Efficacy and research

MindTap Saves Instructor Time, Improves Students’ Public Speaking

Diane Carter has been teaching communication at the college level since 2001, following a successful career in the business sector. Now Carter, Public Speaking Course Director in the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies at the University of Idaho, encounters students from all walks of life and levels of experience. Some, she explains, like to hold the printed book and study the old-fashioned way; others are tech-savvy millennials who prefer everything online, including reading, studying, and communication. Consequently, her approach to teaching her Fundamentals of Public Speaking courses must be flexible, innovative, and appeal to a wide range Read More…


MindTap Helps Practice Social Research, Improve Learning Outcomes

Dr. Mitch Peck teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics and research methods, medical sociology, and stratification at the University of Oklahoma. In his research methods class, Peck points out that students learn by doing, and he felt that his students were not doing enough to master the concepts and excel. His students just didn’t seem to be in full understanding of how to conduct social research, or familiar enough with the concepts to drive their own research studies. “I didn’t feel like students were getting a ton out of the class,” said Peck. “I wanted them to Read More…


Competing with Google and Providing Vetted Reference Materials

Finding quality, curated research material—and getting students to look beyond Google—can be challenging. But there is a better way. Librarians want their students to locate the best information for research projects without wasting time fishing around on the Internet, hoping what they find is relevant and trustworthy. However, many college students are so used to using search engines like Google, and crossing their fingers that what turns up is appropriate, and changing ingrained behavior can be tough. Lasell College librarian Jill Shoemaker has discovered a better way to help her honors students find and identify trusted resources for their research Read More…


MindTap a Valuable “Work of Art” for Online Art History Courses

Professors of online courses have the benefit of being able to work for colleges that are hundreds of miles away, and hundreds of miles apart. Case in point: Sheila LeviAland, who teaches art history for Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia and Valencia College in Florida. Since long before her introduction to digital products, Sheila has used one of the field’s classic texts — Gardner’s Art through the Ages. When decision makers at Lord Fairfax switched to MindTap®, Sheila was wary due to a negative experience with another company’s web-based assignment and assessment platform. She needn’t have been. “I Read More…


 Time-Strapped Instructor Searches for Ways to Provide Students with Research Topics and Vetted Resources 

Melanie Claybar, an English teacher at Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated School District, often felt as if her hands were tied. Claybar teaches AP English Language Composition to some of the 1,100 students in the Orange, Texas school district. But she often found herself lacking the resources necessary for her students to create the well-rounded research papers with authoritative sources she expected. “We were just so limited on the topics students could choose,” Claybar said. “I would have to develop a list of topics and identify a collection of websites I knew were credible for students to use. It took a Read More…


Graduate Student Lacks Access to Rare Niche-Specific Reference Materials  

Monica Smith, a student working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction writing, was looking for a needle in a haystack. Specifically, Smith wanted to write a series of children’s books about African American aviators. The problem she faced was a lack of access to high-quality reference materials necessary to create books that are visually compelling, informative, and engaging. “Some of the people I wanted to write about are less known,” Smith said. “Besides information on pilots involved in an African American civilian pilot training program, I needed pictures to make these stories come alive for Read More…


Student Ambassador Finds Enhanced WebAssign® “Taylor-Made” to Help with Math Skills

Taylor Dougherty’s first digital learning experience was in pre-calculus as a college freshman, when she was “crazy busy” with a full course load and a full-time job. She’s a conscientious student, but felt intimidated because she doesn’t like mathematics. Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), which was required for homework and tests, proved to be a blessing. “I had a difficult time understanding my professor, so I relied on Enhanced WebAssign a lot,” she recalls. “It really helped me with the skills I needed to get through the course.” Taylor takes online courses whenever possible, as she appreciates the flexibility to carve Read More…


Student Struggles with Time Management and Difficult Exams that Require Rigorous Preparation

When Nia Berry, a sophomore majoring in education, left her hometown in Ohio for Texas Southern University, she was looking for a challenge that would prepare her for the next phase of her life. “I wanted to branch out,” Berry said. “I was afraid if I didn’t take a chance and go somewhere else I’d never leave my hometown.” The challenges Berry found herself facing were daunting; besides managing her time and priorities Berry found it difficult to balance her financial obligations with social activities in which she wished to take part. Eventually, Berry wants to teach reading, language Read More…


Time Management and Difficult Exams Require Rigorous Preparation

Carving out time to study efficiently and effectively while balancing extracurricular activities as well as financial pressures is no easy feat for college students. MindTap streamlines test preparation and helps students study more efficiently and perform better on exams. Courses using MindTap experience greater retention rates and improved critical thinking skills due to students’ ability to personalize study tools to meet their specific needs. Psychology student Nia Berry believes that MindTap helps students better comprehend and retain concepts not included in classroom lectures, and as such she touts MindTap to other students as something that helps them learn to study more effectively in other classes, as well. As a Read More…


Pathbrite Engages Students in Learning History and Practical Technology Skills

Institutions and instructors are rapidly trying to find new ways to effectively engage their students in an evolving world of technology.  While many educators see the value in technology, it’s how the technology is put to use that makes the greatest impact on learners. California State University, Fresno instructor Melissa Jordine wanted to promote active learning that would motivate students, enable their success, and help them build modern-day skills.  Read about how Dr. Jordine was able to accomplish it all. Like many colleagues, Dr. Jordine has been using technology for years but was seeking an alternative method to Read More…