Efficacy and research

MindTap for Criminal Justice: Engaging Students More Deeply

Criminal Justice instructor finds MindTap to be an efficient, successful solution for engaging his students more deeply in course content. After a painful experience with an online homework tool, Scott Rudeen and his colleagues in the criminal justice department at Broadview University were ready to throw in the towel. Frustration and a lack of student achievement and engagement led Rudeen to the realization that searching for the right online resource was worth one more shot. When Rudeen found MindTap for Criminal Justice, he quickly saw his students begin to show more interest in the subject. At the same Read More…


CengageNOWv2 Improves Exam Performance

SUCCESS STORY for Principles of Financial Accounting Adjunct, Associate Professor La Tasha Roberts’ students at Austin Community College count on CengageNOWv2 for guided help with their financial accounting course. Roberts likes that CengageNOWv2 integrates easily with Blackboard®. Her students like its videos, guided problems, and the study plans that identify their weak areas and help them prepare for exams. And you don’t need to be an accountant to understand the numerical results: grades have improved by 15% and course drop rates have fallen by 20%. Learn more about how La Tasha Roberts used CengageNOWv2 to promote student engagement, improve learning Read More…


MindTap® Renews English Instructor’s Trust in Digital Solutions at Liberty University

College instructors would rather focus on their teaching than have to deal with digital resource issues. Such was the case with English instructor Travis Holt, who found himself frustrated with his online English lab resource at Liberty University. Since switching to MindTap®, he no longer contends with such issues. “MindTap is much more user-friendly for instructors and for students, as shown by their higher engagement level,” he says. “I admit that my expectations were low given my previous experience, but MindTap exceeded them by far. The fact that everything in MindTap worked the way Cengage said it would work 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…


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…


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…


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

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Health Science Student Strives for Success in School and Work

As a full-time health science student with a part-time job, Samantha Mueller faces the same challenges as most college sophomores, but time management is chief among them. Mueller, whose goal is to secure a career as a physical therapist, considers herself a very tech-savvy and visual learner. She finds online study suits her and allows her to prepare for class and quizzes in a complete and interactive way. Mueller lives off campus and her days are ‘pretty packed’—between exercise, attending classes on two separate FAU campuses, and working at a restaurant, finding time to succeed at everything can be Read More…


Struggling to Engage Students with Traditional Classroom Tools

Today’s community college student is often faced with a difficult decision when deciding how to allocate their time and resources while focusing on work and family or school. Few understand this as well as Danielle Bachan, an instructor at Houston Community College, who teaches busy students about Texas politics and government. Bachan is tasked with inspiring students to learn about issues, agencies, and processes they otherwise might not explore or learn about on their own. Bachan finds her students also have heightened expectations when it comes to technology and how it’s used in the classroom. Increasingly, they expect to Read More…


Enrich Project-Based Learning with Gale and Google for Education

Napa Valley Unified School District Enriches Project-Based Learning with Gale and Google for Education Located in California’s wine country, Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) serves 18,000 students at more than 30 schools. The district’s mission is threefold: to prepare students for college and careers, provide equitable access to learning resources, and instill future ready skills. To meet these goals, NVUSD focuses on project-based and inquiry-based learning that engages students in practical, real life experiences. Technology plays a leading role, and features a “game-changing”
digital solution that integrates database resources from Gale/Cengage Learning with the communication and collaboration features of Google Apps for Education.

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