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Winter 2018 AIR Newsletter

The following articles are featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Accounting Instructor’s Report. Enjoy!

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Boost Student Writing Using NetTutor with MindTap English

Faculty Partner, Audrey Wick, is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas Student engagement and collaboration are important in an academic environment, especially to help students produce quality writing. Part of the writing process involves students being able to obtain, understand, and use feedback. To help them do this, I incorporate NetTutor through MindTap. It’s #JustOneThing I can do with my developing writers. NetTutor qualified tutors work in on-ground centers in Florida and Arizona to provide digital feedback. They give my students a rich, informed voice of writing expertise to help them develop their skills while my students never Read More…


Cengage Leaders Make Education Predictions for 2018

Happy New Year! We’re embarking on another new and exciting year in higher education. Lots of interesting developments are happening in our space but, without question, affordability and value will be a main focus. Education predictions abound! At Cengage, we’re hoping to drive change with new business models, such as our Cengage Unlimited, the first-of-its-kind digital subscription which gives students access to all of our digital higher ed materials for $119.99/semester. But there are a lot of other interesting things happening in higher ed today. We asked Cengage leaders to share their thoughts for 2018 on everything from providing value in Read More…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: Just In Time Plus

Kina Lara, an adjunct English instructor at San Jacinto College, shares how incorporating Just In Time Plus has vastly improved students’ understanding in Freshman Composition. Course redesign initiatives in freshman composition are happening all across the country, with the co-requisite model being one of the most popular. These co-req courses come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: Comp I students are coming in at lower and more varying levels. In my Comp I (and even Comp II) courses at a two-year community college, I’ve seen this emerge over and over again as a common theme. Read More…


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 Illinois, 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.

Creating a competitive edge

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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…