Efficacy and research

How Do Instructors Use Their Course LMS?

Though you will find a Learning Management System (LMS) in use at many institutions around the country, individual instructors do use their course LMS in different ways and for different purposes. In fact, if you’re using one in your own course, you have likely already discovered that you and your colleagues in different departments set up and manage your course LMS in a different manner, too. In a recent survey conducted by Cengage Learning, instructors revealed the ways that they commonly use their course LMS. The top three responses:

    77% use the LMS to track students’ grades.
    77% post the course syllabus to the LMS.
    71% post course
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Efficacy of SAM Projects in Intro to Computing Courses

Given the importance that employers place on computer applications skills in a wide variety of fields, it is not surprising that increasingly colleges and universities are requiring their students to take a computer applications course as a prerequisite for graduation. Additionally, students also realize the value of proficiency in computer applications, most notably Microsoft® Office applications, as critical skills for employment and advancement. To meet the demand of increased enrollments, and to provide students with opportunities to apply computer application skills to real-world tasks and activities, college instructors are embracing the use of online solutions that provide opportunities for proficiency assessment and auto grading.

To gain an understanding as to how these types of digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of SAM online projects within Microsoft applications courses during the spring semester of 2014. Read More…

Fully Integrated Solutions Go Beyond the Links

Digital learning solutions are offering instructors and students more ways to engage with course content than ever before. With seamless login now a standard of LMS integration, instructors and administrators are looking for LMS integration to go farther in helping them achieve their mission of improving student outcomes. This new frontier of LMS integration are learning solutions that provide customizable content, automatic grade return and personalized instructor services. These are three incredibly powerful ways that integrated learning solutions can increase student engagement and decrease instructor workload.

Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted in-depth research at a large technology conference with LMS administrators to better understand how they are integrating course solutions and what they need a “fully integrated” course solution to accomplish. Over the course of two days the research team conducted fifty interviews with LMS administrators from a diverse range of institutions using a wide range of LMS.
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MindTap® for American Government: Insights from the 2013-2014 Academic Year Advisory Board

With the evolving educational landscape it is essential for learning solutions providers to constantly seek out the voice of the instructor when developing content and solutions. In developing the new MindTap learning solution for American Government, Cengage Learning wanted to make sure that the voice of the American government instructor informed every decision.
In order to achieve this, Cengage Learning recruited an advisory board of twenty-two American Government instructors
to provide insight on what American Government instructors need in a learning solution. The insights shared by the advisory board clearly show that current learning solutions were not providing students and instructors with the synchronization, content, and flexibility needed.
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Developmental Educators Work to Grow Student Engagement

Today it is increasingly vital as developmental education programs—faced with economic pressures and completion-based funding—have a higher stake in moving developmental education students efficiently through their curriculum as well as keeping them engaged so they persist and go on to graduate.
In a 2014 research study conducted by Cengage Learning at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) conference in Dallas, Texas, all of the faculty participants noted their greatest challenge is breaking down the barriers to achievement and helping increase student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and confidence. The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging.
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The Power of MindTap for Corporate Finance

At the 2013 Financial Management Association (FMA) annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Cengage Learning researchers discovered that Corporate Finance instructors listed three areas that are often major roadblocks to students’ successful learning, and demonstrated how MindTap addresses each.

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Understanding the Needs of Community College Administrators at AACC

In order to better understand the challenges facing community college administrators, Cengage Learning’s Market Research team conducted research at the 2014 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conference in Washington, DC. Specifically, the Market Research team wanted to understand how publishers and learning solutions providers can address challenges facing community colleges. A total of 32 AACC attendees were interviewed for the study.
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CAMEX Attendees Share the Keys to a Successful Partnership

Cengage Learning’s Market Research team attended the 2014 Campus Market Expo (CAMEX) in Dallas, Texas to discover what level of awareness college store managers have of the all-inclusive model (also called academic content licensing or course fee model), how many of them have implemented an all-inclusive model and what they need
from publishers in order to make an all-inclusive model successful.
The Market Research team interviewed 40 college store managers who attended CAMEX and gained insights regarding their attitudes toward an all-inclusive model and what aspects of an all-inclusive model most appeal to them.

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Digital Solutions within Business Law Courses

To gain an understanding as to how digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of a digital homework support tool in business law courses during the spring semester of 2014.
The study examined specifically use of the CengageNow (CNOW) product as a proxy for this category of digital homework support tools. The mixed methods study included the participation of 29 college instructors and over 800 of their students from a geographically and demographically diverse set of two-year and four-year institutions. Sixteen instructors used only their Cengage Learning textbook and thirteen instructors used both the textbook and the digital homework support tool, thus creating an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of digital solutions on student engagement and learning, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of the digital tool.

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Assessing Student Engagement and Instructor Support in Criminal Justice

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what Criminal Justice instructors need from their course content as well as what their biggest challenges are. Our Market Research team attended the 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) convention in Philadelphia, PA and interviewed 32 Criminal Justice instructors about how they are using course materials and what their challenges are.


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