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Great Apps for Education: Tips from the Course Technology Conference

During the 19th  Annual Course Technology Conference, which was held March 12-14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, instructors gathered to discuss and discover ways to teach technology—as well as how to use technology as they teach. Presenters and attendees covered a lot of ground over just a short time, but one of the hottest topics was the great number of engaging (and often free) apps that have great uses in education. Below, we’re sharing just a few of the great technology apps mentioned in many of the sessions. Whether you’re new to tech tools, getting set to flip your classroom, Read More…


Discussion on the “Digital Difference”: Cengage Learning at SXSWedu

During the SXSWedu Conference & Festival, Cengage Learning hosted a meetup on the topic of the “digital difference,” addressing the topic of connecting your academic aims with your students’ digital desires. Members of TeamUP, Cengage Learning’s peer-to-peer faculty development group, facilitated the discussions and gleaned many insights and opinions from the attendees. Read on to discover what some of your colleagues had to say on these dynamic topics!   On the “flipped model” of instruction… 

     “Connection is the most important thing. It gives purpose and meaning in our lives. Connect students to each other, the teacher,
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The Top Reasons Students Become Disengaged in Classes

If you were to guess what students believe leads to disengagement and distraction in the classroom, what would you say? Texting? Surfing the web? Games? Or that old standby, “boredom”?

When it comes to distraction in the classroom, many instructors and students place the blame on smartphones and other tech tools as the main culprit. (In fact, according to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 77% of students believe that their fellow classmates abuse technology in the classroom in some way.)

But what if, instead, you used technology as an effective means of engaging students and drawing them into the topics you’re covering in class? Read More…


Collaboration Tools that Really Work

Given a choice, many people prefer in-person group and team meetings. After all, when you’re meeting in person, you can observe others’ facial expressions and gestures, hear the tone of their voices, and see just how much attention each person is paying to the topic at hand. However, it’s not always possible to get all the members of a team in one room together. For example, many college classes meet entirely online; if group work assignments are part of the coursework, then it stands to reason that face-to-face meetings would be difficult, if not impossible, to coordinate. Thankfully, online students Read More…


Engaging Students in Business Ethics and Decision Making

The decisions made by the members of any organization (be it a government, school, business, religious group, social group, or other nonprofit) can have very real ramifications for employees, customers, clients, and others who relate with and depend on that organization. Likewise, for better or for worse, the ethical—or unethical—actions and behaviors of one individual have a ripple effect on the people around them. While in college, students are preparing themselves for the future; they’re developing the skills, traits, and knowledge they’ll carry with them into their future careers. In other words, what students learn in college, and how Read More…


What Gets Students Studying? What Stops Them?

In each course, you’ll encounter students with all types of approaches to learning. With these varying approaches come different preferences and habits for studying as well.  For some, a reliable team of study partners may be the motivating force that keeps students going. For advice on helping students set up study groups, visit our post, “Learning from Fellow Students: Creating a Study Group.” For others, studying alone is either the only way for them to focus or their only option if they’re in an online class with no alternatives. Regardless of circumstance, we at Cengage Learning wanted to learn what the most common study methods and habits are for college students. Read More…


Course Tools that Lead to Student Success and Satisfaction

With the ever-growing myriad of course tools to use in your classroom, how will you ever choose what works best for you and your students — let alone learn how to master these new technologies yourself? While ease of use is important to student success, as soon as you have developed the skill set to take advantage of helpful tools yourself, you’ll be able to easily instruct and encourage your students to utilize them as well. Read More…


Get the Low-Down on High-Tech: Five BIG Reasons to Add Technology to Your Teaching

Guest Contributors: Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, Senior Professional Educator, and Damon Givehand, Professional Educator, Cengage Learning Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development and Consulting.   Research tells us to add technology to our teaching, citing empirical evidence of how doing so makes undeniable differences in student knowledge construction, achievement, and overall success. We accept the studies and readily admit they have real validity and noteworthy implications, but at the same time, as we think of adding technology to our teaching, we’re tuned into and listening to that radio station in the backs of our minds, HWI-AM, how will it aid me?  Here are five big reasons Read More…


MindTap: Tapping Into Technology to Engage Learners and Transform Learning

Technology is changing the educational environment at a rapid pace, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Today’s learners are not content to learn solely from books. They are used to technology in all aspects of their lives, and the classroom is no exception.

Professors are looking for tools that allow them to better engage with learners while making effective and efficient use of their in- and out-of-class time. This white paper demonstrates just how MindTap targets those specific areas. Read More…


The Decade in Technology

While most instructors are focused on making the most of productivity technology, the technological developments in the last decade—the 2000s—are all about instant access to information and communication in the moment. If we are to relate to our students today and help them cope with the business world they will be entering, we must embrace the technology that they use and with which they are familiar.
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