Engagement and Motivation

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…


Build Self-Confidence in General Chemistry with OWLv2

Enedina Martinez, a future medical student at Columbia University in New York, utilized OWLv2 to help herself prepare for exams and the MCAT®. Challenge As a busy biochemistry major, who also works, Enedina was in need of resources to help her learn General Chemistry efficiently—without  having to seek tutoring from her instructor. Solution OWLv2 for General Chemistry Result OWLv2 allowed Enedina to practice as much as she wanted and watch animations to better grasp concepts, get immediate feedback on errors and be confident in her readiness for class exams and the MCAT®. Uncover the secrets to OWLv2 and how Enedina Martinez Read More…


Calculus Student Benefits from Practice in WebAssign

Emily Eckes, a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, details the importance of practice and how she has benefited from using WebAssign in her calculus courses.

Challenge

As a busy student, Emily sometimes had trouble focusing on assignments and felt fear

Solution

WebAssign for Calculus

Result

Emily found WebAssign easy to use and liked that it motivated her to practice—her “A” grades can be attributed to improved study habits with WebAssign.

See what else Emily had to say about the use of WebAssign in her calculus courses.

 


Investing in Retention is Vital to Institutional Success

There is far too much at stake for institutions not to prioritize retention—especially in today’s educational climate.

Invest in Retention

Hear why Phillip Long, Chief Innovation Officer at the University of Texas at Austin, and MJ Bishop, Director of the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at University System of Maryland, believe retention is a mission-critical investment.

 

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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…


How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…


How to Help Students Overcome Writer’s Block

Even when students choose to write on a topic that interests them, they may still experience the frustration of writer’s block. They may deal with the frustration by spending too much time researching and then run out of time when it comes to writing and revising their work. As instructors with advanced degrees, we’ve written more papers than we care to count. It’s easy to forget that our students are still neophytes when it comes to academic writing. What can we do to help students complete their writing assignments more effectively?

Reasons for writer’s block

Some people are procrastinators by Read More…


Improve Student Confidence and Engagement with Gamification

Guest Contributor: Carlos Diaz, The American School, Vietnam It is the cold truth: a video game will catch your students’ attention more than the elaborate, cool plan you stayed up all night preparing for. For some instructors, this may be a sad truth. For others, this is simply the way society is evolving. But hopefully, you can see this as an opportunity. You can use games in your classrooms to boost engagement, confidence and learning. More and more students are responding positively to what is known as Game Based Learning (GBL): teaching strategies using games or gamification to find a better Read More…