Efficacy and research

Student Discusses Success with MindTap for Communication

Hear about Shaloun Mims, a Freshman at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and her success using MindTap for Communication.

Success Story

Challenge: Student unfamiliar with digital learning products worried that MindTap would be costly and problematic to use

Solution: MindTap for Communication

Results: MindTap—with its eBook, study tools, targeted feedback and affordable price—was easy to access and use on the student’s laptop and phone; she attributed her A in the course in part to MindTap

Read how MindTap helped Shaloun Conquer Communications


Visual Learner Finds Great Success Studying U.S. History with MindTap

Liberty University student and visual learner calls MindTap for U.S. History a “game-changer” for reading and retaining course content. Working full time and going to school is a challenge in itself, but studying walls of text at night can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately for Lauren Bankole, Sophomore at Liberty University in Virginia, her professor for U.S. History is using MindTap. MindTap is an interactive learning platform that features a mobile-ready textbook, videos, quizzes and flashcards all available online or on a convenient mobile app. This type of interactive learning is perfect for someone like Lauren who is Read More…


Cengage Student Ambassador Empowered by Math

Students begin their higher education journey with the expectation that it will lead to a fulfilling career. While some spend this time determining what that career will be, others know exactly what they want and how to get there. First year Florida State University student Rebecca Caro falls into the second category. Interested in math from an early age, Rebecca is pursuing a degree in actuarial science. In honor of Math Awareness Month, Rebecca shares insight into how math has played a role in her life, leading her to a future in actuarial science.  Cengage: What is actuarial science? Rebecca: Read More…


Success Story: Fisher College Creates Math Boot Camp With WebAssign

Math is one of the toughest courses students encounter in college. It can become a barrier to degree completion as they struggle with math anxiety, time management and access to quality resources. Fisher College in Boston is helping students overcome this obstacle through an intensive developmental math boot camp that improves confidence and outcomes, while saving students money. Since running the first pilot study in January 2016, nearly all of the students who have gone through the boot camp have passed the program, allowing them to move into a credit bearing class. The customized program uses Cengage’s Read More…


Infographic: It All Adds Up to Student Success with MindTap Math Foundations

“My class went from a 50% pass rate with a competing product to an 85%, 90%, and 92% pass rate for my 3 sections with MindTap Math Foundations.” –Jea Joseph, Instructor, Oakwood University Last Fall, students and instructors from around the country used MindTap Math Foundations in their developmental math classes. They noticed a difference.

63% of students felt that they would earn a grade of B or better

Built with students, for students in Developmental Math from the ground up, MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) instills confidence in students and motivates them to succeed. Helpful tools, such as step-by-step tutorials, learning Read More…


Arizona State University Psychology Dept. Gets Psyched with Learning Objects

Using excellent instructional design and technology demonstrably helps students, faculty and institutions. This case study describes our work with Arizona State University’s Psychology department where we developed personalized tools (using our Learning Objects platform) to support a flipped classroom model. The results were outstanding:

    Double-digit improvement in student retention
    Unanimous acclaim by the students that the platform was easy to use and navigate
    And, most importantly: students who used the tools did demonstrably better in the course

Partnering with Cengage for Instructional Design

One of the many reasons to partner with Cengage is to take advantage of our incredibly skilled and Read More…


Experiences, Challenges and Perspectives of Adjunct Instructors

Adjuncts’ top priorities are to share knowledge and make a difference in the lives of their students. And yet, many still feel disconnected and less valued than full-time faculty because they believe they have to try harder in order to prove themselves. Most adjunct faculty hold master’s degrees or a PhD, and because several of them have professional/real-world experience in the course area they teach, they can bring that extra value to the classroom.

Adjunct Instructor Survey

Cengage partnered with Zeldis Research Associates in a three-phased multimethod study. 417 adjunct instructors completed an online survey, and 63 adjunct professors participated in Read More…


Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention

The significance of student retention in higher education extends beyond the institutions themselves. In addition to personal and professional growth, empowered learners build stronger communities and improved outcomes for all. In fact, some policymakers have dedicated their careers to supporting strategies that serve students more effectively. According to George Miller, former chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, retention is about success and ensuring students are positioned to thrive from day one.

Dedicated to Expanding Educational Access

Throughout his 40-year career as member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Miller drafted many pieces of landmark legislation to advance Read More…


SAM’S Real-World Environment Empowers Students for MOS Exam Success

Employers used to prefer candidates with technological skills. Now they often mandate fluency in the use of computer applications, most notably Microsoft® Office. With 86% of hiring managers saying IT certifications are part of their hiring criteria, today’s college students are realizing the importance of preparing for — and passing — the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams. A study involving 1,600 students at 30 two-year, four-year, trade, and vocational colleges identified engagement, preparation, and confidence as three components required to drive student success on the MOS exams. The study also found that Cengage’s Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) provides an Read More…


CengageNOWv2 Helps Students Efficiently Master Subject Matter

Long Beach Community College professor Kirk Canzano teaches financial accounting. But he used statistics to find out if his students’ performance on CengageNOWv2 out-of-class assignments correlated to their success on in-class exams. Short answer: Yes. Overall alignment between CengageNOWv2 homework scores and exam scores was a remarkable 0.93, indicating that homework performance almost perfectly predicted exam performance. CengageNOWv2 deserves credit for keeping students engaged with interactive activities, videos that walk students through problem-solving, and other tools that promote active learning. Canzano likes the automatic grading and gradebook analytics, too. With CengageNOWv2, there’s a lot in the plus column.

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