Efficacy and research

Get Plugged In: Ten Attributes of a Successful Online Student

Though students increasingly opt for online courses, many of them are unprepared to work in this environment. This infographic, highlighting the “10 Attributes of a Successful Online Student as listed Joel A. English’s Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner,  lists the practices and attributes of students who succeed in online programs—a great resource to share with your class.  Read More…


Beyond the eBook: The Advantages of Integrated Course Solutions

Many industry experts see an eBook as a mere transition strategy, particularly in the higher education market, as publishers build out their libraries of integrated, student-centric course solutions that are specifically designed to improve outcomes. This paper provides an overview of the types of ebooks that are currently on the market today, discusses some of the research that has led to the development of the latest generation of integrated course solutions, and concludes with a list of features that instructors and school administrators should look for when choosing a provider of integrated, student-centric course solutions. Read More…


How to Grade a Billion Assignments: An Aplia Timeline

From an answer-and-click alternative to a robust multimedia interactive experience, Aplia has become the premier digital homework solution for Higher Ed. This infographic traces historical markers, from Aplia’s beginnings to today, to mark its journey to 1 billion homework submissions (and beyond!). Read More…


OWLBook: Improving Academic Outcomes in Chemistry at New Mexico State University

Is it possible to develop student study skills in general chemistry, while working to meet or exceed funding markers for success? In this study, follow the success of one program at New Mexico State University. Authored by Bill Vining, Susan Young, Roberta Day, and Beatrice Botch, OWLBook offered Dr. Dunlavy an assignable and online program specifically created to help students succeed in general chemistry classes.

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Increasing Student Learning Outcomes with MindTap

Examine the results of both qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Fall, 2012 suggesting that MindTap is an effective tool for improving student learning and where students using MindTap substantially increased their content knowledge and skills over the course of a semester. Read More…


MindTap: Tapping Into Technology to Engage Learners and Transform Learning

Technology is changing the educational environment at a rapid pace, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Today’s learners are not content to learn solely from books. They are used to technology in all aspects of their lives, and the classroom is no exception.

Professors are looking for tools that allow them to better engage with learners while making effective and efficient use of their in- and out-of-class time. This white paper demonstrates just how MindTap targets those specific areas. Read More…


Using SAM, Instructor Melinda White’s Students Learn from Mistakes

Learning Microsoft® Office® applications requires repetitive hands-on practice and reinforcement to assure skill retention—yet many of the students in your computing courses may have family, work, and other obligations that make it challenging to find the time for that practice. Discover how Melinda White of Seminole State College (Florida) uses the trainings, projects, review resources, and exams in SAM to make learning convenient, engaging, and effective for the students in her Office Applications courses. Read More…


Using iLrn, Dr. Nancy Blain Notices an Increase in Student Engagement

Are you looking for an online learning solution that addresses the needs of students who are at various levels in terms of their Spanish-language knowledge? Discover how Dr. Nancy Blain of McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA) used the grammar videos, enrichment exercises, and other interactive online features within iLrn’s self-paced environment to support the educational needs of all the participants in her Introductory and Intermediate Spanish classes. The story also shows you how iLrn helped improve students’ grades. Read More…


Enhanced InSite offers 24/7 Writing Assistance for Instructor Melissa Fries’s English Composition Students

Students entering your English Composition course may feel some anxiety about their writing skills and their ability to succeed in your class. As an instructor, you want to build their confidence in any way you can—so you may be seeking an online learning solution can that can help your students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need in order to overcome their fears. Discover how Melissa Fries of Merced College and Modesto Junior College (California) uses the exercises, tutorials, writing modules, podcasts, and other interactive features within Enhanced InSite to provide her students with the tools they need to practice and refine their understanding of concepts and skills—and therefore become more self-assured writers. Read More…


Enhanced InSite Helps Improve Outcomes for Professor Amy Montz’s English Composition Students

Many English Composition instructors place a high value on the peer-review process. And certainly all instructors want to ensure the originality of students’ work. Seeking an online learning solution that will help facilitate those processes in your course? Discover how Dr. Amy Montz of University of Southern Indiana uses such features as the Personal Tutor, Resources for Writers, Originality Checker, and peer-reviewing tools within Enhanced InSite to build students’ skills, improve learning outcomes, and increase engagement in her classes. Read More…