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Agile Coach Training in Boston: A Commitment to Collaboration

Agile Coach training days, held in our Boston office and facilitated by the Eliassen Group, reflect Cengage Learning’s commitment to collaboration with each other and our community—and our commitment to transforming education for the empowerment of students. Staying agile—it’s important for educators, it’s important for students, and it’s important to us at Cengage Learning as we create transformative solutions that advance the way that today’s students learn. For our product development teams, agile development methodology meshes with their ambition to approach all aspects of their daily work creatively and collaboratively to meet the specific customer needs. Agile allows team members Read More…


Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015: Highlights

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cybersecurity, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions. Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Read More…


Paving the Way for Educational Innovation in Latin America

Several regions around the world have been touted as the next big areas for edtech innovation and Latin America is one that has a lot to offer. With around 600 million people, mostly speaking two languages and living in twenty thriving urban cities, Latin America houses one of the world’s largest populations of young people that has recently emerged from poverty and has the opportunity to access benefits that none of the previous generations have. This has created challenges and opportunities that are being identified by investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, technologists, and media around the globe. Latin America has begun to Read More…


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…


MindTap and Competency-Based Learning/Education (CBL/CBE)

After being around for decades in various forms, competency-based learning is gaining traction at a growing number of higher education institutions. It’s been credited with promoting student engagement, improving learning outcomes, lowering the cost and time needed to earn a degree, and better arming learners with skills required by employers and necessary for career success.

What’s behind all the buzz? Is competency-based learning an “all or nothing” proposition, or is it adaptable in traditional classrooms? And can instructors implement competency-based learning without overtaxing their busy schedules?

This paper addresses these questions and discusses how Cengage Learning’s MindTap™ can make it easier for instructors to move students successfully through a competency-based learning program to higher levels of knowledge and skills.

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Exploring the Benefits of Hybrid Courses

At the Engaging Minds blog, we wanted to learn more about the experiences both instructors and students are having in hybrid courses… so, we set out by asking instructors and students some questions that would give us some insights, which we’ll share with you today!

To begin, in our recent Instructor Engagement Insights survey, we asked: Have you taught a “hybrid” (part online, part on-campus) course before?

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Knewton: Producing a Truly Adaptive Learning Experience

Guest Contributor: Jennifer Shea, Knewton. Lately, it seems every new educational product features some form of adaptive learning. It can be hard to sort out the differences between these products. What does personalization in a learning product really mean? It depends. Not all adaptive learning is created equal. Most of today’s “adaptive” solutions are built on rules-based systems, which use a few checkpoints to route students through a variety of pre-determined paths. These products are a lot like Choose Your Own Adventure books: students can move through the course in one of a few possible ways. For example, Read More…


Using Pop Culture in the Classroom

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas). Writing instructors have a tremendous opportunity—maybe more so than instructors in other disciplines—to weave current, exciting content into the classroom through assigned readings, writing prompts, video instruction, visual examples, and technology tools. Still, we want to be mindful of integrity of our subject matter as we do so. But who says we can’t stay true to our discipline and have fun in the process? Here are a few simple ways for a writing instructors to add “pop” to their curriculum using pop culture. Have students explore websites, Twitter feeds, Facebook postings, and Read More…


Reflections from Davos: Transforming Education in the New Global Context

As this week comes to a close, I am very much refreshed and recharged after spending several days among the world’s leaders in business, economics, education and government at the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. This year’s meeting was focused on political, economic, social and, above all, technological transformations resulting in an entirely “new global context” for decision-making. For me, this theme hit close to home as the education industry is undergoing an overall shift in culture and technology. Similarly, Cengage Learning is amidst a cultural transformation of its own to Read More…


Financial Statements from 30,000 Feet: Six Numbers and Four Ratios Tell The Story

Teaching and learning introductory accounting can be overwhelming for students and instructors. The enormous volume of content creates a challenge … to step back and look at the big picture. Over the years we have implemented an approach in our classes that serves as an anchor to teach the basics of double-entry while at the same time emphasizing the uses of financial statements in managing a business.

Our approach is called Financial Statements from 30,000 Feet. While it is important to know the details, it is vitally important for business students to view the statements and see the elements of financial statements, their relationships. and how they change when actions (transactions) affect them.
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