Building Community in the New School Year

Suzanne Caines has been teaching high school English in public school settings in New Jersey for thirty-four years. She grew up on the West Coast, graduated from the University of Oregon, and later earned a master’s degree at Montclair State University, where she wrote her graduate thesis on using mindfulness and meditation to improve learning conditions …

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Four Essential Criteria for an Effective Online Course

In 2012, Michael Bell joined Norton, where he established and now leads the Customer Success Department. His team is responsible for implementation and course design support for our products, including building content into LMSs like Blackboard, Canvas, and D2L. He is certified by the Online Learning Consortium in online course design. Michael BellImage Credit: Michael …

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A Proactive Response to the Industry-wide Paper Shortage

An ongoing paper shortage and other supply-chain disruptions are affecting the publishing industry as a whole. We asked Jane Searle, Norton’s head of production for college texts, and Ann Shin, editorial director, about the shortage and the steps Norton is taking in response. Ann Shin Image Credit: Justine Knight Photography First, can you tell us a …

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Supporting Educational Equity

What role could course materials play in supporting more equitable learning environments? We sat down with Ann Shin, Norton’s editorial director for educational publishing, to discuss an ongoing initiative to create inclusive and equity-minded course materials. Ann ShinImage Credit: Justine Knight Photography First off, could you tell us a bit about your role at Norton? …

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Accessibility and Affordability: What Norton’s Director of Inclusive Access Learned from the Pandemic

How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted issues related to access and affordability of course materials? The Norton Learning Blog recently sat down with Lauren Greene, Norton's director of inclusive access, to learn how the pandemic accelerated affordability trends in higher education and how affordability and accessibility are related. How have the ideas of “access” and “accessibility” changed through the …

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Doing Our Part to Ensure Educational Integrity

Mike Wright is the head of the College Department at W. W. Norton & Company. He is at the forefront of Norton’s efforts to support the success of educators and students in various ways, including overseeing the creation of equity-minded course materials, ensuring the educational integrity of those materials, and providing them at affordable prices. …

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Behind the Scenes: From a Disability Office to Accessible Publishing

How should a faculty member, campus, or publisher approach the goal of providing accessible materials? The Norton Learning Blog sits down with Evan Yamanishi, Norton’s director of accessibility and standards, to discuss how his experiences working in a campus disability office informed his work at Norton on accessibility standards.   You used to work in a …

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