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Engaging Students Via Immersion in Virtual Worlds and Augmented Realities

Guest Contributor Chris Dede, Harvard University. This week, we are featuring articles from presenters at Cengage Learning’s upcoming Engage 2013 Conference. Today, we’ll hear from Chris Dede, who describes EcoMUVE, an immersive virtual environment designed to engage students in the process of learning about ecosystems. Though this particular project is designed for middle-school students, the learning principles and methodology behind it have application within higher education as well. Have you used virtual worlds as a part of your course curriculum? How did this serve to engage students in the learning process? Provide your feedback in the Read More…


Building Sound Pedagogy into Integrated Online Course Solutions

An Interview with Kristen Ford, Director of Learning Design at Cengage Learning

Have you ever wondered what it takes to design and build a student-centric, integrated set of online resources and learning activities that can generate measureable improvement in student outcomes? Well, it certainly requires a lot of collaboration on the part of the design and development teams responsible for building the framework and the discipline-specific resources, but it also requires many hours of discussions with – and observations of — the instructors and students who will actually use the products. I had an opportunity to speak with Kristen Ford, Read More…


Improving Student Outcomes: The Role of Video

The use of video for educational purposes is exploding — from MOOCs to lecture capture tools — at the university level and in K-12 settings. A recently published case study from Kaltura, an open-source video platform provider mentioned in a recent Forbes.com post entitled “6 Fast-Growing Tech Companies1, describes how one instructor and his students are using the Kaltura platform to produce and share tutorials at The School of Physics at National University of Ireland – Galway (NUI). Dr. Oliver Ryan, a senior technical officer for the School of Physics, noticed that second-year Physics students were often Read More…


Workforce Education Initiatives that Reach Non-Traditional Students

Guest Contributor David Garza, Vice President, Careers and Computing, Cengage Learning The definition of non-traditional students is varied and can include individuals with a variety of demographic characteristics ranging from age and gender to ethnicity and income. For this discussion let’s focus on a sub-set that has a common interest related to the “why” they are enrolled in higher education. The “why” is to gain employment in a job that earns a family sustainable wage. Who are these “non-traditional” students? They are low-skilled working adults, veterans, military spouses, low-income young adults, displaced workers and single parents. This cohort has very different Read More…


The Secrets of Designing Great Software for Learners

An Interview with Rob Dumas, Executive Director of User Experience, Cengage Learning
Software that delivers a great user experience is not created by accident. It takes one or more experienced user experience (Ux) designers, a delicate balance of art and science, and a development team that shares the product vision. Products that are designed to increase student engagement and improve outcomes have to appeal to instructors and their students in order to deliver on those promises. I caught up with Cengage Learning’s Executive Director of User Experience, Robert Dumas, a couple of weeks ago to discuss the intricacies of Read More…


Optimizing Learning Activities for Student-Centered Learning

As you approach the beginning of a new year, and likely the start of a new term, we’d like to revisit an article from an early edition of the Cengage Learning eNewsletter that addresses some best practices that you can keep in mind as you think about creating student-centered activities. Do you have a “success story” about how you have re-shaped assignments so that they are more student centered? Share it in the comments section below! Guest Contributor Jason Lancaster, M.Ed. Regardless of the model you use, designing a meaningful educational program requires careful analysis, thoughtful development, and thorough assessment. Here, Read More…


Learning Preferences of Today’s Students

Learners in your classes will soon be making decisions about purchasing course materials for a new term. Below, we’ve republished results from a recent survey about students’ format preferences when it comes to educational reading. Take a look to catch a glimpse of how students’ learning preferences have shifted.  Recently, Cengage Learning’s 4LTR Press team conducted a survey among students, asking their preferences for print or digital resources in the educational context. Review the results for a quick snapshot of what they’re thinking. You may find the trends interesting! What are your reflections on the Read More…


Trends in Student Thinking: Course Decisions

We’ve discussed critical thinking as a goal for students in coursework, but what about thinking critically about the courses they’re choosing in the first place? Do you ever wonder what motivates students as they choose to take their courses? Does it just fit in their schedule, or did they choose a course they thought they’d enjoy? Cengage Learning’s 4LTR Press team recently conducted a survey among students, asking them to rate the importance of certain considerations when selecting their classes.Download the results to get a glimpse into what students are thinking about as they enroll.