Five Ways to Elevate Learning with Enhanced WebAssign®

Contributor: Kimberly Benien, Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).
Whether I am designing a face-to-face course or an online course, student engagement is a top priority. Experience and reflection has shown me that students who are engaged in class and in the content are more likely to develop their own understanding and successfully transfer the learning to a more difficult concept, and eventually the next course. Technology helps me achieve my goal: to engage students where they are with technologies that they will use. Remember, only when students find value in it will they use it.
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Cengage Learning’s Digital Options Engage and Educate

With all sorts of digital tools at your disposal, how do you find the right ones for your course and integrate them in a manner that engages your students?

Your Cengage Learning team is here to help:
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Explore Technology Tools and Trends for Your Course

Each school year, students come to campus with shiny new tech tools for use in class (and recreation). Your classroom, whether physical or virtual, may have new equipment or functionality designed to make learning more dynamic and interactive. And on a regular basis—even daily—developers bring new applications to the market, many of which can enhance your teaching and spur on student engagement and learning. Within this constantly evolving landscape, you may have a hard time keeping up with all these changes and developments. Yet maintaining a familiarity with technology tools and trends will benefit both you and your students. Read More…

Teaching Technology: Or, Educating for Value Generation

Author Kenneth SousaExploring information technology effectively in the classroom
Guest Contributor: Kenneth J. Sousa, Ph.D., Bryant University.

“In this business, you can never wash the dinner dishes and say they are done. You have to keep doing them constantly.” (Mary Wells Lawrence)

Business strategy continues to evolve. Through careful planning and analysis, businesses react to changes in market, competition, and the economy. But also to the advances and adoption in information technology.

I have always believed that there is a difference between teaching and educating. Teaching is focusing on communicating in one direction. This method seeks to avoid developing the innovative problem solving skills using the topic at hand. Read More…

Benefits of Using Technology in the Classroom

Whether you’re just starting to use technology in the classroom or you’re well versed in the tools and terminology of edtech, you may be curious how other instructors are using technology in their classrooms. You may also want to know how they would describe the benefits of technology in their courses.

In a study conducted by Cengage Learning, 74% percent of instructors report that the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has increased students’ academic performance, and 73% say it has improved students’ engagement with their courses. Less than 1% reported it has decreased performance or engagement significantly.

College students report similar educational benefits of using technology in the classroom:

  • 80% say the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has subsequently increased their academic performance.
  • 77% say it has improved their engagement with their courses.

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How Instructors Incorporate Digital Content into Their Courses

Practices at every college, department, and classroom likely vary from those trending at a national level. Whether you are required by your university to use a certain type of digital content in your classroom or you get to choose for yourself, there are often many unique ways to customize this content to make it work perfectly for your course. Whichever your circumstance, staying “in the know” about what’s trending with peers can help keep classrooms from falling behind in both engagement and outcomes. Cengage Learning’s recent “Digital in the Classroom” surveyed over 1,000 college students and faculty of all different institution types. After first asking students what they found to be the most effective digital content types, we then asked instructors to share with us their most-used digital content types.  Read More…

Using the Latest Apps for a Dynamic Class Experience

Whether you’re flipping your classroom or simply seeking ways to increase student engagement, you may be looking for new tools that will help you accomplish your goals. And, as you likely already know, using the latest apps can be one way to create new and exciting learning experiences in your online or on-ground course. In the presentation “Flip and MOOC Out Your Hybrid/Blended Courses” from the 2014 Course Technology Conference, Frances Rampey of Wilson Community College discussed a number of apps that will help you create a lively, engaging presentation that draws students into the topics you’re covering. We’ve shared Read More…

Teaching Using Online Resources: Accessing or Creating the Needed Online Resources

Teaching effectively now makes use of online resources. Surveys show that teaching and learning is more effective with resources to support it, with students preferring online resources. Students prefer the ability to manipulate information, the 24/7 availability of materials and the innovation possible as compared to paper equivalents. The digital nature of the material means, from the academic side, that online resources have added value over paper based equivalents. As soon as the material is online, the ability to layer materials so that students can choose how they access and learn becomes available. For instance, not only are the lecture slides available online, they are interlinked with another layer of source material so that students can learn more deeply. Or the materials are rearranged and then interfaced with the teaching to allow better access and use. Indeed, the material can even be used to self-test and allow reflection as well as learning.

This paper looks at the methods used at University of Sydney and assesses the ease as well as the problems created by each method. It will look at the promise among the perils. This paper will outline each method used and follow this by a review of the effectiveness and problems inherent in that method. The paper will conclude with an overview of the issues involved in “getting things online.”


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Trends: Motivation and Technology

In several prior Trends columns, Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA addressed the challenges presented by today’s students in introductory accounting. In this edition’s column, he focuses on a few of the “principles” that he believes are particularly appropriate for addressing the issue of motivating students to study and do well in accounting.

This article is from the Accounting Instructor’s Report, an electronic journal that provides teaching tips and insights to those who teach accounting and other business courses.


Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA


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Using Actual Software in Your Accounting Courses

If actual accounting software is used early in the accounting curriculum then it will become easier to integrate its power as an analysis tool in subsequent accounting courses. Actual software applications will provide the relevant business process framework necessary to build business literacy and accounting fluency in students. This article will give brief overviews of the most widely used accounting software programs and share my strategies for adding actual accounting software into undergraduate accounting courses without losing any precious class time. Read More…