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Embracing Life-Wide Learning via Emerging Technologies

“It’s mainly a matter of getting beyond the ‘old wine in new bottles’ attitude and recognizing that these mediasocial media included—are a more effective way of doing something different, rather than a way of automating the same old stuff that we’re used to doing now.” — Chris Dede Do you remember the first cell phones? The ability to reach out, and be reached, wherever you went meant that an expected phone call no longer tethered you to your home or office. As the technology evolved – and the humble cell phone’s power increased from simple voice and text messaging, Read More…


Share Your Bright Ideas About Teaching and Learning!

At the Cengage Learning Blog, we endeavor to bring you tips and information that speak to your needs and interests as an educator. But we also value hearing from you! Have you tried any of the activities or teaching tips we’ve presented on the blog? What topics would you like for us to address in the future? Have you observed any emerging trends in your discipline or field? What ideas would you like to share with your colleagues? We invite you to submit your suggestions to us in the comments. As always, thank you for reading and engaging with us! Read More…


Online Learning and Assessment in Computing Courses

The high unemployment rates of the past few years have prompted many adults to return to school, to earn degrees or certificates, or simply to learn or refresh their computing skills. Many who are enrolled in degree or certificate programs also need training in basic computing skills in order to keep up with their classmates in campus-based or online courses. This need is especially acute among older adults in low income brackets, displaced workers, age 50 or older, who do not have access to the internet at home. For these learners, who may need to do Read More…


Try Technology Tools To Enhance Your Teaching Style

Guest Contributor: Cathy Scott, Navarro College. You may find that in developing your professional and leadership skills, it becomes necessary to test out new ways to be the most effective teacher you can be. Technology tools offer new ways to engage students and create an active learning environment. In this article, author and professor Cathy Scott outlines some of those available tools, but she points out that while integrating technology is important to promoting an active and engaging learning environment, you remain the most important part of your students’ learning experience. As you develop your skills, trying new things Read More…


Being Mindful of Your Social Media History

As we’ve discussed this week, social media can be leveraged to engage students and expand your own social network. However, many of us also use it for personal reasons, and the line between personal and professional can begin to fade. There is a certain level of privacy lost by displaying personal information online, and it’s important to be mindful of the history you’re leaving behind as you post. This can be particularly important for job seekers and for your students who are starting their quest for employment. In New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, author Beverly Read More…


Using Social Media Channels to Engage Learners

An interview with Donald Doane, CEO of ConnectYard.
Once upon a time, e-mail was the fastest and easiest means of facilitating asynchronous electronic communication, particularly when the message needed to reach a large group of people or required an attachment – a photo, a document, or a slide deck. Today, we have lots of channels available to us for posting and sending messages and files to individuals or large groups of people – whether through voice or written communications. Just think of your own personal and professional channels. If you are like most tech-savvy people today, you are Read More…


Using Text Messaging in Your Mobile Technology Learning Plan

Guest Contributor: Sandy Keeter, Seminole State College of Florida. You know that text messaging can be a distraction to students while they’re attending class. But can it can also be used as an effective means for you, as an instructor, to facilitate connections with them? Today, Sandy Keeter of Seminole State College describes how she is using a text-messaging service with the goal of increasing student retention and engagement with her course.  It all started two years ago, when our E-learning Department asked if anyone wanted to use texting in their classes. My first reaction was: absolutely not! I want students Read More…


Having an Experimental Attitude Toward Tech for Educational Purposes

Were you one of the first on campus to flip your course? Have you included a YouTube assignment on your syllabus since 2008? Were you using Twitter to communicate with classes and colleagues before some of your current students had even started high school? Whether your idea flies or flops, you may have found that taking the risk enabled you to discover discover new, dynamic, and effective ways of helping students learn. And furthermore, you’re not alone. According to author Roger Arnold, many instructors are adopting a more experimental attitude toward using technology or new models (such as the Read More…


Social Networking as a Solution, Not a Distraction

If you are thinking about using social media in your classroom, before you even set up an account, have a goal in mind. Successful and productive social media activity can be a solution to a problem. Do you want to have more connection with the students in your classes? Google+ could help you do that. Are you looking to get timely information specific to your course subject matter from relevant sources? Twitter could be a good option. Or are you just trying to get students more engaged in class by having them use visuals? Read More…


Tips for Students: Is a Career in Game Development Right for You?

The field of game development may appeal to students for a wide range of reasons. Perhaps these students have great ideas for enjoyable games suited to the educational setting. Perhaps they see work in this field as an opportunity to use their creative skills in a fun and competitive environment. Maybe they find it rewarding to spend hours writing code and then see the “tangible” result of a playable game. And of course, they may simply think to themselves: I like playing games… Hey, why not MAKE them? However, as with any career choice, it makes sense to consider all Read More…