communication

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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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…


Students in Communication Courses Succeed with MindTap

How do you motivate students to succeed in your Communication courses? If you’re looking for a way to increase motivation and engagement, try assigning digital. Our recent studies have shown that, when MindTap counts for at least 20% of their grade, students in Communication courses are engaging in course material more and performing better.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes.

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Five Guidelines for Effective Online Presentations

What does it take to keep a classroom full of students engaged in your lecture? Some will say skill; some might say natural talent; others will cite expertise. Take these factors into consideration, add a dash of confidence and humor, and you’re on the road to an effective and engaging lecture! If you’re used to presenting in person, you’re probably quite sure of what you need to do in order to succeed. However, if you’ve been asked to conduct an online seminar or teach an online course for the first time, you likely recognize that you’ll have to apply Read More…


Successful Strategies for Creating Online Discussion Prompts

Close your eyes, and picture the most engaging discussion you’ve ever had in a classroom. What characterized that discussion? Was it the participants’ passion and enthusiasm for a particular topic? Was it their energized, but respectful, debate around differing perspectives on a challenging subject? Did they have an open, honest conversation that tied their personal experiences to the broader political, economic, or social issues at hand? Quite possibly, you pictured a combination of all these elements, taking place in one dynamic conversation. Now, consider: how might you transfer those same elements into an online setting? If your course includes an online discussion component, you may asking yourself that very question. What Read More…


Communication Skills: How to Text in a Professional Manner

Without a doubt, text messaging is extremely popular among today’s college students. It’s a fun, quick way to connect with friends and family members across the country, across town, or across campus. Students may be highly efficient and effective in their text-based communications with their peers and family members; as a result, they may be highly confident in their level of competence in this arena. However, they may not yet know how to text in a way that’s appropriate to relationships of a more professional nature. If you use texting as a communication tool in your college classroom, or if you cover career skills Read More…


How to Have Energizing Online Discussions in Your Course

If you teach an online course, or if your course has an online component or LMS, you probably make extensive use of the discussion board. Online discussions can be a great way for students to connect, collaborate, and share their ideas with their fellow students. Unfortunately, student discussions often become monologues, rather than the lively conversations that you’d hope for them to be. Want to gather some fresh ideas for sparking energizing online discussions? Then watch “Reenergizing Online Discussions.” This presentation, recorded during our recent “Wired and Inspired!: The Intelligent Use of Technology in Higher Education” online workshop, offers specific Read More…


Improving Collaboration Among Faculty and Librarians

Though their specific daily tasks differ, college faculty and academic librarians share the common mission of educating, engaging, and supporting students on their paths towards achievement of their academic goals. When they collaborate, their efforts can produce positive and effective results for students. But how often are faculty and academic librarians able to collaborate and interact to reach this level of maximum effectiveness? Library Journal and Gale, a global provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, recently conducted a survey of college faculty and academic librarians, which addressed a variety of topics related to Read More…


Six Tips for Successful Communication with College Students

Clear and cogent communication is a key to success in all of our relationships—and the instructor–student relationship is no exception to that rule.

Of course, communication in the classroom concerns more than just your lecturing; it encompasses all the ways you listen to, speak to, and interact with students.

How can you enhance or improve your communications with your students this semester? Review these suggestions, adapted from the Instructor’s Manual for Dr. Constance Staley’s FOCUS on Community College Success, Fourth Edition. These tips can help you communicate with students in a way that fosters and encourages their success in your course.

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