developmental reading

Innovators Speak: Creating a Co-Requisite Model for English Composition

Author: Greg Underwood, English Department Chair at Pearl River Community College As a chair, I helped oversee the Pearl River Community College English department’s shift from offering nine non-transferrable developmental hours before students could enroll in the traditional first semester writing course, to a track where those same students now directly enroll in a transferrable, four-credit hour first semester writing course. We’re now in our second year, and our tracking numbers show that academically, students perform at or above the levels they did previously. Combined with the fewer developmental hours students no longer have to take, we now retain more Read More…


Questia: One Thing You Need to Build Confident Writers

by Dr. Jenny Billings, Cengage Faculty Partner and Chair of ACA, DRE, and ENG and English Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Having taught Developmental Reading and English students, I’m deeply aware of the effects self-doubt can have on first-year writing students. Many of them come in feeling behind, lacking the confidence they require to be successful. Some students need their academic foundations built, or rebuilt, while others only need refreshers to get them on their way. I’ve found that Questia can help in either circumstance. It can serve as #JustOneThing to alleviate students’ worries and fears, especially Read More…


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…


My Students Aren’t “Readers”

Guest Contributor: Beth Pandolpho, Mercer County Community College. One of the challenges of teaching non-credit reading courses is that many of my students don’t read outside of class – at all. When asked what they like to read, I hear over and over again that not only are they not reading books, but they aren’t reading magazines, newspapers, online news sources, or even special interest blogs. They are unapologetic about their lack of interest in reading because, in their opinion, reading is “boring”. Their reading consists primarily of social media posts, emails, and texts, none of Read More…


Virtual Workshops for Developmental Education Instructors

Start Something New! A Virtual Workshop Series for Developmental Education Instructors

Engage with instructors via interactive web-based sessions that are specifically designed for the Developmental Education classroom. Explore tools for Integrated Reading & Writing (IRW) courses, engagement strategies for today’s DE student, and best practices for course redesign that’ll entice you to start something new!

Put ’em Together and What Have You Got? “Concinnity” in Integrated Reading and Writing!

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Time: 1:00-2:00PM ET (US & Canada) | Cost: FREE! Presenter: Maggi Miller
Description: The Oxford Dictionary explains that “concinnity” means the “skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting Read More…


Aplia™ Promotes Preparedness and Streamlines Assessment in Developmental Reading and Writing

As higher education institutions seek new ways to help students move successfully through the curriculum, one trend is the integration of developmental reading and writing. Such is the case at campuses in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), where Ulanda Forbess teaches and coordinates the developmental reading and writing program. She has been using the Aplia™ online homework and learning solution for a year to help guide her students to reading and writing proficiency. 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…


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…