Efficacy and research

Liberty University English Students Give MindTap a Special Shout-Out

It only took 20 minutes of hands-on experience for Virginia Dow to get hooked on MindTap. “It was so much easier to use than our existing digital product. I knew it would be much easier for my students,” says the Liberty University English instructor. She was right — her students reacted “extremely well” to the online resource, and for reasons that went beyond ease of use.

Students Credit MindTap for Course Success

“MindTap has been phenomenal for me and my students,” says Professor Dow. “One ESL student in developmental writing had missed a lot of answers on a test. She asked Read More…


A New Digital Solution Brings an Unprecedented Rise in Student Grades and Success

Unfortunately, there’s a phenomena running rampant across college campuses nationwide that kills weekends and prevents educators from being their best. It’s called grading overload, and Linda Manning, an Associate Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee knows the problem as well as anyone. “It seems like we’re grading all of the time,” Manning said. “We could save a lot of time if we didn’t have to manually grade the assignments.” The students to whom Manning teaches Microsoft Office concepts and applications are often initially intimidated by what can be perceived as complicated software to learn thoroughly. Even more Read More…


Inclusive Access Partnership Boosts Student Retention and Course Success in North Carolina

Like their peers around the country, educators at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) in Salisbury, North Carolina are always seeking ways to improve the teaching and learning experience. One strategy that has generated good results is to make it as easy and appealing as possible for students to access and use course materials. Partnering with Cengage Learning, Rowan-Cabarrus initiated an inclusive access program in 2014. Through the program, the college purchases digital textbooks directly from Cengage Learning at a discounted price and provides a copy to each student as part of his or her course registration. The program has garnered Read More…


Business Students Rate SAM “Useful” for Building Excel Skills

At Baruch College in New York City, Professor of Economics Ted Joyce directs the Zicklin Online Learning and Evaluation (ZOLE) program, which promotes and supports the use of technology at the institution. “We interpret technology broadly, from courses delivered purely online to the use of Excel® in a traditional classroom format,” says Professor Joyce. “The unifying theme is the application of new technologies to engage students, build skills, save resources, and advance learning.” One of those technologies is SAM (Skills Assessment Manager), an online environment for Microsoft Office®. Professor Joyce managed a semester-long study of SAM’s online Excel® module, Read More…


Level the Learning Field: Gale Databases and Google Apps for Education 

Many educators would agree that the cornerstone of a good institution is the quality of its people. Such is the case at Clovis North Educational Center (CNEC) in central California, which comprises an intermediate and high school for 3,600 students in grades seven through 12. CNEC’s administrators also know that successful 21st-century learning requires teachers and students to be supported by superior educational content — and often, technology to enable it. That’s why the center goes beyond hiring skilled, passionate educators. It also relies on digital database resources from Gale/Cengage Learning, integrated with Google Apps for Education, to help Read More…


Pass Rates Rise with MindTap in Tech Course at Community College of Baltimore County

Renuka Kumar teaches Computer Science and Information Technology at the Community College of Baltimore Country in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her colleagues recently redesigned the course to bring it up to date, adding new material on collaboration, mobile devices, and emerging technologies. The course learning resource that the department was using at the time didn’t cover all the necessary new topics, so a search ensued for a better option.

In evaluating possible new solutions, department decision-makers had several criteria. First, they wanted a product that would be easy to use by students and instructors. The ability to integrate with the college’s Blackboard learning management system (LMS), something that wasn’t possible with the existing product, was also on the wish list.
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Innovative Developmental Math Solution Improves Educational Outcomes at Borough of Manhattan Community College

As a full-time mathematics lecturer at CUNY BMCC, Professor Dale Dawes (who teaches everything from developmental mathematics through calculus) sees math anxiety in students young and old, in all of his classes.

In the past, Dawes struggled to identify struggling students, and then find time to provide individualized help to each of them. Furthermore, the process of grading mathematics assignments was taking up much of the time he’d prefer to spend giving those students the one-on-one attention that they need.

But now, thanks to Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), Dawes has more freedom to offer his students individualized assistance. EWA is a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results. Dawes, who uses EWA across all of his Mathematics courses, is a devoted user of EWA due to the flexibility it offers—from both the student and instructor perspectives. For instance, instructors can implement as much or as little of their content & rules in it, while students have a broad choice of ways to learn the data.
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MindTap College Success Course Earns Perfect Score in North Carolina’s “Quality Matters” Certification Program

North Carolina is serious about raising standards in its public schools to meet the needs of 21st century learners and prepare them to succeed in an increasingly technology-based society. One way the state is accomplishing this objective is by implementing a rigorous Quality Matters (QM) certification program, a faculty-centered, peer review process designed to verify the quality of online courses and online components. Attaining QM certification—a coveted stamp of approval—is no small feat, so when North Carolina’s Rowan-Cabarrus Community College received a perfect score for a College Success course based on MindTap®, there was good reason to be pleased.

In this case study, you’ll learn why Jenny Billings and others at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College believe MindTap was a key to getting the certification for the College Success course.
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Instructor Frustrated with Tedious Administrative Chores Finds Relief with OWLv2

Houston Brown, a chemistry professor at the University of Houston–Downtown, often felt as if he was anything but a professor. Instead of spending the bulk of his time helping introductory and organic chemistry students better understand and comprehend difficult subject matter, Brown regularly found himself tending to a learning management system that laboriously soaked up his time and patience.

Besides Brown, students at UHD were demanding more from the platform that constituted twenty-percent of their grade. It’s one reason Brown was happy to switch to Cengage Learning’s OWLv2, a cloud-based learning system that provides chemistry students with a collection of study and test preparation tools designed to foster engagement and better grades.

One feature that helps Brown and his students focus more on what matters is the on-demand feedback OWLv2 provides students during homework assignments. Besides organizing and prioritizing assignments in visually appealing ways, OWLv2 allows students to identify in real time why exactly they answered a problem incorrectly. It also provides Brown with the analytics required to intervene immediately.
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OWLv2 is Key to Meaningful Homework and Better Student Engagement

If variety is the spice of life nowhere is that more evident than inside a university classroom where distractions abound and students can easily find other things to do rather than focus on lectures and concentrate on homework. “I want them to know the homework assignments aren’t just busy work,” said Steven Neal, an organic chemistry professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
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