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Expand the Way Students Think and Learn for National Arts and Humanities Month

“The study of humanities has allowed me to expand the way I think. To think differently, and to always see other peoples’ lives through their perspectives. To be able to think critically and not be spoon fed information – [and] actually thinking about the information I am absorbing.” –Francisco Rubio Fernandez, a Freshman at Santa Monica College, on the true value of Humanities coursework. As October nears and National Arts and Humanities Month begins, now’s the time to discover the importance of a humanities education, and share the objectives on which Humanities is built upon, including:

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Helping Students Write Chemistry into Their Daily Lives

In most disciplines, the ability to write is necessary in order to send notifications about new findings or research. For undergraduate Chemistry students, the ability to clearly express yourself is needed when authoring a laboratory report, answering a short response exam question, etc. For this reason and because I want my General Chemistry students to see that Chemistry is a part of their daily life—not just stuff in a textbook—I require a writing assignment with two sections of 300 students. The assignment is submitted to Turnitin to discourage plagiarism. I do allow students to see their originality report and Read More…


Writing for Student-Turned-Employee Success

I teach a Business Communications course that is housed in the Business College at Ball State University. Although writing is considered vital throughout our curriculum, Business Communications is the core course where we polish students’ business writing skills. This sophomore-level course is designed to prepare students with the writing foundations for their upper-division courses—and for future business careers. A major focus of the course is our Employment Communications unit. The employment project I use includes three parts: An internship: students select one and report on how it relates to their career goals.
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How My Students Turn Investigative Writing into a Work of Art

Art history can be intimidating for students new to the discipline of studying artworks for their historical and stylistic context. Each semester, I begin class with handouts that include definitions of art, art history and the methodologies used by art historians including examples of formal, stylistic and contextual, iconographical and critical theory analyses. I introduce the language of art history that includes the basic elements and principles of art. I also provide students with a list of questions as preparation for discussing artworks and for writing a three-page museum paper based on an artwork of their choosing. I ask Read More…


Bringing Criminal Justice Writing into the 21st Century

Criminal Justice has a well-worn aphorism, “If it isn’t in writing, it never happened.” A huge stressor for my students happens when they lose or can’t find an out-of-class assignment or research, or their USB, CD etc., gets corrupted, damaged or left at a friend’s place. These 21st century tales of woe replace “the dog ate my homework.” Instructors have the option to:

    Award the student a “0” for the assignment—this signals we don’t believe them or we don’t care
    Allow the student a redo—this signals due dates are suggestions, or instructors are gullible
    Some variation of these two
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SXSWedu 2018 PanelPicker Voting is Open

Yes it’s August, but SXSWedu will be here before you know it, and PanelPicker voting for the conference is open now! This is your chance to vote for great content—and for Cengage!

Vote for Cengage Panels

Whether you’re going or will be joining virtually, here’s your chance to shape the content of the SXSWedu conference by voting for the panelists you want to hear. Cengage has two submissions, so please review and vote for our compelling panel discussions. PanelPicker voting is open until August 25, so thanks in advance for the support.

Reality Tech for Real Job Skills

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Expanding Excellence with the eText Initiative

Fall 2017 marks three years since the etext initiative rolled out at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We’ve experienced many successes: we saved our students money, increased communication and partnerships across the institution, and our students are more satisfied with their course materials than ever before. Now that we’ve found our groove, we’re ready to expand across more student populations—even beyond ourselves. You may be asking, “Haven’t you expanded already?” Yes, we expanded across Liberal Arts in 2014. In 2015, we expanded the etext initiative into another division at the College. In 2016, etext course offerings encompassed over 60% of the Read More…


What Makes Cengage Worthy of BostInno Coolest Company

Recently, Cengage was named a finalist in BostInno’s Coolest Companies competition for the second year in a row! Voting is still open and, and Cengage is certainly worthy of this designation.

Cengage Cool Qualities

To many people, the idea of a “cool company” means perks like nap pods, on-site game rooms and beer on tap. And while those things are fun, what’s really cool to me—and many of my colleagues—is our company’s ability to make a difference in the lives of learners everywhere. As far as cool companies go, the Cengage commitment to supporting scholarship, success and confidence sets us Read More…


Cengaged Event Series Brings Together Top Talent in Education, Technology

Last week, the city’s top talent joined Cengage employees and members of the leadership team for “Cengaged,” the first in a series of Cengage events designed to engage the area’s brightest minds in education, technology and innovation. The theme of the event was “Our Transformative Journey” and included opening remarks from CEO Michael Hansen, who reflected on his personal Cengage journey.  From leading the company through bankruptcy to overseeing the Cengage transition from a print publisher to an education and technology company, Michael demonstrated that change is only hard if you don’t understand the drivers behind it.  

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Cengage Showcases Education and Technology Innovation at 5th Annual Boston Tech Jam

Block party supports thriving Massachusetts tech community Cengage recently participated in Boston Tech Jam, a celebration of new ideas and exciting technologies emerging from the greater Boston area. Held at City Hall Plaza, the block party brought together leading tech companies, academic institutions, startups, entrepreneurs and artists to showcase the region’s impactful companies and innovations. Featuring live music, Boston’s favorite food trucks and tech-enabled art, Tech Jam showcased 100 exhibiting companies and drew thousands of attendees. Located on the “Be Strong” alley, the Cengage booth included a high striker for attendees to show off their strength, a coding Read More…