Achievement and outcomes

Four Ways Going Digital Makes Humanities Courses More Enjoyable

You just heard another student say, “I’m only taking this course because I needed another Gen Ed credit to graduate.” After everything you’ve put into your course, they’re only taking it because they have to? Unfortunately, students are often unpleasantly surprised to learn that humanities courses are in their future. At most institutions, students will take at least one required humanities or social sciences course. While students may not know the intention behind such a requirement, it’s our responsibility to make sure they reap the benefits from our courses. We strive to make the content relevant while sharpening students’ critical Read More…


How My Students Turn Investigative Writing into a Work of Art

Art history can be intimidating for students new to the discipline of studying artworks for their historical and stylistic context. Each semester, I begin class with handouts that include definitions of art, art history and the methodologies used by art historians including examples of formal, stylistic and contextual, iconographical and critical theory analyses. I introduce the language of art history that includes the basic elements and principles of art. I also provide students with a list of questions as preparation for discussing artworks and for writing a three-page museum paper based on an artwork of their choosing. I ask Read More…


Prepping Students for the Workforce—One Career Project at a Time

In preparing students for the 21st century, we must revisit our curriculum and ask a very important question: “Am I preparing students to compete in a global society, equipping them with the skills requested by prospective employers?” Julie Bort, in her article, 3 Skills College Grads Still Need to Learn to Impress Hiring Managers, posits a survey conducted by compensation software company PayScale. The survey included 64,000 hiring managers and about 14,000 college grads. Interestingly, 44% of the managers pointed out that writing proficiency is a skill in which recent college graduates were deficient. This Read More…


How Different Digital Solutions Impact Learning in General Chemistry

Vickie Williamson is a guest contributor and an Instructional Professor at Texas A&M University. Here she shares her personal experience with OWL and MindTap and the impact of both in her courses. More than 15 years ago, I discovered how powerful an impact the OWL digital platform from Cengage could have on my college students’ General Chemistry achievement. Every year I polled my students on their satisfaction with OWL, and every year 85–95% of them claimed OWL helped them learn.

A New Contender

Fast-forward thirteen years, and MindTap enters the equation. MindTap is another innovative digital platform from Read More…


Q&A: Better Grades and Improved Time Management with MindTap

Carly Stacey, a Texas Christian University freshman and future attorney, is learning what it’s like to be on her own for the first time. Adjusting to life as an independent person has been difficult, but MindTap has helped alleviate some of that pressure.

Challenge

Carly has found she’s often required to use technology that isn’t helpful in comprehending classroom material.

Solution

MindTap for Criminal Justice

Result

MindTap prompts deeper concept comprehension and resulted in improved academic performance for Carly.

Read more of the Q&A with Carly on how MindTap has helped her become more independent.

 


Q&A: Student Athlete Overcomes Time Management Challenges with MindTap

Bailey Sullivan, a freshman student athlete at Texas Christian University and physical therapy major, struggles to manage time as she balances completing assignments, going to track practice and getting enough sleep. We sat down together and discussed how MindTap for Criminal Justice improved that. Challenge As a freshman student athlete, Bailey struggles to manage time and feels pressure to excel on and off the field. Solution MindTap for Criminal Justice Result Bailey’s engagement and comprehension improved, and she considers herself a better student now thanks to MindTap. Find out more about how MindTap helped Bailey find balance with schoolwork and extracurricular Read More…


CengageNOWv2 Saves Trees, Makes Learning a Breeze and Delivers Results

Andrea N. Aviles Colton, a full-time student at University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon Bayamon, Puerto Rico, started using CengageNOWv2 when her Accounting professor assigned it to her class. Find out how it eventually became her best friend.

Challenge

Andrea struggled to find time to go over course material while deepening her understanding of it.

Solution

CengageNOWv2

Result

Andrea dramatically improved her grades and reduced paper consumption with the user-friendly platform—plus it made studying fun!

Read Andrea’s full story on how CengageNOWv2 proved to be a successful product for her.

 


Q&A: MindTap for Criminal Justice Helps Freshman Relieve Financial Pressure

Hannah Wallace, a freshman Criminal Justice major at Texas Christian University, is a pro at understanding the financial pressures that come with attending college. We sat down with her to learn how MindTap for Criminal Justice helped in balancing her time between work and classes.

Challenge

Hannah was weighed down by the financial pressures that come with paying for tuition and necessities.

Solution

MindTap for Criminal Justice

Result

MindTap streamlines test preparation—saving time and allowing Hannah to focus on financial responsibilities.

Read the full Q&A on how MindTap for Criminal Justice relieved Hannah’s financial responsibilities.


MindTap General Chemistry: The Catalyst that Activates Learning

The student voice is very important to us at Cengage. We don’t just ask questions for the sake of inquiry—we listen to the answers. Developing powerful solutions that answer the call of students and instructors everywhere is our main priority, and feedback from our customers enables us to create products that move the learning needle further. With that in mind, we conducted a survey at James Madison University to find out how students felt about their experience using MindTap General Chemistry. Read on to hear what they had to say.

Assessing the Impact

Out of all the learners polled, Read More…


Q&A: Time-Strapped Student Finds Balance with MindTap for Criminal Justice

Rachel Bull, a freshman Fashion Merchandising major at Texas Christian University, is both a night owl and an early riser who struggles to find time to complete her coursework and thoroughly prepare for tests. We found out how MindTap gave her time back. Challenge Rachel was overwhelmed and lacked the time required to thoroughly complete complex coursework. Solution MindTap for Criminal Justice Result MindTap saves time and reduces stress, offering real-time performance evaluations to promote better study habits and test preparation. Read the full Q&A with Rachel on how MindTap made her a better student and offered many ways Read More…