Professional Training and Development

Taking the Mystery out of LinkedIn For Educators

Guest Contributor: Ron Nash, Founder of The In Academy. As an educator, I’m certain by now you’ve heard of LinkedIn? In fact, if you’re reading this article, chances are, you’ve probably heard about how great it is and that you should be using it, but like many people, don’t fully get it. I’ve got news for you. LinkedIn is like rap; it’s here to stay! So if you are serious about your research, connecting with colleagues, finding groups relevant to your areas of interest and a number of other amazing resources, you’ll want to learn how to leverage Read More…


Tips for Students: Choosing a College Major that Fits Your Career Goals

For some students, deciding on a college major takes no effort at all. Others may choose to take a few intro courses to get a feel for their interests. Should college students pursue a major based on a skill or hobby they excel at or one that may result in the biggest salary or job security? Choosing a major is a big step in your students’ college careers, but doing so will also allow them to begin setting short and long-term goals for their education, which is always something to encourage! Motivate your students to explore careers until they Read More…


Activity: Plan for Your Future Career

College offers students the opportunity to explore their interests, beliefs, and personalities while preparing themselves for the future. And for most, “the future” includes a chosen career path. Some students may make this decision quite readily—in fact, they may have come to your school or taken your classes because of their desired careers—but others will want or need a bit of guidance that will help them make informed decisions and gather the knowledge, skills, and direction that enable them to connect their coursework to their career goals. Using the following activity, taken from the Instructor’s Manual to accompany Gwenn Read More…


Career Advice: How to Make the Most of a Mentoring Relationship

Working with a mentor is an invaluable opportunity that can be beneficial to both the mentor and the mentee. A mentor can give you advice on beginning or transitioning within your career, demonstrate expectations, and serve as a role model for appropriate workplace protocol. Check with your school—some institutions offer mentoring programs that can match you to tenured professionals who are eager to share their experiences and help newer professionals develop their career plans. The same programs can also help you match yourself to an ambitious student who may be eagerly looking to you as a mentor of Read More…


Teaching Entrepreneurial Skills to Today’s Tech-Savvy Generation

If you teach business, your classes will likely include students who have visions of starting up their own companies. These students have entrepreneurial spirits; now, what they need is the entrepreneurial know-how. As an instructor, you can impart the real-world skills and knowledge they need in order to make their vision a reality. In truth, however, even students who don’t have their minds set on starting their own business can benefit from learning the skills and knowledge that govern entrepreneurship. Additionally, they could gain quite a bit from the experience of trying their hands at entrepreneurial  After all, they may work Read More…


The Value of Mentoring Students

Among the many hats you wear as an educator, you’ll probably find one labelled “mentor.” Perhaps it’s a relatively small hat: spending a few moments, here and there, to offer a bit of guidance to a student that needs some direction. Or, maybe it’s a larger (and more formal) hat: you are a supervisor, mentor, or advisor to students matriculating through your department or program. Either way, you regularly play an important role in the academic and professional development of numerous students each term. Though we recognize that many of the things you do contribute to students’ success, there may Read More…


How to be a Great Instructor: College Students Tell All

In a survey conducted by our partners at Questia of 1,000 college students and instructors, we garnered data on everything from college study habits to relationship building with faculty. We knew that instructors were substantial influencers in students’ lives, but the results may surprise you! According to the survey, “When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, a whopping 61 percent said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, 46 percent said it was also a professor.” It looks like students put a lot of trust Read More…


Top Ten Things College Students Need From Their Instructors

Whether due to lack of open communication or simply lack of time, instructors sometimes arrive at classroom review time to find that a number of students were not completely satisfied for all or part of the course. To get to the bottom of this conundrum, as part of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked our college student audience what it is they need from their instructors in order to get the most out of their education. Of course, some students’ answers were not surprising: “More extra credit!” Some were rather unexpected: “Nothing, students should put more Read More…


Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Time

We’re quickly approaching a pleasant but often challenging and busy time of year. Given all that you need to accomplish—grading, testing, creating reports, completing research… not to mention tending to personal responsibilities—you probably rely heavily on proven time-management techniques to make it through each day. In addition, you may use planners to maintain your schedule, or you may rely on productivity apps that help you complete your work and stay on track while you’re on the go. As thoughtfully as you plan, and as diligently as you work, you only receive the twenty-four hours per day allotted to Read More…


Using Influence in a Positive Manner

Think about the people who influenced you in a positive manner. Maybe it’s the teacher who sparked a passion for learning, the adventurer who gave you the travel bug, or the public figure who opened your eyes to a new avenue of service. Whoever comes to mind, you’ll observe that somehow they motivated you to see your situation in new ways, helped you develop a more positive attitude, prompted you to think beyond yourself, and encouraged you to participate in a meaningful and life-changing endeavor. Perhaps you hope to influence others to join your cause or consider your point of view Read More…