Professional Training and Development

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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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Fall 2015: Table of Contents

The following articles are featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the Accounting Instructors’ Report:

Ten Steps to ‘A’-ing Accounting
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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Don’t Strike Out: Three Rules for Communicating with Adjuncts

Contributor: Sherri Singer, Coordinator, Adjunct Institute, and Department Head, Alamance Community College. The Adjunct Institute at Alamance Community College has been working with Adjuncts since 2005. Using our decade of experience we have developed three simple rules to guide our communication, and to ensure that Adjuncts actually read our emails. Adjuncts often have two or more jobs, and many work at multiple institutions. They may have two or more email addresses that they check each day. As coordinators who work with Adjuncts we need to tailor our emails to fit their needs and create cues that attract and keep their Read More…

Teaching Online Introductory Accounting Course For The First Time: What to Expect

With colleges and universities offering more courses online, professors may have to teach courses online for the first time. This paper serves to address the expectations of teaching a course online for the first time, and offers recommendations for new starters of online courses.

The research was based on the introductory accounting courses I taught in summer semester 2014. A survey was given to the students to address their course expectations and results. I also examined the grade distribution and withdrawal rates between the two different course delivery methods (online and on-campus).
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Webinar: Inclusive Access and Student Retention

What is inclusive access? How can this model impact at-risk students and retention? Will implementation lead to greater efficiency and ease of use?

Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:30 PM EST / 12:30 PM PST for the Thought Leadership Forum: Inclusive Access and Student Retention.

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The Value of Professional Development for Adjuncts

Statistics indicate that adjuncts teach close to 60% of the students enrolled in community colleges across the United States. Therefore, coordinators of adjuncts should seek opportunities to keep adjuncts abreast of current trends and practices in their field.

In this presentation, Essie Childers of Blinn College points out several reasons why professional development is important for adjuncts.
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Creating Connections Among Dispersed Faculty

According to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 49% of adjuncts rarely feel connected to fellow educators, and 8% never feel connected. On a similar note, 40% of the adjuncts who responded said that “poor connections to colleagues/institution” posed a challenge to their work.

How can you help improve these connections and develop community among the adjuncts on your campus?
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