Author: Tami Strang

MindTap Supports Strong Student Outcomes in History

Would you like to see improved participation and outcomes in your History courses? Try assigning digital. Our studies show that students spend more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.
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Making Adjuncts Part of the Family

Guest Contributor: Joey Bryant, Program Coordinator, Forsyth Technical Community College. After working in industry for many years, I came into education first as an adjunct and then as a full-time instructor. I have experienced the feeling of being “just a part-timer” and “you’re one of the family.” The feeling of family can make a tremendous difference on both your attitude and your performance. At Forsyth Technical Community College, we have fifteen to twenty-five adjuncts teaching every semester. We rely on our adjuncts and appreciate what they do for us and our students. We begin our academic year with training. This training is Read More…


Creating an Active Learning Environment with Tech Tools

Students like using technology in the classroom… but does its absence have an impact on engagement and success?

Through our recent “Today’s Student” project (conducted with the Work Institute), we asked students to share and explain how they define their “best” and “worst” classes. The findings are summarized in our recent white paper, The Not-So-Powerful PowerPoint®: Students Weigh the “Best” Classes against the “Worst.”

Among “worst” classes, students were largely disengaged with technology, with “Don’t Know/Not Applicable” characterizing the majority of responses.

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Webinar: Adjuncts—Part of the Family

Colleges rely heavily on adjunct faculty members, and they need to know how important they are to colleges and their students. Without adjunct faculty members, our students will suffer.

In the recorded webinar “Adjuncts—Part of the Family,” Joey Bryant of Forsyth Technical College discusses how to make adjunct faculty members feel more like part of the “educational family” and less like part-time staff.

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College Students Avoid Purchasing Costly Course Materials and Fall Behind

Sandy Owen, the program chair for the early childhood department at Cincinnati State College, worried about how many of her students were not fully prepared on the first day of class and would quickly fall behind their fellow classmates. The culprit, according to Owen, is students’ failure to obtain the required course materials prior to the start of class. Unfortunately, the students in Owen’s courses are not alone. One in three students, according to national studies, have delayed purchase of course materials or have chosen not to purchase them at all. The consequences of not having access to pertinent Read More…


Future Health Professionals Give MindTap a “Thumbs Up” as an Engaging Learning Tool

Technology continues to rapidly evolve, and in the past few years digital learning solutions have provided new and exciting ways to teach and learn critical topics. With all of the new digital learning solutions available, it can be overwhelming for educational programs to select the right learning solution for their student population and program needs.

Today’s digital natives have an important role to play in providing feedback to help ensure that educational programs are providing the most useful and effective learning materials to students. To meet the needs of both instructors and students in today’s educational environment, Cengage Learning created MindTap®—a new approach to digital learning.
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MindTap Supports Student Learning in Environmental Science Courses

Have you been seeking out additional ways to engage the students in your Introduction to Environmental Science courses? Try incorporating digital for a grade. Instructors who make MindTap count for at least 20% of their students’ score in Introduction to Environmental Science see higher engagement and improved outcomes.

Digital learning tools matter to today’s students. According to a recent report, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage for all disciplines across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes.

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Promote Student Success in Paralegal Studies with MindTap

What are your goals for your Paralegal Studies courses? Do you want to see improved participation? Improved outcomes? Students in Paralegal Studies courses courses are spending more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.

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MindTap Helps Improve Student Performance in HR Management Courses

Hoping to increase student engagement and improve student outcomes in your HR Management courses? Try assigning a digital solution.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes. When MindTap assignments count for at least 20% of their grade, students spend 50% more time in the platform.

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MindTap Leads to Better Scores in Music Appreciation Courses

How do you encourage the students in your Music Appreciation courses to perform to the best of their abilities? Assigning digital could be key. Participation and outcomes improve for Music Appreciation students when MindTap counts for 20% or more of their grade.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage for all disciplines across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes. When MindTap assignments count for at least 20% of their grade, students spend 50% more time in the platform.
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