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Investing in Education Helps Award-Winning McDonald’s Owner Double Employee Retention

As one of the largest employers in Southern Indiana, John Moreland knows the importance of providing employees with opportunities for growth and advancement. For that reason, Moreland—who owns 14 McDonald’s restaurants with wife Mary Moreland and daughter Stephanie Bishop as the Moreland/Bishop Organization—has encouraged and supported his employees to participate in the Archways to Opportunity program. To date, the Moreland/Bishop Organization has had more employees participate in the program than any other McDonald’s group. A total of 75 employees have participated in the program, including three who have earned their high school diplomas as a result. “We’re in a high-poverty 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…


Spark Your Writing Course Using Online Portfolios

By Faculty Partner, Dr. Jenny Billings, Chair of ACA, DRE, and ENG and English instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.  As an English instructor, I’ve seen thousands of student portfolios. Most of these have been in print, hole-punched, and submitted in three-ring binders. Others have been emailed or uploaded as a single Word document or PDF. Needless to say, student portfolios can become monotonous for both students and instructors. While they’ve become #JustOneThing required for Comp I courses, with Pathbrite, portfolios are no longer #JustOneThing students have to turn in. Instead, these portfolios are creative, all-inclusive, and something Read More…


The Future of OER is Now

Cheryl Costantini is the Vice President of Content Strategy at Cengage. She’s been in the higher education industry for more than 20 years and is passionate about improving access to education and helping learners achieve success. Recently, Cengage announced that we’ve launched OpenNow digital course solutions that make it easy to work with and use open educational resources (OER). You might be asking yourself: Why would Cengage develop OER-based solutions? It’s quite simple: OER adds value to the learning experience. OER provides unique benefits. Aside from the five R’s (retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute), OER belongs to everyone, and it can change the nature of Read More…


Holy High-Tech: One Instructor’s Journey Through Digital Evaluation

I’d love to sit here and tell you that getting here today was easy. That it all fell into place without much effort. That I was able to take a backseat and watch it all happen before my eyes. It wouldn’t be the truth, though. As is the case with most instances of success, achieving it takes time and work. You’ve seen some of the digital options available to educators. Today, there are too many to count and far too many to test, pilot, or sit through a demo of. Plus, there are many factors to consider when evaluating Read More…


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.
A résumé: students write one according to the internship Read More…


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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