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Tin Can Opens the SCORM Silo

Guest Contributor: June Parsons. Love it or hate it, learning management systems (LMSs) have become a key technology in today’s digital educational environment. Instructors use their LMS for tracking student progress and for grading. Students use the LMS to access course schedules, submit assignments, check their grades, and contact their instructors. As a textbook author, LMSs seemed a logical platform for content delivery. Digital interactive textbooks, such as New Perspectives on Computer Concepts and Practical Computer Literacy, should be easy to deliver from any LMS. The possibilities all make sense; students would be able to log Read More…


Increasing Success Rates for STEM-Focused Learners

According to recent government data, only 15% of all U.S. college students graduate with STEM-related degrees. At the same time, U.S. job market demand for STEM-related skills is at an all-time high, with an estimated 2.4 million new and replacement job openings expected through 2018, according to a 2011 study by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. So why aren’t more college students seeking-out degrees, certificates, and other credentials in STEM-related fields, and how can institutions help their students identify best-fit academic paths to high-demand – and often high-paying — jobs? Owen Software, founded Read More…


To Flip or Not to Flip: That is the Question

Guest Contributor: Beverly Amer, Northern Arizona University. For as long as there have been students, there have been teachers trying to engage them in learning. The Socratic Method has stood the test of time, as have many others that have followed. One of the latest such methods to hit the halls of higher education is called the “flipped” classroom. In a flipped classroom model, the responsibility for information-gathering – traditionally controlled and delivered by the instructor in front of the class – moves to the student outside the confines of the classroom lecture hall. No more does the instructor Read More…


What is Digital Literacy and Why is it Important?

Whether or not you had a chance to register for the Cengage Learning Course Technology Conference in March before it sold out, you still have opportunities to hear from some of the event’s speakers. This week, we’re sharing content from some of the conference presenters that can apply to anyone seeking to equip their learners with the skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace.
In this video, Beverly Amer discusses what digital literacy means, and why it’s important to today’s learners and tomorrow’s employees. She talks about how we can use technology to support what Read More…


Essential Digital Resources for Workforce Development Programs

The technology resources that are available to today’s workforce development programs are a far cry from the resources that were available just a few years ago. The demands of industry-specific training programs, especially those designed to help close the gaps in the middle-skills job market, have driven the development of digital tools and media that contribute to measurable improvements in completion rates and outcomes. Market pressures and incentives, such as high unemployment rates, the scarcity of workers with related skills, and the time pressures of federal grants, such as TAACCCT, have encouraged course content producers to accelerate the development of digital resources Read More…


Cognitive Diversity

The nature of a particular class depends strongly on the mix of the ages of students in the classes because age is associated with the average cognitive maturity of students. This characteristic exists in both four-year and two-year schools. As a result, the professor must adapt to each class. Two classes may be approached differently even though using the same syllabus.

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Eight Things to Look for When Choosing Integrated Course Solutions

As publishers continue to move their titles from basic eTextbooks and online resources to highly-integrated whole-course solutions, the array of choices in their catalogs – including eTextbook formats and digital resources — can be overwhelming. A new white paper discusses the customer usage data that has inspired publishers to accelerate their delivery schedules for personalized, integrated course solutions. Here is a list of what to look for when evaluating the latest generation of digital resources: A streamlined, efficient reading experience and a cohesive, useful set of resources that is available to the student, on demand, in order to make the learning Read More…


Engaging Your Learners & Channeling Distractions

This week, we are featuring content from presenters at Cengage Learning’s upcoming Engage 2013 Conference. Today, we’ll hear from Professor Corinne Hoisington. In this video she shares an idea that you can put into action to engage learners at the start of each class period. She also offers tips on channeling potential technology distractions into opportunities to create an active learning environment.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt5PBd6XwcI?wmode=Opaque] What types of activities do you do in your classrooms — on-ground, online, or blended — to get your learners engaged in the material? Share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below. Corinne Hoisington, Read More…


Accessibility: Advances in Text-to-Speech Open New Doors

An Interview with ReadSpeaker® CTO Fredrik Larsson Does the mere mention of text-to-speech (TTS) systems invoke memories of the robotic voice of the HAL 9000 computer in the epic 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey? The latest generation of TTS technology bears little resemblance to the systems that were in use in the 1960’s. In fact, recent advances in TTS features – particularly in the areas of voice quality, web-based access, and mobile compatibility – have transformed TTS from an accessibility-focused technology for the blind into an attractive, affordable tool for the general public. In the education space, it Read More…


Adding Some TEC-VARIETY to Online Teaching and Learning

Guest Contributor Curtis J. Bonk, Indiana University. Seeking ideas for engaging learners in your online course? Today, Engage 2013 conference presenter Curtis J. Bonk shares his series of ten motivational principles, organized according to a helpful mnemonic device: “TEC-VARIETY.” What challenges have you faced, and resolved, in motivating online learners? Post your ideas, questions, or below.    With my “TravelinEdMan” moniker attached to my blog and Twitter feeds, friends and colleagues often ask me where in the world I am. Well, from late 2004 to early 2007, I was often found in the UK. During one such trip in March 2005, Read More…