Professional Training and Development

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…


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…


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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Professional Development in the Comfort of Your Home

As invigorating as it is to travel to a seminar or convention, it’s also nice to stay at home and study. When it comes to your professional development plan there are several digital learning resources literally at your fingertips. These include webinars, online courses, and virtual events. Depending on the format you can participate according to your own schedule, learn at your own pace, and repeat as often as you like.

Effective professional development

According to a Center for Public Education (CPE) report, most teachers participate in workshop-style training sessions during a school year. However, participants in the study Read More…


Tools, Tips and Ideas for Presenting to Your Peers

Delivering a presentation to fellow instructors can feel more stressful than presenting to students. After all, who is in a better position to critique us than our fellow instructors? Be that as it may, there are a few truisms when it comes to presenting to our peers. Everyone wants to experience something engaging, interesting and worthwhile. If they can be entertained at the same time, so much the better. Here are few ideas to employ in your next presentation. Know your audience: Keep in mind that adjuncts teach almost 60 percent of the students enrolled in community colleges across the U.S. Read More…


Why I Write: The Conference on College Composition and Communication

From April 6th through April 9th, the Cengage Learning English Team attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Houston. During CCCC, the Cengage Learning English Team attended sessions, led in-booth demonstrations, ran a Social Media contest, and hosted an event to engage with educators.

Composition educators at in-booth demos appreciated the new MindTap Mobile Handbook, which allows students to access MindTap on the fly. To educators, it’s clear; MindTap is developed with students at the core of what we do. From the research, to the resources to the technology, Cengage Learning believes in the power of writing. Read More…


Webinar: Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Next generation is a term that is used widely and, on occasion, vaguely within Higher Education.  To uncover what next generation learning could mean, hundreds of educational leaders from across the country met virtually with Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer of Learning Objects to discuss. Mott, previously Managing Director for Instructional Design and Innovation at Brigham Young University, outlined learning science, rich content, digital learning environments, learning design, curriculum development, and how all of these components help shape a next generation learning experiences. So, what is a next generation transformational learning experience?

Next generation digital

Many educational leaders are familiar with Read More…


Engaged with You at the Conference on College Composition and Communication

Are you one of the 84 writing instructors with part-time or adjunct status headed to the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) as a Professional Equity Project (PEP) nominee? If so, we will be seeing you in Houston, Texas, on April 6-9!

Haven’t heard about PEP? Cengage Learning partnered with CCCC to give grants to adjunct instructors that help cover expenses for the annual conference, including paid registration, and a coupon for one CCCC membership.

Don’t forget to stop by Cengage Learning’s Booth 103 on Thursday morning to get your photo taken and pick up your Cengage Learning swag. When you visit with us, we’d love to hear more about your “why.” Why do you do what you do? Why are you an educator for Composition? Why is attending CCCC important to you? Why do YOU write? Read More…


Exploring Where Art Education is Headed

The ArtisTECH Talk, centered around Art Education, took place at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 25th. The event was a huge success. Art History and Appreciation educators joined forces to learn about new ways to engage students, enhance student success, and improve efficiency in their daily lives.

The event kicked off with an enthralling presentation from Digital Educator, Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, to get instructors excited about Art Education. After, instructors learned first-hand about our digital learning solution, MindTap. Cengage Learning created MindTap for Art with both the student and instructor in mind. In Art History and Art Appreciation, an image needs to tell the student a lot of information at once. That’s why MindTap was created with text that surrounds the image so students can get the information they need, when they need it. Instructors can rest assured that Cengage Learning has their back! Read More…


Making the Most of Your Spring Break

Though college students might be traveling home, gearing up for a ski trip, or heading to sunnier climes for spring break, are instructors’ plans much different?

The Engaging Minds blog recently posted a poll in which we asked: Instructors, how do you plan to spend your spring break? Below, we’ve shared the top responses, and offered some tips that will help you make the most of your time!

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