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Engaging the Masses: A Look Inside Cengage

For the second year, Cengage participated in NewCo Boston, a live innovation festival where companies open their doors to the community to offer an inside look at what they do. Hosted by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), NewCo gives attendees an intimate view of more than 85 leading tech companies in Massachusetts.

On a Mission

More than forty people came out to hear Cengage representatives speak about their roles and experience at the company. George Moore, Chief Technology Officer at Cengage, talked about the company’s student focus and credo, as well as the technology that drives it 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…


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…


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

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APLIA: A Tech-Solution that knows No Limits

APLIA is a by-product of science that transforms the way students learn and how faculty teaches. In an orthodox set-up, students use books as a primary source of information. However, complex by-the-book discussions make it harder for average students to comprehend. The use of a dictionary may be necessary to know terms commonly introduced by different fields. One of the advantages of APLIA is its built-in dictionary that provides definitions of unfamiliar terms. In addition, APLIA reinforces the learning of students by providing them instant feedback about their performance in exams and activities. Traditionally, written assignments do not effectively serve Read More…


On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The 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…


Meet New Cengage CIO, Jim Chilton

We recently welcomed Jim Chilton to the Cengage team as our new Chief Information Officer.  Jim brings with him a robust background in technology and software with 25 years of experience in both start-ups and larger businesses.  He most recently led teams at Dassault Systemes where he supported the global, multi-billion dollar business first as CIO and then in a go-to-market strategy role for SaaS and cloud-based products.  Jim hit the ground running at Cengage and is already making an impact by helping students gain the confidence and momentum they need to achieve their education and life goals.  Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: March 2017

Skills-Based Credentials More Important Than Ever
4 out of every 10 students who enroll in a four-year degree drop out before graduation, often leaving with nothing to show but debt. Is skills-related education the solution?     Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required
Today’s workforce demands more skills than a high school education, but less than a bachelor’s degree. Find out how employers are working with community colleges to minimize these gaps.   Why Use an Instructional Designer?
Explore the course development process and how IDs identify learning outcomes, select corresponding content, and optimize comprehension by removing obstacles to learning.   The New Read More…


Career Online High School: How to Build Confidence and Boost High School Graduation Outcomes

Guest Contributor: Dr. Howard Liebman, Founder and Superintendent of Schools, Smart Horizons Career Online Education In my previous post, “Overcoming Educational Trauma with Career Online High School,” I introduced the concept of educational trauma as when “one-size-fits-all” academic systems lead to students having poor experiences and dropping out.

Reverse the cycle by boosting confidence

When we established Career Online High School, it was with the idea of re-engaging adults back into the educational system and providing them with real-world, applicable skills to prepare them for the world of work. By understanding how students experience traumatic events and how they express their Read More…