CengageNOW efficacy

Students Speak Out About CengageNOWv2

The majority of more than 500 students using CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes responded favorably to questions about their experience. These students attend a mix of two-year and four-year institutions, and are taking their accounting classes in face-to-face, online, or blended formats.
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Tax Student Gains Critical Thinking Skills, Efficiency, and Concept Mastery with CengageNOW for Tax

Nina Messery, a full-time student at William Patterson University in New Jersey, is deep into her accounting classes as she shoots for her goal of becoming CPA certified and working toward a job in the public accounting field. As a junior, Messery is quickly learning that her discipline-specific courses are becoming more challenging, and as
such, require better preparation and concept mastery. But, like many college students, she admits she waits too long to get started with some assignments, which can add to her daily stress. Her current tax class is the only course in which she’s currently Read More…

Commuter Student with Distractions at Home Struggles to Focus on Difficult Accounting Concepts

It’s no wonder Nick Dispenziere, a senior accounting major who has just completed a tax course at William Patterson University in New Jersey, has always been good with numbers. “My family is in the accounting business so I thought it would be a good fit,” Dispenziere said. “I enjoy the profession and like solving problems, which is necessary to be a good accountant.”

Accounting may be in Dispenziere’s blood, but that doesn’t mean earning a degree in a challenging subject, especially as a student who commutes eighty miles roundtrip to and from school, is easy. “I have two little brothers at home, which can really be a distraction,” Dispenziere said. “That’s why even on days I don’t have class I often drive into school and study in the library where it’s quieter.”

It was at the school library Dispenziere learned a secret; just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean students are motivated to complete what can be tedious tax homework assignments.

To motivate students like Dispenziere to engage more with homework assignments, William Patterson University recently began using CengageNOW (CNOW), an online collection of resources that provides accounting students with engaging homework assignments, instant performance feedback, and problem-solving skills that result in improved exam performance. The cloud-based collection of tools was created to help students master difficult concepts, reach higher levels of thinking, and achieve the level of mastery they need to be successful in the real world.
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Demanding Accounting Course Taxes Busy Students Attempting to Learn Difficult Subject Matter

For Kristen Cregg, an accomplished junior majoring in Accounting at William Patterson University in New Jersey, the dream of one day working full time at one of the four major accounting firms can seem a long way off. Even Cregg, who has worked part time at an accounting firm since she was a teen, struggles at times with detailed subject matter that can be difficult to learn.

Tax students are asked to master many difficult concepts and students like Kristin are looking for a solution that will make tax principles more understandable and ultimately prepare them to sit for the CPA exam.

To help students better understand tax concepts, Cregg’s University recently implemented CengageNOW (CNOW), an online collection of resources that provides taxation students with engaging homework assignments, instant performance feedback, and problem solving skills that result in improved exam performance. The assignments created in CNOW are designed to promote genuine comprehension and take some of the intimidation out of learning complicated tax concepts. One feature that accomplishes this, Post Submission Feedback, offers students instant analysis of their performance.
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Ivy Tech Boosts Passing Rates in Accounting with CengageNOW

Professor Gary Laycock is the Accounting Program Chair at Ivy Tech Community College, which has more than thirty locations throughout Indiana. He teaches online accounting classes as well as several face-to-face sections every semester, each with an average of twelve to fourteen students.

Currently, accounting instructors are required to use a non-Cengage Learning technology solution for online courses, but are free to choose whatever system they wish in the face-to-face classes. In Fall 2014, Professor Laycock chose CengageNOW.
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CengageNOW Helps Students Focus on Problem Solving – Not Just Arriving at the Answer

Michael O’Neill has been teaching accounting at Seattle Central Community College since 1980. In those 34 years, he’s seen a lot of students come and go, and he knows what to expect from students — and what to watch for at the beginning of the course. As O’Neill explained, early on it’s common for students to try to find the fastest route to the answer to a problem, and it becomes obvious that they really don’t want to go through all the steps required to think it through. Read More…

CengageNOW Helps Non-Traditional Student Retain Concepts, Master the Material, and Stay on Target

Having recently obtained her Associates degree in business administrative technology, Pamela’s goal is to put her degree to work in a promising career. She plans to continue learning by taking more online courses and is considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree. As part of her coursework, she took College Accounting.

College Accounting turned out to be Pamela’s most difficult subject, yet she ended up with an A in class—a feat she attributes to CengageNOW. It helped her build her critical-thinking skills, reinforce her understanding of course concepts, and become better prepared for class and for exams. She explained that she has already recommended CengageNOW to a fellow student, and she notes the key benefits were the way the program contributed to her increased understanding of the material and increased retainment of the information presented.

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Digital Solutions within Business Law Courses

To gain an 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 a digital homework support tool in business law courses during the spring semester of 2014.
The study examined specifically use of the CengageNow (CNOW) product as a proxy for this category of digital homework support tools. The mixed methods study included the participation of 29 college instructors and over 800 of their students from a geographically and demographically diverse set of two-year and four-year institutions. Sixteen instructors used only their Cengage Learning textbook and thirteen instructors used both the textbook and the digital homework support tool, thus creating an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of digital solutions on student engagement and learning, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of the digital tool.

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Chris McKittrick’s Students Accrue Accounting Skills with CengageNOW

If you teach Accounting, you know that plentiful, steady practice with course concepts—outside of class—greatly improves students’ ability to master those topics. You also know that students can feel overwhelmed by the workload, and often need additional guidance to complete their assignments.
If you’re seeking an online learning solution to help you address these challenges, read our success story featuring Chris McKittrick of North Carolina State University. Here, you’ll learn how he has used CengageNOW to provide students with an environment that allows students to “accrue” essential knowledge and skills while get the practice that they need, all at their own pace. Read More…

A Study on the Impact of Cengage Learning’’s CengageNOW in Accounting

Student Learning and Engagement Improve with CengageNOW

This research study examines one of the most widely used digital tools in post-secondary education, Cengage Learning’s CengageNOW, an online teaching and learning resource that provides instructors with learning management tools to deliver better student outcomes.

The findings from this efficacy study show that students using CengageNOW had significantly higher grades compared with those who used the same textbook without CengageNOW. Read More…