Efficacy and research

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…


Designing a New Experience for Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics: Pre-Course Assessments Target Knowledge Gaps

In 2014, the Cengage Learning Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics Teams set out to better understand the unmet needs of students and instructors. We interviewed, observed, surveyed, conducted usability tests, and met with thousands of students and instructors from around the country. Along the way we developed a deeper appreciation and understanding of how quantitative courses are taught and learned, the main challenges that students and instructors typically encounter, and how technology is used to accomplish course outcomes. Our initial research revealed that today’s instructors and students in math, statistics, and physics demand more from technology than they did 20 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…


Philosophy Students Achieve Higher Grades and Instructors Report Improved Critical Thinking Skills with MindTap

In the fall of 2015, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of whether students in philosophy courses that use MindTap® receive higher grades and improve their critical thinking skills more than a comparable group of students in similar philosophy courses that do not use MindTap. A total of 227 students and nine instructors teaching 15 philosophy classes in nine different institutions of higher education participated in the MindTap research, including five classes that used MindTap and 10 classes that did not. All instructors who used MindTap provided feedback about MindTap throughout the semester, Read More…


Voice of the Student in Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what today’s Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding students need to better balance challenging work-life environments, the key skills needed to unlock their full potential, and the technology required to ensure future success in their chosen fields. In order to gather these insights, Cengage Learning conducted more than two dozen face-to-face and online group interviews with students at the Medical Assisting Advisory Board and from colleges and universities across the nation. While extensive research has been done to understand what instructors need and employers desire from tomorrow’s professionals, this Read More…


History Students Achieve Higher Grades and Instructors Report Improved Critical Thinking Skills with MindTap

In the fall of 2015, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of whether students in history courses that use MindTap® receive higher grades and improve their critical thinking skills more than a comparable group of students in similar history courses that do not use MindTap. A total of 359 students and 13 instructors teaching 21 history classes in 12 different institutions of higher education participated in the MindTap research, including eight classes that used MindTap and 13 classes that did not. All instructors who used MindTap provided feedback about MindTap throughout the semester, Read More…


Using the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: Mapping Curriculum and Coursework

Cybersecurity is headline news for good reason, and it’s driving demand for thousands of additional skilled professionals in the public and private sectors. It’s no wonder that many higher education institutions want to develop or expand a cybersecurity program to prepare a new generation of professionals for careers in this vital field. But how to go about it? This white paper provides practical guidance for institutions, course designers, and instructors as they pursue their cybersecurity program goals. It introduces the NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework, which identifies domains and specialty work areas in the field. It also Read More…


The Road to the National Center of Academic Excellence Designation

Worldwide demand for cybersecurity specialists is forecast to outstrip supply before the end of the decade. Higher education institutions are answering the call with programs to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for careers in this burgeoning field. For these institutions, earning the prestigious NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) program designation, or a CAE Two-Year IA Education program (CAE2Y) designation, can be advantageous. This white paper — written by a team of textbook authors who have successfully achieved NCAE designations four times — assists institutions in their pursuit. Readers will Read More…


Common Goals, Study Habits and Challenges of 2-Year College Honor Students

In an ongoing effort to place students at the center of designing digital learning solutions, Cengage Learning surveyed nearly one hundred members of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, about their personal and academic goals. The survey, conducted at Phi Theta Kappa’s 2015 annual conference, NerdNation, conveyed a desire for self-improvement and career satisfaction, highlighted the integral role smartphones play in their lives and shed light on challenges members face while pursuing their education endeavors. “Phi Theta Kappa is grateful for our partnership with Cengage Learning,” said Dr. Nancy Rieves, Director and CEO of the Phi Read More…


MindTap History Students See Higher Grades and Improved Critical Thinking Skills

In the fall of 2015, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of whether students in history courses that use MindTap® receive higher grades and improve their critical thinking skills more than a comparable group of students in similar history courses that do not use MindTap. A total of 359 students and 13 instructors teaching 21 history classes in 12 different institutions of higher education participated in the MindTap research, including eight classes that used MindTap and 13 classes that did not. All instructors who used MindTap provided feedback about MindTap throughout the Read More…