Professional Training and Development

Six Soft Skills for Student Success

While every industry comes with its own set of specific technical knowledge and proficiencies, there are universal “soft skills” that are applicable to any industry, and workers who lack them could be setting themselves up for failure. We’ve all seen the trend pieces criticizing recent graduates’ dearth of these skills, but consider that many graduates haven’t had a chance to practice them when they were in school. If we want to set students up for success outside of the classroom, then they’ll need opportunities to learn and hone these skills BEFORE graduation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are Read More…

Webinar: Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Next generation is a term that is used widely and, on occasion, vaguely within Higher Education.  To uncover what next generation learning could mean, hundreds of educational leaders from across the country met virtually with Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer of Learning Objects to discuss. Mott, previously Managing Director for Instructional Design and Innovation at Brigham Young University, outlined learning science, rich content, digital learning environments, learning design, curriculum development, and how all of these components help shape a next generation learning experiences. So, what is a next generation transformational learning experience?

Next generation digital

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Tips for Students: Career Training Your School May Not Offer

The campus career center is an asset to job preparedness, but there are even more career training options available to students that might not be found in every school. Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner, and it might be the perfect time to start building new skills that will look great on your resume, as well as help you in your remaining semesters in school.

Summer courses

In high school, the thought of “summer school” may sound like some sort of punishment. But summer is actually a great time to improve your future hire-ability by picking up some classes Read More…

Engaged with You at the Conference on College Composition and Communication

Are you one of the 84 writing instructors with part-time or adjunct status headed to the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) as a Professional Equity Project (PEP) nominee? If so, we will be seeing you in Houston, Texas, on April 6-9!

Haven’t heard about PEP? Cengage Learning partnered with CCCC to give grants to adjunct instructors that help cover expenses for the annual conference, including paid registration, and a coupon for one CCCC membership.

Don’t forget to stop by Cengage Learning’s Booth 103 on Thursday morning to get your photo taken and pick up your Cengage Learning swag. When you visit with us, we’d love to hear more about your “why.” Why do you do what you do? Why are you an educator for Composition? Why is attending CCCC important to you? Why do YOU write? Read More…

Teachable Moments: The Value of Five Minutes

Guest Contributor: Essie Childers, professor of student success and developmental reading at Blinn College Five minutes equals three hundred seconds. I pondered for a moment to make a list of how many things I do that would only take five minutes. The list was quite extensive. To name a few, you can check a few emails, make a phone call, grade one or two objective tests, or photocopy a few papers. Looking over the brief list above, it takes about five minutes to do each task.  What if you had a five-minute, personal conversation with each of your students?

Five-minute exit interview

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Exploring Where Art Education is Headed

The ArtisTECH Talk, centered around Art Education, took place at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 25th. The event was a huge success. Art History and Appreciation educators joined forces to learn about new ways to engage students, enhance student success, and improve efficiency in their daily lives.

The event kicked off with an enthralling presentation from Digital Educator, Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, to get instructors excited about Art Education. After, instructors learned first-hand about our digital learning solution, MindTap. Cengage Learning created MindTap for Art with both the student and instructor in mind. In Art History and Art Appreciation, an image needs to tell the student a lot of information at once. That’s why MindTap was created with text that surrounds the image so students can get the information they need, when they need it. Instructors can rest assured that Cengage Learning has their back! Read More…

Making the Most of Your Spring Break

Though college students might be traveling home, gearing up for a ski trip, or heading to sunnier climes for spring break, are instructors’ plans much different?

The Engaging Minds blog recently posted a poll in which we asked: Instructors, how do you plan to spend your spring break? Below, we’ve shared the top responses, and offered some tips that will help you make the most of your time!

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Gale Training Webinars: March 2016

Discover all the tips and tricks that will help you and your researchers get the most out of your Gale resources.

View the Gale training webinar calendar for March 2016. Then, register for a free session today!

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Use Digital to Teach Current Events? Show Us How and Win!

How do you bring current events into the college classroom? Do you have a digital assignment that incorporates popular culture? In our Make It Count contest, you have the opportunity to share how you use digital learning tools to engage students in current events for a chance at great prizes.

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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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