Aplia Efficacy

Instructor Seeks a Better Way to Deliver Online Course Assignments that Provide Accurate and Relevant Answers

Nikki Ware, an instructor at Kentucky Community Technical College, was frustrated with the current online study tool in use for classes. Students shared her frustration, as they were not only uninspired with the content but learned that the program was supplying them with incorrect answers. Ware set out to improve the situation and began using Cengage Learning’s Aplia, and almost immediately things improved for students and instructors. Armed with correct responses and a program that was motivating and engaging, student outcomes improved and teachers became more effective. Additionally, because Aplia gives students online access to content, students who Read More…


Student Success Improves Thanks to Aplia in Challenging Statistics Course

Professor Kimberly Benien’s Elementary Statistical Methods online class at Wharton County Junior College uses Aplia. Elizabeth Garcia and Kevin Garbs are nursing students who both claim to not be strong in math, but found Aplia helped them through their statistics course. Elizabeth is a full-time student who will graduate soon. Her goal is to work in nursing a few years, then return to school to earn her master’s degree. Kevin is a part-time student pursuing an associate’s degree in pre-nursing. He intends to get his RSN degree.

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MindTap with Aplia Promotes Active Learning for Non-Majors Biology Students

Rebekka Darner Gougis of Illinois State University uses MindTap® in her biology for non-science majors course at Illinois State University, and both she and her students are satisfied with the personalized online learning experience.

No stranger to online teaching resources, Rebekka previously used another company’s digital biology product. While she appreciated some aspects of the program, she was also troubled by it. “All questions were the type for which answers could be easily found online,” she says. “I got tired of seeing students cheat by just Googling the answers. I wanted to try something that was newer and that motivated students to think more critically, and MindTap was appealing.”
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Student Insights: How Aplia Made Me Better Prepared for Class

In the video below, students from Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 NerdNation convention discuss how Cengage Learning’s Aplia boosted their skills, engaged them through relevant resources, and and made them better prepared for class.

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Busy Professor Discovers the Benefits of Aplia and its Impact on Struggling Students

Professor Ricardo Vergara teaches the Fundamentals of Writing course at Laredo Community College in Texas. Before using his current combination of Aplia with Fawcett’s Grassroots with Readings: The Writer’s Workbook, his courses were textbook based and did not include an online component. However, just a few years ago, dramatic changes to developmental education standards were mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The changes meant that Laredo Community College had to rethink and reorganize the developmental course sequence within his department. Additionally, Vergara and his colleagues wanted to give students a more organized, comprehensive, and independent study-oriented experience in the Fundamentals of Writing class.
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An Experienced Instructor Switches to Aplia™ and is Able to ‘Teach at a Higher Level’

Bill Carroll has taught Microeconomics of the Service Industry more than twenty times at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Over the past nine years, he has traditionally taught the course with a printed textbook, but after a colleague told him that Aplia was a good resource, he decided to try it.

Aplia, which is fully integrated with the text Carroll uses, includes comprehensive online interactive problem sets, analyses, tutorials, experiments, and critical-thinking exercises to give students hands-on application, which is part of what makes it so attractive to Carroll. Based on discovery learning, Aplia requires students to take an active role in the learning process—helping them improve their economic understanding and ability to relate to the economic concepts presented. Read More…


Aplia Helps Developmental English Students Thrive in Boot Camp

Elizabeth Keefe is an Assistant Professor of English that oversees the developmental English programs at Gateway Community College in New Haven Connecticut. In 2013, Elizabeth began redesigning Gateway’s developmental English programs in response to a law passed in Connecticut that required colleges and universities to reconfigure their developmental education curriculum. In order to fully address the needs of students with the most significant gaps in their reading and writing skills, Elizabeth developed Boot Camp – a three-week intensive review of basic reading and writing concepts. Students at the lowest remedial English level attend the Boot Camp prep course and conclude it by taking the ACCUPLACER placement exam. The goal of the course is for students to score high enough on the ACCUPLACER exam to place into a higher level English course, thus saving them time and money.

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Two Times the Engagement: Enhanced WebAssign and Aplia Aid in Conceptual Learning

Shahrukh Ali has his sights set on opening his own businesses. But first, the Wharton County (TX) Junior College freshman must master the basics, so he elected a full-time schedule of Biology, Calculus, Economics, Humanities and English courses. Shahrukh wants to earn his degree in MIS and Supply Chain from the University of Texas, so he knows he must keep his grades high in junior college. Fortunately, this student has two powerful resources in his corner: Aplia and Enhanced WebAssign.

Shahrukh says he prefers the flexibility of online classes and appreciates the way his Cengage Learning online resources complement his coursework. He uses Aplia for his online Economics class, and Enhanced WebAssign for the hybrid Calculus course.

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Aplia Convenience Suits School, Study, and Home Schedules

Going into her second year at Wharton County (TX) Junior College, Alexandra Garcia puts in a typical student course load of 12 average credit hours per semester. Her goal is to become a registered nurse, but first she must complete her associate’s degree, then her bachelor’s degree. The math-intensive curriculum includes Statistics, an online/lecture hybrid course for which Alexandra uses Aplia.

In addition to being a full-time nursing student, Alexandra has the responsibilities of a family, as well as a work-study course, which demands 12 hours a week covering three days. For her, balancing time between family, school and homework is a major challenge.

Alexandra’s Intro to Statistics instructor assigned Aplia to the class; the online solution came with the textbook (Brase and Brase’s Understanding Basic Statistics, Sixth Edition) as part of a package. She noted right away that Aplia offered a variety of ways to do the same Statistics problem, with variant wording to challenge learners. Alexandra was also impressed by Aplia’s step-by-step process and instant feedback. For her, Aplia provided an opportunity for extra practice.

By allowing Alexandra more and varied practice opportunities, Aplia helped her analyze Statistics problems with more confidence. Answering simple questions led to better results tackling the difficult ones.
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Aplia Instant Access Brings Macroeconomics Alive for a Non-Traditional Student

As a busy mom with two teenagers at home, Susan Taylor went back to college not because she had spare time. Conversely, her time was limited and attending classes and finding time to study would be a chore. However, Susan knew that in order to advance herself professionally, secure a better paying job, and to help her two children get through college in coming years, she needed to pursue a college education.

Going back to school as she neared her fifties would pose some technology challenges, and she understood that. When she purchased the printed text and Aplia for her Principles of Macro Economics class at her campus bookstore, she didn’t know what to expect. She had never used an etextbook before and calls herself ‘more of a physical book person’. While she had worked with computers before, her experience with the Internet and online learning was limited. Add these challenges to her lack of alone time for studying, and Susan knew macro economics might bring back a bit of her old math anxiety and be a tough course to pass.

Susan was fortunate to have an enthusiastic instructor for her course, and he designed the homework assignments around his lectures. She learned to use the etextbook within Aplia because it made studying so easy. Aplia also helped her build her confidence and lose that fear of math and graphs that haunted her before.

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