Author: Tami Strang

Google Tools Now Integrated into More Gale Products

Gale is constantly looking for new ways to enhance users’ experience and meet them wherever they begin their research. To this end, Gale recently expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education™ (such as Gmail™, Google Classroom™, Google Drive™, and Google Docs™) into many of its most popular solutions for academic, public, and school libraries. Currently, Gale products with integrated Google Apps for Education include: Research in Context and other In Context resources; InfoTrac; GVRL; Contemporary Authors Online; LitFinder; the MLA International Bibliography; Book Review Index Plus; and the Literature Resource Center. The integration will be added to Kids InfoBits this winter. The integration Read More…


Students in Communication Courses Succeed with MindTap

How do you motivate students to succeed in your Communication courses? If you’re looking for a way to increase motivation and engagement, try assigning digital. Our recent studies have shown that, when MindTap counts for at least 20% of their grade, students in Communication courses are engaging in course material more and performing better.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes.

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Student Success in Sociology–With MindTap

Consider the goals you have for your Sociology students. In all likelihood, you want to see improved outcomes, and increased engagement.

Looking for a learning solution that will help you (and your students) achieve these goals? Try assigning a digital learning solution such as MindTap for a grade. Students in Sociology courses are spending more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.

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The Value of Professional Development for Adjuncts

Statistics indicate that adjuncts teach close to 60% of the students enrolled in community colleges across the United States. Therefore, coordinators of adjuncts should seek opportunities to keep adjuncts abreast of current trends and practices in their field.

In this presentation, Essie Childers of Blinn College points out several reasons why professional development is important for adjuncts.
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Creating Connections Among Dispersed Faculty

According to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 49% of adjuncts rarely feel connected to fellow educators, and 8% never feel connected. On a similar note, 40% of the adjuncts who responded said that “poor connections to colleagues/institution” posed a challenge to their work.

How can you help improve these connections and develop community among the adjuncts on your campus?
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Gaining Insights into Student and Class Learning

Contributor: Michael Lafreniere, Ohio University-Chillicothe. As another college semester unfolds, learning is most certainly taking place—right? Yet, how can we be sure? We have collected student work, evaluated their problem solving skills, and assessed their learning with assignments, quizzes, and exams.  All of these items are like “individual jewels” for us to use as teachers…to piece together in an effort to hopefully form a complete “mosaic” of a student’s or class’s accomplishment in learning. Regardless of your discipline or preference with using digital tools, we can use traditional means of collecting assessment scores and aggregate these scores as averages or rank order Read More…


MindTap Supports Strong Outcomes in Developmental English

As an instructor of Developmental English, you have numerous goals for your students. Among these,  you undoubtedly want to see high levels of student engagement, as well as strong outcomes and student success.

How can you help your students achieve these important goals? Try assigning digital. When MindTap counts for at least 20% of their grade, students in Developmental English are engaging in course material more and performing better.

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MindTap Boosts Student Success in Computing Courses

Computing skills are absolutely essential for success in today’s environment. And it naturally follows that students learning these skills would want to do so by using digital learning tools. Cengage Learning’s MindTap is helping students “make the grade,” boosting engagement and student success in Computing courses.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes. We’ve seen that, when MindTap counts for at least 20% of their grade, students in Computing courses are engaging in course material more and performing better.

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Creative Incentives to Increase Adjunct Participation

Contributor: Sherri Singer, Adjunct Institute Coordinator and Department Head, Alamance Community College. No budget for professional development? No problem! There are a variety of inexpensive incentives you can use to increase adjunct attendance at professional development sessions. As adjunct coordinators, we all know that funds are limited and that adjuncts are pulled in many different directions. While professional development is one of the most valuable activities adjuncts can take part in, it is also one of the hardest in which to encourage participation. Adjuncts need an incentive to fit training sessions into their already busy schedules. These incentives fall into Read More…


Students Seek Help for Math Anxiety and Find it with Enhanced WebAssign

Overcoming fear is certainly not an official subject major at the City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY BMCC), but for a handful of developmental math students there, it sure felt like it. For many students, who suffer from what’s often called “math anxiety,” the fear of failing yet another math class was real. Skipping class due to math anxiety is not uncommon for college students who have histories with mathematics struggles. However, the developmental math course is an important requirement on the path to graduation and enrollment at four-year schools… and thus, passing the course is of great importance.

Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results, has helped many of CUNY BMCC’s students navigate the rough waters mathematics can often produce.

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