How do you encourage peak performance among your Principles of Economics students? Assigning digital could be key. Participation and outcomes improve for students in Principles of Economics courses when MindTap counts for 20% or more of their grade.

Digital learning tools matter to today’s students. According to a recent report, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage for all disciplines across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes.

Digital counts. When MindTap assignments count for at least 20% of their grade, students spend 50% more time in the platform. In Principles of Economics courses, students who use MindTap at least three hours per week are much more likely to receive an 80% average or better compared to students who spend less than an hour. What’s more, students who use MindTap every week are three times more likely to get a 90% average or higher compared to students who only log in every other week. The data shows that students who use the platform consistently are more likely to improve their grades. Make it count. Get the results.

When faculty uses MindTap, students do, too. There is a connection between the time that instructors spend in their MindTap course, whether personalizing it, monitoring student performance, or communicating with students, and the amount of time that students spend in the platform. For example, Economics instructors who customize the learning path for their course get approximately 40% more students to spend an hour or more per week in MindTap.

Students use MindTap more extensively when the Learning Path has been customized.


MindTap also helps to develop and reinforce good study skills. Students who set aside time for MindTap assignments and start them early perform better. In Economics, students using the Flashcard app more than ten times during the term are twice as likely to get a 90% average or better.

Review the full study for a complete breakdown of the data, including tips for increasing student usage and utilizing the Progress App to track progress and identify needs.

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