Are You Teaching These Communication Skills in Your Automotive Class?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Oct 14, 2019 2:00:00 PM

As an instructor, your goal is to make sure your students are fully prepared for future employment. When it comes to working with today’s vehicles, that includes helping students learn plenty of important, technical skills.

But how well are your students prepared to interact with customers, co-workers, and supervisors?

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Topics: Curriculum, Soft Skills

Top Reasons to Teach Employability Skills in Your Automotive Classroom

Posted by Cassie Wright on Sep 25, 2019 2:06:00 PM

What do your students need to succeed as skilled technicians?

You might be quick to list a series of technical skills, but what about employability skills?

Employability skills, also known as “job-keeping skills” are overlooked in many programs. However, they can often mean the difference between a student who successfully transitions into new position and one who can’t seem to land or keep a job in the industry.

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Topics: Curriculum, Soft Skills

What’s New in Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair, Second Edition

Posted by Cassie Wright on Aug 5, 2019 2:01:00 PM

The second edition of Fundamentals of Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair is here! Are you wondering what new things you can expect from this updated and expanded version? 

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Topics: Curriculum, LV or MLR Online

CDX Customers: Your New Online Courses Are Ready

Posted by Cassie Wright on Jul 23, 2019 2:54:00 PM

Have you checked out your new CDX Online courseware? 

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Topics: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology ONLINE, Curriculum, Instructors, CDX Support, LV or MLR Online

What’s New in Fundamentals of Medium/Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Systems, 2nd Edition?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Jul 17, 2019 1:54:00 PM

The latest edition of Fundamentals of Medium/Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Systems is here!

Wondering what there is to look forward to in the second edition? Not only has it been updated to align with the latest ASE Medium-Heavy Truck Program Standards, the second edition includes six new chapters that reflect the most up-to-date technological innovations in medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. 

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Topics: Curriculum, Medium/Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Systems

CDX Customers: Have You Heard the News?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Jun 25, 2019 3:48:00 PM

Our brand-new e-learning platform is here! 

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Topics: Curriculum, CDX Support

How to Reinforce Vehicle Lift Safety with Students

Posted by Cassie Wright on Jun 19, 2019 3:07:00 PM

Safety.

It’s not the most exciting subject in the automotive classroom, but it’s certainly one of the most important. Even if your students aren’t eagerly awaiting your lesson on how to use eye protection or the importance of inspecting equipment, you know how necessary it is for students to absorb and follow safety guidelines. All it takes is one accident to ruin a person’s day, week, or even their entire life, which means skimping on teaching safety is not an option.

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Topics: Curriculum, Instructors, Safety

5 Ways to Help Your Students Prepare for Tests

Posted by Cassie Wright on Jun 4, 2019 2:56:00 PM

Students hate taking tests and instructors hate grading them. So why should you spend more time than necessary dealing with testing?

Many students (and at least a few instructors) might wish they could skip test-taking altogether, but the truth is that tests can be valuable indicators of a student’s progress and skills. They can also help instructors and students identify gaps in knowledge and pinpoint what still needs to be learned. 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Curriculum

Strategy-Based Instruction Series: What’s the Best Way to Teach?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Apr 9, 2019 2:23:00 PM

In the first two parts of our strategy-based instruction blog series, we explained the basis of this teaching method and explored how to verify the job skills that students need before entering the workforce.  

Once you’ve determined what skills and behaviors your students need to learn based on what employers need, it’s time to figure out the best way to teach them. This is where both new and experienced instructors encounter a common problem. How do you cover all the material students should learn with limited time and resources? 

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Topics: Student Engagement, Curriculum, Instructors, Strategy-Based Instruction

Strategy-Based Instruction Series: What Skills Do Students Need?

Posted by Cassie Wright on Mar 27, 2019 2:17:00 PM

In part one of the strategy-based instruction series, we talked about the basics of this technique. We also noted how, when it comes to education, the employer is the customer, not the student. Once this is understood, there is a simple way of tackling the first step of strategy-based instruction: verifying the job skill. 

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Topics: Curriculum, Strategy-Based Instruction