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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…


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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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
What would it be like to work with an instructional design team? This Read More…


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?
Learn how instructional designers can complement faculty and Read More…


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

We’ll get to the free coffee in a minute, but let’s start with getting you that free Read More…