technology

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…


Next Gen Building and Electrical Code Training Comes to Life

As demand for skilled labor surges in the construction industry, online simulations offer interactive training for students and tradesmen

There is a shortage of skilled labor in the construction industry that is leading to higher building costs and slower construction. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that there are approximately 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S.—a jump of 81% in the last two years[i]. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, nearly 80% of construction businesses report they are having a hard time finding qualified skilled labor[ii].

Restocking the Building Code Knowledge Base

Building code knowledge is Read More…


How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…


Cengage Learning is Integrating Microsoft Office into MindTap

College students look for every boost towards success they can get, and homework convenience is often a vital component. In an effort to focus on the ever-evolving needs of college students, business statistics and computing students will now have access to Microsoft Office right within MindTap. “Real-world context is key to making the student learning experience more engaging and relevant. Because of the flexibility of our MindTap learning platform, we are able to seamlessly integrate Microsoft technology directly into a student’s learning path in order to give them experience using the live application,” said Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer, Cengage Learning. “This 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!
“The transformative potential of CBE
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…


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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Pathbrite Engages Students in Learning History and Practical Technology Skills

Institutions and instructors are rapidly trying to find new ways to effectively engage their students in an evolving world of technology.  While many educators see the value in technology, it’s how the technology is put to use that makes the greatest impact on learners. California State University, Fresno instructor Melissa Jordine wanted to promote active learning that would motivate students, enable their success, and help them build modern-day skills.  Read about how Dr. Jordine was able to accomplish it all. Like many colleagues, Dr. Jordine has been using technology for years but was seeking an alternative method to Read More…


Adapting Tech Support to Today’s College Students

The idea of a “typical” day in the life of a college student is becoming increasingly difficult to grasp. Between extracurricular activities, work, commutes, and family obligations, a college student’s realm extends well beyond academics. Therefore, it’s no surprise that study habits look remarkably different than they have in the past. With all of the demands on students’ time, the days of spending hours on end studying in the library are becoming increasingly scarce. We interviewed over a thousand students and only 19% of students actually even study in the library. However, with average study times ranging between 1.5 to Read More…


Focusing on the Success of Today’s Dev Math Students

Each year, more than one million U.S. students start college by enrolling in remedial education; however, many won’t complete the work. According to a study from the US Department of Education, only 27% of students in remedial math will ever earn a bachelor’s degree; that means that 73% will not.

For these students, developmental math is not simply a barrier to a degree—it’s a barrier to their career and personal goals. On a broader scale, this has a significantly negative impact on the health of the workforce, and the economy, in the United States. Changing this statistic is absolutely crucial for the future of our country, and the challenge to do so belongs to all of us.

As experts in educational content, pedagogy and technology, at Cengage Learning we are in a position to be a catalyst for change. Our focus on the student is a core tenet of our mission as an organization; we want to put students front and center of everything we do.

In order to create a solution that truly addresses the needs of students in developmental math courses, we needed a new approach. We needed to start from scratch and we needed to start with the student.

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