How Do You Know When it’s Time to Refresh Your Curriculum?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Dec 31, 2018 2:06:00 PM

 

No matter how many bright students, wonderful instructors, and useful resources an automotive classroom has, there’s one thing that can make the learning process more—or less—difficult: curriculum.

Curriculum, which is comprised of the learning objectives, lessons, materials, assignments, and assessments used to teach a course, is the last thing you want to work against your students’ success. In fact, studies show that better curriculum—and textbooks—can improve student achievement.

But how do you know if your current curriculum is the problem?

 

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Topics: Curriculum, Technology

How Can I Get More Development as an Instructor?

Posted by Amanda Banner on Dec 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford knows something about the importance of continuing to learn. 

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Topics: Instructors

How to Train Top Service Advisors

Posted by Cassie Wright on Dec 17, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Service advisors have a unique role as both the face of an automotive shop and the link between customers and technicians. Therefore, it makes sense that classroom training for service advisors should have a good balance between customer focused skills and automotive knowledge.

Instructors play an important role in providing this kind of targeted training. But aside from starting with a good foundation of knowledge, how can you instill the kinds of skills that help service advisors thrive in the classroom and on the job? 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Curriculum, Instructors

Tips for Testing and Maintaining Coolant Before the Winter Weather Hits

Posted by Joseph Wagner on Dec 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, it’s becoming even more important to talk about vehicle system care.

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Topics: Curriculum

Instructor Spotlight - Dane Tom

Posted by Amanda Banner on Dec 6, 2018 1:28:00 PM

Dane Tom has used CDX since 2001. He teaches at Roy High School in South Roy, Utah, where he uses Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Online. 

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Topics: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology ONLINE, Curriculum

CDX Learning Systems Partners with Tiqani to Expand Global Reach and Support

Posted by Cassie Wright on Nov 30, 2018 2:15:00 PM

CDX Learning Systems, a division of Jones & Bartlett Learning, is excited to announce a partnership with Tiqani Management Consultancy FZE, a premier automotive talent development firm. Together, CDX and Tiqani will lead the way in offering innovative educational materials and automotive training on a global scale. 

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Topics: Curriculum

4 Essential Soft Skills to Teach Your Automotive Students

Posted by Cassie Wright on Nov 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

According to a 2013 report by the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI), over 75% of employers believed soft skills were just as important as, if not more important than, technical knowledge. 

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Topics: Curriculum

Meet Ian Giddings: Your CDX Contact for Training Success

Posted by Cassie Wright on Nov 19, 2018 11:52:00 AM

 

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Topics: CDX Support

How Automotive Technology Courses Fulfill STEM Education

Posted by Amanda Banner on Nov 14, 2018 4:02:00 PM

Today’s students are tech savvy. They know their ways around any gadget you put in front of them. In fact, many parents fear their kids are spending too much time on devices after school and not enough time in school to prepare them for future employment. Automotive technology programs allow students to use and further develop their technology skills while working and learning in a fun and engaging way. This means automotive technology programs help bridge the gap between home and school while providing students with valuable STEM educations. 

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Topics: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology ONLINE, Curriculum

Instructor Spotlight - Mark Emmons

Posted by Amanda Banner on Nov 8, 2018 3:33:00 PM
Instructor Mark Emmons and his class at McCollum High School in San Antonio.

Mark Emmons, an automotive technology instructor, loves how CDX adapts to all kinds of learning styles. 

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Topics: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology ONLINE