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Making the Most of Your Spring Break

Though college students might be traveling home, gearing up for a ski trip, or heading to sunnier climes for spring break, are instructors’ plans much different?

The Engaging Minds blog recently posted a poll in which we asked: Instructors, how do you plan to spend your spring break? Below, we’ve shared the top responses, and offered some tips that will help you make the most of your time!

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Twenty Ways Computing Has Changed in Twenty Years

In celebration of the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, the team has put together a list of twenty ways that computing has changed in the past twenty years. We hope you enjoy this walk down “memory lane,” and we invite you to share your own memories in the comments! Are you a Computing instructor? Register for the 20th Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference, taking place March 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. If you have photos… we invite you to share them on Facebook and Twitter! Use hashtag #20YrsComputing. And keep up with the Cengage Learning Computing team on Read More…


Exercise for Stress Relief

As the holidays approach, you may be tempted by a buffet of delectable items that make their way across your path. Likewise, the busy season of reading, reviewing, and grading your students’ assignments and exams may lead to less of a focus on healthy eating and more of an inclination towards convenient meals—and an increased temptation to indulge in all the treats that find their way to you at parties, in gift baskets, and in the ever-popular vending machine. To deal with all these goodies, you may be adding some extra exercise to your daily to-do list. But don’t Read More…


Planning Travel — For Fun or Work

Summer is a time during which many of us take advantage of having a little bit of time available to plan trips. You may look forward to planning a vacation, attending an upcoming conference, or both. Whether your summer travel is for work or play, there are tips to keep in mind as you plan that can help make the process a bit easier and hopefully less stressful. In Access: Introduction to Travel and Tourism, Second Edition, author Marc Mancini outlines a few things to consider when planning your travel. First, he points out that although many airlines offer pop-up Read More…


Welcome Back, and Welcome to a New Year

As we officially begin a new year, we’d like to welcome you back to school and welcome you back to our blog. This year, we look forward to sharing with you more content that relates to teaching, learning, and engagement, and that speaks to your needs as teachers and lifelong learners. What are you most looking forward to learning in 2013? What did you learn last year that will help improve your teaching experience this year? Let us know what you’re most interested in reading about on the blog this year by sharing your suggestions in the comments section Read More…


Happy New Year from Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning wishes you all the best for 2013. We hope you attain the goals you’ve set for yourself, and that the coming year brings you numerous opportunities for growth, inspiration, and success.

If you’d like to share or discuss your teaching goals and aspirations for 2013, we invite you to do so in the comments section.


New Year’s Resolutions: Reaching Your Goals

With a new year comes a chance for a fresh start. It’s a time when many of us make resolutions that embody the goals we want to accomplish this year or the ways we’d like to do better in the new year. For some of us, that may also mean recycling last year’s tossed-aside resolutions in the hope that we’ll have the time, the drive, or some mix of the two, to make them a reality this year. In FOCUS on College and Career Success, Constance and Steve Staley give us an overview of what it means Read More…


Holiday How-To: Avoid Being Home (Sick) for the Holidays

Many of us enjoy being home for the holidays. However, we’d wager that very few—if any—of you would put being home sick with the cold or flu on your winter break to-do list. Fortunately, there are some fairly simple ways that you can help to stave off the common cold. In An Invitation to Health, Fifteenth Edition, Dianne Hales offers the following recommendations:

    Be sure to get adequate sleep. If you catch fewer than seven hours’ worth of zzz’s each night, you’re three times more likely to catch a cold.
    Try to stay positive and stress free. Per Hales: “People who
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Holiday How-To: Make Smart Food Choices on and off Campus

With so much to do around the holidays, we often find ourselves eating what’s available at arm’s reach. This time of year especially that can mean sweets and special holiday treats. During a busy shopping trip it’s also far more convenient to drive through and grab some fast food than it is to pack something healthy or sit down at a restaurant that offers food that’s good for you. But in HLTH, authors Jeffrey S. Nevid and Spencer A. Rathus tell us that it is possible to make healthy choices when grabbing something from a fast Read More…


Holiday How-To: Create a Colorful Floral Arrangement

A beautiful bouquet can add color, drama, and a touch of panache to any festivity. While it’s enjoyable to give—or receive—a fancy arrangement during the holidays, it’s also enjoyable to place your own creation on your table, mantelpiece, or buffet. If you’d like to create a noteworthy arrangement yourself, consider the following suggestions, based on the professional guidance provided in Norah T. Hunter’s The Art of Floral Design, 3rd Edition:

    Make a plan. Though it can have a beauty and charm of its own, a bunch of flowers simply placed in a vase does not, in and of itself, truly
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