Efficacy and research

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…


Transforming the Learning Process Through Engagement-Centered Technology

Decades worth of research show the correlation between learner engagement and the best educational outcomes. This white paper reviews studies that show the positive impact of Cengage Learning resources on engagement and improved student performance.
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Career Online High School Helps Non-Traditional Student Frances Ramos on the Path to a New Career

Frances Ramos was in her early 70s and wanted to move into a career in healthcare. However, she found the roadblock to gaining the skills needed for this field was her lack of a high school diploma. Career Online High School’s (COHS) online degree program afforded Frances both the curriculum and pace she needed. Because some of Frances’s previous credit hours from high school courses completed transferred over, she was able to earn her diploma in seven months. Learn how Frances was able to complete all of her coursework online—a must since she was working full-time throughout the program. Read More…


Aplia Associated with Higher Course Grades in Biology

Online self-directed and self-paced learning is becoming increasingly popular. However, little is known about the relationship between the use of such online learning tools and classroom success. The goal of
the current study, conducted by The Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, was to determine if student use of a specific digital learning product developed by Cengage Learning, Aplia for Biology, was related to academic achievement in the course in which it was used.

A total of twenty instructors agreed to participate, 10 in the “treatment” group using Aplia for Biology and 10 in the “comparison” group using the same textbooks, but without the use of Aplia for Biology.

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Engagement Services: Educational Services Support Quest to Engage and Retain Students

Changes in the evolving higher education landscape have spawned institutional and instructional needs in a new area—educational services. In a 2013 survey conducted for Cengage Learning, two-thirds of faculty participants noted the importance of services in their adoption decision. Not surprisingly, the number one desire cited was “help increasing student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and retention.” The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging. Today it is increasingly vital as institutions—faced with economic pressures, completion-based funding, and a job skills gap—have an even higher stake in enrolling new students, moving them efficiently through the curriculum, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with the skills that employers demand.

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CourseMate: Effectiveness Study Results White Paper

Cengage Learning’s CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook, including an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more. Using a quasi-experimental design, using a before (“control group”) and after (“test group”) comparison, the performance of CourseMate student users (the “test” group) was compared to the historical performance of students at the test site prior to the use of CourseMate (the “control” group).

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Delmar Online Training Simulation: HVAC for Digital and Print Solutions

Lennox turned to Cengage Learning’s pair of best-selling resources: Delmar’s Online Training Simulation: HVAC and the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology text. Together, these tools proved to be the perfect fit for the Virtual BuildATech curriculum. “We purchase everything directly from Cengage Learning,” says De La Portilla. “Once the students register for the program they receive the book. And with the Online Training Simulation, they simply log on to where the online course materials are housed. It’s quick and easy—they have everything they need within a few days of registering for the course.” Read More…