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Digital Tools Bring Much-Needed Change in Education Affordability

“Students should not have to choose between the results they want and an education they can afford.”

In a new post, Cengage CEO Michael Hansen explores how digital resources can both save students money and provide a more engaging learning experience.

In addition, this new Cengage infographic looks at costs associated with higher education, illustrating real value provided by digital materials. Going digital helps make education more affordable and engaging, propelling all students toward their goals and instilling confidence in their learning experiences—every day.

Digital Tools Bring Needed Change to Education Affordability


Investing in Education Helps Award-Winning McDonald’s Owner Double Employee Retention

As one of the largest employers in Southern Indiana, John Moreland knows the importance of providing employees with opportunities for growth and advancement. For that reason, Moreland—who owns 14 McDonald’s restaurants with wife Mary Moreland and daughter Stephanie Bishop as the Moreland/Bishop Organization—has encouraged and supported his employees to participate in the Archways to Opportunity program. To date, the Moreland/Bishop Organization has had more employees participate in the program than any other McDonald’s group. A total of 75 employees have participated in the program, including three who have earned their high school diplomas as a result. “We’re in a high-poverty Read More…


On Being “Open for Learning”

Earlier this month, Cengage and Learning Objects—a Cengage business unit—announced the launch of OpenNow, “a suite of digital products for general education courses with open educational resources (OER) content.” Responses to media coverage of this new offering focused mainly on the business model, the adherence to the “5 Rs” of OER and the contributions of materials from Cengage back to the OER community. While these reactions are to be expected, they reminded me that “open” is much more than OER content and its associated implementation and business models. An open approach to education and learning also encompasses Read More…


Innovators Speak: Productive Struggle in QR

In the first of our Innovation Speaks series, Richard N. Aufmann, author and educator at Palomar College, sat down with us to discuss how the concept of Productive Struggle applies to Quantitative Reasoning in mathematics. How would you explain Productive Struggle? Productive Struggle is a commitment to a goal—to solve a problem (homelessness, for instance), or to learn a skill (play golf, play the piano or learn to code). There must be an acceptance that the goal will take time to reach and that small successes are motivating enough to continue. To commit to Productive Struggle, the end result must Read More…


The Future of OER is Now

Cheryl Costantini is the Vice President of Content Strategy at Cengage. She’s been in the higher education industry for more than 20 years and is passionate about improving access to education and helping learners achieve success. Recently, Cengage announced that we’ve launched OpenNow digital course solutions that make it easy to work with and use open educational resources (OER). You might be asking yourself: Why would Cengage develop OER-based solutions? It’s quite simple: OER adds value to the learning experience. OER provides unique benefits. Aside from the five R’s (retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute), OER belongs to everyone, and it can change the nature of Read More…


Driving Deeper Homework Understanding with MindTap for English

If you want to provide your students with #JustOneThing that will help them learn the content of your course, consider utilizing the Aplia assignment feature Try Another Version in MindTap for English. Try Another Version in Aplia Through Aplia assignments, my students have the ability to learn from their mistakes with Try Another Version. With assignments that utilize the Try Another Version option, students in my co-requisite English courses learn how to learn instead of just rushing through their homework assignments. When using the Try Another Version option, my students must make at least an overall grade of an Read More…


Four Ways Going Digital Makes Humanities Courses More Enjoyable

You just heard another student say, “I’m only taking this course because I needed another Gen Ed credit to graduate.” After everything you’ve put into your course, they’re only taking it because they have to? Unfortunately, students are often unpleasantly surprised to learn that humanities courses are in their future. At most institutions, students will take at least one required humanities or social sciences course. While students may not know the intention behind such a requirement, it’s our responsibility to make sure they reap the benefits from our courses. We strive to make the content relevant while sharpening students’ critical Read More…


Become a T-shaped Thinker like Lin Manuel Miranda

What if the story of Alexander Hamilton’s rise from an orphaned West Indian immigrant to America’s first Treasury Secretary were told in hip-hop verse? What if a multiracial cast portrayed our country’s Founders in an unconventional Broadway musical? Looking for a book to read on a vacation to Mexico in 2008, Lin Manuel Miranda picked up a copy of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. Reading Chernow’s biography, Miranda imagined Hamilton’s story told in contemporary verse, thus forever changing the language of Broadway musicals. Miranda is a MacArthur genius grant recipient and his greatest work to date, “Hamilton,” was the 2016 Pulitzer Prize Read More…


Learn How to Break Down Digital Barriers in Art History Instruction

Teaching art history from slide carousels might be a thing of a past, but the transition into digital doesn’t have to be difficult for faculty or students. Modern-age students now expect learning to be easily accessible, interactive and align clearly with the reading materials. Introducing MindTap—where those expectations are met through an approachable learning experience in a clearly organized digital format. Art History faculty at Genesee Community College have found that MindTap helps develop a unified teaching approach between multiple faculty teaching different course sections—especially when bridging traditional and online courses. GCC has integrated MindTap into most of our Read More…


Part Five: Major in Humanities—Build on Creativity Skills

For National Arts and Humanities month, I’ve discussed some of the benefits of a major in the humanities and how to actualize these benefits in our classrooms. Writing, reading, critical thinking and digital literacy are just a few of the myriad of skills a humanities major can offer to students to prepare them for future careers and be to engaged citizens. According to Erik Brynjolfsson, director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, in-demand skills in a world of increasing automation may actually be skills best achieved with a humanities education. In an interview with NPR he Read More…