technology

Cengage Learning: See You at EDUCAUSE 2015!

From October 27-29, we’ll be attending the EDUCAUSE 2015 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. We’re excited to connect with educators and administrators from around the country (and globe). We’re also eagerly anticipating the opportunity to hear from leading experts on a variety of topics related to technology in education. Our own theme this year—Recharge with Cengage Learning—focuses uses on best practices in implementing education technology and student involvement. At our booth 1310, we’ll be highlighting our expanded institutional offerings, including our student-centric mobile products and the recent acquisition of the edtech company Learning Objects.

Recharge during Cengage Learning’s sessions at

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How to Address Three Top Teaching Challenges

If you’ve been teaching for any length of time, you know that every school term has its successes… as well as its challenges.

We recently polled our Engaging Minds audience about their top teaching challenges this semester. Three of their responses rose to the top; below, we’ve shared some tips that can help you overcome these particular challenges and feel more effective and efficient this term.

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Cram Fighter: Using EdTech to Maximize Student Learning

Recently, Cengage Learning partnered with LearnLaunch to host a higher education “pitch competition” in our Boston offices. The competition showcased many innovative edtech startups in Boston.

We spoke with one of the winners, Amit Mathew of Cram Fighter, to learn a bit more about his perspective on the current state of education and technology.

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How to Assess Your Students’ Technical Literacy

Good technology can never replace good teaching, but it can certainly help to amplify students’ learning experience. It’s important to ensure that you and your students have a solid mastery of the tools you’re going to be using, and that those who don’t are given the help they need to catch up. Take some time to determine what skills are necessary to excel in your classroom, and test your students on them early on.

Technology in the classroom

Many classes, of course, now have an online or digital component. Instructors have to worry about their own learning curve associated with mastering new digital tools. But Read More…


Five Guidelines for Effective Online Presentations

What does it take to keep a classroom full of students engaged in your lecture? Some will say skill; some might say natural talent; others will cite expertise. Take these factors into consideration, add a dash of confidence and humor, and you’re on the road to an effective and engaging lecture! If you’re used to presenting in person, you’re probably quite sure of what you need to do in order to succeed. However, if you’ve been asked to conduct an online seminar or teach an online course for the first time, you likely recognize that you’ll have to apply Read More…


Five Advantages of Digital Learning Materials in Intro Spanish

Contributor: Patti Marinelli, University of South Carolina; co-author (with Karin Fajardo) of Conectados. Is the textbook dead? Numerous articles in the popular media cite declining sales of traditional printed textbooks and increasing sales of e-books and e-learning resources. Indeed, on most college campuses these days, you are more likely to find students’ book bags filled with personal electronic devices, water bottles, and energy bars than with traditional textbooks. Of course the textbook itself is only one of the more recent manifestation of humankind’s desire to conserve and transmit information. From clay tablets to papyrus to parchment to paper, the Read More…


Microsoft Office Mix: Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Thanks to the growth in online learning, as well as teaching approaches such as the flipped classroom, more and more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage their students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors like you with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease. At Cengage Learning, we’re always seeking out ways to support your use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. That’s why Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated Read More…


Share Your Insights on the Digital Humanities

Research projects that come under the fold of the “digital humanities” can take many forms, from the digitization and cataloging of sounds, documents, and images with cultural and historical significance, to interactive, born-digital projects that explore social and cultural trends through the analysis of “big data”… and beyond. For this reason, librarians and scholars are still working towards a definition of the term that encompasses all researchers’ efforts. However, without question, faculty and librarians can be—and, in fact, are—key partners in the creation, curation, preservation, and dissemination of the research produced in this burgeoning field. We want you to be Read More…


Communication Skills: How to Text in a Professional Manner

Without a doubt, text messaging is extremely popular among today’s college students. It’s a fun, quick way to connect with friends and family members across the country, across town, or across campus. Students may be highly efficient and effective in their text-based communications with their peers and family members; as a result, they may be highly confident in their level of competence in this arena. However, they may not yet know how to text in a way that’s appropriate to relationships of a more professional nature. If you use texting as a communication tool in your college classroom, or if you cover career skills Read More…


Encouraging Students to Use Research Databases

Guest contributor: Joseph Palmisano, Senior Editor at Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. As college instructors and academic librarians, you encounter it most working days: students who use free Web resources—rather than research databases—to complete course assignments. Do you ever wonder if academic research findings support your experiences? Well, let’s find out.   Based upon our survey of academic journals and trade magazines, students often demonstrate common online research behaviors. These include:

    Relying heavily on Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube, often instead of libraries’ research databases (Anderson 2011)
    Using Wikipedia because “it meets students’ needs in terms of coverage, currency, convenience and
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