Professional Training and Development

Top Tips: Preparing Your Course for Next Term

As you review students’ final exams, read their papers, and get set to turn in your course’s grades, you’ve likely got your mind set on a well-deserved break.

But, as we’re all aware, the new term will be here soon! So, before you close the books on this term, save yourself some time by taking a few steps to get ready for the next term now.

To help you in the process, we recently asked Cengage Learning’s Digital Solutions Coordinators: What are your top tips for instructors who are either wrapping up the end of this term or preparing for the next term?

Below, we’ve shared their responses, which include time-saving course-prep and tech tips, as well as suggestions for getting your Cengage Learning digital solution ready for your next class full of students. These ideas will help you make a smooth transition into the next term!

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Don’t Miss the 21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference!

Join us April 4-6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida for the 21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference—the premiere professional development event of the year!

Cengage Learning’s Computing Conference is our annual two-and-a-half-day professional development event designed for all Computing educators—encompassing course topics from the MS Office suite to advanced topics in Information Security.

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Podcast: TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students, and You

Teaching faculty know that social media is no longer just for “liking” photos, updating Facebook timelines, and re-tweeting the latest news from higher education. In her eight-minute podcast “TECH-knowledge-y for the Adjunct: Social Media, Students and You,” Cengage Learning Senior Digital Educator Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, M.A., discusses how social media tools and automation can help teaching faculty keep students in the know and better engaged. She shares tips on how to work smarter—not harder—to harness the power of social media to create a community of learners and improve student outcomes.
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TechKNOWLEDGE-y for the Adjunct Coordinator: Social Media, Adjuncts, and You

What do you do when you want to connect with, want to have a sense of community among your cadre of faculty who appear on your campus only for a few hours a day – usually after 5PM – a few days a week? Your adjuncts. They mean so much to you, your students, your department, your school, and you want them to know that, but how? How do you draw them in, keep them connected, and make them a part of the community conversation when the reality of their lives on your campus does not seem to make Read More…

SOS LMS: Using Your LMS as an Adjunct Connector

Using a learning management system (LMS) is a cost-effective and inclusive way to connect with your adjunct faculty members. An LMS portal can benefit your adjunct faculty members and the college in a multitude of ways. An empty LMS shell can quickly be transformed into a communication portal, resource center, and support network for your adjunct faculty members. This webinar outlines how to use your institution’s LMS to create a support network for your adjunct faculty members.
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Thought Leadership Recap: Inclusive Access and Student Retention

How can new business models impact at-risk students and increase retention? Academic executives from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College implemented an inclusive access partnership across multiple campuses and experienced impactful success. Learn about their experience in the Thought Leadership Forum: Inclusive Access and Student Retention. Inclusive Access Needs Assessment: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College had to address a number of challenges including:

    Course material cost and access
    State-mandated curriculum redesign
    Student empowerment
New Business Model: To tackle these issues and lift student success, a variety of business models were considered. Inclusive Access, a model that integrates the cost of course materials into registration fees and delivers content Read More…

We’re Speaking Your Language at ACTFL This Year!

From November 20 to 22, Cengage Learning’s World Languages team attended the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) annual conference. ACTFL took place in San Diego this year with over 700 educational sessions and a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. Cengage Learning had a great time with language professors discussing topics and trends while exhibiting iLrn demos, attending sessions, participating in Focus Groups, and receptions. In-booth demos were attended by over 50 instructors who learned the different ways they could integrate teaching into a learning solution that fits their students’ Read More…

Making Adjuncts Part of the Family

Guest Contributor: Joey Bryant, Program Coordinator, Forsyth Technical Community College. After working in industry for many years, I came into education first as an adjunct and then as a full-time instructor. I have experienced the feeling of being “just a part-timer” and “you’re one of the family.” The feeling of family can make a tremendous difference on both your attitude and your performance. At Forsyth Technical Community College, we have fifteen to twenty-five adjuncts teaching every semester. We rely on our adjuncts and appreciate what they do for us and our students. We begin our academic year with training. This training is Read More…

Webinar: Adjuncts—Part of the Family

Colleges rely heavily on adjunct faculty members, and they need to know how important they are to colleges and their students. Without adjunct faculty members, our students will suffer.

In the recorded webinar “Adjuncts—Part of the Family,” Joey Bryant of Forsyth Technical College discusses how to make adjunct faculty members feel more like part of the “educational family” and less like part-time staff.

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Thought Leadership Recap: Accessibility & Content Delivery

How can institutions deliver quality and accessible online education at scale? Dr. Kristina Mitchell details her strategies from Texas Tech University in the Thought Leadership Forum: Revolutionizing Accessibility and Content Delivery.
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