Efficacy and research

Find Balance as a Full-Time Student and Employee with CengageNOWv2

Carrie Stegall, a Business Administration student at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia, and full-time Customer Service Manager at a grocery store, was looking for balance with her busy workload. Here she shares her story on how CengageNOWv2 made that happen.

Challenge

Carrie struggled to focus on her studies while balancing full-time work with a full college course load.

Solution

CengageNOWv2

Result

The flexibility and guided support of CengageNOWv2 helped Carrie earn high grades, despite her busy schedule.

Read the rest of Carrie’s story and learn how you can also balance your busy schedule.


Expanding Excellence with the eText Initiative

Fall 2017 marks three years since the etext initiative rolled out at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. We’ve experienced many successes: we saved our students money, increased communication and partnerships across the institution, and our students are more satisfied with their course materials than ever before. Now that we’ve found our groove, we’re ready to expand across more student populations—even beyond ourselves. You may be asking, “Haven’t you expanded already?” Yes, we expanded across Liberal Arts in 2014. In 2015, we expanded the etext initiative into another division at the College. In 2016, etext course offerings encompassed over 60% of the Read More…


Spark Motivation and Engagement with MindTap for Student Success

Essie Childers, Instuctor at Blinn College in Texas, shares insight into how MindTap for Student Success helped her organize and manage a blended class while improving student engagement and performance. When professor Essie Childers went in search of a new online platform to help motivate students in her Learning Frameworks course, she knew she needed a program designed to increase her efficiency as well as create a safe place for students to contemplate and reflect. She found what she was looking for in MindTap, with its journaling feature and its automatic grading and feedback. Challenge Essie’s search for an engaging online program Read More…


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…


MindTap for English—Just One Thing: Questia

Audrey Wick, Cengage Faculty Partner and full-time English Professor at Blinn College in Texas, offers her experience with Questia through MindTap and why she recommends it for all students. If you want to give your students #JustOneThing, think about empowering them through access to quality research. That’s what students get with Questia through MindTap. More than a database, it’s an all-in-one digital library that helps students understand the research process, find reputable sources, obtain the information they need, and integrate the content with citations without ever leaving their virtual classroom space. Reluctant learners and those unfamiliar with academic libraries 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.