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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Legally Blind Student Gains Independence with MindTap for Nutrition

Nicole Kada, a legally blind student at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has gained independence and confidence with MindTap as she pursues a new career.

Challenge

Traditional course materials made learning difficult for Nicole, as she’s legally blind.

Solution

MindTap for Nutrition

Result

Superior accessibility of MindTap for Nutrition gave Nicole her independence—and confidence to pursue a new career.

Take in more of Nicole’s success story with MindTap for Nutrition


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…


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.


MindTap Boosts Confidence in Student’s Learning

Erin Dougherty, college student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, shares how MindTap has become her favorite online product to use in college.

Challenge

Erin’s frustrating experiences with digital products made her apprehensive about using one in her health course.

Solution

MindTap for Health

Result

Student found MindTap easy to use; she felt engaged in the coursework, gained confidence from gradebook graphics that showcased her scores and class progress.

Read more about how Erin now finds MindTap the best online product she’s used here.


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.

 


Build Self-Confidence in General Chemistry with OWLv2

Enedina Martinez, a future medical student at Columbia University in New York, utilized OWLv2 to help herself prepare for exams and the MCAT®. Challenge As a busy biochemistry major, who also works, Enedina was in need of resources to help her learn General Chemistry efficiently—without  having to seek tutoring from her instructor. Solution OWLv2 for General Chemistry Result OWLv2 allowed Enedina to practice as much as she wanted and watch animations to better grasp concepts, get immediate feedback on errors and be confident in her readiness for class exams and the MCAT®. Uncover the secrets to OWLv2 and how Enedina Martinez Read More…


Calculus Student Benefits from Practice in WebAssign

Emily Eckes, a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, details the importance of practice and how she has benefited from using WebAssign in her calculus courses.

Challenge

As a busy student, Emily sometimes had trouble focusing on assignments and felt fear

Solution

WebAssign for Calculus

Result

Emily found WebAssign easy to use and liked that it motivated her to practice—her “A” grades can be attributed to improved study habits with WebAssign.

See what else Emily had to say about the use of WebAssign in her calculus courses.

 


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…