Computing

Computing Professor Elevates Student Learning with MindTap

Charles Cadenhead, a Computing professor at Brookhaven College in Texas fosters deep learning for both in class and online students using MindTap for Computing.

Challenge

Online students (including some with learning disabilities) had difficulty engaging and reaching beyond standard books and tests, needing to be better equipped for upcoming career exams and certifications.

Solution

MindTap for Computing

Result

With MindTap, students were more engaged students and got better test results in the classroom—and beyond.

Read how Professor Cadenhead better engaged his students with MindTap for Computing


Cengage Learning is Integrating Microsoft Office into MindTap

College students look for every boost towards success they can get, and homework convenience is often a vital component. In an effort to focus on the ever-evolving needs of college students, business statistics and computing students will now have access to Microsoft Office right within MindTap. “Real-world context is key to making the student learning experience more engaging and relevant. Because of the flexibility of our MindTap learning platform, we are able to seamlessly integrate Microsoft technology directly into a student’s learning path in order to give them experience using the live application,” said Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer, Cengage Learning. “This Read More…


The Road to the National Center of Academic Excellence Designation

Worldwide demand for cybersecurity specialists is forecast to outstrip supply before the end of the decade. Higher education institutions are answering the call with programs to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for careers in this burgeoning field. For these institutions, earning the prestigious NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) program designation, or a CAE Two-Year IA Education program (CAE2Y) designation, can be advantageous. This white paper — written by a team of textbook authors who have successfully achieved NCAE designations four times — assists institutions in their pursuit. Readers will Read More…


Inside 2016’s Cengage Learning Computing Conference

From April 4 through 6, 2016, we celebrated 21 years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida, where we were inspired to be Change Agents of Computing. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions of a variety of topics, including: Cyber Security, wearable technology, mobile apps, computing in the cloud, Power BI, digital literacy and more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap and other Cengage Learning solutions. Keynote speakers Rob Curtin of Microsoft; Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage Read More…


Cengage Learning Tech Team Assures Smooth Integration of SAM and Canvas at Salt Lake Community College

Susumu Kasai, Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), knows both the importance and the value of collaboration. Although the institution uses the Canvas learning management system (LMS) as its primary vehicle for course design and delivery, its educators also recognize the advantages of digital solutions in teaching and learning. Until recently, however, no one at SLCC had attempted to integrate a digital product into Canvas. For the “inaugural” attempt, selecting the right digital product wasn’t enough: Susumu’s department also wanted the right publishing partner. They selected SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) from Cengage Learning and are pleased with their choice.
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SAM Primes Students for MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certification

In the eight years that Erin Dischler has been teaching Accounting Software applications at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), her department has used a textbook in conjunction with SAM (Skills Assessment Manager). This interactive online learning environment helps students master Microsoft® Office and other computer skills and concepts that are essential to academic and career success. SAM is also instrumental in helping Erin ensure that her students are ready for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam. MOS certification verifies that an individual is well versed in one or more Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel®, Outlook®, Access®, or PowerPoint®.
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Pass Rates Rise with MindTap in Tech Course at Community College of Baltimore County

Renuka Kumar teaches Computer Science and Information Technology at the Community College of Baltimore Country in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her colleagues recently redesigned the course to bring it up to date, adding new material on collaboration, mobile devices, and emerging technologies. The course learning resource that the department was using at the time didn’t cover all the necessary new topics, so a search ensued for a better option.

In evaluating possible new solutions, department decision-makers had several criteria. First, they wanted a product that would be easy to use by students and instructors. The ability to integrate with the college’s Blackboard learning management system (LMS), something that wasn’t possible with the existing product, was also on the wish list.
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What Do You Love About Teaching Computing? Show Us!

The Cengage Learning Computing team wants to spark a conversation on social media, and we’d love to have your participation! Our Computing team is going to post one question a month to our Facebook page and to our Twitter page. We want it to be interactive, candid, and ongoing—but most importantly, fun!
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Don’t Miss the 21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference!

Join us April 4-6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida for the 21st Annual Cengage Learning Computing Conference—the premiere professional development event of the year!

Cengage Learning’s Computing Conference is our annual two-and-a-half-day professional development event designed for all Computing educators—encompassing course topics from the MS Office suite to advanced topics in Information Security.

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MindTap Boosts Student Success in Computing Courses

Computing skills are absolutely essential for success in today’s environment. And it naturally follows that students learning these skills would want to do so by using digital learning tools. Cengage Learning’s MindTap is helping students “make the grade,” boosting engagement and student success in Computing courses.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes. We’ve seen that, when MindTap counts for at least 20% of their grade, students in Computing courses are engaging in course material more and performing better.

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