Curriculum and Programs

3 Ways to Make International Relations More Relatable

Last month, we told you Dr. Gregory Dixon—Professor of International Relations and Cengage Faculty Partner—planned to share his tips for facilitating personal connections between students and their world. It can feel like a challenge getting students to grasp how global and political events impact their lives, or how common items like iPhones represent globalization—but there are ways to get through. Dr. Dixon’s two-part webinar series explored best practices and strategies for engaging students in world politics and globalization through pop culture, world events and everyday objects. Here are just some of the ways you can illustrate these concepts Read More…


What’s More Valuable Than Free Time? And Free Coffee?

With all the demands on your time as an instructor, wouldn’t the luxury of extra time be a marvelous gift? It’s the one thing everyone wants, but no one can give. That pesky space-time continuum thing is such a drag, don’t you think? So when the engineering minds at Cengage went to work on MindTap, chief among the goals was to make your teaching experience more efficient and flexible. That way, you could cheat father time—just a little.

How MindTap Saves You Time

We’ll get to the free coffee in a minute, but let’s start with getting you that free Read More…


Podcast: Tips to Help Students Be More Effective Learners

According to Dr. Jeff Nevid, Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in New York, academic success often comes down to how well you studied, not how long you studied. When students fall short of their academic goals they often develop self-defeating beliefs. These beliefs sap a student’s motivation and become a self-fulfilling prophecy because students have not learned to read and study effectively.

Power Effective Learners

Dr. Nevid described several strategies that will get students engaged with the material so that it will integrate into their memory where it can be retrieved at will. His ideas are based on the four Read More…


Are Medical Assistants Grads Ready for Work? Think Again

Why do students go to college? It’s a question many are asking these days in light of new research showing a noticeable gap between educational outcomes and the skill expectations of both students—and their future employers. Two studies, one of employers and one of students, show this widening disparity between what students learn while in college and what they need to know to thrive in the workplace. This is especially true in the medical field where workforce readiness can have serious consequences for patient care.

Not Ready for Work

A study analyzed the opinions of 17 employers attending medical Read More…


Next Gen Building and Electrical Code Training Comes to Life

As demand for skilled labor surges in the construction industry, online simulations offer interactive training for students and tradesmen

There is a shortage of skilled labor in the construction industry that is leading to higher building costs and slower construction. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that there are approximately 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S.—a jump of 81% in the last two years[i]. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, nearly 80% of construction businesses report they are having a hard time finding qualified skilled labor[ii].

Restocking the Building Code Knowledge Base

Building code knowledge is Read More…


Instructional Design 101 Part 6: Instructional Designer/Faculty Partnership

In previous posts in our Instructional Design 101 series, we’ve talked about what an instructional designer is and isn’t. An ID is not a subject matter expert or a faculty member. An ID is an expert in learning theory who can collaborate with your school’s faculty, consulting with subject matter experts along the way, to help ensure that students walk away from a course with a specific set of knowledge and skills. In this post, we’ll take a look at how the partnership between Cengage’s IDs and your school’s faculty works.

The ID’s role

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3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Data Analysis Tool for Your Intro Stats Class

By Christine Vasallo   There are a bevy of data analysis tool (DAT) options out there for Introductory Statistics instructors and their students—some are strictly online (Internet connection required), whereas others are desktop applications. Deciding which tool will enhance, not inhibit, a student’s comprehension of Intro Stats concepts takes some heavy analysis of its own.

Questions to Consider When Evaluating Data Analysis Tools

Here are a few questions to consider when you evaluate systems. They’re ones we’ve often heard instructors ask as they consider both their own teaching style and student population:

How much coding is required for my students to learn before they

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Webinar: How to Help College Students Relate to World Events

Helping students connect their personal lives to real world events is no easy feat, but it is especially important in international relations courses. As an international relations instructor, how do you engage your students and help them make a more personal connection between their own lives, significant historic events and their influence on and connection to current world events? College students may be aware of the current political climate driven by the United States’ election. They may have seen and read articles on Brexit and the Syrian refugee situations in Aleppo on Twitter or Facebook. But, world politics go beyond Read More…


Podcast: How Instructors Can Help Students Bridge Skill Gaps

College instructors spend most of their classroom time on content and often feel as if there is not enough time to cover everything. So the idea of adding more subjects to the mix can be daunting. Yet that is what Dr. Tanya Martini of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario is suggesting. According to Dr. Martini, our graduates have a skills gap. They graduate without sufficient understanding of necessary career skills such as communication, collaboration, leadership, creativity and empathy. Along with the skills and knowledge of their profession, these are the transferable career skills that employers look for in Read More…


Teaching Intermediate Accounting: FASB’S Simplification Initiative

In June 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced a Simplification Initiative with two related goals: reduce unnecessary complexity of financial reporting and improve (or at least maintain) its decision usefulness. Unlike many accounting pronouncements, most of these simplification projects are limited in scope and relatively short in duration (FASB 2014). Due to publishing cycles, Intermediate Accounting textbooks may not include these changes, although accounting professors should include them in their course materials. The purpose of this article is to highlight Simplification Initiative updates which are relevant to Intermediate Accounting I and/or II, as well as provide a Read More…