Efficacy and research

Instructor Applauds Seamless Integration of MindTap and Blackboard

Eileen O’Brien teaches psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she has used online course resources for ten years. She was dissatisfied with the first two solutions she used because they didn’t work as they were supposed to—particularly in terms of integrating with the institution’s Blackboard® learning management system. Today, Eileen relies on MindTap® from Cengage Learning and is a contented user.
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Cengage Learning Tech Team Assures Smooth Integration of SAM and Canvas at Salt Lake Community College

Susumu Kasai, Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), knows both the importance and the value of collaboration. Although the institution uses the Canvas learning management system (LMS) as its primary vehicle for course design and delivery, its educators also recognize the advantages of digital solutions in teaching and learning. Until recently, however, no one at SLCC had attempted to integrate a digital product into Canvas. For the “inaugural” attempt, selecting the right digital product wasn’t enough: Susumu’s department also wanted the right publishing partner. They selected SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) from Cengage Learning and are pleased with their choice.
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Today’s Student: A Summary of Recent Research

In October and November 2014, the Today’s Student research study attracted 5,188 students—traditional and non-traditional, representing four- and two-year colleges – as participants. The study was developed
and deployed by Cengage Learning, Inc. and The Work Institute, LLC. The intent of the research was to give students a voice to describe their college expectations and experiences, what is important to them, and what their goals for the future are. Students were asked quantitative and qualitative questions ranging from defining success to their overall satisfaction with their college experience. In February and March 2015, a sample of focused follow-up phone Read More…


Students Speak Out About CengageNOWv2

The majority of more than 500 students using CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes responded favorably to questions about their experience. These students attend a mix of two-year and four-year institutions, and are taking their accounting classes in face-to-face, online, or blended formats.
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Challenges and Preferences with Digital at Houston Community College

After using MindTap in their Government courses, two classes at Houston Community College gave feedback on their challenges and preferences with digital learning tools. The forty-eight students who participated are majoring in a variety of subjects, from psychology to criminal justice to business.
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MindTap for Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University

William “Bill” Mathis teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University (TCU). He is always on the lookout for solutions that will help him teach, and will help students learn, more efficiently and effectively. On that front, he gives high marks to MindTap for Criminal Justice, as do his students. Professor Mathis’ ninety-two students wrote essays describing their experiences with MindTap.
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Closing the Gap in STEM Education: The Appeal of Technology in the Classroom

What do students want from math and science courses? What do they expect from the technology used in the classroom?

Our infographic “Closing the Gap in STEM Education: The Appeal of Technology in the Classroom,” shows the challenges students face… as well as the resources (and support) they believe would help them succeed in their courses.

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Inside the Students and Instructors of STEM Education

Two recent studies by Cengage Learning identify the four unique types of students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, and the three types of instructors who teach them.

From self-reliant doers and resourceful strugglers to tech-savvy instructors, find out which group matches your personality.

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MindTap in Action Gets Students to Read—and Learn—About American Government

Joshua “Josh” Dyck has taught American Government at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UMass Lowell) since 2012. When he arrived at the institution after teaching at the University at Buffalo SUNY, he used a traditional textbook with no online component. His involvement in an advisory group that reviewed MindTap® led him to try the digital learning experience.

Students adapted easily to the MindTap environment, and so did Josh. He immediately saw a number of benefits. He noticed that students came to class prepared after completing readings and auto-graded assignments… allowing him to use lectures to go “beyond the book.” Students were also empowered to take control of their learning: they can work at their own pace, review learning resources as much as they wish, and take quizzes more than once to improve their grade.
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SAM Primes Students for MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certification

In the eight years that Erin Dischler has been teaching Accounting Software applications at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), her department has used a textbook in conjunction with SAM (Skills Assessment Manager). This interactive online learning environment helps students master Microsoft® Office and other computer skills and concepts that are essential to academic and career success. SAM is also instrumental in helping Erin ensure that her students are ready for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam. MOS certification verifies that an individual is well versed in one or more Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel®, Outlook®, Access®, or PowerPoint®.
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