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…


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…


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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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…


MindTap Boosts Confidence in Student’s Learning

Erin Dougherty, college student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, shares how MindTap has become her favorite online product to use in college.

Challenge

Erin’s frustrating experiences with digital products made her apprehensive about using one in her health course.

Solution

MindTap for Health

Result

Student found MindTap easy to use; she felt engaged in the coursework, gained confidence from gradebook graphics that showcased her scores and class progress.

Read more about how Erin now finds MindTap the best online product she’s used here.


How MindTap Brings Life to Art History For Professors

Heather Jones, Art History Professor at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY, shares how integrating MindTap into her courses has brought life to Art History and has enhanced learning in her students. Challenge Because classes are 100% online, unique challenges include how to support international or ELL students. Also, the subject matter and related vocabulary are new to most students. Solution MindTap for Art History Result With a variety of interactive features, MindTap keeps things interesting and not redundant. Departmental unity has also presented itself without making instructors change their teaching style and approach. Read more on Heather Jones’ story of bring life Read More…


How WebAssign Helped College Professor Better Engage Students

Ann Darke, Lecturer at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, began implementing WebAssign in her calculus classes in Fall 2016. She shares how the experience has been for both her and her students.

Challenge

Tech issues and system downtime increased over time, causing roadblocks for students.

Solution

WebAssign for Calculus

Result

WebAssign has been reliable and easy to use, with little to no downtime. It’s easy to use, answers are easy to enter, and it accepts multiple versions of the correct answer.

Discover how Ann Darke was able to better engage her students with WebAssign.


Investing in Retention is Vital to Institutional Success

There is far too much at stake for institutions not to prioritize retention—especially in today’s educational climate.

Invest in Retention

Hear why Phillip Long, Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Texas at Austin, and MJ Bishop, Director of the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at University System of Maryland, believe retention is a mission-critical investment.

 

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