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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…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: NetTutor

Audrey Wick, Cengage Faculty Partner and full-time English Professor at Blinn College in Texas, shares her experience with NetTutor and how it’s improved engagement and collaboration with students. Student engagement and collaboration are important in an academic environment, especially to help students produce quality writing. Part of the writing process involves students being able to obtain, understand, and use feedback. To help them do this, I incorporate NetTutor through MindTap. It’s #JustOneThing I can do with my developing writers. Qualified tutors on NetTutor work in on-ground centers in Florida and Arizona to provide digital feedback. They give my students a rich, informed 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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Executive News in Higher Education Newsletter: May

A Learner-Centric Approach to Retention
Download this webinar to discover what drives retention, why it’s often under-resourced, and how institutions can overcome these challenges. Legislation to Increase OER Usage
Find out how a new bill proposed by the House Higher Education Committee in Washington state proposes to expand the potential of OER. Workforce Training to Close Skills Gap
Increasing skills requirements for middle-skill jobs has created a workforce gap that must be addressed. How can skills-training partnerships reduce this gap? Collaborate with Instructional Designers
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Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2017

Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention
Hear why George Miller believes the significance of retention resonates beyond students and institutions. Better Instruction for Increased Revenue
A new study from ACE looks at the relationship between instructional quality and institutional revenue. Where can institutions invest and see results? Moving from Access to Completion
Check out the interview with Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, where he identifies the catalyst for change and describes how institutions are adapting. How Do Instructional Designers Collaborate?
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What’s More Valuable Than Free Time? And Free Coffee?

With all the demands on your time as an instructor, wouldn’t the luxury of extra time be a marvelous gift? It’s the one thing everyone wants, but no one can give. That pesky space-time continuum thing is such a drag, don’t you think? So when the engineering minds at Cengage went to work on MindTap, chief among the goals was to make your teaching experience more efficient and flexible. That way, you could cheat father time—just a little.

How MindTap Saves You Time

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Next Gen Building and Electrical Code Training Comes to Life

As demand for skilled labor surges in the construction industry, online simulations offer interactive training for students and tradesmen

There is a shortage of skilled labor in the construction industry that is leading to higher building costs and slower construction. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that there are approximately 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S.—a jump of 81% in the last two years[i]. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, nearly 80% of construction businesses report they are having a hard time finding qualified skilled labor[ii].

Restocking the Building Code Knowledge Base

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On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The Read More…


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…