technology

Simple Ways Technology Can Maximize College Class Time

If you’re considering adding technology to your course—or, if someone’s directing you to add it to your course—you’ll quickly see the wide array of edtech tools and resources available to you, from screencasting software, to online collaboration tools, to game-based educational apps, to complete digital homework solutions… and beyond. There’s certainly no lack of options! But you already have a solid teaching plan, and you fill every teaching hour with instructional content that’s directly relevant to the concepts that students need and want to learn. So won’t it be hard to find the time to fit new educational technology Read More…


Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015: Highlights

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cybersecurity, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions. Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Read More…


Teaching with Technology: Get the Training You Need

Your department’s using a new text next term… and the latest technology alongside it. You think: I’ve already got this term’s assignments to grade, classes to teach, and exams to prepare… in addition to all my research, administrative tasks, and departmental meetings. How am I supposed to find time to learn this technology—and turn around and be the “expert” in front of all my students? Things have gone well without these tech tools so far… Why change start teaching with technology NOW? These concerns are understandable, especially if you’ve never taught with technology before. However, they need not be Read More…


The Use of Digital Learning Solutions for English Composition

In today’s ever-evolving educational landscape, it is essential for learning solutions providers to constantly seek out the voice of the instructor when developing content and supporting resources. In creating the new MindTap learning solution for the Composition discipline, Cengage Learning’s goal was to ensure the voice of the Composition instructor informed every decision.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library Supports Digital Literacy in a “Gold Medal” School

Students and educators at Rhode Island’s Barrington High School have good reason to be proud. Barrington recently received a gold medal in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best High Schools ranking, placing in the top 500 based on highest college readiness, among 19,400 schools nationwide. Barrington Library Media Specialist and K–12 Library Department Head Suzanne Costa has first-hand knowledge of students’ college readiness skills.

The library’s program — which features the reliable content, robust search tools, and friendly interface of the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) — plays an integral role in helping students become digitally literate.

In this Success Story, you’ll read how GVRL supports development of students’ information and digital literacy by providing easy-to-use, but powerful, search features and access to thousands of authoritative e-resources covering virtually every academic, scholarly, and professional discipline. You’ll also see how teachers collaborate with librarians to build GVRL into their courses’ curriculum.

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The Efficacy of MindTap in Business and Computer Courses

When asked about their teaching challenges, college instructors often share a common refrain—the desire to 1) engage their students in their coursework and 2) foster critical thinking.

With so many of today’s students fixated on digital devices, it’s logical that digital products can serve as a gateway to improving student engagement and analytical thinking, and consequently, learning. Examining the best practices of instructors who use digital solutions in their courses can spark ideas and reveal effective strategies for addressing seemingly intractable teaching and learning problems.

Cengage Learning’s MindTap® has generated positive outcomes in a variety of business and computer courses, and been lauded by instructors and students alike. This white paper summarizes quantitative studies as well as the individual experiences of a few instructors who have found MindTap to be both effective and appealing.

 

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Twenty Ways Computing Has Changed in Twenty Years

In celebration of the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, the team has put together a list of twenty ways that computing has changed in the past twenty years. We hope you enjoy this walk down “memory lane,” and we invite you to share your own memories in the comments! Are you a Computing instructor? Register for the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, taking place March 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. If you have photos… we invite you to share them on Facebook and Twitter! Use hashtag #20YrsComputing. And keep up with the Cengage Learning Computing team on Read More…


Knewton: Producing a Truly Adaptive Learning Experience

Guest Contributor: Jennifer Shea, Knewton. Lately, it seems every new educational product features some form of adaptive learning. It can be hard to sort out the differences between these products. What does personalization in a learning product really mean? It depends. Not all adaptive learning is created equal. Most of today’s “adaptive” solutions are built on rules-based systems, which use a few checkpoints to route students through a variety of pre-determined paths. These products are a lot like Choose Your Own Adventure books: students can move through the course in one of a few possible ways. For example, Read More…


Overcoming Obstacles to Creating Online Community

Many instructors have voiced their concern about the lack of community that forms in their online classrooms. The first step to overcoming any on-going challenge is isolating the biggest issues. To determine this, we asked thousands of students and instructors about the biggest struggles to creating a strong online community. Read More…


Benefits of Building Community in an Online Course

Do you think it’s possible to build a genuine community experience in an online course? We asked thousands of students and instructors if they think it’s possible to have a strong sense of community in an online classroom and what the benefits are. Discover what students and your peers say are the main benefits of creating community online.

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