Joining Janeway’s: An Interview with Leslie Berg

What is it like to join a renowned textbook team? When authoring a textbook or assessment, what is important to include? What do you want students to take away? Norton Biology recently sat down with Leslie Berg, chair of immunology and microbiology at Colorado University School of Medicine and new coauthor of Janeway’s Immunobiology to discuss …

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Practical Advice for Teaching Information Literacy and Research

Laura J. Panning Davies is chief of staff at SUNY Cortland (NY), where she served as director of writing programs and associate professor of English since 2014. She teaches courses in first-year writing, writing pedagogy, public rhetoric, style, and technical writing.Erin Ackerman is interim assistant director for public services and social sciences librarian at the R. …

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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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Creating a More Inclusive Music Theory Repertoire: What We Learned

Betsy Marvin (Eastman School of Music) and Jane Clendinning (Florida State University College of Music) are coauthors of The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis. In their classrooms they strive to create a diverse music theory curriculum by including pieces by women and people of color. Here they describe the process of incorporating diverse pieces …

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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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Incorporating the United States into your AP® Comparative Government Course

Ryan DeMarco is an AP® Comparative Government teacher at North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia. He is also the Global Studies Director and History Department Chair, and additionally teaches AP® U.S. History. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on Russian foreign policy. What an exciting …

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Improve Student Engagement by Ditching Classroom Traditions

M. Chad Smith works as science coordinator and biology professor for Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) in North Carolina. He also teaches biology and environmental science courses as online adjunct faculty for Shaw University and Miller-Motte College. He discusses how he keeps his nonmajor biology students engaged by incorporating active learning in his classroom. One …

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Teaching AP® Chemistry with an Atoms-Focused Approach

Robin Licato is a Forensic Science and AP® Chemistry teacher at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, TX. She has taught in public, private, and parochial settings as well as urban, suburban, and rural school districts. She was a member of the task force at the Houston Independent School District for the development of a new …

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