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Part One: Getting Started with Cengage Inclusive Access at Your Institution

The Beginning I have been in education for 11 years—a third of my life. I have been into technology for even longer. When it comes to technology, I’m self-taught and persistent. I work until I understand and am comfortable enough to help others. I think that’s how I fell in love with teaching. I started at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2011 as an adjunct teaching ENG-114, Professional Research and Reporting. At that point, I had only taught 9th grade at a local high school and didn’t have community college experience. Having attended a private institution for my undergrad, I wasn’t Read More…


MindTap Boosts Confidence in Student’s Learning

Erin Dougherty, college student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, shares how MindTap has become her favorite online product to use in college.

Challenge

Erin’s frustrating experiences with digital products made her apprehensive about using one in her health course.

Solution

MindTap for Health

Result

Student found MindTap easy to use; she felt engaged in the coursework, gained confidence from gradebook graphics that showcased her scores and class progress.

Read more about how Erin now finds MindTap the best online product she’s used here.


English Department Chair Finds Grammar Success Through MindTap with Aplia

Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, once struggled with a less-than-stellar digital package from another publisher. MindTap changed that for the better.

Challenge

Teaching grammar can be difficult, especially online. Many students needed additional help mastering the elements of grammar.

Solution

MindTap with Aplia for English Comp

Result

Thanks to MindTap with Aplia, grammar instruction is now more effective, and students enjoy the exercises, which leads to better engagement and success.

Find out more on why Greg Underwood recommends MindTap with Aplia for English Comp for all instructors.

 


5 Cengage Products Named Finalists for 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards

Student-Centered Digital Products Shine in CODiE Awards. Reflecting our commitment to creating student-centered, affordable digital learning solutions, five Cengage products have been named finalists for the 2017 CODiE Awards! The CODiE Awards, presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), are the only peer-recognized program in the content, information, education and software technology industries. The Cengage products recognized include online learning solutions spanning higher education, digital simulation trainings, apps, and library reference and research solutions from Gale, a Cengage company. Cengage finalists and associated categories include:   Best Emerging Education Technology Solution

    MindTap for Business Statistics with Excel Online
    Delmar Online Training Simulation:
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Q&A on Parental Leave Policy with Ken Carson

Q&A with Ken Carson, Chief People Officer at Cengage, on our new parental leave policy. Q: Cengage recently announced an update to its parental leave policy. Can you give a high level overview? A: The arrival of a child–whether by birth, adoption or surrogacy–represents the start of a huge undertaking for parents. Our parental leave policy will now provide 12 weeks of fully-paid leave for all parents–women and men–provided they are full time employees with at least 1 year of service with us. This is a meaningful increase from the prior policy of 8 weeks of paid leave for the primary Read More…


Computing Professor Elevates Student Learning with MindTap

Charles Cadenhead, a Computing professor at Brookhaven College in Texas fosters deep learning for both in class and online students using MindTap for Computing.

Challenge

Online students (including some with learning disabilities) had difficulty engaging and reaching beyond standard books and tests, needing to be better equipped for upcoming career exams and certifications.

Solution

MindTap for Computing

Result

With MindTap, students were more engaged students and got better test results in the classroom—and beyond.

Read how Professor Cadenhead better engaged his students with MindTap for Computing


Executive News in Higher Education Newsletter: May

A Learner-Centric Approach to Retention
Download this webinar to discover what drives retention, why it’s often under-resourced, and how institutions can overcome these challenges. Legislation to Increase OER Usage
Find out how a new bill proposed by the House Higher Education Committee in Washington state proposes to expand the potential of OER. Workforce Training to Close Skills Gap
Increasing skills requirements for middle-skill jobs has created a workforce gap that must be addressed. How can skills-training partnerships reduce this gap? Collaborate with Instructional Designers
What would it be like to work with an instructional design team? This Read More…


Investing in Retention is Vital to Institutional Success

There is far too much at stake for institutions not to prioritize retention—especially in today’s educational climate.

Invest in Retention

Hear why Phillip Long, Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Texas at Austin, and MJ Bishop, Director of the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at University System of Maryland, believe retention is a mission-critical investment.

 

Stay tuned for more videos around relevant topics like employability, affordability and readiness.

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Instructors Discuss OER in New Podcast Series

So you’re interested in Open Educational Resources (OER). Who isn’t these days, given the desire to make education more affordable for students? Affordability is certainly a hot topic in education. Though, you may be interested in OER for completely different reasons. You may be seeking OER to supplement your course with new materials, more closely reflect current events or to curate a unique course experience for your students.

Questions About OER

Whatever brings you to OER, the more you dig in, the more questions you’ll likely have:
    What is OER?
    How are faculty integrating OER into courses?
    Are OER materials accurate?
    Are OER materials
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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…