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Inclusive Access: Award-Winning Initiative in Higher Education

In recognition of their work to advance undergraduate students’ success, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College received the 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium. The work includes an Inclusive Access partnership with Cengage that resulted in significant student savings and increased course engagement and retention. “This initiative has made all the difference at our institution; our students are saving money, they are more successful in their coursework, and they are seeing the same, streamlined technology in their course sequence. We have seen improvements in retention and significant increases in confidence in technology, especially in developmental students,” Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: December 2016

Why Businesses Need to Look Beyond the Four-Year Degree Competency based education allows students to take an active role in navigating their educational path and produces job candidates with the skills to be competitive in today’s workforce. Find out why Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, insists that institutions offer CBE programs as a valuable credentialing alternative to traditional degrees. How does an inclusive access partnership work? Listen to Mark Goodner of Indiana University describe how IU used inclusive access to deliver high-quality course materials to students while driving down costs. As the U.S. economy has evolved over the past decade, Read More…


Ed Trend to Watch: Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education offers an interesting alternative to the more traditional credit-hour-based system of learning in higher education. In this system, college students progress when they prove that they’ve mastered the subject matter, whether that may be faster or slower than their classmates. Competency-based education has received a great deal of attention as a disruptive innovation which promises to raise course quality and student completion.

Why competency-based education?

Today, not enough students who begin their college journey end up graduating, which can set them back even further than when they began. The most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals that the college graduation rate Read More…


Winter Break Book Recommendations for Your Reading List

Winter break is a good time to snuggle up with your favorite beverage and catch up on your reading list. Our reading list for this year includes traditional holiday favorites, gripping novels, and poetry for every mood.

December books

Publishers Weekly posted a list of novels to hit the stores in December 2016. You’re sure to find something of interest here. The list includes:
    Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance Stateby Barton Gellman
    Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Futureby Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
    The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America’s Greatest Political Familyby William J. Mann
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LearnLaunch: Competing in Edtech and Higher Ed Startups

On Tuesday November 1, Cengage teamed up with LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and growing the world’s edtech ecosystem, to host a fast-paced startup pitch competition in our Boston office. Seven of the area’s most innovative higher education startups pitched their companies in front of a panel of industry experts from Boston University, Cengage and LearnLaunch, as well as a live audience. The companies received feedback from judges on ways to scale their business and increase their competitiveness in today’s market. While all of the pitches were impressive, two startups walked away victorious. QuadWrangle, a series of Read More…


Election 2016: What Did We Learn and How Do We Teach it?

Last week, just two days after the election, Cengage authors of American Government and U.S. History texts sifted through election results in a live webcast and attempted to answer the question: What happens next? Given that most of the presenters had likely prepared their online talks for Cengage’s Election 2016 Virtual Symposium prior to knowing the election’s outcome, it was a challenging assignment involving last-minute tweaking. Yet they handled the task with grace and finesse! Some pressing concerns among educators now are: How do we teach about this election and how will it affect our young people? Will it Read More…


What Research Reveals About Basic Human Needs and Interactions

The need to belong is one of humanity’s strongest driving forces. According to Roy F. Baumeister, Eppes Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, we are hardwired to desire acceptance. What happens when that need is blocked? In this month’s podcast, Dr. Baumeister recounted enlightening and surprising revelations from research into the effects of rejection on the human psyche. “Being rejected is like being bonked over the head with a two by four,” Dr. Baumeister said. He added that childhood rejection can make a person more susceptible to suffer from physical pain as an adult. Methods and results Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: November 2016

Balancing Pedagogy and Assessment in Competency-Based Education CourXam, a personalized pathway toward degree completion for students with some college credit, aims to produce better-educated learners with clearly defined learning objectives. Discover how the Center for Education Management and Learning Objects partnered to define success and make it accessible to students everywhere. What does competency-based learning actually look like in practice? Listen to Jeff King from the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning at the University of Central Oklahoma detail how he launched a successful CBL initiative. “Nontraditional” is the new norm according to data from the Read More…


Join Us! Cengage’s Election 2016 Virtual Symposium

Join us on Thursday November 10th, 2016 for some energetic and highly engaging discussions about this election season, hosted by expert Cengage American Government and History authors. Topics range from analyzing dynamics of the youth vote, investigating how Trump and Clinton got to the top, immigration and globalization, Texas politics, and more!

»To register, visit the Election 2016 Virtual Symposium page

Sessions will be happening throughout the day, beginning at 10am EST. You can come and go, attend when you are able from the comfort of your desk, come back to watch a recorded presentation–whatever suits your schedule. While you Read More…


MindTap for Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics

Confidence, momentum and audacity: these are three things that college students need to be successful learners. While math is often referred to as the universal language, it can present a barrier to students on their education and life journey. In fact, a recent survey found that 76 percent of students find math difficult. We’re here to help you create learning experiences that build confidence and elevate learning.

Focusing on the student

Three years ago, the Cengage Mathematics and Sciences team set out to find a way to make these subjects easier to learn. We believe that confidence comes from one success Read More…