Aplia White Papers

The Impact of Aplia on Student Learning in Economics

Improving Student Economics Skills With Digital Learning Tools

The results of a study conducted by two independent research firms, MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, are shared on Aplia’s effectiveness in microeconomics classes in the fall of 2013. 

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Aplia Associated with Higher Course Grades in Biology

Online self-directed and self-paced learning is becoming increasingly popular. However, little is known about the relationship between the use of such online learning tools and classroom success. The goal of
the current study, conducted by The Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, was to determine if student use of a specific digital learning product developed by Cengage Learning, Aplia for Biology, was related to academic achievement in the course in which it was used.

A total of twenty instructors agreed to participate, 10 in the “treatment” group using Aplia for Biology and 10 in the “comparison” group using the same textbooks, but without the use of Aplia for Biology.

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Aplia Product Efficacy in Introductory Psychology Courses

Prepared for Cengage Learning by Project Tomorrow

To gain understanding as to how digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of Aplia within instructor psychology courses during the fall semester of 2013. This comparative environment created an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of Aplia usage, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of a digital tool.

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Aplia Improves Learning in Management Courses

This whitepaper examines Cengage Learning’s tool, Aplia. Aplia is an online learning solution designed to improve student learning outcomes by increasing student engagement and ultimately enabling students to think like managers.

A survey of principles of management instructors to assess the impact of Cengage Learning’s Aplia on the engagement and learning of students enrolled in management courses and on the satisfaction of instructors with the use of Aplia. Read More…


Aplia: Engaging, Preparing, and Educating Learners

Student success is measured by both exam scores and homework. Research shows that a dynamic, customized homework solution helps students through their biggest learning challenges, resulting in higher engagement and better grades. Learn how Aplia can help you see these successes in your courses. Read More…


Aplia Improves Learning in Developmental Reading

This white paper focuses on a study of Aplia’s effectiveness in developmental reading and writing classes. The primary goal of the study was to determine the extent to which Aplia users learned more than a control group of users who used the same textbook but without the benefit of Aplia. Read More…


The Impact of Cengage Learning’s Aplia on Student Learning: A Focus on Developmental Writing

In this peer-reviewed white paper, you’ll review the from a comprehensive semester-long study, which show that using Aplia increased learning in developmental English courses. Compared to learners in similar courses, students using Aplia increased their learning as measured by pre- and post-tests. Additionally, students and instructors using Aplia reported very high levels of satisfaction and engagement with Aplia. Read More…


A Study of the Impact of Cengage Learning’s Aplia on Student Learning in Developmental English

This comprehensive research study examined one of the most widely used digital tools in post-secondary education, Cengage Learning’s Aplia. Aplia is an online learning solution dedicated to improving student learning in developmental English courses by increasing student effort and engagement.

According to the research study for this white paper, students in developmental reading and writing courses using Aplia learned significantly more than students using the same textbooks without Aplia. Read More…