Thanks to the growth in online learning, as well as teaching approaches such as the flipped classroom, more and more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage their students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors like you with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease.

At Cengage Learning, we’re always seeking out ways to support your use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. That’s why Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated within our MindTap digital learning solution.

The first of these courses, for Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013, is now available, with additional MindTap for Computing courses slated for the future.

“Office Mix turns PowerPoint into a powerful interactive lesson authoring solution,” says Jim Federico, Principle Product Manager at Microsoft. “We’re delighted to support Cengage’s innovation that enables instructors and students to create engaging and interactive learning content.”

Using Microsoft Office Mix integrated with MindTap, you can deliver your students a powerful and personalized learning experience. Each chapter in the MindTap for Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013 is accompanied by a ready-to-use Office Mix presentation that includes walkthroughs, videos and knowledge checks. You can also create your own Office Mix presentations and add them to the course—and encourage your students to do the same!

We’ve included a sample from this new MindTap learning solution below. Review this example and see the potential that Microsoft Office Mix has for your classes.

Tips for making the most of Microsoft Office Mix

Whether or not you’re using this particular MindTap solution, you’ll find many benefits to Microsoft Office Mix!

Office Mix makes it even easier for you to create and share dynamic presentations. (If you’re familiar with using PowerPoint, you’re more than halfway there!) You can add voiceovers and other audio, as well as quizzes, interactive activities, and simulations. What’s more, Office Mix also helps you measure outcomes—you can see how much time students spend in each slide, and check on how they’ve performed as individuals on those quizzes that you’ve embedded.

Want to make your own Microsoft Office Mix presentation? To get started, you’ll just need Microsoft PowerPoint and a computer with a webcam and microphone! Download the free Microsoft Office Mix add-on, and you’re set.

Want to try out Office Mix for yourself? We have some helpful tips for you! During the 2015 Cengage Learning Computing Conference, Jim Federico provided attendees with an introduction to the capabilities of Office Mix. Here are a few suggestions from the presentation:

  • Do you add notes to your PowerPoint presentations? Use those notes as your “teleprompter” as you record your lectures.
  • Want to call students’ attention to particular concepts, or show them how to complete problem sets or exercises? Use digital ink to write your solutions, notes, or annotations onscreen.
  • It’s easy to share your completed Mix. You can choose to share a link, or you can embed it into a web page (as we’ve done above). Using the embedded social buttons, you can also easily share it to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+. Concerned about who will see the Mix? Adjust the privacy settings so that only those who have the link can see it, or so that students must log in to see it.


How do you—or could you—use Microsoft Office Mix in your course? Share your tips and ideas in the comments.


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