Computing White Papers

Using the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: Mapping Curriculum and Coursework

Cybersecurity is headline news for good reason, and it’s driving demand for thousands of additional skilled professionals in the public and private sectors. It’s no wonder that many higher education institutions want to develop or expand a cybersecurity program to prepare a new generation of professionals for careers in this vital field. But how to go about it? This white paper provides practical guidance for institutions, course designers, and instructors as they pursue their cybersecurity program goals. It introduces the NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework, which identifies domains and specialty work areas in the field. It also Read More…


The Road to the National Center of Academic Excellence Designation

Worldwide demand for cybersecurity specialists is forecast to outstrip supply before the end of the decade. Higher education institutions are answering the call with programs to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for careers in this burgeoning field. For these institutions, earning the prestigious NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) program designation, or a CAE Two-Year IA Education program (CAE2Y) designation, can be advantageous. This white paper — written by a team of textbook authors who have successfully achieved NCAE designations four times — assists institutions in their pursuit. Readers will Read More…


Efficacy of SAM Projects in Intro to Computing Courses

Given the importance that employers place on computer applications skills in a wide variety of fields, it is not surprising that increasingly colleges and universities are requiring their students to take a computer applications course as a prerequisite for graduation. Additionally, students also realize the value of proficiency in computer applications, most notably Microsoft® Office applications, as critical skills for employment and advancement. To meet the demand of increased enrollments, and to provide students with opportunities to apply computer application skills to real-world tasks and activities, college instructors are embracing the use of online solutions that provide opportunities for proficiency assessment and auto grading.

To gain an understanding as to how these types of digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of SAM online projects within Microsoft applications courses during the spring semester of 2014. Read More…


Selecting Digital Course Materials: What Faculty are Saying

What factors come into play when you and your colleagues are selecting course materials?

Certainly, the content itself, and how well it aligns with your course’s learning objectives, are important criteria.

You likely also consider how well the structure of the solution helps you accomplish your course goals: be they increasing student engagement, improving outcomes, increasing student retention… or, perhaps a combination of these three factors, alongside others. Read More…


Cengage Learning’s Write Experience Leads to Improved Writing Skills

The development of effective writing skills is widely recognized as one of the most important college outcomes, and it is widely believed that using digital learning tools to support post-secondary instruction improves student engagement and ultimately increases student learning. This study examined the effectiveness of a widely-used, post-secondary digital instructional tool, Write Experience, an online learning solution, employing automated essay scoring, dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills. Read More…


Skills Assessment Manager (SAM): Personalization, Productivity & Preparation to Increase Student Outcomes

Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is an online learning environment that helps learners master Microsoft® Office skills and computer concepts that are essential to academic and career success. SAM engages students in self-paced learning of Microsoft Word®, Excel®, Access®, PowerPoint®, Windows®, Internet Explorer®, and Outlook®, as well as technology concepts and issues.

Can adding digital to your computer courses help? This white paper examines the findings of research conducted across the country with more than 1,000 participants concluding that adding a digital solution to a computer course benefits both instructors and students. Read More…