professional development

Choosing Assessments That Allow All Students to Succeed

Author: Dr. Jenny Billings, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College  Last year, I wrote and spoke on a process for creating goals and objectives to help measure course performance—I hope it was helpful. This year, I think it’s important we talk about student success from the student perspective. As an instructor, I always want to make sure I’m reaching all of my students; I’m sure this is true for you, too. In the classrooms of today, we must rise to this challenge more than ever before. With each day, our classrooms are evolving, becoming increasingly diverse in student population, resources available and technology Read More…


Adjusting the Lens: Active Learning in Online Classes

Author: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies, Ashland University As a college faculty member for more than 25 years, I’ve taught thousands of undergraduate students in a traditional classroom setting, utilizing active learning strategies to engage and involve students in the learning process. Changing charts, card flip, expert groups, clearest/muddiest point, group projects, polling, augmented reality and case studies—all tools of the trade I know, love and use every semester. Then came online classes. I taught my first completely online course 15 years ago. I’ll be the first to admit it was Read More…


Icebreakers and Topic Starters

By: Shawn Orr, Director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, Faculty in Communication Studies at Ashland University – Ohio Icebreakers often come with a dreaded connotation that implies frivolous activities done on the first day of class with limited benefits to student learning. Consider that one icebreaker—”introduce yourself and tell us one interesting thing about yourself”—that is used over and over while yielding little enthusiasm or class engagement. Yet, semester after semester, we pull that icebreaker out and use it again. Why? Because we want to start the semester off by fostering student connection and community. This Read More…


How Open Standards Power Digital Credentials

Learners Expect Credentials with Market Value

Many educational institutions are responding to shifts in the market that increase the number of people seeking digital credentials, rather than traditional degrees, for professional development. Adult learners in particular are attracted to innovative credentials as ways to get the education they need for job and career advancement more efficiently. Credentials such as certificates and badges can generally be achieved more flexibly than a 2- or 4-year degree, in a shorter amount of time, and with more targeted results. Learners’ demands for credentials with specific employment value call attention not only to Read More…


Cengage Unlimited Gives You Access to Materials for Your Courses—and Your Future Career

Have you ever sat around in class wondering, “What am I doing here? How is this relevant to my future? Can I afford this?” I know I have.  When it comes to the real world, what do you truly need to know to succeed? Don’t you worry, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re also one of those students who avoids buying textbooks because they cost so much—and you think you can get by without them—Cengage Unlimited might just change your mind. Because as a Cengage Unlimited subscriber, a student can access so much more than Read More…


Confidently Master New Technical Tools for Your Classroom

Modern college students are digital natives—they’ve always lived in a world surrounded by user-friendly, handheld technology, and information at their fingertips. More and more, such students expect their professors to be teaching with technology, creating a college classroom where technical tools are infrequent and easy use. But if you’re not used to integrating technology into your teaching methods, incorporating new tools can seem like a big challenge. When do you have time to learn the new tools adequately in order to seamlessly add them to your teaching strategies? And how do you prioritize them? These questions can be Read More…


College Instructors: Quick Tips for Improving Time Management

It often seems that there is never enough time in a semester to achieve everything you intended — and managing time on a day-to-day level is even trickier. Effective time management is essential for presenting well-planned classes and keeping your college students engaged in your lesson plan from the start to the end of class. In your continued professional development, try these tips for mastering your schedule, prioritizing, and making this a stress-free semester! (Or as much as possible, that is.)

The need for time management

The teaching profession is getting more complicated with tech-savvy students, more complex subject matter and new regulations. Time management Read More…


Professional Development: Research Tips for Instructors

Professional development for instructors has evolved and improved. Instructors engaging in career research need extra consideration in the areas of a catered professional development plan, research methods, and mentorship. Try our tips on professional development for instructors doing research.

Professional development trends

Teaching the teacher is a complex process. According to the Center for Public Education, some trends in professional development have been developed over the years to improve effectiveness.
    The primary form of professional development is one-shot workshops, which have been found to be extremely ineffective. Rather, professional development should occur over time providing instructors with ongoing support, upwards of 50-80 hours
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Professional Development in the Comfort of Your Home

As invigorating as it is to travel to a seminar or convention, it’s also nice to stay at home and study. When it comes to your professional development plan there are several digital learning resources literally at your fingertips. These include webinars, online courses, and virtual events. Depending on the format you can participate according to your own schedule, learn at your own pace, and repeat as often as you like.

Effective professional development

According to a Center for Public Education (CPE) report, most teachers participate in workshop-style training sessions during a school year. However, participants in the study Read More…


Come Visit! Cengage Learning Spring Open House

Cengage Learning is hiring And we want to meet you! On Thursday, June 9th at 4pm, we invite you to visit our Boston office. Enjoy snacks, drinks (age 21+) and games, while learning about exciting career opportunities in the evolving field of edtech. Registered guests will receive a swag bag and the opportunity to win raffle prizes. You’ll have the opportunity to tour our Fort Point headquarters in Boston, MA and see what it’s like to work here. You can speak with Cengage Learning employees about open positions at the company in the fields of product, technology, sales, strategy, finance, Read More…