Professional Development

Cengage, NISOD Partner on Adjunct PD

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has partnered with Cengage Learning on a slate of professional development resources for adjunct faculty and administrators.

As a result of the partnership, the organizations will co-host a series of webinars, blog posts and podcasts. In the fall, the theme is "Be Connected: Using Digital Tools To Create Meaningful Connections" to address the findings of a Cengage Learning survey that suggested adjuncts believe "online tools and resources were the top resources that would help them conduct their classes more effectively," according to a news release. "They also highly valued materials from other instructors at their institutions, but noted that establishing and developing relationships with colleagues can be a challenge."

The series will continue through the spring, and the program will end with a live session at the 2016 NISOD Conference. The organizations will also offer three scholarships covering registration, travel and accommodations to the conference for adjuncts who submit content proposals as part of their participation in the series.

"Our goal is to help adjunct faculty at our member colleges improve their teaching practice and student learning," said Edward Leach, executive director of NISOD, in a prepared statement. "To these ends, collaborating with Cengage Learning is a great way for NISOD to provide these increasingly important faculty members with a variety of high-quality resources they can use to enhance their professional skills at their own pace and according to their personal needs and goals."

More information is available at nisod.org.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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