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Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2017

Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention
Hear why George Miller believes the significance of retention resonates beyond students and institutions. Better Instruction for Increased Revenue
A new study from ACE looks at the relationship between instructional quality and institutional revenue. Where can institutions invest and see results? Moving from Access to Completion
Check out the interview with Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, where he identifies the catalyst for change and describes how institutions are adapting. How Do Instructional Designers Collaborate?
Learn how instructional designers can complement faculty and Read More…


3 Ways to Make International Relations More Relatable

Last month, we told you Dr. Gregory Dixon—Professor of International Relations and Cengage Faculty Partner—planned to share his tips for facilitating personal connections between students and their world. It can feel like a challenge getting students to grasp how global and political events impact their lives, or how common items like iPhones represent globalization—but there are ways to get through. Dr. Dixon’s two-part webinar series explored best practices and strategies for engaging students in world politics and globalization through pop culture, world events and everyday objects. Here are just some of the ways you can illustrate these concepts Read More…


What’s More Valuable Than Free Time? And Free Coffee?

With all the demands on your time as an instructor, wouldn’t the luxury of extra time be a marvelous gift? It’s the one thing everyone wants, but no one can give. That pesky space-time continuum thing is such a drag, don’t you think? So when the engineering minds at Cengage went to work on MindTap, chief among the goals was to make your teaching experience more efficient and flexible. That way, you could cheat father time—just a little.

How MindTap Saves You Time

We’ll get to the free coffee in a minute, but let’s start with getting you that free Read More…


WebAssign Class Insights Wins 2017 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award

Learning Platform Drives Student Success in STEM Disciplines WebAssign, from Cengage, was recently recognized as the winner of EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Classroom Management Solution for Teachers category. The EdTech Digest awards program recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

Monitoring Student Performance

Class Insights gives instructors a greater level of insight into performance and student pain points, enabling them to engage with their class based on individual and overall data. The analytical view of students’ progress helps instructors identify at-risk students early in the semester, as well Read More…


Infographic: Celebrating Math Awareness Month

April is Math Awareness Month! Recognized by educators around the world, Math Awareness Month seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of math. While math skills are required for many different careers (even some you would never expect!), many students struggle with the subject.

View our infographic illustrating interesting math careers and data related to math in higher-ed.

Math Awareness Month Infographic


Podcast: Tips to Help Students Be More Effective Learners

According to Dr. Jeff Nevid, Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in New York, academic success often comes down to how well you studied, not how long you studied. When students fall short of their academic goals they often develop self-defeating beliefs. These beliefs sap a student’s motivation and become a self-fulfilling prophecy because students have not learned to read and study effectively.

Power Effective Learners

Dr. Nevid described several strategies that will get students engaged with the material so that it will integrate into their memory where it can be retrieved at will. His ideas are based on the four Read More…


Are Medical Assistants Grads Ready for Work? Think Again

Why do students go to college? It’s a question many are asking these days in light of new research showing a noticeable gap between educational outcomes and the skill expectations of both students—and their future employers. Two studies, one of employers and one of students, show this widening disparity between what students learn while in college and what they need to know to thrive in the workplace. This is especially true in the medical field where workforce readiness can have serious consequences for patient care.

Not Ready for Work

A study analyzed the opinions of 17 employers attending medical Read More…


Instructional Design 101 Part 7: What Can You Do for Me?

It’s one thing to talk about instructional design in the abstract. But what about how the Cengage instructional design team actually works with institutions like yours? In this final post in our Instructional Design 101 series, we’ll talk about how a typical collaboration might unfold.

What Does an Instructional Design Project Usually Involve?

Instructional design work by its nature is very customized. When the Cengage instructional design team works with your institution, we tailor the process and deliverables to your specific goals and needs. No matter what those specifics are, though, communication and collaboration are priorities on every project Read More…


On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The Read More…


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…