Professional Training and Development

Adjuncts: Tell Us How You’re Striving for Excellence, and Win

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Cengage Learning firmly believe in the crucial role adjuncts play in the delivery of quality teaching and learning in higher education, as well as the crucial role quality training and development resources can play in supporting them as they strive for excellence. This belief is highlighted in our “Striving for Excellence” series of podcasts, webinars, and blog posts that offer proven strategies, best practices, and tips designed to help you and your colleagues operate at peak performance.

Cengage Learning and NISOD also believe that instructors, coordinators, and administrators like you have a wealth of ideas for supporting adjunct instructors’ professional development. And we want to hear them!

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Engaging Professional Development: Best Practices for Adjunct Faculty Members

Are you looking for ways to increase adjunct faculty attendance at your professional development sessions? Are you running out of engaging topics? In this webinar, Sherri Singer provides information about best practices for designing an engaging professional development program specifically for adjunct faculty and highlights adjunct-tested and adjunct-approved topics.
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Discovering Digital Learning within Art at CAA 2016

From February 3 to 6, 2016, the Cengage Learning Arts team attended the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C., the largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts. From interactive sessions led by distinguished scholars, to informative in-booth demonstrations, to cutting-edge focus groups, this year’s CAA was one for the books.
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Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Part 1

The classrooms of the twenty-first century will include a multicultural group of students from diverse backgrounds. This creates a golden opportunity for instructors to reexamine their instructional methods and pedagogy.

Join Essie Childers, a professor at Blinn College and a Faculty Partner for Cengage Learning, in this first podcast in unfolding what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher.
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Seven Ways to Create a Warm and Inclusive Work Environment for Adjuncts

Are you excited about going to work? Do you feel connected in your department? Do you have a mentor? Does anybody in the department know your name?

In this podcast, Essie Childers, a professor at Blinn College and a Faculty Partner for Cengage Learning, will show ways to welcome and appreciate adjuncts from day one to the end of the semester.
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Make it Count! Show Us How You Assign Digital… and Win

It’s clear to see that digital is the place to be, especially for students. According to a recent article, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology.

Digital counts. According to recent studies, student engagement and outcomes improve when instructors require digital course material and make it at least 20% of their grade, proving that screen time increases scores over time.

So—how do you make it count? Show us!

Submit a short video sharing how you assign digital. You could win a paid trip to a national conference, scholarship funding, and more, plus the opportunity to share your ideas with peers and learn from one another!

All you’ll need to do: in two minutes or less, tell us your favorite digital assignment and how it engages your students.

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Exploring Education at NAEYC

From November 17–20, Cengage Learning attended the NAEYC Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Cengage Learning had a delightful time with Education professors and students in the booth, in Focus Groups, and at the Award Ceremonies. Many instructors and students attended in-booth demos to learn about our personalized learning platform, MindTap. During one demo, an impressed instructor mentioned how much easier her life was going to be with MindTap. The provided assignments, including scenario-based problems that reflect real-life teaching situations, augment student learning while minimizing the instructors’ work in administering a digital course. Instructors can modify the platform based on Read More…


Engaging Minds Blog: 2015’s Most-Read, Most-Shared Posts

It’s the end of the year, so we’re taking some time to look back at some of 2015’s most-read, most-shared, and most-discussed posts at Engaging Minds, the Cengage Learning blog.

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Going All In with Cengage Learning at the NCA Annual Convention

From November 19-21, Cengage Learning’s Communication team participated in the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention in Las Vegas. Members of the Product, Marketing, Content, and Sales teams engaged with Communication faculty to discuss trends in the discipline, attend sessions, collaborate during focus groups and celebrate during a fantastic MindTap event. In-booth demos hosted more than 30 instructors who experienced how MindTap Communication works first-hand. We provided dozens of five dollar gift card incentives for instructors who participated in a five minute MindTap demo and provided feedback. During one demo, an instructor said, “I’m very impressed by all the Read More…


How to Keep Your Mind Active Over Winter Break

Finals are finished, grading is done. You’re due for some much deserved me-time over winter break. Whether learning a new skill or just reading a book that’s not on your own syllabus, try these helpful tips for stimulating your mind while enjoying winter vacation.

Read for fun

What a novel concept! You’ve certainly earned a break from exclusively reading materials from your own courses. It’s time to pick up a book that isn’t required reading. Our partners at Questia offer a simple e-reader and even has a wide selection of free books. Questia’s library has over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare books that Read More…