Curriculum and Programs

Let’s Be Direct: What’s Your Employability Strategy?

Derived from blog originally
posted on WCET Frontiers
had the opportunity to partner with WCET and talk about soft skills—what
they are, why they matter, how they impact employability and why the current
workplace demands them. I’ve continued this conversation by speaking with educators across
the country, often hearing similar feedback: “We all know the primary reason students pursue education is to get a job or a better job—yet employers consistently tell us students graduate without the requisite skill set to be successful. When it comes to hiring, a whopping 92 percent of HR professionals tell us that soft skills matter as much Read More…

Growing Enrollment & Student Potential: How One Program Prepares Learners for Higher Education

This fall, freshmen across the University of California’s campuses will arrive with expectations of how to excel—but with the institution’s newest location comes new student experiences. In rural Merced, one unique student population brought opportunities to effect change in a community and bring digital literacy to young learners—many of whom are the first in their families to enroll in higher education. Kevin Reimer, Instructor in UC Merced’s University Extension Department, reveals how he developed a dual-enrollment program that builds skills for high school students while putting them on the path to college.   Reducing Fears for First-Time Enrollers Merced is located in a Read More…

Adjusting the Lens: Active Learning in Online Classes

Author: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies, Ashland University As a college faculty member for more than 25 years, I’ve taught thousands of undergraduate students in a traditional classroom setting, utilizing active learning strategies to engage and involve students in the learning process. Changing charts, card flip, expert groups, clearest/muddiest point, group projects, polling, augmented reality and case studies—all tools of the trade I know, love and use every semester. Then came online classes. I taught my first completely online course 15 years ago. I’ll be the first to admit it was Read More…

Innovators Speak: Reflecting on Mathematics Redesign

Jeff Hughes, an author and educator at Hinds Community College in Tennessee, has been involved with course redesign in Mathematics since it was first implemented on his campus. Now, he shares his thoughts in the third of our Innovators Speak series. Please describe your experience with the corequisite model and/or Quantitative Reasoning. My community college began piloting a corequisite model in two sections of College Algebra and two sections of Quantitative Reasoning during the fall of 2016.  Since that time, we have expanded it and have sections offered on four of our six campuses.  I was involved at the very Read More…

Innovators Speak: Implementing Corequisites in Texas

For the second installation of our Innovators Speak series, we asked Dr. Rebecca Goosen about her experience implementing the corequisite model in Texas. She is a developmental educator and administrator at the forefront of course redesign, and took some time to share her thoughts Please describe your experience with the corequisite model.
I am the district administrator for developmental education at San Jacinto College. We had a Demonstration Grant from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and were asked to try integrating reading and writing as well as do some early testing of the corequisite models in Mathematics. We quickly Read More…

Cengage Hosts SXSW EDU Sessions on Value, Flexibility and Student Outcomes

This year at SXSW EDU, Cengage will host sessions that showcase the company’s initiatives to deliver value, flexibility, and better student outcomes through its industry-leading initiatives, including Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service. Cengage executives, Cheryl Costantini and Jon Mott, invite the diverse education community at SXSW EDU to join their sessions to learn more about business models and product offerings that promote affordability, personalization and better learning experiences for students. A complete list of the company’s SXSW EDU activities is below. Monday, March 5 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST: Show Me the Money: Institutions and Affordability Speakers: Read More…

The Impact of Integrating a Publisher’s Digital Solution in Online and Offline Accounting Courses


Consolacion L. Fajardo, DPA [email protected]
Sharon Lightner, PhD., [email protected]
National University
California, USA


This empirical research investigates the impact of integrating a publisher’s digital solution Connect into both online and onsite accounting courses. The objective is to enhance the students’
learning experience and performance by (1) assuring that students have all course resources prior to the start of class and (2) providing a mechanism for students to have immediate and more personalized feedback on work completed. Various tools in Connect available to faculty to facilitate learning include: LearnSmart (the adaptive learning component of Connect), homework assignments Read More…

Boost Student Writing Using NetTutor with MindTap English

Faculty Partner, Audrey Wick, is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas Student engagement and collaboration are important in an academic environment, especially to help students produce quality writing. Part of the writing process involves students being able to obtain, understand, and use feedback. To help them do this, I incorporate NetTutor through MindTap. It’s #JustOneThing I can do with my developing writers. NetTutor qualified tutors work in on-ground centers in Florida and Arizona to provide digital feedback. They give my students a rich, informed voice of writing expertise to help them develop their skills while my students never Read More…

MindTap for English #JustOneThing: Just In Time Plus

Kina Lara, an adjunct English instructor at San Jacinto College, shares how incorporating Just In Time Plus has vastly improved students’ understanding in Freshman Composition. Course redesign initiatives in freshman composition are happening all across the country, with the co-requisite model being one of the most popular. These co-req courses come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: Comp I students are coming in at lower and more varying levels. In my Comp I (and even Comp II) courses at a two-year community college, I’ve seen this emerge over and over again as a common theme. Read More…

The Credential Registry: How Open Standards Benefit All Stakeholders

What makes a credential valuable? How does that value vary for different stakeholders, including learners, higher education institutions and employers? What constitutes quality, and how are credentials connected to each other and to opportunities for the people who have earned them?

Credentials Drive the Knowledge Economy

Credentials have rapidly evolved in recent years to meet the needs of our knowledge economy. By 2020, 65% of jobs will require postsecondary education or training. But the lack of transparency and comparability among credentials is causing confusion and mistrust that inhibit the development of valuable ecosystems among stakeholders. Individuals don’t know Read More…