Professional Training and Development

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…

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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Gale Training Webinars: December 2015

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 December 2015, and register for a free session today!

Need more support? Visit, your always-open, one-stop FREE shop stocked with items to maximize exposure and drive usage of your Gale resources.

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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…