Engagement and Motivation

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…


WebAssign Class Insights Wins 2017 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award

Learning Platform Drives Student Success in STEM Disciplines WebAssign, from Cengage, was recently recognized as the winner of EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Classroom Management Solution for Teachers category. The EdTech Digest awards program recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

Monitoring Student Performance

Class Insights gives instructors a greater level of insight into performance and student pain points, enabling them to engage with their class based on individual and overall data. The analytical view of students’ progress helps instructors identify at-risk students early in the semester, as well Read More…


Infographic: Celebrating Math Awareness Month

April is Math Awareness Month! Recognized by educators around the world, Math Awareness Month seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of math. While math skills are required for many different careers (even some you would never expect!), many students struggle with the subject.

View our infographic illustrating interesting math careers and data related to math in higher-ed.

Math Awareness Month Infographic


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…


Instructional Design 101 Part 7: What Can You Do for Me?

It’s one thing to talk about instructional design in the abstract. But what about how the Cengage instructional design team actually works with institutions like yours? In this final post in our Instructional Design 101 series, we’ll talk about how a typical collaboration might unfold.

What Does an Instructional Design Project Usually Involve?

Instructional design work by its nature is very customized. When the Cengage instructional design team works with your institution, we tailor the process and deliverables to your specific goals and needs. No matter what those specifics are, though, communication and collaboration are priorities on every project 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…


How to Debate: Respecting Different Viewpoints

No doubt there is an art to debating. Learning how to debate effectively and still respect others’ different viewpoints is a skill that can serve you well as a college student and beyond. Learn more about tips for debating without belittling that will make you a more effective and empathetic communicator.

Debate is everywhere

During the recent political season, there were plenty of strong and different viewpoints about the candidates. As a result, learning how to debate and respect others who you disagreed with could have been a constant challenge. But debate happens every day about a multitude of issues. Austin Read More…


Criminal Justice Students Get More Employable with MindTap

Guest contributor:  by Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   Throughout this criminal justice blog series, I have explored the wide range of skills students need to be successful in the criminal justice field. They must be able to exhibit the skills, attributes and behaviors employers want in order to secure a job and develop a career in criminal justice. But, exactly how can and should our students demonstrate their skills to start their careers in criminal justice? Students tend to only consider projects or reports from a capstone course to showcase these employability skills, if at all. Many times these may Read More…


How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…


Teaching Strategies: Students with Learning Disabilities

By now, you know that all students are unique and have their own learning preferences and strengths. You can adapt your teaching strategies to meet these needs, including the needs of students with learning disabilities. It’s vital for all instructors to become familiar with the types of learning disabilities in order to help facilitate a positive learning experience. Try these tips for expanding your teaching methods to be inclusive of all learning types.

Approach each student as an individual

Students with learning disabilities are the largest group of students with disabilities. Some of the many disabilities include difficulty in writing or reading, Read More…