Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

MindTap Allows Music Teacher to Share Intricacies of Music Online

Jay Contrino is an adjunct instructor of music at Southeast Missouri State University where he teaches Jazz Appreciation, Theories of Music in Culture, Aural Skills, and applied drum set lessons. He’s been teaching at the college level for many years after working as a performer at clubs, symphony halls, jazz festivals and aboard cruise ships, where he worked side by side with a wide range of musicians, including the Osmond Brothers, the Platters, Mickey Dolenz, Tommy Tune, and others. This varied and exciting background adds to Contrino’s desire for his students to really listen to the intricacies of music, 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…


BostInno’s Coolest Companies: Vote for Cengage Learning!

Guest Contributor: Luba Sakharuk, SLDC Process Manager and Agile Coach, on Cengage Learning’s finalist recognition in BostInno’s Coolest Companies Competition. Cengage Learning was recently named a finalist in BostInno’s Coolest Companies Competition. And it’s a very cool honor for a company that was founded over 100 years ago but recently underwent a complete transformation. When people think about cool companies, things that come to mind are bright funky office furniture, workplace games, and beer fridges. As we have evolved from a traditional textbook publishing company to an education and technology company built for learners, we’ve naturally layered in more and more Read More…


Understanding Medical Terminology: How MindTap Drives Instructor and Student Success

Students preparing for successful careers as health care professionals must first master the complex medical terminology necessary to provide optimal patient care in the nation’s hospitals, clinics, and physician’s offices. Future health care professionals in pursuit of a comprehensive clinical foundation must equip themselves with the ability to accurately recognize, define, and pronounce medical terms on which successful patient diagnostics and outcomes largely rely. To efficiently develop this key skill set, instructors and students have for years relied on Cengage Learning’s MindTap for Medical Terminology, an online learning platform that combines a number of learning tools to personalize the Read More…


Partnering with Walmart to Bring Diplomas and Certificates to Associates

Career Online High School Program Free for All Walmart Associates We’re thrilled to announce that Cengage Learning has partnered with Walmart to offer accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates through Career Online High School (COHS). Part of Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program, COHS is designed to reengage adults in education and is free for Walmart associates beginning on the first day of their employment. In fact, more than 130 associates have already received their high school diploma through COHS, with another 433 currently enrolled. “Working with Walmart, we have a tremendous opportunity to make a real impact in the Read More…


Affordable College Credits: Partnering with Excelsior College

This week, it was our pleasure to announce our partnership with Excelsior College to create a low-cost, alternative way for students to earn college credit. This very special partnership surrounds a set of self-paced digital courses using Cengage Learning content, each with integrated diagnostic and formative assessments. The courses end with a college credit bearing exam developed by Excelsior’s Center for Educational Measurement, among the most respected higher education assessment organizations.

Degree pathways

The program, which will be delivered online via Cengage Learning’s own “Learning Objects Difference Engine®” platform, will first focus on two degree pathways: An associates in criminal justice
An MBA More options will be coming soon. Upon Read More…


Inside the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting

The Most Exciting Thing I Learned at CGI America Guest Contributor: Ron Stefanski, Executive Director of Strategic Alliances at Cengage Learning   Last year at this time, I shared the exiting news that our Detroit Collective Impact was just getting off the ground and we announced a Commitment to Action with Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America. One year later, our program has received a major honor: being recognized onstage this week during the opening session of the CGI America annual meeting. I was privileged on Monday to see Cengage Learning’s Chief Product Officer, Jim Donohue, take the stage with former President Read More…


MindTap for Business at Fairmont State University

Students React to MindTap at Fairmont State University. MindTap for Business demos were shown to 22 students on the campus of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. Here is what they had to say: Initial Reaction to MindTap Overall, the students responded very positively to MindTap, with 86% of the students rating their initial reaction as Favorable to Very Favorable. None of the students rated MindTap less than Neutral. Having All Materials in One Place Students also liked the thought of having everything in one place. When asked about whether they felt that “having assignments, reading materials, grades and study aids Read More…


Student Success Improves Thanks to Aplia in Challenging Statistics Course

Professor Kimberly Benien’s Elementary Statistical Methods online class at Wharton County Junior College uses Aplia. Elizabeth Garcia and Kevin Garbs are nursing students who both claim to not be strong in math, but found Aplia helped them through their statistics course. Elizabeth is a full-time student who will graduate soon. Her goal is to work in nursing a few years, then return to school to earn her master’s degree. Kevin is a part-time student pursuing an associate’s degree in pre-nursing. He intends to get his RSN degree.

Challenges

For both nursing students, combining in-person and online courses with job and home Read More…