Efficacy and research

First-time MindTap Users Share Best Practices

Cengage Learning wanted to understand the experience of first time MindTap users to identify best practices and opportunities for future improvement. To achieve this, Cengage Learning recruited four instructors and twenty students to participate in a semester-long journaling project for the Fall 2014 who documented their experience with MindTap throughout the semester. Both students and instructors completed bi-monthly journals.

Instructors provided insights on how they and their students were using MindTap’s tools and assignments, as well as what differences they noticed with regard to student engagement. Students provided insights into how they were using MindTap and if they found it beneficial to their studies. The courses taught during this study were English, History, College Success, and Western Civilization.


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Voice of the Employer in Medical Assisting and Medical Billing, Insurance, and Coding

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what skills Medical Assisting and Medical Billing, Insurance, and Coding employers are looking for in recent graduates. In order to gather these insights, Cengage Learning attended the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and Optum Essentials conferences. While extensive research has been done to understand what instructors need, this is the first time Cengage Learning has conducted research to understand what skills and experience employers desire from candidates. A team from Cengage Learning interviewed a total of seventeen employers to gather an understanding of the importance of soft skills, certifications and medical knowledge.

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The Use of Digital Learning Solutions for English Composition

In today’s ever-evolving educational landscape, it is essential for learning solutions providers to constantly seek out the voice of the instructor when developing content and supporting resources. In creating the new MindTap learning solution for the Composition discipline, Cengage Learning’s goal was to ensure the voice of the Composition instructor informed every decision.

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The Efficacy of MindTap in Business and Computer Courses

When asked about their teaching challenges, college instructors often share a common refrain—the desire to 1) engage their students in their coursework and 2) foster critical thinking.

With so many of today’s students fixated on digital devices, it’s logical that digital products can serve as a gateway to improving student engagement and analytical thinking, and consequently, learning. Examining the best practices of instructors who use digital solutions in their courses can spark ideas and reveal effective strategies for addressing seemingly intractable teaching and learning problems.

Cengage Learning’s MindTap® has generated positive outcomes in a variety of business and computer courses, and been lauded by instructors and students alike. This white paper summarizes quantitative studies as well as the individual experiences of a few instructors who have found MindTap to be both effective and appealing.


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MindTap and Competency-Based Learning/Education (CBL/CBE)

After being around for decades in various forms, competency-based learning is gaining traction at a growing number of higher education institutions. It’s been credited with promoting student engagement, improving learning outcomes, lowering the cost and time needed to earn a degree, and better arming learners with skills required by employers and necessary for career success.

What’s behind all the buzz? Is competency-based learning an “all or nothing” proposition, or is it adaptable in traditional classrooms? And can instructors implement competency-based learning without overtaxing their busy schedules?

This paper addresses these questions and discusses how Cengage Learning’s MindTap™ can make it easier for instructors to move students successfully through a competency-based learning program to higher levels of knowledge and skills.

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Flipping the Classroom in Medical Assisting Programs Leads to Increased Student Engagement

In order to better understand the challenges facing Medical Assisting (MA) instructors, Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted interviews with instructors at the American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA) conference in October 2014. Cengage Learning wanted to understand instructor needs and pain points as well as what are the most significant challenges they face in teaching. The research shows that instructors are challenged by teaching to a wide spectrum of student abilities as well as teaching basic professionalism skills. While engaging this wide spectrum of student abilities, MA instructors see a great deal of potential in new teaching methods and course technology.
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An Early Report: Integration and Subject Content Assembly with MindTap Learning System

This paper presents an early report into the adoption of MindTap, a personal learning experience product provided by a commercial publisher; and its integration into Interact, a Sakai-based learning management system in Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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Tracking Database Usage and Implementing Usage Policies

Patron usage data is an extremely useful tool for better understanding patron needs. However, the proliferation of electronic resources – and metrics to track their usage – poses a number of new problems for librarians. What are the most relevant metrics to track? Many vendors’ databases have different usage standards, so how can they be accurately compared with each other? Do hard usage numbers tell the entire story? Who should usage statistics be shared with?
To help answer these questions, Gale interviewed ten librarians heavily involved in tracking and reporting usage at their libraries. The librarians work at a variety of library sizes and types – librarians from public, academic and K12 institutions were all represented. Their insights formed this guide, which will look at usage from varying perspectives and how it can be used to help inform your decision making.
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The New York City DOE/CUNY Library Collaborative: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College

Educators across the country are defining and deploying innovative strategies to engage students and to build foundations for academic and professional success in the 21st Century. The imperative is driven by high school dropout rates and by graduates who are not equipped for the rigors of college-level studies or career/trade educational programs.

The challenge is to position high school graduates as college students who will be expected to acquire knowledge, analyze and evaluate information, explore ideas (in depth and in a logical manner), draw conclusions, and test theories. Students must be equipped to think creatively and critically and to conduct meaningful research that leads to understanding through discovery. Unfortunately, too many of our students graduate from high school without these skills because traditional curricular testing has emphasized content knowledge. High school assignments often guide students step-by-step through the learning process so that when students reach college, they often struggle without close support and direction.

In 2009, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) took a significant step toward ensuring students graduate from high school equipped to take on the challenges of academic and career pathways. The NGA and CCSSO introduced the Common Core State Standards to strengthen foundational literacies that are the key to high school graduation and success beyond high school.

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Motivating and Engaging Today’s College Students: Insights from Phi Theta Kappa’s NerdNation

There has been a lot of negative press about the state of higher education in the United States—students not prepared for the very jobs they thought they were learning about, students not attaining enough practical experience before they graduate, tuition and course-material costs skyrocketing, and the student loans they have to repay. So why are people enrolling at all? And once they are in college, what keeps them going to completion?

As a global education company, Cengage Learning wants to get to know college students better. The below white paper encapsulates what we discovered from 116 students we interviewed at NerdNation in spring 2014, in Orlando, Florida. In addition to this, just last week Cengage Learning met with more than 50 students at North Idaho College, as well as members from the NW chapter of Phi Theta Kappa to continue the conversation on student success.

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