Efficacy and research

Increasing Student Learning and Engagement with MindTap for Economics

MindTap is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing instructors to measure skills and outcomes with ease.

Examine the results of both qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Fall, 2013 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.

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The Impact of Aplia on Student Learning in Economics

Improving Student Economics Skills With Digital Learning Tools

The results of a study conducted by two independent research firms, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, are shared on Aplia’s effectiveness in microeconomics classes in the fall of 2013. 

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Promoting Critical Thinking in Intro and Survey History Courses with MindTap

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand how instructors who teach Introductory (Intro) and Survey History courses use content to develop critical thinking skills in students. To achieve this goal, Cengage Learning’s Market Research team attended the 2014 American Historical Association (AHA) conference in Washington, DC and interviewed 40 instructors of Intro and Survey History courses about how they are using content and what challenges they face in engaging students.

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InSite™ Leads to Improved Writing Skills

InSite is an online writing instruction application dedicated to improving students’ writing skills and is used to support writing instruction and practice. 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 Cengage Learning post-secondary digital instructional tool, InSite for Composition, an online learning solution dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills.  Read More…


iLrn: Leveraging Technology to Meet the Needs of Today’s Language Learners and Educators

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand the needs of introductory-level language educators who use an online learning platform. Our Market Research team attended the 2013 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), in Orlando, Florida. During the meeting we interviewed thirty-two instructors to learn how they are teaching their courses now, and what resources and services they want to see from publishers. This white paper provides an overview of the results and describes how iLrn helps create a learning experience that is useful, relevant, and engaging to instructors and students alike.

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Transforming the Learning Process Through Engagement-Centered Technology

Decades worth of research show the correlation between learner engagement and the best educational outcomes. This white paper reviews studies that show the positive impact of Cengage Learning resources on engagement and improved student performance.
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Aplia Associated with Higher Course Grades in Biology

Online self-directed and self-paced learning is becoming increasingly popular. However, little is known about the relationship between the use of such online learning tools and classroom success. The goal of
the current study, conducted by The Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, was to determine if student use of a specific digital learning product developed by Cengage Learning, Aplia for Biology, was related to academic achievement in the course in which it was used.

A total of twenty instructors agreed to participate, 10 in the “treatment” group using Aplia for Biology and 10 in the “comparison” group using the same textbooks, but without the use of Aplia for Biology.

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Engagement Services: Educational Services Support Quest to Engage and Retain Students

Changes in the evolving higher education landscape have spawned institutional and instructional needs in a new area—educational services. In a 2013 survey conducted for Cengage Learning, two-thirds of faculty participants noted the importance of services in their adoption decision. Not surprisingly, the number one desire cited was “help increasing student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and retention.” 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. Today it is increasingly vital as institutions—faced with economic pressures, completion-based funding, and a job skills gap—have an even higher stake in enrolling new students, moving them efficiently through the curriculum, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with the skills that employers demand.

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CourseMate: Effectiveness Study Results White Paper

Cengage Learning’s CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook, including an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more. Using a quasi-experimental design, using a before (“control group”) and after (“test group”) comparison, the performance of CourseMate student users (the “test” group) was compared to the historical performance of students at the test site prior to the use of CourseMate (the “control” group).

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Delmar Automotive Training Online: Diagnostic Scenarios (DATO) Boosts Student Outcomes

DATO is a media-rich learning experience that challenges learners to master diagnostic and repair practices in 62 realistic scenarios spanning all automotive system areas. Realism sets DATO apart from other more traditional study
aids. An efficacy study on Delmar Automotive Training Online: Diagnostic Scenarios (DATO) from Cengage Learning (CL) showed that the product had a positive impact on student outcomes. On average, students using DATO received a shop performance grade nearly 6 percentage points higher than baseline.  Read More…