Efficacy and research

Aplia Product Efficacy in Introductory Psychology Courses

Prepared for Cengage Learning by Project Tomorrow

To gain understanding as to how digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of Aplia within instructor psychology courses during the fall semester of 2013. This comparative environment created an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of Aplia usage, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of a digital tool.

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What Students Say they Need in Order to Become More Engaged in Class

With the many benefits to technology in the classroom, some instructors may still question how to go about using these advancements to increase student engagement. Whatever your choice, it’s clear that students benefit from digital technology in the classroom. In a recent survey by Cengage Learning of over one thousand students and instructors, 80% of college students say that the move towards implementing digital technologies in the classroom has increased their academic performance and 77% even say it has improved their engagement with their courses. Fewer than 1% reported it has decreased performance and engagement. Read More…


The Top Reasons Students Become Disengaged in Classes

If you were to guess what students believe leads to disengagement and distraction in the classroom, what would you say? Texting? Surfing the web? Games? Or that old standby, “boredom”?

When it comes to distraction in the classroom, many instructors and students place the blame on smartphones and other tech tools as the main culprit. (In fact, according to a recent survey by Cengage Learning, 77% of students believe that their fellow classmates abuse technology in the classroom in some way.)

But what if, instead, you used technology as an effective means of engaging students and drawing them into the topics you’re covering in class? Read More…


Insight into the Online Learning Landscape

Certainly, many instructors teach online courses. (You may be among their number!) Some teach a fully online course while also continuing to lead classes on campus. Others may teach a hybrid course, with some portions taking part in a classroom or lab, and other aspects facilitated online. But have you wondered how many instructors teach exclusively in the online setting? According to a survey recently conducted by Cengage Learning, 14% of participants now teach their courses entirely online. Does this finding surprise you? Does this seem like a reality at your campus, within your college system, or among your peers? Are Read More…


“I’m a Mac” vs. “I’m a PC” (Not Exactly)

Contributor: Jeffrey S. Nevid, Ph.D., ABPP The iconic series of television commercials pitting personifications of Macs and PCs against each other imprinted in the public mind an image of Apple® as a company for young, cool, hipsters. By contrast, the PC persona was embodied by a traditional, straight-laced, fuddy-duddy character. Microsoft® later counterpunched with commercials representing PC users as creative and spontaneous. Marketers seek to position brands with appealing attributes in the hope that consumers will select these brands to feel better about themselves merely by association. A recent series of commercials for Samsung turned the tables on Apple Read More…


Aplia: Engaging and Educating Learners through the Transformation of Homework

Homework. When learners hear the word, they think “dull” and “frustrating.” For instructors, homework can be labor-intensive and unrewarding. Until Aplia.

Aplia, part of Cengage Learning, has transformed homework into a tool for engaging learners and making sure they come to class prepared. The result is students who learn better and are more successful.  Read More…


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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