Efficacy and research

GVRL Supports Eager High School Students Across the Disciplines

Connie Young puts her twenty-three years of experience as an English teacher to good use at Frontier High School (FrHS) in Bakersfield California, where she’s in her seventh year as a teacher librarian. Before coming to FrHS, Connie used reference products from Gale, so she was pleased to inherit a small but well-conceived Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) collection, which she has continually expanded.
GVRL’s intuitive interface and powerful search features help Frontier’s students–many of whom have little or no library training find what they need, and its citation tools enable students to document their sources with ease. Furthermore, students can access GVRL at school or from the convenience of their home computers, which promotes their engagement with their course work.

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Instruction and Features Drive Library Resource Usage at Hayes High School

Sarah Ressler has been the Media Specialist at Hayes High School for one year. Sarah has extensive teaching experience having served 13 years as an English teacher – 12 of them at Hayes. When an opening in the Media Center surfaced, Sarah saw a chance to make a difference and accepted the position. Throughout her first year in the position Sarah made it her mission to demonstrate the value of library resources to students and teachers at Hayes. Sarah focused on building relationships with teachers as well as educating both teachers and students on how to effectively use library resources. Hayes High School subscribes to Science Resources in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and InfoTrac periodical solutions.

Sarah started her journey by meeting with teachers in different subject areas to understand their information needs. Sarah found teachers to be very receptive to her outreach and they worked together to devise strategies for improving students’ information literacy skills. Additionally, Sarah worked closely with her Gale representative, Andrea Eshelman, to learn how to effectively leverage features available in Gale resources. Sarah developed a presentation on library resources that showed students the value and advantage of using library databases to conduct research. In addition to demonstrating to students the credibility of information contained in library resources, Sarah showed the students how various database tools can save them time and effort when conducting research.

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Aplia Helps Developmental English Students Thrive in Boot Camp

Elizabeth Keefe is an Assistant Professor of English that oversees the developmental English programs at Gateway Community College in New Haven Connecticut. In 2013, Elizabeth began redesigning Gateway’s developmental English programs in response to a law passed in Connecticut that required colleges and universities to reconfigure their developmental education curriculum. In order to fully address the needs of students with the most significant gaps in their reading and writing skills, Elizabeth developed Boot Camp – a three-week intensive review of basic reading and writing concepts. Students at the lowest remedial English level attend the Boot Camp prep course and conclude it by taking the ACCUPLACER placement exam. The goal of the course is for students to score high enough on the ACCUPLACER exam to place into a higher level English course, thus saving them time and money.

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Michigan High School Media Specialists Drive MeL Usage and Student Success

Grosse Pointe North High School, Grosse Pointe South High School, and Oxford High School are the top three users of Michigan eLibrary (MeL) resources for K12 schools in the state of Michigan. Gale wanted to understand what was driving this usage and
find out why these Media Specialists were having such incredible success in integrating library resources into their schools’ curricula. Interestingly, these Media Specialists, although in three different schools, have similar approaches to bibliographic instruction, managing resources, and teaching students how to conduct research. Integrating MeL resources into the high school website, implementing a library curriculum, and collaborating with teachers have all lead to improved bibliographic and research skills among students.

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Developmental Educators Work to Grow Student Engagement

Today it is increasingly vital as developmental education programs—faced with economic pressures and completion-based funding—have a higher stake in moving developmental education students efficiently through their curriculum as well as keeping them engaged so they persist and go on to graduate.
In a 2014 research study conducted by Cengage Learning at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) conference in Dallas, Texas, all of the faculty participants noted their greatest challenge is breaking down the barriers to achievement and helping increase student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and confidence. The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging.
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The Power of MindTap for Corporate Finance

At the 2013 Financial Management Association (FMA) annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Cengage Learning researchers discovered that Corporate Finance instructors listed three areas that are often major roadblocks to students’ successful learning, and demonstrated how MindTap addresses each.

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Understanding the Needs of Community College Administrators at AACC

In order to better understand the challenges facing community college administrators, Cengage Learning’s Market Research team conducted research at the 2014 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conference in Washington, DC. Specifically, the Market Research team wanted to understand how publishers and learning solutions providers can address challenges facing community colleges. A total of 32 AACC attendees were interviewed for the study.
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CAMEX Attendees Share the Keys to a Successful Partnership

Cengage Learning’s Market Research team attended the 2014 Campus Market Expo (CAMEX) in Dallas, Texas to discover what level of awareness college store managers have of the all-inclusive model (also called academic content licensing or course fee model), how many of them have implemented an all-inclusive model and what they need
from publishers in order to make an all-inclusive model successful.
The Market Research team interviewed 40 college store managers who attended CAMEX and gained insights regarding their attitudes toward an all-inclusive model and what aspects of an all-inclusive model most appeal to them.

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Digital Solutions within Business Law Courses

To gain an understanding as to how digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of a digital homework support tool in business law courses during the spring semester of 2014.
The study examined specifically use of the CengageNow (CNOW) product as a proxy for this category of digital homework support tools. The mixed methods study included the participation of 29 college instructors and over 800 of their students from a geographically and demographically diverse set of two-year and four-year institutions. Sixteen instructors used only their Cengage Learning textbook and thirteen instructors used both the textbook and the digital homework support tool, thus creating an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of digital solutions on student engagement and learning, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of the digital tool.

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Assessing Student Engagement and Instructor Support in Criminal Justice

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what Criminal Justice instructors need from their course content as well as what their biggest challenges are. Our Market Research team attended the 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) convention in Philadelphia, PA and interviewed 32 Criminal Justice instructors about how they are using course materials and what their challenges are.


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