Efficacy and research

Beyond the eBook: The Advantages of Integrated Course Solutions

Many industry experts see an eBook as a mere transition strategy, particularly in the higher education market, as publishers build out their libraries of integrated, student-centric course solutions that are specifically designed to improve outcomes. This paper provides an overview of the types of ebooks that are currently on the market today, discusses some of the research that has led to the development of the latest generation of integrated course solutions, and concludes with a list of features that instructors and school administrators should look for when choosing a provider of integrated, student-centric course solutions. Read More…


Increasing Student Learning Outcomes with MindTap

Examine the results of both qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Fall, 2012 suggesting that MindTap is an effective tool for improving student learning and where students using MindTap substantially increased their content knowledge and skills over the course of a semester. Read More…


MindTap: Tapping Into Technology to Engage Learners and Transform Learning

Technology is changing the educational environment at a rapid pace, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Today’s learners are not content to learn solely from books. They are used to technology in all aspects of their lives, and the classroom is no exception.

Professors are looking for tools that allow them to better engage with learners while making effective and efficient use of their in- and out-of-class time. This white paper demonstrates just how MindTap targets those specific areas. Read More…


Cengage Learning’s Write Experience Leads to Improved Writing Skills

The development of effective writing skills is widely recognized as one of the most important college outcomes, and it is widely believed that using digital learning tools to support post-secondary instruction improves student engagement and ultimately increases student learning. This study examined the effectiveness of a widely-used, post-secondary digital instructional tool, Write Experience, an online learning solution, employing automated essay scoring, dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills. 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…


Efficacy of Online Learning Solutions in Introductory Psychology Courses

This report highlights the results of an efficacy study of the impact of using online learning solutions within entry-level college psychology courses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the CourseMate online learning solution on instructor productivity and student achievement and engagement. (To increase student engagement, CourseMate content and functionality is being incorporated into two other online solutions, Aplia™ and MindTap™, which are available and described later in this document.)

Project Tomorrow facilitated this study on behalf of Cengage Learning. Read More…


MindLinks — The New Rules of LMS Content Integration

The quality and quantity of publisher-provided content has increased dramatically over the past 20 years, since the introduction of academic learning management systems (LMS) in the 1990s. Today’s professors expect a wide range of digital content that can be quickly and easily loaded into the LMS.

See how some publishers are leveraging LMS standards to provide instructors with the ability to customize content and achieve gradebook integration within the LMS. Read More…


Positively Impacting Student Achievement: Studying the Effects of Library Resources in the Classroom

When students need reference content to complete their assignment, can you help them find relevant, credible information? In this paper, see how integrating Cengage Learning’s library resources enhanced and expanded the in-class experience for students and teachers alike.

The Cengage Learning team selected McKinley Tech for this efficacy study because the administrators at McKinley are faced with the same challenges and experiencing the same pressures as their peers across the country as they attempt to integrate technology into their classrooms. Read More…


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

McKinley Technology High School

Gale Resources Efficacy Study — Year Two Results

How would incorporating accredited digital resources from Gale into a high school classroom affect students and teachers? This white paper highlights the results of the McKinley/Gale Study Project conducted by Project Tomorrow for Cengage Learning during the 2011-2012 school year at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. The purpose of this efficacy study is to evaluate and document how teachers can use high-quality, digitally rich Gale resources from Cengage Learning to develop students’ 21st century skills, and what effects the use of technology in the classroom has on student engagement and performance. Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) Results in Higher Engagement and Improved Learning in Developmental Math

Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) combines the exceptional Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy content that you know and love with the most powerful online homework solution — WebAssign.

This study shows that using EWA in developmental math courses increases student learning and engagement when compared to similar classes not using EWA. In addition, students and instructors agree about the benets of EWA to student performance and engagement and strongly recommend its use. Read More…