Efficacy and research

Persistence Prevails in Student Success with Learning Objects

Students at Arizona State University needed a personalized online solution to support the flipped classroom model—Learning Objects to the rescue! Using excellent instructional design and technology demonstrably helps students, faculty and institutions. This case study describes our work with Arizona State University’s Psychology department where we developed personalized tools—using our Learning Objects platform—to heighten retention and persistence in students using LO. Here’s what we found:

    Targeted feedback for incorrect answers motivated students to persist until they got it right
    Engagement increased as students used easy-to-follow videos and interactive tools within LO, along with their psych book
    And, most importantly, students who used the
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Maintaining Momentum with MindTap

The e-Text initiative at Rowan-Cabarrus was a success after its first semester (Fall 2014), so we decided to expand it almost immediately. In Spring 2015, we added two English courses to the e-Text listing—both very similar in their content, course objectives and goals for students. In these two courses, we decided to use the same Cengage textbook, but different editions. In ENG-102, Applied Communications II, we used an earlier version delivered digitally through CourseMate. This was a “simple way to complement (Cengage textbooks) and course content with study and practice materials.”* In ENG-114, Professional Research & Reporting, we Read More…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: NetTutor

Audrey Wick, Cengage Faculty Partner and full-time English Professor at Blinn College in Texas, shares her experience with NetTutor and how it’s improved engagement and collaboration with students. Student engagement and collaboration are important in an academic environment, especially to help students produce quality writing. Part of the writing process involves students being able to obtain, understand, and use feedback. To help them do this, I incorporate NetTutor through MindTap. It’s #JustOneThing I can do with my developing writers. Qualified tutors on NetTutor work in on-ground centers in Florida and Arizona to provide digital feedback. They give my students a rich, informed Read More…


Part One: Getting Started with Cengage Inclusive Access at Your Institution

The Beginning I have been in education for 11 years—a third of my life. I have been into technology for even longer. When it comes to technology, I’m self-taught and persistent. I work until I understand and am comfortable enough to help others. I think that’s how I fell in love with teaching. I started at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 2011 as an adjunct teaching ENG-114, Professional Research and Reporting. At that point, I had only taught 9th grade at a local high school and didn’t have community college experience. Having attended a private institution for my undergrad, I wasn’t Read More…


Criminal Justice Chair Finds Focus and Success with MindTap

Cornel Plebani, Criminal Justice Department Chair at Eastern Maine Community College in Maine, shares insight into how MindTap managed the academic part of criminal justice.

Challenge

Cornel struggled to find an online program that allows integration of experiential learning into curriculum.

Solution

MindTap for Criminal Justice

Result

Instructors can focus on what they do best—teach what they know as practitioners—and share practical expertise with students. Students see the real-world of criminal justice.

Find out more about how MindTap allowed Cornel to be a better instructor while simultaneously helping students succeed.


English Department Chair Finds Grammar Success Through MindTap with Aplia

Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, once struggled with a less-than-stellar digital package from another publisher. MindTap changed that for the better.

Challenge

Teaching grammar can be difficult, especially online. Many students needed additional help mastering the elements of grammar.

Solution

MindTap with Aplia for English Comp

Result

Thanks to MindTap with Aplia, grammar instruction is now more effective, and students enjoy the exercises, which leads to better engagement and success.

Find out more on why Greg Underwood recommends MindTap with Aplia for English Comp for all instructors.

 


Political Science Professor Keeps Students On Track with MindTap

Tamra Ortgies-Young, Political Science Professor at Perimeter College at Georgia State University, discusses how she’s helped transform at-risk students from day one to keep them on track with MindTap. Challenge Many students must wait until several weeks into the semester to purchase the textbook when financial assistance is processed. From there, they must play catch up with the material, which presents a time management issue. Solution MindTap for Political Science Result MindTap’s grace period and multimedia functionality make sure students start on the right foot and have all they need to succeed. Read more on how Tamra Ortgies-Young has built a positive Read More…


How MindTap Brings Life to Art History For Professors

Heather Jones, Art History Professor at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY, shares how integrating MindTap into her courses has brought life to Art History and has enhanced learning in her students. Challenge Because classes are 100% online, unique challenges include how to support international or ELL students. Also, the subject matter and related vocabulary are new to most students. Solution MindTap for Art History Result With a variety of interactive features, MindTap keeps things interesting and not redundant. Departmental unity has also presented itself without making instructors change their teaching style and approach. Read more on Heather Jones’ story of bring life 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.


Calculus Professor Transcends Lectures with WebAssign

Daria Filippova, Calculus Coordinator at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, sparks learning among her students—including among non-majors needing more help—using WebAssign for Calculus.

Challenge

Non-major students need help engaging in class and completing difficult homework outside class.

Solution

WebAssign for Calculus

Result

WebAssign improved student engagement and homework completion with its user-friendly digital features and access from any location or device.

 

Explore how Professor Filippova achieved student success with WebAssign.