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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…


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…


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…


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…


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.  

Transformative Technology

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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…


5 Cengage Products Named Finalists for 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards

Student-Centered Digital Products Shine in CODiE Awards. Reflecting our commitment to creating student-centered, affordable digital learning solutions, five Cengage products have been named finalists for the 2017 CODiE Awards! The CODiE Awards, presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), are the only peer-recognized program in the content, information, education and software technology industries. The Cengage products recognized include online learning solutions spanning higher education, digital simulation trainings, apps, and library reference and research solutions from Gale, a Cengage company. Cengage finalists and associated categories include:   Best Emerging Education Technology Solution

    MindTap for Business Statistics with Excel Online
    Delmar Online Training Simulation:
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