American Government

Student Optimizes Study Time with MindTap for American Government

A busy double major, Bilal Shalash, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, was a new user of online study tools like MindTap for American Government. Yet, he made great use of the tool to deeply learn and master his course material.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Marketing/Spanish major was concerned about course material costs, but wanted quality resources to make every study minute count Solution: MindTap for American Government Result: More affordable than a print text, MindTap offered adaptive test prep for productive studying, flexible study tools, a mobile app for learning on the go and a text-to-speech feature ideal for multi-taskers.

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Challenges and Preferences with Digital at Houston Community College

After using MindTap in their Government courses, two classes at Houston Community College gave feedback on their challenges and preferences with digital learning tools. The forty-eight students who participated are majoring in a variety of subjects, from psychology to criminal justice to business.
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MindTap in Action Gets Students to Read—and Learn—About American Government

Joshua “Josh” Dyck has taught American Government at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UMass Lowell) since 2012. When he arrived at the institution after teaching at the University at Buffalo SUNY, he used a traditional textbook with no online component. His involvement in an advisory group that reviewed MindTap® led him to try the digital learning experience.

Students adapted easily to the MindTap environment, and so did Josh. He immediately saw a number of benefits. He noticed that students came to class prepared after completing readings and auto-graded assignments… allowing him to use lectures to go “beyond the book.” Students were also empowered to take control of their learning: they can work at their own pace, review learning resources as much as they wish, and take quizzes more than once to improve their grade.
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Assign MindTap—See Improved Outcomes in American Government

What goals do you have for your American Government course? If you’d like to see improved participation and improved outcomes, consider assigning digital. When MindTap counts for 20% of students’ grade in American Government courses, they’re spending more time on their homework and earning better grades.

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MindTap Supports Course Customization and Sparks Engagement in Softside Disciplines

College instructors routinely report that engaging students in their coursework and promoting critical thinking are deep-rooted, ongoing challenges. Many instructors also say they spend a significant amount of time looking for custom content that will capture students’ interest and better align with their curriculum. An increasing number are evaluating—and using—digital products to help address these teaching issues, and there are good reasons for doing so. Today’s mobile, digitally savvy students bring to their college education the expectation for convenient, instant connectivity to information—including course materials. Digital solutions meet this demand, paving the way to improved engagement while streamlining instructors’ course preparation with multimedia resources and integration tools that support course customization.

Cengage Learning’s online digital teaching and learning solution, MindTap, has been shown to appeal to students and instructors alike. More importantly, it has demonstrated its ability to improve engagement and student performance in a variety of softside courses such as American government, criminal justice (CJ), and history. This white paper summarizes a research study as well as the individual experiences of instructors who have found MindTap to be an effective source of time-saving customization tools as well as features and content that promote better student outcomes.

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MindTap for Introduction to American Government

Rich Powell teaches at the University of Maine, and has used MindTap in his Introduction to American Government course for approximately a year, in conjunction with Janda et al.’s The Challenge of Democracy text. Rich teaches his Introduction to American Government course both in person and online. He appreciates that MindTap offers a seamless integration into the Blackboard Learning Management System. MindTap’s integration with Blackboard lessens his workload and adds to his efficiency, while giving students a better overall experience.

Rich has also found the content within MindTap helps engage his students in course concepts. The engaging content found in MindTap reinforces students’ understanding of concepts they learn in class while developing their critical thinking skills.

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Analytics in MindTap for American Government Help Lead to Earlier Student Intervention

Dr. Gregory Dixon is a Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia. Greg is currently using MindTap for American Government in his course. He was initially drawn to MindTap for its analytics functionality, which allows him to identify and intervene with at-risk students earlier in the term. However, he has also discovered that its multimedia resources and exercises engage students in a variety of ways, and that it also helps students see American Government in a more concrete sense.
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MindTap® for American Government: Insights from the 2013-2014 Academic Year Advisory Board

With the evolving educational landscape it is essential for learning solutions providers to constantly seek out the voice of the instructor when developing content and solutions. In developing the new MindTap learning solution for American Government, Cengage Learning wanted to make sure that the voice of the American government instructor informed every decision.
 
In order to achieve this, Cengage Learning recruited an advisory board of twenty-two American Government instructors
to provide insight on what American Government instructors need in a learning solution. The insights shared by the advisory board clearly show that current learning solutions were not providing students and instructors with the synchronization, content, and flexibility needed.
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