Developmental English White Papers

First-time MindTap Users Share Best Practices

Cengage Learning wanted to understand the experience of first time MindTap users to identify best practices and opportunities for future improvement. To achieve this, Cengage Learning recruited four instructors and twenty students to participate in a semester-long journaling project for the Fall 2014 who documented their experience with MindTap throughout the semester. Both students and instructors completed bi-monthly journals.

Instructors provided insights on how they and their students were using MindTap’s tools and assignments, as well as what differences they noticed with regard to student engagement. Students provided insights into how they were using MindTap and if they found it beneficial to their studies. The courses taught during this study were English, History, College Success, and Western Civilization.

 

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Developmental Educators Work to Grow Student Engagement

Today it is increasingly vital as developmental education programs—faced with economic pressures and completion-based funding—have a higher stake in moving developmental education students efficiently through their curriculum as well as keeping them engaged so they persist and go on to graduate.
 
In a 2014 research study conducted by Cengage Learning at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) conference in Dallas, Texas, all of the faculty participants noted their greatest challenge is breaking down the barriers to achievement and helping increase student motivation, preparedness, engagement, and confidence. The link between engagement and student success has been demonstrated in decades of research, so finding new ways to engage students is important, albeit challenging.
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Cengage Learning’s Write Experience Leads to Improved Writing Skills

The development of effective writing skills is widely recognized as one of the most important college outcomes, and it is widely believed that using digital learning tools to support post-secondary instruction improves student engagement and ultimately increases student learning. This study examined the effectiveness of a widely-used, post-secondary digital instructional tool, Write Experience, an online learning solution, employing automated essay scoring, dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills. 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…