Friday, August 15, 2014

Cengage Learning: Engaging Your Children Via Textbooks, Tools and Resources...

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Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning, technology, services, and research solutions for the academic student (K-12 and higher education), and teaching professional. They provide exceptional published materials, course-driven digital solutions, and personalized solutions to accelerate student engagement and reconstruct a student’s learning experience. Cengage has a few goals that sit high above the rest of their list. They want students to be engaged (as it almost always ensures success and they believe engagement is the foundation of learning), they want to improve learning outcomes, and they want students to achieve their education goals, fostering academic excellence. After all, ‘engage’ is part of their name. Cengage Learning is dedicated to helping students in whatever ways they can (which are many) and they truly care about students’ futures.

Their brands include: Brooks/Cole, CourseTechnology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Course Categories Include: Business, Economics, Computing & Information Technology, Culinary, Travel, Health Care, Humanities, Social Sciences, History, Mathematics, Media Arts, Design, and Trades.

Of course, Cengage Learning is known for their varied textbook titles and library resources. However, they are so much more than publishers. They offer an abundance of tools and resources, all for the benefit of students and their educators, so that they can work together in sync. Cengage Learning provides integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Some of their offerings include: Engaging Minds (see below); Live Events: Cengage Learning’s live events are awesome. They’re for educators, offering an excellent opportunity to gather together with authors, colleagues, thought leaders and staff. Educators can immerse themselves in topics such as strengthening student engagement, improving learning outcomes, teaching using the most effective practices, and many other important subjects relating to students and their education. They will also divulge information regarding cutting-edge online offerings. Their events are engaging (of course) and inspiring; Virtual events: Live streaming videos, lectures, skill-boosting webinars, and interactive workshops are part of this section of Cengage Learning’s website. Topics and technology will be taught in, as Cengage always does, engaging ways (hope you see the pattern here… always about being engaged);  Conventions: They keep up-to-date on education by attending and exhibiting at hundreds of conferences and conventions each year, and they are committed to being in the know.

Cengage Learning: Engaging Minds Blog and Website...

Engaging Minds Blog and Website: It’s true that colleges choose the textbooks that you’re going to use for your classes. It’s also true that hundreds of colleges already utilize the plethora of books published by Cengage Learning. However, there’s a lot more to Cengage Learning than books. One of their most useful tools is their Engaging Minds blog/website. Engaging Minds is a highly useful (free) resource that Cengage Learning offers to all students, whether you are using one of their textbooks or not. This section of their website is loaded with tools, strategies, articles, resources, and information that will inspire and help students with: making the change over from high school to college; assisting students and parents with selecting and attending college; designing successful curricula and programs to create a dynamic learning experience; preparing for their first day of college; developing and/or improving essential academic skills; making a ‘connection’ with their university; staying focused; reaching personal goals; effective studying skills; test-taking tips; writing research papers; improving presentation skills; managing free time; becoming oriented to campus resources and facilities; setting short and long-term planning; developing analytical and critical thinking skills; improving written and oral communication skills; transforming their way of learning; using practices that inspire success; increasing career skills; and so much more!