Efficacy and research

Enhanced WebAssign® Helps Calculus Instructor Jennifer Whitfield Focus on Student Engagement at Texas A&M

Jennifer Whitfield has been a math instructor at Texas A&M University since 2001. She has used Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) in her Calculus I course since 2009 and is currently pairing the online homework and tutorial resource with Stewart’s Early Vectors textbook.

Jennifer has found that a key advantage in using EWA is that students receive immediate feedback and can self-remediate when necessary. If students become stuck on a concept or problem while doing their homework, EWA has integrated videos, tutorials, and other resources that guide them to understanding. Read More…


Gale’s Global Issues in Context Supports IB Curriculum at the International Academy

Klaudia Janek is a high school librarian at the International Academy (IA) in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She is a certified school librarian. As an authorized IB (International Baccalaureate) World School, the IA offers the Middle Years Program and Diploma Program to all students in grades nine through twelve. The IB curriculum requires that International Academy provide student resources that have a global reach so students can seek out and understand sources from outside the U.S. viewpoint. To support their students’ needs, International Academy subscribed to Global Issues in Context (GIC) shortly after it was released in 2009. In Read More…


MindTap™ Engages Nutrition Students with a Steady Diet of Learning Convenience

Katie Ferraro is Assistant Professor of Nutrition at San Diego Miramar College. Like any conscientious instructor, Katie wants to provide her students with quality learning opportunities — but doesn’t have time to “spin her wheels” when it comes to finding out about and using course materials.

Some time back, Katie began to investigate MindTap™ from Cengage Learning, a personalized online learning experience that integrates a variety of multimedia learning resources, all instantly accessible to her students. Read More…


A Decade of Success with SAM at Ole Miss

Teresa McCarver is the adjunct instructor for computer science and manager of the IT help desk for The University of Mississippi. The university has been using SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an online learning environment for Microsoft® Office — for ten years.

Starting with SAM XP Training and Assessment in 2004, Teresa used SAM in conjunction with the New Perspectives in Microsoft® Office textbook. In 2009 she added Projects to SAM, and is now using SAM 2013. Teresa credits SAM with helping students learn more effectively while also saving instructors time, thereby freeing them to focus on other important teaching activities. Read More…


Oregon City Schools Uses CLiC to Replace Textbooks and Engage Diverse Learning Styles

Jan Snyder has been the district media specialist for Oregon City Schools (OCS) in Oregon City, Oregon, for 25 years. The media center plays a critical role in the curriculum and
teaching process, so Jan is a linchpin who works closely with teachers and administrators to find high-quality, trustworthy resources that will help the students be successful. Not
surprisingly, her mission at the center is to put the best resources possible into the hands of teachers and students. Oregon City Service Learning Academy (OCSLA) is the city’s charter high school. OCSLA enrolls approximately 170 students in a “1-to-1 Program,” Read More…


MindTap™ Captures the Interest of Marketing Students — and Their Instructor Holly Hapke

Holly Hapke is a lecturer at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. Like many instructors in business courses, Holly uses cases to promote analytical thinking and to help her marketing students connect concepts to real-world applications. Not so long ago, the manual grading of three case assignments each term for as many as 600 students became an overwhelming task. “It was too time consuming to grade assignments for all of the students, so I started looking for another solution for homework,” she says.

Holly was using a Cengage Learning textbook, so it was a logical step to look at the digital assets that supported it. One of those resources was MindTap™, an interactive online learning experience built upon the textbook’s content. More than an eBook and different from a learning management system, MindTap allows students to guide themselves through their course — combining cases, readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments into a consistent learning path, with all relevant resources instantly accessible. In addition, MindTap exercises are automatically graded, which was good news to Holly. Read More…


iLrn™ Is Key to Communication Competence in Debora Rager’s Online Intro and Advanced Spanish Courses

Debora Rager is the full-time instructor of Spanish at Simpson University in Redding, California, and has more than 25 years of experience teaching Spanish and French. The university recently implemented a rule specifying that any course with more than one session must include at least one online session. Consequently, Debora now teaches both an online and a traditional session for both her Spanish I and Spanish II courses.

When she realized that she would be taking some of her classes online, Debora started looking at the available options, including iLrn™, an all-in-one course management system featuring communication tools that encourage students to use language outside of the classroom. She attended an iLrn presentation as well as one from another publisher. “Hands down, iLrn was so much better that it really wasn’t even a choice. It was the obvious choice,” she says. Read More…


An Experiment with SAM Projects Produces Positive Early Results

Rex Parr has been teaching Introduction to PC Applications at Aims Community College (ACC) in Greeley, Colorado, for nearly 20 years. ACC has used a number of different course materials and methods throughout this period — including a previous version of SAM (Skills Assessment Manager), an interactive online environment for learning Microsoft® Office skills and computer concepts. At one point, the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department switched from SAM in an effort to incorporate more soft skills into classes, but later decided it was time to revisit the product. Rex was prompted to try SAM again because he liked the looks of the projects component.

In this Success Story, you’ll learn what Rex discovered regarding the ability of SAM Projects to give students practice in applying Microsoft® Office concepts and skills in real-world projects.
You’ll also learn how SAM’s auto-grading feature saves instructors’ time, makes it easier for instructors to monitor student progress, and provides students with instant feedback that helps them take immediate corrective action. Read More…


Real-Time Access to Progress and Grading Makes SAM Effective for Randy Meissner and His Students

Randy Meissner is a Computer Science lecturer at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. He teaches three night classes with a total of 50-60 students each semester, and has been using SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an online environment for Microsoft® Office — for eight semesters.

In this Success Story, you’ll read how SAM engages his students through real-world simulations and hands-on training activities that allow them to build their skills and work on course materials at their own pace. You’ll also discover how SAM makes teaching and learning more efficient, through auto-graded assignments that save his time while providing students with instant feedback on their work. Read More…


MindTap™ Feeds Steve Ball’s Nutrition Students’ Craving for Interactive Learning Technology

Steve Ball has been teaching Nutritional Science and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri in Columbia since 2002. He uses MindTap™ — which provides a fully online learning experience that replaces a traditional textbook — in his fitness and wellness course. He and his students give MindTap a “thumbs up” for its interactivity, features, ease of use, and affordability. Read More…