technology

Do Adjuncts Have the Teaching Resources They Need?

As you prepare for this coming term, you’re likely making sure you have all the teaching resources you need in order to make your course a success. For adjunct instructors, who sometimes receive course assignments at the last minute, and who often lack connections on campus, these last-minute efforts may prove challenging (or, at the very least, more time consuming).

In our Spring 2015 Instructor Engagement Insights survey, we asked adjunct instructors a number of questions about their teaching experiences. Among these questions, we asked several regarding the resources they want, and need, to teach successfully.

While reviewing the data, we saw that, overall, most adjuncts are able to obtain the tools and resources that enable them to teach their students and manage their courses well. When we asked “Do you have adequate access to the resources you need?” 78% said yes, they did.

But as we looked more closely at the specific resources that adjuncts say help them lead their classes, did we uncover any significant gaps between their teaching needs and what’s actually provided to them? And what might you be able to do to bridge those gaps (whether you’re an adjunct yourself, or you’re in a position to help them)? We’ll explore the results below.

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Digital in the Classroom: The Student Voice

How do students perceive the use of digital solutions in the classroom? What better way to find out than to ask students themselves? We recently spoke with Zak Malamed, a student at the University of Maryland. Zak is also the Founder & Executive Director of Student Voice, and is a member of the panel for “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” Cengage Learning’s session to take place during SXSWedu 2016. Below, Zak discusses why he believes it’s important to include students in the conversation about digital in the classroom.

Why is it important to hear from students about

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Why Digital: Instant Access to Your Materials and Classroom Community

Millennials may get a bad rap for demanding instant gratification, but we say, “what’s wrong with that?” With the many advancements of digital learning opportunities in the classroom, it’s easier than ever to meet your students where they are: online and on their devices. Two very special benefits to integrating digital into your classroom is that it allows you and your students to stay connected to the class as well as the classroom materials in a way that is beneficial for you both.

Instant access to classroom community

One of the best, yet simplest benefits of embracing digital is the the ability to improve communication between you and Read More…


Vote for “Students Unfiltered” at SXSWedu’s PanelPicker 2016

Cengage Learning has submitted a proposal for a session to take place during SXSWedu 2016. We’re aiming for a lively and informative presentation that brings students—the most important part of the equation—into the spotlight. Through the PanelPicker 2016 process, you can show your support for the idea. We’d appreciate your vote! Our proposed session, “STUDENTS UNFILTERED: Digital in the Classroom,” will seek to understand how technology’s increasingly important role in the classroom impacts students. By asking critical questions, the conversation will help uncover what students want and don’t want from digital and how to best integrate digital tools Read More…


Why Digital: Digital Learning Offers Choices for Any Budget

Education is evolving more rapidly than ever as newer technologies and methods arrive. Just a few years ago, e-readers were not in the hands of many students and online learning wasn’t quite so prevalent. Now students and instructors have more options than ever before. Today, digital and online learning opportunities are abound for college students around the world, even creating chances to learn where there simply may have been none previously. And the future of higher education is only getting brighter.

One stop shop

Digital learning tools allow you bundle up every element needed for a class into one seamless package. This helps make expectations extremely Read More…


Join TeamUP for the Wired and Inspired! Mini-Conference

Every educator wants to stay abreast of new teaching practices to benefit their students and now, more than ever, that means working technology into your lesson plan. As with anything new, it’s hard to know where to get started, but that’s where we come in! You’re invited to join TeamUP, a part of Cengage Learning, on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST, for Wired & Inspired!, an online mini-conference that will send you back to campus tech savvy and invigorated for the new school year! The mini-conference will include one panel Read More…


Four Tips for a Successful Video Shoot

Shooting a high-quality video can often end up to be a long and tedious task. First-time filmmakers should keep in mind just a few things in order to expedite your film process to make it simple and easy. By following these four tips you will be on the right path for a successful video shoot.
 
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Teaching with EdTech: Make the Most of Your Experience

Teaching with edtech can be a joy for instructors, as well as students. However, getting from Point A (the desire—or need—to use a new tech tool) to Point B (successful implementation) can prove challenging, especially if you or your colleagues are just getting up to speed. Whether you yourself are new to teaching with edtech, or you have some colleagues who are about to join you on the journey, you’ll enjoy and be engaged by “Chalk and Talk the Edtech Walk,” a panel discussion brought to you by TeamUP, Cengage Learning’s peer-to-peer faculty development group. During this informative and Read More…


Using Technology to Collaborate? Remember Three Key Points

It’s very likely that your students are using technology to collaborate in their college courses. If they aren’t using it today, they’ll soon be doing so in their future careers. You, too, may be using tech tools to collaborate with your colleagues. When collaborating within a group or team, it pays to adopt the communication skills that enable you to work together effectively. However, due to its very nature, online collaboration requires some extra finesse. In the Enhanced Edition of Microsoft® Office 2013: Introductory, Enhanced Edition from the Shelly Cashman Series, Misty E. Vermaat shares three key things Read More…


Teaching with Technology: Look Into the Not-So-Distant Future

Not that long ago, watches that served as telecommunications devices, holograms, and voice-controlled computers seemed like the futuristic stuff of cartoons and science fiction movies. But now, that future is upon us, with wearable tech tools like smartwatches, augmented reality apps, and “intelligent personal assistants” for your smartphone. As this technology becomes more commonplace, there’s a likelihood that you or your fellow instructors will be teaching with technology tools like these in the not-so-distant future. Furthermore, some of the software and tech tools you already use will soon be getting enhancements that can make it easier for you to bring this technology into your own classroom. Interested in Read More…