Curriculum and Programs

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

Authors:

Consolacion L. Fajardo, DPA cfajardo@nu.edu
Sharon Lightner, PhD., slightner@nu.edu
National University
California, USA

Abstract:

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…


A Letter from the Author of Graphic Design Solutions, 6th edition

Robin Landa holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the Michael Graves College at Kean University. She’s written 23 books and received numerous awards and honors from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the National League of Pen Women, Creativity, the ADCNJ and more. In addition to winning a Human Rights Educator Award, she was lauded by the Carnegie Foundation as among the “Great Teachers of Our Time.” She is a presenter and keynote speaker at international design conferences and presents at universities, judges design competitions, and is a co-chairperson of Design Incubation, an advocacy organization dedicated Read More…


On Being “Open for Learning”

Earlier this month, Cengage and Learning Objects—a Cengage business unit—announced the launch of OpenNow, “a suite of digital products for general education courses with open educational resources (OER) content.” Responses to media coverage of this new offering focused mainly on the business model, the adherence to the “5 Rs” of OER and the contributions of materials from Cengage back to the OER community. While these reactions are to be expected, they reminded me that “open” is much more than OER content and its associated implementation and business models. An open approach to education and learning also encompasses Read More…


Innovators Speak: Productive Struggle in QR

In the first of our Innovation Speaks series, Richard N. Aufmann, author and educator at Palomar College, sat down with us to discuss how the concept of Productive Struggle applies to Quantitative Reasoning in mathematics. How would you explain Productive Struggle? Productive Struggle is a commitment to a goal—to solve a problem (homelessness, for instance), or to learn a skill (play golf, play the piano or learn to code). There must be an acceptance that the goal will take time to reach and that small successes are motivating enough to continue. To commit to Productive Struggle, the end result must Read More…