Professional Training and Development

Are Medical Assistants Grads Ready for Work? Think Again

Why do students go to college? It’s a question many are asking these days in light of new research showing a noticeable gap between educational outcomes and the skill expectations of both students—and their future employers. Two studies, one of employers and one of students, show this widening disparity between what students learn while in college and what they need to know to thrive in the workplace. This is especially true in the medical field where workforce readiness can have serious consequences for patient care.

Not Ready for Work

A study analyzed the opinions of 17 employers attending medical Read More…


Experiences, Challenges and Perspectives of Adjunct Instructors

Adjuncts’ top priorities are to share knowledge and make a difference in the lives of their students. And yet, many still feel disconnected and less valued than full-time faculty because they believe they have to try harder in order to prove themselves. Most adjunct faculty hold master’s degrees or a PhD, and because several of them have professional/real-world experience in the course area they teach, they can bring that extra value to the classroom.

Adjunct Instructor Survey

Cengage partnered with Zeldis Research Associates in a three-phased multimethod study. 417 adjunct instructors completed an online survey, and 63 adjunct professors participated in Read More…


Webinar: 2017’s Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Updates

The new year brought with it new updates from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Join the authors of the Cengage text, Intermediate Accounting: Reporting and Analysis Second Edition, Jeff Jones and Don Pagach, for a new webinar series discussing the latest changes by the FASB. Topics include revenue recognition, simplification projects–such as lower of cost and market accounting for inventory– changes to the investment standards, and leases.

Jefferson P. Jones, Auburn University

Dr. Jefferson P. Jones is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Accountancy at Auburn University. He received his Bachelor’s in Accounting and Master of Accountancy Read More…


Confidently Master New Technical Tools for Your Classroom

Modern college students are digital natives—they’ve always lived in a world surrounded by user-friendly, handheld technology, and information at their fingertips. More and more, such students expect their professors to be teaching with technology, creating a college classroom where technical tools are infrequent and easy use. But if you’re not used to integrating technology into your teaching methods, incorporating new tools can seem like a big challenge. When do you have time to learn the new tools adequately in order to seamlessly add them to your teaching strategies? And how do you prioritize them? These questions can be Read More…


How to Make Your College Lectures More Meaningful

Do you work toward facilitating active learning strategies in your college lectures? College students may feel disengaged in a large lecture hall, so rather than lose your audience, consider using active learning methods, which are more effective in helping students retain material than straight lectures. Here are some tips for college and university lecturers to keep students engaged.

Use active learning during lectures

Active learning helps develop problem solving, motivation for learning, and attitude for learning. According to Wilbert J. McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki in the book McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, 14th Edition: “The way students process verbal material Read More…


Quick Tips for Staying Active Over Winter Break

Staying active over winter break isn’t just for college students—these healthy tips are great for undergrads, teaching assistants, and profs alike. If you’re having trouble finding ways to stay active, especially after the holidays, consider trying out at least one of these ideas to keep your body moving between semesters.

Healthy tips

Oregon State University’s Recreation and Sports department website gives examples of ways to stay active in the article, “8 Healthy Tips for Winter Break.” Here are a few ideas the contributors recommended:
    At home workouts, use body weight. You can do tricep pushups from your couch—and if you’re
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Cengage Blog Trends: 2016’s Most-Read and Most-Shared Posts

It’s the end of another year, and from STEM education to augmented reality, we’ve had the pleasure of covering a lot of great topics! Now we’re taking time to look back at 2016’s most-read, most-shared, and most-discussed posts at the Cengage blog. As you wind down from fall semester, see what trended the best this year:

Highlights of 2016 from the Cengage blog

1. Great Icebreakers for the College Classroom

We asked Cengage’s Faculty Partners: “What’s your favorite ‘icebreaker’ and how do you use it in class?” Whether you teach in a classroom or in the online environment, we believe you’ll find Read More…


7 Steps to Designing a High-Engagement Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom model is one of the fastest growing trends in education right now and it’s no wonder that more and more schools are embracing the methods to improve learning outcomes, engage students, and make learning more fun. One of the biggest challenges instructors face when transitioning from a traditional lecture course to a flipped classroom model is making sure that students are adequately prepared for each in-class session. OWLv2, the chemistry online learning system from Cengage, is designed to support learning through the four phases of the flipped classroom model, but especially during the Read More…


Best Teaching Strategies to Assess Digital Literacy

The current generation of college students has grown up surrounded by technology. It’s easy to assume that all of them possess a superior technical literacy to students in years past. But the digital divide—a gap between those who have easy access to technological tools and those who don’t—can mean not all your students have the same level of digital literacy. You need teaching strategies to assess the digital and technical literacy of your students to make sure they’re able to keep up with the digital assignments and resources you use in your course. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, 14e, Wilbert Read More…


3 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Enhanced WebAssign Course

Now that Fall classes have kicked off, are you and your students taking full advantage of all that Enhanced WebAssign has to offer? The daily grind of class starts can be challenging, from acclimating students to a new academic year to managing your course, there are a lot of moving parts. Luckily, Enhanced WebAssign has a variety of student and instructor resources that can help make things easier. Follow these three simple tips to get the most out of this powerful platform and focus on what matters most—teaching relevant course topics.

Prepare students for an upcoming test or exam with the

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