Engagement and Motivation

Badges for Modulary Learning Achievements

Could achievement badges be the motivation your students need? One of the common causes of learners’ lack of motivation and failure to complete is a failure to understand why the learning activities are valuable. Are learners in your courses asking themselves:

    Why am I doing this?
    When will I be done?
    Why does this matter?
If they are, they might also be coming to conclusions like:
    I’d rather spend my time on something else.
    I’m not going to make it to the end—I can’t even see where the end is.
    This doesn’t matter to me.

Badges Boost Student Motivation

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Persistence Prevails in Student Success with Learning Objects

Students at Arizona State University needed a personalized online solution to support the flipped classroom model—Learning Objects to the rescue! Using excellent instructional design and technology demonstrably helps students, faculty and institutions. This case study describes our work with Arizona State University’s Psychology department where we developed personalized tools—using our Learning Objects platform—to heighten retention and persistence in students using LO. Here’s what we found:

    Targeted feedback for incorrect answers motivated students to persist until they got it right
    Engagement increased as students used easy-to-follow videos and interactive tools within LO, along with their psych book
    And, most importantly, students who used the
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Legally Blind Student Gains Independence with MindTap for Nutrition

Nicole Kada, a legally blind student at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has gained independence and confidence with MindTap as she pursues a new career.

Challenge

Traditional course materials made learning difficult for Nicole, as she’s legally blind.

Solution

MindTap for Nutrition

Result

Superior accessibility of MindTap for Nutrition gave Nicole her independence—and confidence to pursue a new career.

Take in more of Nicole’s success story with MindTap for Nutrition


Cengaged Event Series Brings Together Top Talent in Education, Technology

Last week, the city’s top talent joined Cengage employees and members of the leadership team for “Cengaged,” the first in a series of Cengage events designed to engage the area’s brightest minds in education, technology and innovation. The theme of the event was “Our Transformative Journey” and included opening remarks from CEO Michael Hansen, who reflected on his personal Cengage journey.  From leading the company through bankruptcy to overseeing the Cengage transition from a print publisher to an education and technology company, Michael demonstrated that change is only hard if you don’t understand the drivers behind it.  

Transformative Technology

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Cengage Showcases Education and Technology Innovation at 5th Annual Boston Tech Jam

Block party supports thriving Massachusetts tech community Cengage recently participated in Boston Tech Jam, a celebration of new ideas and exciting technologies emerging from the greater Boston area. Held at City Hall Plaza, the block party brought together leading tech companies, academic institutions, startups, entrepreneurs and artists to showcase the region’s impactful companies and innovations. Featuring live music, Boston’s favorite food trucks and tech-enabled art, Tech Jam showcased 100 exhibiting companies and drew thousands of attendees. Located on the “Be Strong” alley, the Cengage booth included a high striker for attendees to show off their strength, a coding Read More…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: NetTutor

Audrey Wick, Cengage Faculty Partner and full-time English Professor at Blinn College in Texas, shares her experience with NetTutor and how it’s improved engagement and collaboration with students. Student engagement and collaboration are important in an academic environment, especially to help students produce quality writing. Part of the writing process involves students being able to obtain, understand, and use feedback. To help them do this, I incorporate NetTutor through MindTap. It’s #JustOneThing I can do with my developing writers. Qualified tutors on NetTutor work in on-ground centers in Florida and Arizona to provide digital feedback. They give my students a rich, informed Read More…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: Questia

Audrey Wick, Cengage Faculty Partner and full-time English Professor at Blinn College in Texas, offers her experience with Questia through MindTap and why she recommends it for all students. If you want to give your students #JustOneThing, think about empowering them through access to quality research. That’s what students get with Questia through MindTap. More than a database, it’s an all-in-one digital library that helps students understand the research process, find reputable sources, obtain the information they need, and integrate the content with citations without ever leaving their virtual classroom space. Reluctant learners and those unfamiliar with academic libraries Read More…


Criminal Justice Chair Finds Focus and Success with MindTap

Cornel Plebani, Criminal Justice Department Chair at Eastern Maine Community College in Maine, shares insight into how MindTap managed the academic part of criminal justice.

Challenge

Cornel struggled to find an online program that allows integration of experiential learning into curriculum.

Solution

MindTap for Criminal Justice

Result

Instructors can focus on what they do best—teach what they know as practitioners—and share practical expertise with students. Students see the real-world of criminal justice.

Find out more about how MindTap allowed Cornel to be a better instructor while simultaneously helping students succeed.


MindTap Boosts Confidence in Student’s Learning

Erin Dougherty, college student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, shares how MindTap has become her favorite online product to use in college.

Challenge

Erin’s frustrating experiences with digital products made her apprehensive about using one in her health course.

Solution

MindTap for Health

Result

Student found MindTap easy to use; she felt engaged in the coursework, gained confidence from gradebook graphics that showcased her scores and class progress.

Read more about how Erin now finds MindTap the best online product she’s used here.


English Department Chair Finds Grammar Success Through MindTap with Aplia

Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, once struggled with a less-than-stellar digital package from another publisher. MindTap changed that for the better.

Challenge

Teaching grammar can be difficult, especially online. Many students needed additional help mastering the elements of grammar.

Solution

MindTap with Aplia for English Comp

Result

Thanks to MindTap with Aplia, grammar instruction is now more effective, and students enjoy the exercises, which leads to better engagement and success.

Find out more on why Greg Underwood recommends MindTap with Aplia for English Comp for all instructors.