHL Team) and Wake County Public Schools, Cengage employees based out of the Raleigh office built an easy-to-use website where elementary school students could track the number of books they read and time spent reading. “The Readvolution website helped avoid a labor-intensive tabulating process that would place on a burden on teachers, students and parents,” said Tom Ward, Senior Vice President of Brand/Community/Partnership Development, Read More…


Holy High-Tech: One Instructor’s Journey Through Digital Evaluation

I’d love to sit here and tell you that getting here today was easy. That it all fell into place without much effort. That I was able to take a backseat and watch it all happen before my eyes. It wouldn’t be the truth, though. As is the case with most instances of success, achieving it takes time and work. You’ve seen some of the digital options available to educators. Today, there are too many to count and far too many to test, pilot, or sit through a demo of. Plus, there are many factors to consider when evaluating Read More…


How to Achieve Better Learning with Technology

Technology is transforming learning, and institutions considering how to move forward have lots of compelling options. Just as instructors bring diverse experiences and expertise to class, so too do students vary in how they best absorb new knowledge. Smart use of technology can meet the needs of all—student, instructor, administrator—and still improve learning outcomes.

Better Learning Through Technology

Key benefits of a good digital choice will:
    Empower learners to be more engaged and confident in their course material
    Be flexible so instructors can personalize their lectures while also enabling customized student experiences
    Offer convenience and time savings, yet produce superior results

Success Story: Erie

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3 Ways to Make International Relations More Relatable

Last month, we told you Dr. Gregory Dixon—Professor of International Relations and Cengage Faculty Partner—planned to share his tips for facilitating personal connections between students and their world. It can feel like a challenge getting students to grasp how global and political events impact their lives, or how common items like iPhones represent globalization—but there are ways to get through. Dr. Dixon’s two-part webinar series explored best practices and strategies for engaging students in world politics and globalization through pop culture, world events and everyday objects. Here are just some of the ways you can illustrate these concepts Read More…


WebAssign Class Insights Wins 2017 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award

Learning Platform Drives Student Success in STEM Disciplines WebAssign, from Cengage, was recently recognized as the winner of EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Classroom Management Solution for Teachers category. The EdTech Digest awards program recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

Monitoring Student Performance

Class Insights gives instructors a greater level of insight into performance and student pain points, enabling them to engage with their class based on individual and overall data. The analytical view of students’ progress helps instructors identify at-risk students early in the semester, as well Read More…