Professional Training and Development

Quick Tips for Staying Active Over Winter Break

Staying active over winter break isn’t just for college students—these healthy tips are great for undergrads, teaching assistants, and profs alike. If you’re having trouble finding ways to stay active, especially after the holidays, consider trying out at least one of these ideas to keep your body moving between semesters.

Healthy tips

Oregon State University’s Recreation and Sports department website gives examples of ways to stay active in the article, “8 Healthy Tips for Winter Break.” Here are a few ideas the contributors recommended:
    At home workouts, use body weight. You can do tricep pushups from your couch—and if you’re
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Cengage Blog Trends: 2016’s Most-Read and Most-Shared Posts

It’s the end of another year, and from STEM education to augmented reality, we’ve had the pleasure of covering a lot of great topics! Now we’re taking time to look back at 2016’s most-read, most-shared, and most-discussed posts at the Cengage blog. As you wind down from fall semester, see what trended the best this year:

Highlights of 2016 from the Cengage blog

1. Great Icebreakers for the College Classroom

We asked Cengage’s Faculty Partners: “What’s your favorite ‘icebreaker’ and how do you use it in class?” Whether you teach in a classroom or in the online environment, we believe you’ll find Read More…


7 Steps to Designing a High-Engagement Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom model is one of the fastest growing trends in education right now and it’s no wonder that more and more schools are embracing the methods to improve learning outcomes, engage students, and make learning more fun. One of the biggest challenges instructors face when transitioning from a traditional lecture course to a flipped classroom model is making sure that students are adequately prepared for each in-class session. OWLv2, the chemistry online learning system from Cengage, is designed to support learning through the four phases of the flipped classroom model, but especially during the Read More…


Best Teaching Strategies to Assess Digital Literacy

The current generation of college students has grown up surrounded by technology. It’s easy to assume that all of them possess a superior technical literacy to students in years past. But the digital divide—a gap between those who have easy access to technological tools and those who don’t—can mean not all your students have the same level of digital literacy. You need teaching strategies to assess the digital and technical literacy of your students to make sure they’re able to keep up with the digital assignments and resources you use in your course. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, 14e, Wilbert Read More…


3 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Enhanced WebAssign Course

Now that Fall classes have kicked off, are you and your students taking full advantage of all that Enhanced WebAssign has to offer? The daily grind of class starts can be challenging, from acclimating students to a new academic year to managing your course, there are a lot of moving parts. Luckily, Enhanced WebAssign has a variety of student and instructor resources that can help make things easier. Follow these three simple tips to get the most out of this powerful platform and focus on what matters most—teaching relevant course topics.

Prepare students for an upcoming test or exam with the

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College Instructors: Quick Tips for Improving Time Management

It often seems that there is never enough time in a semester to achieve everything you intended — and managing time on a day-to-day level is even trickier. Effective time management is essential for presenting well-planned classes and keeping your college students engaged in your lesson plan from the start to the end of class. In your continued professional development, try these tips for mastering your schedule, prioritizing, and making this a stress-free semester! (Or as much as possible, that is.)

The need for time management

The teaching profession is getting more complicated with tech savvy students, more complex subject matter and new regulations. Time Read More…


Insights and Challenges as an Adjunct Instructor

According to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), more than 50 percent of those teaching at a college level are part- and full-time non-tenure track faculty, otherwise known as an adjunct instructor or contingent faculty. What are the issues these instructors face since they are not afforded the same security and academic freedom that full-time college professors enjoy? What efforts are being made to help in overcoming challenges faced by adjuncts?

Changing face of college instructors

There are many different names used to describe an adjunct instructor, according to the AAUP such as adjuncts, postdocs, non-tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, part-timers, Read More…


Top 5 Mobile Apps for College Instructors

With all the education apps available on the market, how do you sort the worthwhile from the useless? The best apps for instructors make life easier and help you better utilize technology in the classroom. As you’re heading back to school this fall, take a peek at some of the most recommended apps to help you organize your course materials and be able to access your resources from anywhere–so if you want to meet an advisee at a local coffee shop, you won’t miss the computer in your office.

Productivity tools

In Those Who Can, Teach, 14e, Kevin Ryan, James Read More…


Professional Development: Research Tips for Instructors

Professional development for instructors has evolved and improved. Instructors engaging in career research need extra consideration in the areas of a catered professional development plan, research methods, and mentorship. Try our tips on professional development for instructors doing research.

Professional development trends

Teaching the teacher is a complex process. According to the Center for Public Education, some trends in professional development have been developed over the years to improve effectiveness.
    The primary form of professional development is one-shot workshops, which have been found to be extremely ineffective. Rather, professional development should occur over time providing instructors with ongoing support, upwards of 50-80 hours
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How Students Can Get the Most from Their Summer Work Experience

For many college students, summer break is for more than working on their tan. It’s a time to get valuable work experience and earn a few dollars toward tuition. With some guidance and planning, students can make sure that they get the most benefit possible from their summer job. The good news is that their employment doesn’t have to be directly related to their major for the experience to add value to their education.

Start with a plan

For those who have found a focus for their future, a summer job that is related to their major is the Read More…