Engagement and Motivation

First-Time User Falls In Love with MindTap for Educational Psychology

Nia Berry, junior at Texas Southern University, found herself better prepared in her MindTap classes than in her non-MindTap classes, having a better experience than expected as a first-time user of  MindTap for Educational Psychology.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Nia, an Education major who felt pressed for time was wary of digital learning products Solution: MindTap for Educational Psychology Result: Nia “fell in love” with MindTap, saving her from having to make and print flashcards. It further streamlined searching and creating study guides, and gave her confidence to participate in class.

Find out why Nia fell in love with MindTap for Educational

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Visual Learner Finds Great Success Studying U.S. History with MindTap

Liberty University student and visual learner calls MindTap for U.S. History a “game-changer” for reading and retaining course content. Working full time and going to school is a challenge in itself, but studying walls of text at night can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately for Lauren Bankole, Sophomore at Liberty University in Virginia, her professor for U.S. History is using MindTap. MindTap is an interactive learning platform that features a mobile-ready textbook, videos, quizzes and flashcards all available online or on a convenient mobile app. This type of interactive learning is perfect for someone like Lauren who is Read More…


Stats Beyond STEM

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), a much lauded school located in Arnold, Maryland, recently announced that for students not seeking degrees in either science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), college algebra or trigonometry will no longer be a mandatory prerequisite. The school instead offers a course they believe to be more immediately relevant for a non-STEM student—elementary statistics. This shift from the traditional model—to mandate that all students take a beyond high-school algebra course—is happening in schools all over the country, and it makes sense. Jobs in America dependent upon statistics knowledge are projected to Read More…


3 Ways to Make International Relations More Relatable

Last month, we told you Dr. Gregory Dixon—Professor of International Relations and Cengage Faculty Partner—planned to share his tips for facilitating personal connections between students and their world. It can feel like a challenge getting students to grasp how global and political events impact their lives, or how common items like iPhones represent globalization—but there are ways to get through. Dr. Dixon’s two-part webinar series explored best practices and strategies for engaging students in world politics and globalization through pop culture, world events and everyday objects. Here are just some of the ways you can illustrate these concepts Read More…


WebAssign Class Insights Wins 2017 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award

Learning Platform Drives Student Success in STEM Disciplines WebAssign, from Cengage, was recently recognized as the winner of EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award in the Classroom Management Solution for Teachers category. The EdTech Digest awards program recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

Monitoring Student Performance

Class Insights gives instructors a greater level of insight into performance and student pain points, enabling them to engage with their class based on individual and overall data. The analytical view of students’ progress helps instructors identify at-risk students early in the semester, as well Read More…


Infographic: Celebrating Math Awareness Month

April is Math Awareness Month! Recognized by educators around the world, Math Awareness Month seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of math. While math skills are required for many different careers (even some you would never expect!), many students struggle with the subject.

View our infographic illustrating interesting math careers and data related to math in higher-ed.

Math Awareness Month Infographic


Are Medical Assistants Grads Ready for Work? Think Again

Why do students go to college? It’s a question many are asking these days in light of new research showing a noticeable gap between educational outcomes and the skill expectations of both students—and their future employers. Two studies, one of employers and one of students, show this widening disparity between what students learn while in college and what they need to know to thrive in the workplace. This is especially true in the medical field where workforce readiness can have serious consequences for patient care.

Not Ready for Work

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Instructional Design 101 Part 7: What Can You Do for Me?

It’s one thing to talk about instructional design in the abstract. But what about how the Cengage instructional design team actually works with institutions like yours? In this final post in our Instructional Design 101 series, we’ll talk about how a typical collaboration might unfold.

What Does an Instructional Design Project Usually Involve?

Instructional design work by its nature is very customized. When the Cengage instructional design team works with your institution, we tailor the process and deliverables to your specific goals and needs. No matter what those specifics are, though, communication and collaboration are priorities on every project Read More…


Next Gen Building and Electrical Code Training Comes to Life

As demand for skilled labor surges in the construction industry, online simulations offer interactive training for students and tradesmen

There is a shortage of skilled labor in the construction industry that is leading to higher building costs and slower construction. The National Association of Homebuilders estimates that there are approximately 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S.—a jump of 81% in the last two years[i]. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, nearly 80% of construction businesses report they are having a hard time finding qualified skilled labor[ii].

Restocking the Building Code Knowledge Base

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How to Debate: Respecting Different Viewpoints

No doubt there is an art to debating. Learning how to debate effectively and still respect others’ different viewpoints is a skill that can serve you well as a college student and beyond. Learn more about tips for debating without belittling that will make you a more effective and empathetic communicator.

Debate is everywhere

During the recent political season, there were plenty of strong and different viewpoints about the candidates. As a result, learning how to debate and respect others who you disagreed with could have been a constant challenge. But debate happens every day about a multitude of issues. Austin Read More…