Efficacy and research

iLrn: Leveraging Technology to Meet the Needs of Today’s Language Learners and Educators

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand the needs of introductory-level language educators who use an online learning platform. Our Market Research team attended the 2013 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), in Orlando, Florida. During the meeting we interviewed thirty-two instructors to learn how they are teaching their courses now, and what resources and services they want to see from publishers. This white paper provides an overview of the results and describes how iLrn helps create a learning experience that is useful, relevant, and engaging to instructors and students alike.

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Using the IncludED® Course Fee Model to Improve Student Readiness, Course Material Delivery, and Bookstore Sell-Through

The delayed purchase of assigned course materials can often negatively impact student preparedness and success. For this reason, many institutions are seeking new ways to address these concerns, which have an impact both students’ and instructors’ time and their overall experience in the course.

This featured case study explores an innovative partnership which allows course materials to be delivered as part of a student’s fee payment. Read how the includED program has delivered positive benefits to the faculty, students, and bookstore at Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne.
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SAM Helps Szymon Machajewski’s Students Gain Confidence and Proficiency with Computer Technology

Szymon Machajewski is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley State University. An instructor for eight years, he currently teaches eight sections of Introduction to Computing annually. Szymon uses SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) — an interactive online learning environment that helps students master Microsoft® Office and other computer skills and concepts that are essential to academic and career success — in conjunction with the textbook Discovering Computers. Szymon discovered SAM in 2013 and saw the advantage in using a learning solution that gives students a self-paced, hands-on experience. “I was surprised at how successful SAM is at really bringing out what we’ve known now for a while, based on the research of Dr. Benjamin Bloom, that one-on-one instruction is most effective.”

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Aplia Leads to Higher Grades and Success Rates in Logic Courses at CSU Channel Islands

Many Logic instructors face a common challenge of getting students engaged and motivated to practice outside of class. If this challenge sounds familiar to you, you may be seeking a learning solution that helps you increase retention, engagement, and success… without increasing your own workload.

In this case study, you’ll follow the success of Aplia when used in a Logic course at California State University Channel Islands. Read, and discover how Dr. Dennis Slivinski saw significant improvement in student performance, both in terms of their grades and their level of engagement.

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MeL and Gale Join Forces to Boost Michigan’s Economy

MeL and Gale Join ForcesWondering how libraries can help business grow? This study explores the partnership between Gale and the Michigan eLibrary to offer new resources to Michigan’s business owners. Sheryl Mase, Statewide Library Services Director at the Library of Michigan, noted, “I’m not sure the business community knew they could go to the library to find the information they needed in the first place. They likely would have gone to the Chamber of Commerce or the SBDC [Michigan Small Business Development Center].” With MeL providing business-building tools at the state level, funding concerns by libraries are reduced, and small businesses owners or entrepreneurs have the resources and guidance that they need. Read More…


Physics Students Boost Test Scores with Enhanced WebAssign® at Oral Roberts University

Elena Gregg teaches physics at Oral Roberts University (ORU). In a WDG Research survey in which employers rated the quality of graduates of local training institutions, ORU scored 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, besting 21 other schools. Elena uses the Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) online homework tool to ensure that her students receive interactive problem-solving practice, access to animations and other visual resources, and individual attention that improves their understanding and performance.

Interested in a digital solution that ensures students practice on their own? Review this study, and learn how EWA supported the success of a physics program at Oral Roberts University. Read More…


4LTR Press Increases Student Engagement at the State College of Florida

Interested in increasing student participation in a discussion-based classroom? This study follows the success of an Associate Professor at the State College of Florida using 4LTR Press materials. You’ll learn how 4LTR Press has assisted Dr. Clements in meeting course objectives while fulfilling his personal goal of connecting with students.

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MindTap: Tapping into Technology to Engage Learners and Transform Learning

Technology is a must in today’s higher education classroom. Learners demand it, and instructors recognize the power of technology to transform learning.

Cengage Learning’s MindTap has been shown to enhance engagement and improve learning outcomes while reducing instructor workload. In this infographic, you’ll see how the adoption of MindTap increases instructors’ ability to engage with learners and how it makes effective and efficient use of in- and out-of-class time. Read More…


Smart Horizons Career Online High School: A Thoughtful Approach for Adult Learners

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) is the world’s first accredited online school district. SHCOE partners with schools and organizations to design, build, and manage affordable, career-based online high schools serving students around the world. A district of Smart Horizons, Career Online High School (COHS) is an AdvancED/SACS-accredited program that enables students to earn their high school diplomas while gaining real-world career skills. Career Online High School employs an innovative curriculum that is aligned to the National Common Core Standards (NCCS), the convenience of an anytime-anywhere online learning platform, and interactive content that engages adult learners and helps them achieve their educational goals. Read More…


Ninteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) Improves Engagement in Lucy Morrison’s Literature Class

Dr. Morrison teaches a 300 level course at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, called Literature of a Decade. “It is a course that any Literature instructor can teach, and I was teaching it from a British Romantic perspective. I wanted students to use more than a text in isolation,” said Dr. Morrison. One of her primary goals is to have the literary, social, and historical background on a topic. She used Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) in class, and students were required to use it in writing a research paper. Each of them had to do an oral presentation and write-up on the months of their birthdays and the year that was assigned to them by Dr. Morrison. “For example,” Dr. Morrison elaborated “the King losing his head – how was that reported in January 1793? What was the media saying? What was of interest to the students that happened during their birthday month?” Read More…