Two graphs shown. The graph on left is default produced by Excel (cluttered and unattractive), graph on right is re-designed following 4 steps discussed in this blog post

Four Steps to Better Data Visualizations

If you’ve collected data in your higher education research on engaged learning, chances are you’d like to present it to your readers in an effective, visually pleasing, and impactful way. The problem is that data visualization is a complex topic,…

Two new book cover designs for Writing about Learning and Teaching, with bright and colorful artwork

Academic Book Publishing: Cover Design

There is little in the book production process that creates as much excitement (and often, disagreement) as the design of the book cover. Every author wants a cover that conveys their enthusiasm for the content within, a cover that communicates…

Academic Book Publishing: Typesetting

Welcome to another post in our series on the process of academic book publishing! We’re taking you through all the steps, from writing and submitting your proposal, working with your editor on the development of your manuscript, and having your book copyedited. In…

Because we've taken time to prioritize our feedback — and to piece together the jigsaw — we share only a fraction of the comments we've made while reading. After all, we're not the author. We're not revising the text. Instead, we're helping the author consider how they can revise to most effectively engage their audience and achieve their purpose.

Academic book publishing: What happens during developmental editing?

“developmental editing. Editorial intervention, usually at an early stage, to help the author with structure, substance, or other fundamental elements of a manuscript. Compare with copyediting and line editing.” Peter Ginna, What Editors Do, p. 278 The Center for Engaged Learning produces two…

As we’ve worked with authors and editors in both Center for Engaged Learning book series, we’ve identified frequently asked questions about publishing books. This post offers a general overview of the process.

What’s the process for publishing a (SoTL) book?

The Center for Engaged Learning produces two book series on engaged learning and teaching – one in partnership with Stylus Publishing and one that’s open access and supports books that experiment with genre or medium in ways that take advantage…