Practice Makes Perfect for Calculus Student Using WebAssign

Rebecca Caro, Freshman at Florida State University, achieved much in her Calculus class with the practice and guidance she found in WebAssign from Cengage.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Rebecca had a difficult calculus course, needing lots of practice and guidance outside of class

Solution: WebAssign for Calculus

Result: WebAssign enabled Rebecca to work at her own pace, practice as much as she wanted and get problem-specific help from video solutions and tutorials; she was pleased with her B

Read about Rebecca’s Experience with WebAssign for Calculus


Challenging Chemistry No Match for Student Using OWLv2

Danielle Riboul, Post-Bachelor’s student at Florida Atlantic University, excelled in her chemistry class despite a heavy course load and three jobs, thanks to mastering homework with OWLv2 from Cengage.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Danielle, a conscientious, yet time-pressed neuroscience major, needed efficient learning resources to practice and prepare for tests Solution: OWLv2 General Chemistry Result: OWLv2 with an integrated eBook allowed Danielle to do homework on her laptop wherever she was; guided mastery activities with feedback helped her practice and improve problem solving skills—and get an A in the course

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Student Discusses Success with MindTap for Communication

Hear about Shaloun Mims, a Freshman at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and her success using MindTap for Communication.

Success Story

Challenge: Student unfamiliar with digital learning products worried that MindTap would be costly and problematic to use

Solution: MindTap for Communication

Results: MindTap—with its eBook, study tools, targeted feedback and affordable price—was easy to access and use on the student’s laptop and phone; she attributed her A in the course in part to MindTap

Read how MindTap helped Shaloun Conquer Communications


Instructors Discuss OER in New Podcast Series

So you’re interested in Open Educational Resources (OER). Who isn’t these days, given the desire to make education more affordable for students? Affordability is certainly a hot topic in education. Though, you may be interested in OER for completely different reasons. You may be seeking OER to supplement your course with new materials, more closely reflect current events or to curate a unique course experience for your students.

Questions About OER

Whatever brings you to OER, the more you dig in, the more questions you’ll likely have:
    What is OER?
    How are faculty integrating OER into courses?
    Are OER materials accurate?
    Are OER materials
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Cengage and McDonald’s Celebrate Online High School Graduates: Susan Fenwick

As we celebrate an important milestone with our partner McDonald’s – 100 employee graduates of Career Online High School – we’re profiling experiences of graduates. Here is Susan’s story.

Career Online High School Success Story: Susan Fenwick

Not many people can say they spent the better part of 30 years working for the same company, but Susan Fenwick can. At the young age of 15, Susan began working for a McDonald’s restaurant “on the crew” in Southern Oregon. Needing to work to support basic needs for herself and her siblings, Susan had to prioritize work over high school, eventually leading Read More…


Cengage and McDonald’s Celebrate Online High School Graduates: Janelle Brown

As we celebrate an important milestone of the Cengage partnership with McDonald’s—100 employee graduates of Career Online High School—we’re profiling some graduate experiences. Here is Janelle’s story.

Career Online High School Success Story: Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is a 42 year-old resident of Newport, Michigan, not far from Detroit. She has worked for McDonald’s for the past 11 years in franchise-owned restaurants in Michigan, recently transferring from a location in Wyandotte to Flat Rock. Over her tenure, she mastered just about every job at McDonald’s, but one thing she hadn’t done was earn her high school diploma. Suffering from bullying, Janelle Read More…


Cengage and McDonald’s Celebrate First 100 High School Graduates

More than 800 employees currently enrolled in the Cengage Career Online High School (COHS) through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity employee education program Last week, Cengage and McDonald’s announced an important milestone in their partnership to bring education opportunities to employees at participating US restaurants: more than 100 employees have earned their high school diplomas and career certificates through Career Online High School (COHS). COHS is offered to employees through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity employee education program. Archways to Opportunity is a comprehensive education program that provides eligible U.S. employees at participating restaurants an opportunity to earn a 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…


On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The 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…