Professional Training and Development

Two Cengage Learning Contests Recognize Excellence in Teaching

It’s spring, and across Cengage Learning, we’re getting in the spirit by sponsoring two contests that encourage students to show appreciation for their favorite college instructors and recognize the contributions that they have made in their lives. We’re pleased to announce that nominations are now open for both the CengageBrain GPA (Greatest Professor Award) and the Questia MVP (Most Valuable Professor) Award. Winning instructors will have honorary scholarships created in their names. Share the news with your students! As an added incentive: in each contest, all eligible submissions will be entered to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards. Read More…

Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Setting

Guest Contributor: Britt Andreatta, MA, Ph.D. Teaching in a culturally diverse setting is both an honor and an important responsibility. You have the opportunity to provide college students with crucial experiences and that will make them better citizens for a lifetime. While your students may represent a wide range of demographics, they may not come from a community or school that is diverse in the same ways that your campus is. This means you should approach everyone as an eager learner who could benefit from some pointers. You also need to stand firmly in your role as facilitator, Read More…

How to Successfully Collaborate Online

Think back to the class sessions and meetings that have felt especially collaborative and engaging. What qualities do those experiences share? Perhaps it’s the particular mix of people involved, the sheer number of new ideas that came out of your discussion, or an overall welcoming environment that fosters creativity and conversation. In any event, it likely wasn’t an experience that felt stuffy, dull, or disorganized. Though positive collaborative experiences do feel energizing, natural, and free, even the most organic meetings benefit from some semblance of preparation, organization, and respect for fellow participants. This is even more true for Read More…

Collaboration Tools that Really Work

Given a choice, many people prefer in-person group and team meetings. After all, when you’re meeting in person, you can observe others’ facial expressions and gestures, hear the tone of their voices, and see just how much attention each person is paying to the topic at hand. However, it’s not always possible to get all the members of a team in one room together. For example, many college classes meet entirely online; if group work assignments are part of the coursework, then it stands to reason that face-to-face meetings would be difficult, if not impossible, to coordinate. Thankfully, online students Read More…

Are There Hidden Secrets to Creating a Successful Classroom?

Have you ever taught a course so many times that you bore yourself in the classroom?  Or perhaps you have found yourself faced with teaching a course for the first time, and you are just not sure what to do with the material and information so that it connects with the students. Either of these situations, as well as many others, can cause frustration and anxiety to a conscientious instructor who is trying to create an effective and satisfying academic experience for her students. Then, to increase your unease and frustration, you look across the hall and see a Read More…

Get the Low-Down on High-Tech: Five BIG Reasons to Add Technology to Your Teaching

Guest Contributors: Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, Senior Professional Educator, and Damon Givehand, Professional Educator, Cengage Learning Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development and Consulting.   Research tells us to add technology to our teaching, citing empirical evidence of how doing so makes undeniable differences in student knowledge construction, achievement, and overall success. We accept the studies and readily admit they have real validity and noteworthy implications, but at the same time, as we think of adding technology to our teaching, we’re tuned into and listening to that radio station in the backs of our minds, HWI-AM, how will it aid me?  Here are five big reasons Read More…

Accounting Instructors’ Report, Spring 2010: Table of Contents

Fair Value: An Essential Topic for Beginning Accounting

Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA
Marian Powers, Ph.D.

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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Fall 2010: Table of Contents

Social Networking: Has Its Time Come?

Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2010: Table of Contents

The Decade in Technology

Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Winter 2011: Table of Contents