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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…


SXSWedu 2017: Join the Cengage Sessions

SXSWedu 2017: March 6-9 in Austin, TX (Mon- Thurs) The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival brings together a diverse community of education stakeholders to celebrate learning. Visitors will enjoy compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy-centered discussions, business opportunities and networking. In attendance each year are higher ed administrators and instructors, publishers, students, non-profit and government organizations, k-12 professionals and many more. Cengage will be hosting five sessions at this year’s SXSWedu conference–we hope you can join us.

Monday, March 6

11-11:30 am –  Show & Tell: Building Flipped Curriculum to Enliven Intro Psych (Hilton Austin Downtown Read More…


Overcoming Educational Trauma with Career Online High School

Guest Contributor: Dr. Howard Liebman, Founder and Superintendent of Schools, Smart Horizons Career Online Education More than 30 million American adults lack a high school diploma, which severely limits their career, educational, financial, and social advancement opportunities. According to the World Education Organization, high school dropouts are more likely to live in poverty, be unemployed, go to prison, and make less money. How do we confront this overwhelming problem and re-engage these people back into the educational system? By addressing the educational trauma that impacted many of them in their previous high school experiences.

What is educational trauma?

Some of my initial Read More…


3 Things Stats Instructors and Students Taught Cengage

Guest contributor: Michael Saver, Cengage Statistics Over the past few years, the Statistics team at Cengage has been involved in research with thousands of instructors and students, listening intently to the needs on both sides. We’ve learned a great deal about how students approach their Statistics courses and how instructors teach it. Coincidentally enough, we’ve found that both are looking for a lot of the same things. Here are three of our biggest takeaways from the research that helped shape our new Stats in Practice videos, one of the key features in WebAssign.

Students need to make the connection

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Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: January 2017

5 Critical Considerations for CBE and CBL Implementation Dr. Deborah Everhart, VP of Design and Innovation at Learning Objects, details the distinction and similarity between competency-based education and competency-based learning. Learn how an institution can integrate components of both to impact motivation and achievement. Supporting first-generation students and improving retention were the most popular teaching goals of the past few years — learn what else made the cut for 2017. Two years after Rowan-Cabarrus Community College launched a partnership with Cengage, their work is gaining national recognition. “It is time for colleges and universities to reclaim and proclaim their role as Read More…


Inclusive Access: Award-Winning Initiative in Higher Education

In recognition of their work to advance undergraduate students’ success, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College received the 2016 Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium. The work includes an Inclusive Access partnership with Cengage that resulted in significant student savings and increased course engagement and retention. “This initiative has made all the difference at our institution; our students are saving money, they are more successful in their coursework, and they are seeing the same, streamlined technology in their course sequence. We have seen improvements in retention and significant increases in confidence in technology, especially in developmental students,” Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: December 2016

Why Businesses Need to Look Beyond the Four-Year Degree Competency based education allows students to take an active role in navigating their educational path and produces job candidates with the skills to be competitive in today’s workforce. Find out why Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, insists that institutions offer CBE programs as a valuable credentialing alternative to traditional degrees. How does an inclusive access partnership work? Listen to Mark Goodner of Indiana University describe how IU used inclusive access to deliver high-quality course materials to students while driving down costs. As the U.S. economy has evolved over the past decade, Read More…


What Research Reveals About Basic Human Needs and Interactions

The need to belong is one of humanity’s strongest driving forces. According to Roy F. Baumeister, Eppes Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, we are hardwired to desire acceptance. What happens when that need is blocked? In this month’s podcast, Dr. Baumeister recounted enlightening and surprising revelations from research into the effects of rejection on the human psyche. “Being rejected is like being bonked over the head with a two by four,” Dr. Baumeister said. He added that childhood rejection can make a person more susceptible to suffer from physical pain as an adult. Methods and results Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: November 2016

Balancing Pedagogy and Assessment in Competency-Based Education CourXam, a personalized pathway toward degree completion for students with some college credit, aims to produce better-educated learners with clearly defined learning objectives. Discover how the Center for Education Management and Learning Objects partnered to define success and make it accessible to students everywhere. What does competency-based learning actually look like in practice? Listen to Jeff King from the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning at the University of Central Oklahoma detail how he launched a successful CBL initiative. “Nontraditional” is the new norm according to data from the Read More…