Efficacy and research

OWL Triggers a Positive Reaction in Stephen Z. Goldberg’s Chemistry Students

Are you looking for an online learning solution that supports student mastery of the concepts and skills critical to your Chemistry course– while also discouraging procrastination and last-minute work? In the following Success Story, Stephen Z. Goldberg of Adelphi University (Long Island, NY) describes how OWL helps the students in his General Chemistry course stay motivated to keep up with their assignments, while still offering them tools that give them the flexibility to work at their own pace. He also shares how he uses OWL to monitor student performance and identify those areas where particular students may be at risk. Read More…


OWL Provides Improved Outcomes and Instant Feedback to Dr. Donald Neu’s Chemistry Students

Seeking a superior online learning solution that helps your students easily learn and understand the material in your Chemistry course— and obtain useful feedback when they need it most? In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Donald Neu of St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) used OWL to provide instant feedback, parameterized homework solutions, and dynamic resources that empower student learning (at all hours of the day)–resulting in improved student outcomes. Read More…


Nineteenth Century Collections Online: A Groundbreaking Global Digitization and Publishing Program

gale.ncco.infographicThis infographic gives you a snapshot of Nineteenth Century Collections Online at a glance. You’ll see the state of the resource, and you’ll learn about the efforts to create and continue to expand the archives, as well as Cengage Learning’s continued dedication to the preservation of primary source documents. You’ll also get an overview of its customers and usage highlights. Read More…


Infographic: Read It, Watch It, Listen to It—Gale It!

Cengage Learning recently partnered with McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C., a STEM magnet school within the District of Columbia Public School System, for a two-year study to determine the impact on both teachers and students of integrating eight Gale resources into classroom learning, instruction, and projects. Read More…


Students of Dr. Steven Mark Sachs Like the Range of Learning Options in SAM

Students with varied computer backgrounds and learning needs require an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. SAM addresses multiple learning styles with a student-friendly interface, three modes of learning (Observe, Practice, Apply), and a self-paced environment that helps them develop practical Microsoft Office skills with real-world simulations, hands-on training, and instant feedback. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Steven Mark Sachs of Los Angeles Valley College (Valley Glen, CA) used SAM to support his students’ needs—and see an improvement in their performance in his Microsoft® Office® course. Read More…


Professor Lee Cornell Sees an Increase in Student Engagement with SAM

Providing Business majors with the fundamental skills they need in information systems—and keeping them engaged in the class—can prove challenging. However, if your course is supported by learning resources that make the learning process smoother for both you and your students, the experience is much more motivating and rewarding for all involved. Discover how SAM has helped the students in Dr. Lee Cornell’s Introduction to Information Systems class at Minnesota State University, Mankato to keep up with—and master—course concepts, and how SAM supports students’ learning needs through engaging assignments that provide plenty of practice with important course concepts, 24/7 availability, and instant feedback that direct students towards areas that need further study. Read More…


Professor Andrew Blitz’s Students are Inspired to Learn Microsoft® Office with SAM

When novice computer users enter your course, they may feel intimidated or anxious about learning new and unfamiliar technologies. Likewise, they may also be juggling a number of responsibilities—requiring them to fit in study time wherever and whenever they can. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how SAM’s user-friendly interface, instant feedback, and 24/7, web-based availability has helped the students in Dr. Andrew Blitz’s Computer Literacy and Computer Applications for Business courses at Edison State College, Lee Campus (Fort Myers, FL) to reduce their anxiety towards technology, and how its step-by-step trainings, auto-graded assessments, realistic projects, and computer concepts labs promote student learning and retention. Read More…


OWL Helps Dr. Victoria Volkis’s Organic Chemistry Students Improve Performance

As you begin each term of your Organic Chemistry course, you likely see a class full of students who possess varying levels of mastery in the skills and concepts that are foundational to your course. Are you looking for an online learning solution that supports these needs and helps students achieve your (and their) academic standards and goals? In the following Success Story, you’ll see how Dr. Victoria Volkis of University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD) used OWL to provide her students with a high-quality learning experience that increases their motivation and helps them improve their performance. You’ll also learn more about OWL’s ability to provide instant feedback as well as tutorials and resources that support students’ mastery of concepts and their drive for success. Read More…


With SAM, Merlin Amirtharaj’s Computing Students can Learn at Their Own Pace

Students enter Computing courses with a variety of motivations, needs, and purposes—and they also come with a diverse set of learning needs and backgrounds. Thus, the learning solutions that you choose for your course should provide an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. With self-paced training and projects that address multiple learning styles, SAM has allowed Merlin Amirtharaj’s students at Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC) to work through their assignments as slowly or as quickly as their level of expertise allows. In the following Success Story, you’ll learn more about how Merlin uses SAM in her course, and how it’s helped her increase student engagement and retention, and how it enables her to ensure consistency in course content across a number of sections. Read More…


Skills Assessment Manager (SAM): Personalization, Productivity & Preparation to Increase Student Outcomes

Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is an online learning environment that helps learners master Microsoft® Office skills and computer concepts that are essential to academic and career success. SAM engages students in self-paced learning of Microsoft Word®, Excel®, Access®, PowerPoint®, Windows®, Internet Explorer®, and Outlook®, as well as technology concepts and issues.

Can adding digital to your computer courses help? This white paper examines the findings of research conducted across the country with more than 1,000 participants concluding that adding a digital solution to a computer course benefits both instructors and students. Read More…