Efficacy and research

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…


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…