Achievement and outcomes

Innovation Makes the Dean’s List: How Ryan Tipton Takes Tech Campus-wide

When it comes to scalable access to learning, those who can do, teach. Doctor Ryan Tipton felt it was time for something new after retiring early. After a fruitful career in which the Lovington, New Mexico native grew his own oil company into an acclaimed group of cross-industry subsidies, Dr. Tipton sold his energy empire and enrolled at Walden University. With a Doctorate in Business Administration, it wasn’t until after founding his consulting company that his career took a (new) pivotal turn—not in the private sector, but to higher education. The year was 2009. While acting as Lead Consultant on Read More…


Taking Advantage of Your Students’ Smartphones

Author: Machiavelli W. Chao, Lecturer Continuing, The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine Many, many years ago, when I was an undergraduate student, the drill was pretty standard: I sat in a classroom for lectures, did my written homework and physically handed it to a TA. And, if I had any questions, I waited in front of my professor’s office and hoped he could see me.  My, how times have changed. Enter Mobile Technology With the rapid emergence of mobile technology, students now clamor to take online and hybrid courses. They use their tablets to Read More…


Teaching with Technology: 2 Tools to Increase Engagement and Success

Author: Eugene Matthews, Ph.D., Park University  Tool #1: ZipGrade An Inexpensive, but Effective App ZipGrade is one of two mobile applications I use consistently to reduce my grading time by at least 90%, evaluate my teaching and student knowledge, reduce student anxiety and enhance student success. Here’s how I make it work for me. As the name implies, ZipGrade is a simple and inexpensive mobile application (approx. $15.00 annually) which lives in the cloud and works through my smartphone. It uses Creative Commons downloadable Scantron-style question sheets (20, 50, 100), which I add to my quizzes and exams. After Read More…


Effective Assessments: Objectives, Goals, and Results

By: Dr. Jenny Billings – Chair of English and Study Skills, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Cengage Faculty Partner   As someone who majored in and teaches English, I surprise others by how into numbers and data, I actually am. I have always been careful, curious, and strategic; I am always anticipating the outcome, what an action will yield. That’s a trait I have in common with my best friend, who actually teaches Mathematics.

Creating SMART Goals in Higher Ed Courses

While earning my doctorate, I took a class on data-driven decisions and one on planning and assessment. The combination of these classes Read More…


Affordable Access to Quality Learning with Cengage Unlimited

As community college Math professors and Cengage authors, Mark Clark and Cindy Anfinson see firsthand the impact expensive course materials can have on a student’s learning experience. With a shared commitment to helping students access and achieve higher education, Mark and Cindy share their reactions and excitement around Cengage Unlimited, which can help students save money without sacrificing the quality of their education.    1. As community college Math instructors, what are the biggest challenges that your students face? The two biggest challenges our students face are time and money. Many students are working one or more jobs, as well as Read More…


The Whole View—Building Student Success with the MindTap Progress App

As a Professor of English at Blinn College, it is crucial to bolster and maintain my students’ performance. If there were #JustOneThing I could recommend to my peers, it would be the MindTap Progress App.

What Does the Progress App Do?

The Progress App enables me to reach out individually at the beginning of the semester and at midterms to students who may not understand what I expect of them in my online class. Using the Analytics Tab, I can see which students are not fully engaged in the class, how much time they are spending on course work, Read More…


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…


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.