How to Debate: Respecting Different Viewpoints

No doubt there is an art to debating. Learning how to debate effectively and still respect others’ different viewpoints is a skill that can serve you well as a college student and beyond. Learn more about tips for debating without belittling that will make you a more effective and empathetic communicator.

Debate is everywhere

During the recent political season, there were plenty of strong and different viewpoints about the candidates. As a result, learning how to debate and respect others who you disagreed with could have been a constant challenge. But debate happens every day about a multitude of issues. Austin Read More…

3 Tips for Effective Communication with Your College Students

When communicating with your students do you sometimes feel as if you’re speaking different languages? It’s just possible that, to a certain extent, you are. Instructions that you think are crystal clear may elude your students. Praise or critiques may fall short of achieving their aim. Keys to more effective communication are based on gaining a better understanding of your learners. Here are a few ideas to help you foster better communication with your students.

Be available

In order to be a better communicator, one must be available. Your keys to success start with making sure that your students Read More…

How to Make Introductions in Your Online Classroom

College students today have a whole new realm of get to know you activities to master — those directed specifically at an online classroom. There are many ways to break the ice and make introductions, some more effective than others. Read on for some how to tips to help you make the online classroom experience positive.

How to make introductions

Maybe you professor has offered specific instructions about how you and your fellow college students should get to know one another. But if they haven’t, what are some things you should consider before you make introductions? First, consider the setting. What you Read More…

Communication IS the Conversation: 21st Century Pedagogy That Works

Did you know that of 93% of employers surveyed believe the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems are skills more important than an undergraduate degree? That’s why soft skills are listed as the most sought after skill-set by employers. However, fewer than 3 in 10 employers felt recent college grads were adequately prepared in the area of critical thinking. How can instructors address this skill gap? The answer is easy: with MindTap.

On March 10-11, Cengage Learning hosted the “Communication IS the Conversation: 21st Century Pedagogy That Works” event in San Francisco to highlight MindTap as a learning tool that equips students with transferable communication skills for success in the classroom and beyond. Fourteen Communication educators from across the country came together to learn about the power of MindTap; a unique student-centered, discipline-focused learning solution. Read More…

Share Stories of Student Collaboration with Digital and Win!

How do you encourage student collaboration in a digital environment? Share your story of successful student teamwork with your peers in our Make It Count contest. You could win excellent prizes, including a $100 gift card now and a paid trip to a national conference later.

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Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher: Part 1

The classrooms of the twenty-first century will include a multicultural group of students from diverse backgrounds. This creates a golden opportunity for instructors to reexamine their instructional methods and pedagogy.

Join Essie Childers, a professor at Blinn College and a Faculty Partner for Cengage Learning, in this first podcast in unfolding what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher.
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Seven Ways to Create a Warm and Inclusive Work Environment for Adjuncts

Are you excited about going to work? Do you feel connected in your department? Do you have a mentor? Does anybody in the department know your name?

In this podcast, Essie Childers, a professor at Blinn College and a Faculty Partner for Cengage Learning, will show ways to welcome and appreciate adjuncts from day one to the end of the semester.
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Tips for Students: How to Connect with Classmates

From study partners to new lunch friends, learning to connect with classmates has endless perks. Making connections in a new environment can make or break students’ success in the classroom, and even their overall contentment with their college experience. Share these tips with your students for making it happen.

In the classroom

Some students may struggle with reaching out and making connections more than others. However, making a connection with a classmate can be vital to your success in that course. Get to know a classmate or two in each of your classes so you have a contact for when you miss a Read More…

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…

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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