The Empowered Educator Series

Catch the Highlights from Our 2018 Spring Series

Hear your peers discuss student engagement, career readiness, affordability and more in our Empowered Educator highlights reel! Like what you hear? Watch the complete recordings on demand below.

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The FUNdamentals of Higher Education

Presenter: Shawn Orr 

There’s what students want…and then there’s what they need. How can you bridge the gap to meet both student and employer expectations? Join Shawn Orr from Ashland University to discuss: 

  • What employers expect from today’s graduates  
  • Strategies for meeting the needs of students, employers and communities
  • How to address these issues in your colleges and classrooms  

Higher Ed Time Hacks

Presenter: Audrey Wick, Blinn College 

Time. We all want more of it, but where is it hiding? If you’re like most instructors, it’s hard to find spare time with a stack of courses to teach and multiple activities to grade each week. Join Professor Audrey Wick from Blinn College as she offers hacks to speed up the grading process, boost time management and maybe even win back a little time for yourself! Because, when you have time to focus on you, you’re more likely to give students your all when class starts. 

Spring 2018 Empowered Educator Power Week

 I <3 Course Design: Designing a Course Students Will Adore 

Presented by: Jenny Billings, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 

Get to know instructional design a little better and get students to fall in love with your class. Whether you teach online or in-person, hear tested ideas for designing a digital course that fits your class format and fosters interactivity and engagement. Then, get a behind-the-scenes look as Professor Jenny Billings takes you through the setup of one of her courses at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. 

Addressing Affordability with an Unlimited Love of Learning 

Hear Professor Donna Donald discuss how the costs of tuition, textbooks and learning tools have affected her students, as well as the ways she’s found to address high cost. Then, learn how Cengage is  addressing affordability with Cengage Unlimited, a first-of-its-kind subscription model that gives students access to everything we've got for one price.

Mixed Reality: The Next Evolution in Human Computing

Technology advances daily with new tools that improve our lives in countless ways.  Following her popular presentation earlier this year, Corinne Hoisington returns to share how advancements in virtual reality technology can help to better engage today’s students.  Hear about the latest releases from the likes of uber-tech companies like Microsoft, discover how you can integrate mixed reality into your online or in-person courses, and learn how these advancements can attract students to your institution before they even step foot on campus.

Empowered Educator Power Week

Learn how students define success, how scholarship can be impacted by thoughtful course design and how mobile learning can expand the classroom. This event will empower and excite you with the spark you need to amplify student engagement. 

Transforming Class Time with Digital

Support Experiential Learning and Student Employability

Department Chair Cornel Plebani from Eastern Maine Community College rebuilt his program with experiential learning. See how this focus gives students experience, tools and contacts to find gainful employment and success.

MindTap Features

Improved Experience in MindTap: Unveiling Your New MindTap Dashboard

Professor Jenny Billings from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College walks through a new, 2-view MindTap dashboard that streamlines course content and offers improved editing tools.

MindTap Sneak Peek

Get an exclusive preview of upcoming enhancements and additions to the MindTap platform, including exciting course and section management features, an updated 2-view dashboard, gradebook improvements, and more.

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