Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

Aplia Associated with Higher Course Grades in Biology

Online self-directed and self-paced learning is becoming increasingly popular. However, little is known about the relationship between the use of such online learning tools and classroom success. The goal of
the current study, conducted by The Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, was to determine if student use of a specific digital learning product developed by Cengage Learning, Aplia for Biology, was related to academic achievement in the course in which it was used.

A total of twenty instructors agreed to participate, 10 in the “treatment” group using Aplia for Biology and 10 in the “comparison” group using the same textbooks, but without the use of Aplia for Biology.

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Engagement Services: Educational Services Support Quest to Engage and Retain Students

Changes in the evolving higher education landscape have spawned institutional and instructional needs in a new area—educational services. In a 2013 survey conducted for Cengage Learning, two-thirds of faculty participants noted the importance of services in their adoption decision. Not surprisingly, the number one desire cited was “help increasing student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and retention.” The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging. Today it is increasingly vital as institutions—faced with economic pressures, completion-based funding, and a job skills gap—have an even higher stake in enrolling new students, moving them efficiently through the curriculum, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with the skills that employers demand.

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CourseMate: Effectiveness Study Results White Paper

Cengage Learning’s CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook, including an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more. Using a quasi-experimental design, using a before (“control group”) and after (“test group”) comparison, the performance of CourseMate student users (the “test” group) was compared to the historical performance of students at the test site prior to the use of CourseMate (the “control” group).

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Delmar Online Training Simulation: HVAC for Digital and Print Solutions

Lennox turned to Cengage Learning’s pair of best-selling resources: Delmar’s Online Training Simulation: HVAC and the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology text. Together, these tools proved to be the perfect fit for the Virtual BuildATech curriculum. “We purchase everything directly from Cengage Learning,” says De La Portilla. “Once the students register for the program they receive the book. And with the Online Training Simulation, they simply log on to where the online course materials are housed. It’s quick and easy—they have everything they need within a few days of registering for the course.” Read More…


Delmar Automotive Training Online: Diagnostic Scenarios (DATO) Boosts Student Outcomes

DATO is a media-rich learning experience that challenges learners to master diagnostic and repair practices in 62 realistic scenarios spanning all automotive system areas. Realism sets DATO apart from other more traditional study
aids. An efficacy study on Delmar Automotive Training Online: Diagnostic Scenarios (DATO) from Cengage Learning (CL) showed that the product had a positive impact on student outcomes. On average, students using DATO received a shop performance grade nearly 6 percentage points higher than baseline.  Read More…


Efficacy of Online Web Learning (OWL) in Chemistry Courses

This study examines the effectiveness of a widely-used, post-secondary digital instructional tool, Write Experience, an online learning solution, employing automated essay scoring, dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills. Read More…


Tips for Students: Making Connections in College

Spring is in the air and while college students may be hard at work studying for finals, they may not have found the time to have an active social life as well. Good on them for buckling down, certainly, but a well-balanced life is what keeps students happy and motivated. According to author Julia T. Wood in her text, Communication in Our Lives, Seventh Edition, socializing helps us to build the much-needed communication skills that we use every day. “We spend a great deal of time communicating. We talk, listen, have dialogues with ourselves, participate in group discussions, present oral reports, watch Read More…


Aplia Product Efficacy in Introductory Psychology Courses

Prepared for Cengage Learning by Project Tomorrow

To gain understanding as to how digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of Aplia within instructor psychology courses during the fall semester of 2013. This comparative environment created an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of Aplia usage, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of a digital tool.

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What Students Say they Need in Order to Become More Engaged in Class

With the many benefits to technology in the classroom, some instructors may still question how to go about using these advancements to increase student engagement. Whatever your choice, it’s clear that students benefit from digital technology in the classroom. In a recent survey by Cengage Learning of over one thousand students and instructors, 80% of college students say that the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has increased their academic performance and 77% even say it has improved their engagement with their courses. Fewer than 1% reported it has decreased performance and engagement. Read More…


Tips for Students: Getting Energized at Midterm Time

For many college students, midterms may signal that it is now “time to cram” by staying up all night, forgoing a healthy routine in favor of intense study sessions and high caffeine intake. Of course, last-minute, all-night study sessions are never the solution for student success. When students attempt to simply memorize the facts that will let them pass the test, they are far less likely to retain the information than if they had been thoroughly engaged with the course material throughout the semester. However, when it comes time for midterm exams, all students stand to gain from a Read More…