Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

Cengage Career Online High School to Support Workforce Training Initiative in Appalachia

Cengage’s Career Online High School will soon be available to workers and students impacted by the changing coal economy in Appalachia, thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The $100,000 competitive grant was awarded to Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the U.S. Cengage is partnering with JFF to implement the grant. An estimated 10 million people ages 18 and older do not have a high school diploma or equivalency across the 13 states in the Appalachian Region, according to the American Community Survey of 2015. The Read More…


CengageNOWv2 Improves Exam Performance

SUCCESS STORY for Principles of Financial Accounting La Tasha Roberts’ students at Austin Community College count on CengageNOWv2 for guided help with their financial accounting course. Roberts likes that CengageNOWv2 integrates easily with Blackboard®. Her students like its videos, guided problems, and the study plans that identify their weak areas and help them prepare for exams. And you don’t need to be an accountant to understand the numerical results: grades have improved by 15% and course drop rates have fallen by 20%. Learn more about how La Tasha Roberts used CengageNOWv2 to promote student engagement, improve learning outcomes, and motivate Read More…


Research in STEM: Interactive Reading Assignments

Guest contributor: Vickie Williamson, Instructional Associate Professor at Texas A&M As a chemistry instructor, I’m no stranger to digital learning products. I received an informative demonstration of OWL back in 2001 and was so impressed that I adopted and began using it in my classroom the very next semester.

MindTap General Chemistry

Then, when I saw the MindTap demo, I liked the idea of having my students’ homework questions embedded right into the text on the same screen. However, I wasn’t sure if it could possibly produce better results than OWL. That’s because, from 2001 to 2012 85-95 Read More…


Why College Students Want to Use MindTap

Guest contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   When college students enter my criminal justice program, they are excited to begin their careers in law enforcement, corrections, community supervision, security and other Criminal Justice positions. Unfortunately, some of the students are not always prepared for how rigorous the program can be, which can affect their confidence and present many teaching challenges. The solution that works for me and my students is MindTap, which helps bring the course to life! Within MindTap, I direct my students to the eBook and the dynamic visual summary, which provides a map showing how topics in Read More…


American Historical Association Annual Meeting: Global Americans Launch

Cengage was thrilled to host a book launch on January 6th at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver to celebrate publication of Global Americans: A History of the United States, 1st Edition, a new textbook for U.S. history courses. Faculty from across the country joined the book authors for a night filled with merriment, including a toast led by lead author Maria Montoya, who raised a glass to her co-authors, Laura Belmonte, Carl Guarneri, Steven Hackel, Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, and Lon Kurashige, on their collective remarkable achievement. Global Americans recognizes that the creation and history of the United Read More…


Podcast: Help Students Overcome the Myths About Psychology Degrees

According to former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, psychology majors are doomed to a career in fast food. How is it that the psychology degree gets such a bad rap? Dr. Ellen E. Pastorino thinks it’s because psychology majors don’t know how to articulate to employers the many valuable skills that their studies have taught them. In this week’s podcasts, Dr. Pastorino pointed out that the skills psychology students develop during their studies: collaboration, communication, intrapersonal, quantitative analysis, and critical thinking, are those skills most valued by employers. Faculty can help students to transition from the classroom into the workplace with Read More…


How to Help Criminal Justice Students Become Job-Ready

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   The criminal justice field has changed so greatly over the past decade. My goal in the classroom is to help prepare my students to become fully job-ready. We focus on improving their communication skills, their reading comprehension, and their decision-making ability through dynamic scenarios. When students begin their CJ career, they learn quickly that every written word and every action can be used in court, captured on video, and easily shared on social media. As a state trooper who is passionate about law enforcement, my primary goal is to act Read More…


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…


Accounting Instructors’ Report, Fall 2016: Table of Contents

The following articles are featured in the FALL 2016 issue of the Accounting Instructors’ Report: TRENDS Developing Highly Motivated Students
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA ARTICLES Lighting A Fire: Start Igniting Student Motivation Janean S. Kleist, Ph.D., CPA (Inactive)
College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Deborah J. Pembleton
College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Integrating Fraud In The Introductory Financial Accounting Course Cynthia E. Bolt-Lee
The Citadel Thirty Nine Years Of Make-Up Exams
Terry Dancer
Arkansas State University TEACHING TECHNIQUES Analyze This, Analyze That: A Reversing Entry Case Ting Jie (TJ) Wang, Ph.D.
College of Read More…