Professional Training and Development

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…


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…


College Instructors: Quick Tips for Improving Time Management

It often seems that there is never enough time in a semester to achieve everything you intended — and managing time on a day-to-day level is even trickier. Effective time management is essential for presenting well-planned classes and keeping your college students engaged in your lesson plan from the start to the end of class. In your continued professional development, try these tips for mastering your schedule, prioritizing, and making this a stress-free semester! (Or as much as possible, that is.)

The need for time management

The teaching profession is getting more complicated with tech-savvy students, more complex subject matter and new regulations. Time management Read More…


Professional Development: Research Tips for Instructors

Professional development for instructors has evolved and improved. Instructors engaging in career research need extra consideration in the areas of a catered professional development plan, research methods, and mentorship. Try our tips on professional development for instructors doing research.

Professional development trends

Teaching the teacher is a complex process. According to the Center for Public Education, some trends in professional development have been developed over the years to improve effectiveness.
    The primary form of professional development is one-shot workshops, which have been found to be extremely ineffective. Rather, professional development should occur over time providing instructors with ongoing support, upwards of 50-80 hours
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Professional Development in the Comfort of Your Home

As invigorating as it is to travel to a seminar or convention, it’s also nice to stay at home and study. When it comes to your professional development plan there are several digital learning resources literally at your fingertips. These include webinars, online courses, and virtual events. Depending on the format you can participate according to your own schedule, learn at your own pace, and repeat as often as you like.

Effective professional development

According to a Center for Public Education (CPE) report, most teachers participate in workshop-style training sessions during a school year. However, participants in the study Read More…


Tools, Tips and Ideas for Presenting to Your Peers

Delivering a presentation to fellow instructors can feel more stressful than presenting to students. After all, who is in a better position to critique us than our fellow instructors? Be that as it may, there are a few truisms when it comes to presenting to our peers. Everyone wants to experience something engaging, interesting and worthwhile. If they can be entertained at the same time, so much the better. Here are few ideas to employ in your next presentation. Know your audience: Keep in mind that adjuncts teach almost 60 percent of the students enrolled in community colleges across the U.S. Read More…


Why I Write: The Conference on College Composition and Communication

From April 6th through April 9th, the Cengage Learning English Team attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Houston. During CCCC, the Cengage Learning English Team attended sessions, led in-booth demonstrations, ran a Social Media contest, and hosted an event to engage with educators.

Composition educators at in-booth demos appreciated the new MindTap Mobile Handbook, which allows students to access MindTap on the fly. To educators, it’s clear; MindTap is developed with students at the core of what we do. From the research, to the resources to the technology, Cengage Learning believes in the power of writing. Read More…