This year at SXSW EDU, Cengage will host sessions that showcase the company’s initiatives to deliver value, flexibility, and better student outcomes through its industry-leading initiatives, including Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind all-access digital subscription service.

Cengage executives, Cheryl Costantini and Jon Mott, invite the diverse education community at SXSW EDU to join their sessions to learn more about business models and product offerings that promote affordability, personalization and better learning experiences for students.

A complete list of the company’s SXSW EDU activities is below.

Monday, March 5

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM CST: Show Me the Money: Institutions and Affordability

Speakers: Cheryl Costantini, VP of Content Strategy, Cengage

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B

Research shows that the cost of course materials is one of the biggest challenges college students face. Students must make tough choices—finance their materials with debt, buy old copies, share digital resources, seek counterfeit options, or worse, nothing at all. Learning is suffering.

This is a solvable problem. Institutions can help. Hear about new business models—subscriptions, OER and partnerships in curriculum development & course design—that make quality learning more affordable.


Tuesday, March 6

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST: Personalize Programs-as-a-Service

Speaker: Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Objects (a Cengage company)

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B

Curriculum redesign and transformation efforts over the past decades have often yielded significant course-level improvements, but they have fallen short of the more holistic, bigger-picture imperatives of improved program-level outcomes.

The next horizon in transformation is programmatic redesign and personalization. In this session, we provide an overview of the theory, practice and processes of the Learning Objects “program-as-a-service” model.


Wednesday, March 7

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST: From the Student’s Seat: What’s Important Today

Speakers: Cheryl Costantini, VP of Content Strategy, Cengage

Bilal Shalash, Student, University of Kentucky

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon B

Every day, those deeply committed to advancing learning invest in programs, research and innovations to provide students with solutions—but is it working? Is all that investment bringing us closer to more affordable, effective learning and better outcomes?

Let’s hear directly from students to understand how Cengage Unlimited—a new innovation that allows students to subscribe for access to the entire Cengage library of products—helps learners move the needle.


Interested in meeting with Cengage leaders onsite or setting up a media interview? If so, please contact Kristina Massari at [email protected]

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