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English Webinar Series Part 1: MindTap’s JUST IN TIME Module

Join us in a 4-part webinar series with Cengage Learning Faculty Partner, Audrey Wick, an English professor at Blinn College, and Senior Marketing Manager, Kina Lara, also an English professor at San Jacinto College, where we will identify common problems English instructors (and their students) face and show you to how solve those problems with MindTap!

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Fall 2016 English Webinar Series: Learn more about the JUST IN TIME module

    Are your Comp I and II students coming to class with varied skill levels?
    Do they lack basic, foundational knowledge and skills?
    Do you lack the class time necessary
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Designing a New Experience for Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics: Pre-Course Assessments Target Knowledge Gaps

In 2014, the Cengage Learning Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics Teams set out to better understand the unmet needs of students and instructors. We interviewed, observed, surveyed, conducted usability tests, and met with thousands of students and instructors from around the country. Along the way we developed a deeper appreciation and understanding of how quantitative courses are taught and learned, the main challenges that students and instructors typically encounter, and how technology is used to accomplish course outcomes. Our initial research revealed that today’s instructors and students in math, statistics, and physics demand more from technology than they did 20 Read More…


Prepare Your Classroom Style Guides: MLA 8th Edition is Here

In April 2016, the MLA released the 8th edition of their style guide. The updates to the MLA format move toward making it much easier for students writing their research papers to cite digital sources, like YouTube videos, which were cumbersome under the earlier rules. While the MLA citations for paper bibliographies have changed quite a bit, MLA in-text citations are roughly the same. Here are the changes you should be aware of as you get your students ready for this year’s research papers.

Digital publication has changed research and documentation.

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Pop Culture Pedagogy: Fostering Enthusiasm in College Students

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas) Instructors have a passion for their subject. Unfortunately, not every college classroom is filled with students brimming with that same level of passion. One job of an instructor, then, is to help foster enthusiasm with students, so they can feel invested and engaged in course material. Pop culture pedagogy is one way to achieve that. Using timely examples, making contemporary connections, and showcasing real-life case studies can bridge gaps of understanding. Additionally, instructors who have a digital component in their class—like the MindTap platform—have even more opportunities for pop culture pedagogy. Regardless of Read More…


Modernizing MLA for the Digital Age

Guest Contributor: Tina Willhoite, San Jacinto College (Texas) MLA first began in 1883 as a way to share scholarly findings and documentation with colleagues.  For over a century, the association has supported and strengthened programs within the humanities.  Just as new inventions and technology have made life easier for inhabitants of the 21st century, MLA, 8th edition, makes academic research much easier to cite in an era of digital publications. The length of the handbook is down to nearly half the size of the seventh edition, which was a whopping 300 pages.  Many of the strict rules have been replaced Read More…


VOICE: The Cengage Learning English Blog

Welcome to Voice, the Cengage Learning English blog. Here you’ll find blog posts related to the English discipline, pedagogy, best practices, and success stories, written by Cengage Learning authors, users, and faculty partners. You’ll also find information on upcoming Cengage English events, products, and promotions. At Cengage Learning, we believe in students and the power of writing well. We create accessible and practical solutions that support students’ writing processes and match instructor workflow. By providing highly customizable, easy-to-use print and digital solutions, we meet instructors and students where they are and help get them where they need to be. Read More…


SXSWedu 2017: Vote for Cengage Learning and Learning Objects to Present!

The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. The seventh annual SXSWedu will return to Austin, March 6-9, 2017, for four days of compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy-centered discussions, business opportunities, networking and so much more! Through collaboration, creativity and social action, SXSWedu empowers its global community to connect, discover and impact. We’re already looking forward to 2017’s SXSWedu! In fact, we’re throwing a few hats in the ring for an opportunity to present some of our own innovative Read More…


Instructor Seeks a Better Way to Deliver Online Course Assignments that Provide Accurate and Relevant Answers

Nikki Ware, an instructor at Kentucky Community Technical College, was frustrated with the current online study tool in use for classes. Students shared her frustration, as they were not only uninspired with the content but learned that the program was supplying them with incorrect answers. Ware set out to improve the situation and began using Cengage Learning’s Aplia, and almost immediately things improved for students and instructors. Armed with correct responses and a program that was motivating and engaging, student outcomes improved and teachers became more effective. Additionally, because Aplia gives students online access to content, students who Read More…


College Students’ Insight on OWLv2 and Sapling at UC San Diego

OWLv2 vs Sapling Learning Thirty-four students taking Chemistry at UCSD responded to a survey, giving their feedback on their experiences using Cengage Learning’s OWLv2 and Macmillan Learning’s Sapling, both digital homework solutions. On a scale of 0 to 10, students gave a relatively low average rating of 5.12 on the value of their print textbook. For the two digital homework solutions, students were split on which one they would be most likely to recommend to a friend. But when it comes to the digital solution they feel is helping them learn better, 85% (29 out of 34) chose OWLv2.

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Premier Digital Learning Tool is Easy To Use, Even for Students Intimidated by Technology

Some people just have that fighting spirit, that ‘can do’ attitude, that propels them to a brighter future than what might otherwise develop from a lifetime of challenges. Kathryn Fryman, a mother of eight children and caretaker of some terminally ill family members, made a conscious decision to move her life onto a positive path when she entered Kentucky Community Technical College. However, Fryman had no computer experience and she faced the challenge of learning an online study/homework system while adapting to a new life as a student. This story of Fryman’s experience with SAM, an online study tool from Read More…