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Confidently Master New Technical Tools for Your Classroom

Modern college students are digital natives—they’ve always lived in a world surrounded by user-friendly, handheld technology, and information at their fingertips. More and more, such students expect their professors to be teaching with technology, creating a college classroom where technical tools are infrequent and easy use. But if you’re not used to integrating technology into your teaching methods, incorporating new tools can seem like a big challenge. When do you have time to learn the new tools adequately in order to seamlessly add them to your teaching strategies? And how do you prioritize them? These questions can be Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: January 2017

5 Critical Considerations for CBE and CBL Implementation Dr. Deborah Everhart, VP of Design and Innovation at Learning Objects, details the distinction and similarity between competency-based education and competency-based learning. Learn how an institution can integrate components of both to impact motivation and achievement. Student Success Still Top Priority for Leadership
Supporting first-generation students and improving retention were the most popular teaching goals of the past few years — learn what else made the cut for 2017. Inclusive Access: An Award-Winning Initiative Two years after Rowan-Cabarrus Community College launched a partnership with Cengage, their work is gaining national recognition. Redefining Learning by Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: December 2016

Why Businesses Need to Look Beyond the Four-Year Degree Competency based education allows students to take an active role in navigating their educational path and produces job candidates with the skills to be competitive in today’s workforce. Find out why Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, insists that institutions offer CBE programs as a valuable credentialing alternative to traditional degrees. How does an inclusive access partnership work? Listen to Mark Goodner of Indiana University describe how IU used inclusive access to deliver high-quality course materials to students while driving down costs. As the U.S. economy has evolved over the past decade, Read More…


Best Teaching Strategies to Assess Digital Literacy

The current generation of college students has grown up surrounded by technology. It’s easy to assume that all of them possess a superior technical literacy to students in years past. But the digital divide—a gap between those who have easy access to technological tools and those who don’t—can mean not all your students have the same level of digital literacy. You need teaching strategies to assess the digital and technical literacy of your students to make sure they’re able to keep up with the digital assignments and resources you use in your course. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, 14e, Wilbert Read More…


LearnLaunch: Competing in Edtech and Higher Ed Startups

On Tuesday November 1, Cengage teamed up with LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and growing the world’s edtech ecosystem, to host a fast-paced startup pitch competition in our Boston office. Seven of the area’s most innovative higher education startups pitched their companies in front of a panel of industry experts from Boston University, Cengage and LearnLaunch, as well as a live audience. The companies received feedback from judges on ways to scale their business and increase their competitiveness in today’s market. While all of the pitches were impressive, two startups walked away victorious. QuadWrangle, a series of Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: November 2016

Balancing Pedagogy and Assessment in Competency-Based Education CourXam, a personalized pathway toward degree completion for students with some college credit, aims to produce better-educated learners with clearly defined learning objectives. Discover how the Center for Education Management and Learning Objects partnered to define success and make it accessible to students everywhere. What does competency-based learning actually look like in practice? Listen to Jeff King from the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning at the University of Central Oklahoma detail how he launched a successful CBL initiative. “Nontraditional” is the new norm according to data from the Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: September 2016

ePortfolios – Leveraging Evidence to Empower Student Learning The benefits of ePortfolios are diverse and proven, but how are institutions getting these programs off the ground? Check out Dr. Neal A. Green’s webinar recording for more on ePortfolio adoption, integration, evaluation, and expansion. Is workforce development the future of higher education? Leaders from across the country convened to discuss progress on preparing graduates for workforce entry and success. Read the Q&A for insight. According to new data from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 68% of community college students took remedial courses and about half completed all Read More…


Exploring Learning, Open Educational Resources, and Ed Tech

Guest Contributor: Cheryl Costantini, VP of Content Strategy, Cengage About a month ago, the EdTechWomen organization in San Francisco asked if I was interested in being a panelist for a discussion on Open Educational Resources. I gladly accepted the opportunity; a chance to talk about my perspectives on OER, what they mean for education, and how they can help students is something I love to talk about.

A panel of pioneers

The event was hosted at the Udemy office. Two of my colleagues, Shuning Yan and Yuxi Liu are members of the group, and several other colleagues came to the discussion. The title Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: August 2016

Close the Skills Gap with Competency-Based Learning The demand for Competency-Based Learning (CBL) approaches to education has expanded from academia to the job market. Employers are seeing CBL as a potential solution to the skills gap. To leverage this approach, some believe input from a variety of stakeholders, including students, instructors, and administrators, is critical. Hear more about collaborating for CBL success. Launching or redesigning a program can be a heavy task, but it doesn’t have to be. Find out how competency-based programs credentialing tools and evidence portfolios can enhance learner performance and employability. Watch the webinar. New Read More…


Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom with Social Media

It’s said so often that it’s become a truism: Millennials and the generations following them are digital natives, people who have had access to pocket sized technology their whole lives. How do you reach college students who are digital natives in a way that resonates with their technology-infused world view? Part of the way to extend learning beyond the classroom can be to integrate the use of social media into your course. This doesn’t just mean Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, although all of those platforms can be useful. There are many ways to draw your students into a Read More…