Achievement and outcomes

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.

 


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…


How WebAssign Helped College Professor Better Engage Students

Ann Darke, Lecturer at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, began implementing WebAssign in her calculus classes in Fall 2016. She shares how the experience has been for both her and her students.

Challenge

Tech issues and system downtime increased over time, causing roadblocks for students.

Solution

WebAssign for Calculus

Result

WebAssign has been reliable and easy to use, with little to no downtime. It’s easy to use, answers are easy to enter, and it accepts multiple versions of the correct answer.

Discover how Ann Darke was able to better engage her students with WebAssign.


Shy Student Gains Clarity with MindTap for Economics

Hear how Megan Kernan, Sophomore at the University of Alabama, overcame her classroom shyness—and a fear of asking questions in class—to excel during personal study using MindTap for Economics.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Megan felt confused by her instructor’s explanations of concepts, but was hesitant to ask questions in class

Solution: MindTap for Economics

Result: MindTap helped Megan effectively on her own by providing readings, practice problems similar to the ones on the exam, immediate feedback for wrong answers and links to relevant study resources

 

Read Megan’s story of success with MindTap for Economics


Success Story: Fisher College Creates Math Boot Camp With WebAssign

Math is one of the toughest courses students encounter in college. It can become a barrier to degree completion as they struggle with math anxiety, time management and access to quality resources. Fisher College in Boston is helping students overcome this obstacle through an intensive developmental math boot camp that improves confidence and outcomes, while saving students money. Since running the first pilot study in January 2016, nearly all of the students who have gone through the boot camp have passed the program, allowing them to move into a credit bearing class. The customized program uses Cengage’s Read More…


How to Improve Learning Outcomes with Data-Driven Decisions

Instructors of college students, or any students for that matter, want to create the best possible learning outcomes for those they are teaching. But ideas on how to improve results have changed over the years. The latest trend focuses on data-driven decisions to better educate college students. Read on to learn tips for improving learning outcomes in your classroom.

Using student data

Data-driven decisions have been a part of education since education was first formalized in the United States. Teachers used information about how students did in certain areas and what techniques worked best to adapt their methods to create Read More…