Efficacy and research

Real-Time Access to Progress and Grading Makes SAM Effective for Randy Meissner and His Students

Randy Meissner is a Computer Science lecturer at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. He teaches three night classes with a total of 50-60 students each semester, and has been using SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an online environment for Microsoft® Office — for eight semesters.

In this Success Story, you’ll read how SAM engages his students through real-world simulations and hands-on training activities that allow them to build their skills and work on course materials at their own pace. You’ll also discover how SAM makes teaching and learning more efficient, through auto-graded assignments that save his time while providing students with instant feedback on their work. Read More…


MindTap™ Feeds Steve Ball’s Nutrition Students’ Craving for Interactive Learning Technology

Steve Ball has been teaching Nutritional Science and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri in Columbia since 2002. He uses MindTap™ — which provides a fully online learning experience that replaces a traditional textbook — in his fitness and wellness course. He and his students give MindTap a “thumbs up” for its interactivity, features, ease of use, and affordability. Read More…


MindTap Helps Tina Willhoite’s College Success Students Prepare for Class and Improve Grades

Recently, the time-consuming grading of students’ handwritten assignments, along with the desire to add a technology component to College Success courses, motivated Tina Willhoite’s department at San Jacinto College District to adopt Cengage Learning’s MindTap™ and move away from using only a printed textbook. Built upon the content in her Cengage Learning textbook, MindTap is an interactive online learning experience that combines learning resources—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a learning path that guides students through their course. MindTap has already proven to be a smart move. In this Success Story, you’ll read how MindTap has led to increased student engagement and success in Tina Willhoite’s course. You’ll also learn how it has made course materials more accessible to both instructors and students, and how it’s increased instructors’ efficiency at grading time. Read More…


SAM Helps Szymon Machajewski’s Students Gain Confidence and Proficiency with Computer Technology

Szymon Machajewski is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State University. An instructor for eight years, he currently teaches eight sections of Introduction to Computing annually. Szymon uses SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an interactive online learning environment that helps students master Microsoft® Office and other computer skills and concepts that are essential to academic and career success — in conjunction with the textbook Discovering Computers. Szymon discovered SAM in 2013 and saw the advantage in using a learning solution that gives students a self-paced, hands-on experience. “I was surprised at how successful SAM is at really bringing out what we’ve known now for a while, based on the research of Dr. Benjamin Bloom, that one-on-one instruction is most effective.”

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Ninteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) Improves Engagement in Lucy Morrison’s Literature Class

Dr. Morrison teaches a 300 level course at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, called Literature of a Decade. “It is a course that any Literature instructor can teach, and I was teaching it from a British Romantic perspective. I wanted students to use more than a text in isolation,” said Dr. Morrison. One of her primary goals is to have the literary, social, and historical background on a topic. She used Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) in class, and students were required to use it in writing a research paper. Each of them had to do an oral presentation and write-up on the months of their birthdays and the year that was assigned to them by Dr. Morrison. “For example,” Dr. Morrison elaborated “the King losing his head – how was that reported in January 1793? What was the media saying? What was of interest to the students that happened during their birthday month?” Read More…


Career Online High School Helps Non-Traditional Student Frances Ramos on the Path to a New Career

Frances Ramos was in her early 70s and wanted to move into a career in healthcare. However, she found the roadblock to gaining the skills needed for this field was her lack of a high school diploma. Career Online High School’s (COHS) online degree program afforded Frances both the curriculum and pace she needed. Because some of Frances’s previous credit hours from high school courses completed transferred over, she was able to earn her diploma in seven months. Learn how Frances was able to complete all of her coursework online—a must since she was working full-time throughout the program. Read More…


Using SAM, Instructor Melinda White’s Students Learn from Mistakes

Learning Microsoft® Office® applications requires repetitive hands-on practice and reinforcement to assure skill retention—yet many of the students in your computing courses may have family, work, and other obligations that make it challenging to find the time for that practice. Discover how Melinda White of Seminole State College (Florida) uses the trainings, projects, review resources, and exams in SAM to make learning convenient, engaging, and effective for the students in her Office Applications courses. Read More…


Using iLrn, Dr. Nancy Blain Notices an Increase in Student Engagement

Are you looking for an online learning solution that addresses the needs of students who are at various levels in terms of their Spanish-language knowledge? Discover how Dr. Nancy Blain of McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA) used the grammar videos, enrichment exercises, and other interactive online features within iLrn’s self-paced environment to support the educational needs of all the participants in her Introductory and Intermediate Spanish classes. The story also shows you how iLrn helped improve students’ grades. Read More…


Enhanced InSite offers 24/7 Writing Assistance for Instructor Melissa Fries’s English Composition Students

Students entering your English Composition course may feel some anxiety about their writing skills and their ability to succeed in your class. As an instructor, you want to build their confidence in any way you can—so you may be seeking an online learning solution can that can help your students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need in order to overcome their fears. Discover how Melissa Fries of Merced College and Modesto Junior College (California) uses the exercises, tutorials, writing modules, podcasts, and other interactive features within Enhanced InSite to provide her students with the tools they need to practice and refine their understanding of concepts and skills—and therefore become more self-assured writers. Read More…


Enhanced InSite Helps Improve Outcomes for Professor Amy Montz’s English Composition Students

Many English Composition instructors place a high value on the peer-review process. And certainly all instructors want to ensure the originality of students’ work. Seeking an online learning solution that will help facilitate those processes in your course? Discover how Dr. Amy Montz of University of Southern Indiana uses such features as the Personal Tutor, Resources for Writers, Originality Checker, and peer-reviewing tools within Enhanced InSite to build students’ skills, improve learning outcomes, and increase engagement in her classes. Read More…