Efficacy and research

A New Digital Solution Brings an Unprecedented Rise in Student Grades and Success

Unfortunately, there’s a phenomena running rampant across college campuses nationwide that kills weekends and prevents educators from being their best. It’s called grading overload, and Linda Manning, an Associate Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee knows the problem as well as anyone. “It seems like we’re grading all of the time,” Manning said. “We could save a lot of time if we didn’t have to manually grade the assignments.” The students to whom Manning teaches Microsoft Office concepts and applications are often initially intimidated by what can be perceived as complicated software to learn thoroughly. Even more Read More…

Inclusive Access Partnership Boosts Student Retention and Course Success in North Carolina

Like their peers around the country, educators at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) in Salisbury, North Carolina are always seeking ways to improve the teaching and learning experience. One strategy that has generated good results is to make it as easy and appealing as possible for students to access and use course materials. Partnering with Cengage Learning, Rowan-Cabarrus initiated an inclusive access program in 2014. Through the program, the college purchases digital textbooks directly from Cengage Learning at a discounted price and provides a copy to each student as part of his or her course registration. The program has garnered Read More…

Understanding Medical Terminology: How MindTap Drives Instructor and Student Success

Students preparing for successful careers as health care professionals must first master the complex medical terminology necessary to provide optimal patient care in the nation’s hospitals, clinics, and physician’s offices. Future health care professionals in pursuit of a comprehensive clinical foundation must equip themselves with the ability to accurately recognize, define, and pronounce medical terms on which successful patient diagnostics and outcomes largely rely. To efficiently develop this key skill set, instructors and students have for years relied on Cengage Learning’s MindTap for Medical Terminology, an online learning platform that combines a number of learning tools to personalize the Read More…

MindTap for Business at Fairmont State University

Students React to MindTap at Fairmont State University. MindTap for Business demos were shown to 22 students on the campus of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. Here is what they had to say: Initial Reaction to MindTap Overall, the students responded very positively to MindTap, with 86% of the students rating their initial reaction as Favorable to Very Favorable. None of the students rated MindTap less than Neutral. Having All Materials in One Place Students also liked the thought of having everything in one place. When asked about whether they felt that “having assignments, reading materials, grades and study aids Read More…

Student Success Improves Thanks to Aplia in Challenging Statistics Course

Professor Kimberly Benien’s Elementary Statistical Methods online class at Wharton County Junior College uses Aplia. Elizabeth Garcia and Kevin Garbs are nursing students who both claim to not be strong in math, but found Aplia helped them through their statistics course. Elizabeth is a full-time student who will graduate soon. Her goal is to work in nursing a few years, then return to school to earn her master’s degree. Kevin is a part-time student pursuing an associate’s degree in pre-nursing. He intends to get his RSN degree.


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Features College Students Love About MindTap for Criminal Justice

What features/tools do students love about MindTap? William “Bill” Mathis, who teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University (TCU), gives high marks to MindTap® Criminal Justice, as do his students. The textbook they used was Criminal Justice in Action by Larry K. Gaines and Roger LeRoy Miller.

In essays written about their experience with MindTap in this class, students praised a number of features and tools. The top three cited were Search, Flashcards, and ReadSpeaker.

See what students had to say about MindTap.

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Health Science Student Strives for Success in School and Work

As a full-time health science student with a part-time job, Samantha Mueller faces the same challenges as most college sophomores, but time management is chief among them. Mueller, whose goal is to secure a career as a physical therapist, considers herself a very tech-savvy and visual learner. She finds online study suits her and allows her to prepare for class and quizzes in a complete and interactive way. Mueller lives off campus and her days are ‘pretty packed’—between exercise, attending classes on two separate FAU campuses, and working at a restaurant, finding time to succeed at everything can be Read More…

Struggling to Engage Students with Traditional Classroom Tools

Today’s community college student is often faced with a difficult decision when deciding how to allocate their time and resources while focusing on work and family or school. Few understand this as well as Danielle Bachan, an instructor at Houston Community College, who teaches busy students about Texas politics and government. Bachan is tasked with inspiring students to learn about issues, agencies, and processes they otherwise might not explore or learn about on their own. Bachan finds her students also have heightened expectations when it comes to technology and how it’s used in the classroom. Increasingly, they expect to Read More…

Enrich Project-Based Learning with Gale and Google for Education

Napa Valley Unified School District Enriches Project-Based Learning with Gale and Google for Education Located in California’s wine country, Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) serves 18,000 students at more than 30 schools. The district’s mission is threefold: to prepare students for college and careers, provide equitable access to learning resources, and instill future ready skills. To meet these goals, NVUSD focuses on project-based and inquiry-based learning that engages students in practical, real life experiences. Technology plays a leading role, and features a “game-changing”
digital solution that integrates database resources from Gale/Cengage Learning with the communication and collaboration features of Google Apps for Education.

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Conectados Solves the Challenges Faced By an Outdated Text

Teaching Spanish at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, gives Mary West plenty of exposure to a variety of different students. From typical 18-year-old freshmen to working re-entry students, her elementary and intermediate Spanish courses allow her to interact with students who are digital natives and some who may take longer to embrace online activities and assignments. These courses and students also require monitoring—so she can easily intervene to help a struggling student—and a heavy time investment to accurately correct homework and activities. When West and her colleagues learned that their existing text was going out of Read More…