Efficacy and research

Aplia® for Statistics Helps Busy Student Work Faster, More Efficiently, and Master Concepts

Focused and devoted to her studies, Anne Shoemake, a student studying human services at Wharton County Community College, will finish her Associate’s Degree in December 2014, and will then move on to a 4-year university to finish her studies and secure a master’s degree. While studying for her AA degree, Anne worked as an intern for the district attorney’s office, in the special victim’s unit/crisis center, and also worked as a nanny.

Knowing that time would be limited as she juggled class, her job, and a demanding internship, Anne took as many online courses as she could, which allowed her to work at her own pace and when she had the time. Her courses required significant study hours, and she found that being able to study online and get the review and reinforcement it offered made it easier for her to manage her time and retain what she was learning.

She approached her statistics course with trepidation, thinking it would be a challenge. Using the textbook and Aplia for Statistics, she was pleasantly surprised at how well she caught on. Read More…


Aplia Keeps Statistics Student On Track for Success

Allyson Penny, a freshman at Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, TX), combines 12 classroom credit hours in English, history, statistics and government with a part-time job at a daycare center. Her instructor assigned Aplia for use in her Statistics course.

Allyson found that Aplia’s practice problems, assignments, in-depth explanations, and e-mail reminders helped her manage her time and become better prepared for exams.

She notes: “Aplia definitely helped me succeed because I actually understood what I was learning…. I was actually solving the equations and comprehending what I was learning.” Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign Makes the Grade for a Busy Student

Hunter Kesler is a high school senior earning 9 credit hours at Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas), and plans to attend University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, Texas) in the fall of 2014. As a Business Management major, Hunter hopes to start his career as an employee and eventually become an entrepreneur running his own business. He takes three online courses through Wharton – Composition 2, Sociology, and Calculus. For his Calculus course, Hunter uses Enhanced WebAssign.

When he enrolled in Calculus at Wharton, Hunter was hesitant at first. But because the course used Enhanced WebAssign, Hunter was better able to stay ahead of readings, assignments, and exams. After using Enhanced WebAssign, Hunter found the results more than met his expectations. The online solution, he says, “is a main part of our class and definitely helped me get an A.” Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign® Makes Math “More” for Students

Nicola Rough, a student at Arizona State University, is incredibly busy, with little free time on her hands for much other than her schooling. Whenever she is not in class or lecture, she is studying and completing assignments outside of class. She loves her classes and considers herself a student who is on top of her game. Currently she is enrolled in many general education courses that require much of her time and attention. Many of them are taught in large lecture halls, but there are a few, like her Calculus course, which are considered “hybrid” courses. These take place both inside and outside of the classroom, meeting once a week and requiring time online using digital homework solutions.

Calculus, as a hybrid course, requires the student to spend a significant amount of additional study time outside the traditional classroom. Nicola’s class employs Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) as a digital solution for teaching subject material, completing assignments, providing study tutorials and reviews, etc. Additionally, EWA features email reminders and different notifications for the completion of assignments, as well as “keeping everything in one spot” for easy accessibility of all course materials.

Nicola has found EWA to be a terrific help – she is able to complete her assignments whenever she likes and with all of the resources she needs at her fingertips. Read More…


MindTap, CourseMate, and Aplia: A Dynamic Learning Trio for Students!

Melody Dashora is not a typical student. A business administration major at Bellevue College in Washington, Melody plans to finish her associate’s degree in fewer than fourteen months and then move to a four-year institution to study international law. This fast-paced schedule would be difficult for any full-time student — but Melody does it while raising three children. She attributes her success in part to digital learning solutions such as MindTap, CourseMate, and Aplia from Cengage Learning. Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign® Helps Guide Calculus Students to Mastery, Step-by-Step

Robert Banik has taught a range of mathematics courses at Mississippi State University during his seven years there. For the two years that he’s taught calculus to about 350 students per semester, he has used Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), selected by his department to support calculus and higher-level mathematics courses.

Used for homework, this proven online solution enhances problems from Robert’s textbook with video solutions, interactive tutorials, and immediate feedback, all of which contribute to students’ ability to become more effective problem solvers. Enhanced WebAssign also offers automated grading that saves Robert time.

In the following Success Story, you’ll read how Enhanced WebAssign helps with remediation, guides students step by step through the problem-solving process, supports improved outcomes, and ultimately leads to happier students and more productive classes. Read More…


Gale Virtual Reference Library Supports Online Research Proficiency

Promoting development of online academic research skills is a must to prepare students for success in college and beyond, but today’s digitally connected students can be put off if resources are cumbersome to use.

In the following Success Story, you’ll learn how Pamela Pinkerton, Library Information Technology Educator at Mansfield Legacy High School in Texas, has used GVRL to promote student success. GVRL provides students with quality research tools and materials, and supports Pamela in her goal of teaching students how to conduct proper academic research. You’ll also see the enthusiasm that Pamela’s students have towards GVRL… and how their success has inspired four other schools in the district. Read More…


OVIC Delivers High-Quality, Accessible Resources to NYC High School Students

Michael Dodes is an active member of the library community. Among other positions, he serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology. In his current day job, Michael is a Library Information Specialist at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (APRCHS) in Manhattan, New York. When students and instructors head to the library, Michael helps them get the most out of available resources—and one he often recommends for its quality and accessibility is the Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) from Gale. Read More…


GVRL Helps Writing Students Explore Words and Ideas in Depth

Van Hillard is Director of the College Writing Program at Davidson College, a private liberal arts college in North Carolina. Established in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars, serves 1900 students, and is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work across all academic programs.

To provide its students with access to research resources in virtually every academic, scholarly, and professional discipline, Davidson uses Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). With its vast collection of authoritative, yet readable resources, as well as its user-focused navigation, GVRL supports Van’s teaching efforts as well as students’ learning efforts. GVRL also supports information literacy and reinforces the difference between authoritative resources and consumer-published content on the web. Read More…


Aplia™ Promotes Preparedness and Streamlines Assessment in Developmental Reading and Writing

As higher education institutions seek new ways to help students move successfully through the curriculum, one trend is the integration of developmental reading and writing. Such is the case at campuses in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where Ulanda Forbess teaches and coordinates the developmental reading and writing program. She has been using the Aplia™ online homework and learning solution for a year to help guide her students to reading and writing proficiency. Read More…