English Success Stories

MindTap® Renews English Instructor’s Trust in Digital Solutions at Liberty University

College instructors would rather focus on their teaching than have to deal with digital resource issues. Such was the case with English instructor Travis Holt, who found himself frustrated with his online English lab resource at Liberty University. Since switching to MindTap®, he no longer contends with such issues. “MindTap is much more user-friendly for instructors and for students, as shown by their higher engagement level,” he says. “I admit that my expectations were low given my previous experience, but MindTap exceeded them by far. The fact that everything in MindTap worked the way Cengage said it would work Read More…


 Time-Strapped Instructor Searches for Ways to Provide Students with Research Topics and Vetted Resources 

Melanie Claybar, an English teacher at Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated School District, often felt as if her hands were tied. Claybar teaches AP English Language Composition to some of the 1,100 students in the Orange, Texas school district. But she often found herself lacking the resources necessary for her students to create the well-rounded research papers with authoritative sources she expected. “We were just so limited on the topics students could choose,” Claybar said. “I would have to develop a list of topics and identify a collection of websites I knew were credible for students to use. It took a Read More…


Busy Professor Discovers the Benefits of Aplia and its Impact on Struggling Students

Professor Ricardo Vergara teaches the Fundamentals of Writing course at Laredo Community College in Texas. Before using his current combination of Aplia with Fawcett’s Grassroots with Readings: The Writer’s Workbook, his courses were textbook based and did not include an online component. However, just a few years ago, dramatic changes to developmental education standards were mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The changes meant that Laredo Community College had to rethink and reorganize the developmental course sequence within his department. Additionally, Vergara and his colleagues wanted to give students a more organized, comprehensive, and independent study-oriented experience in the Fundamentals of Writing class.
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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…


Enhanced InSite offers 24/7 Writing Assistance for Instructor Melissa Fries’s English Composition Students

Students entering your English Composition course may feel some anxiety about their writing skills and their ability to succeed in your class. As an instructor, you want to build their confidence in any way you can—so you may be seeking an online learning solution can that can help your students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need in order to overcome their fears. Discover how Melissa Fries of Merced College and Modesto Junior College (California) uses the exercises, tutorials, writing modules, podcasts, and other interactive features within Enhanced InSite to provide her students with the tools they need to practice and refine their understanding of concepts and skills—and therefore become more self-assured writers. Read More…


Enhanced InSite Helps Improve Outcomes for Professor Amy Montz’s English Composition Students

Many English Composition instructors place a high value on the peer-review process. And certainly all instructors want to ensure the originality of students’ work. Seeking an online learning solution that will help facilitate those processes in your course? Discover how Dr. Amy Montz of University of Southern Indiana uses such features as the Personal Tutor, Resources for Writers, Originality Checker, and peer-reviewing tools within Enhanced InSite to build students’ skills, improve learning outcomes, and increase engagement in her classes. Read More…


Aplia Helps Karen Hackley’s Students “Connect the Dots” Between Reading and Writing

In this success story, you’ll discover how Karen Hackley of Houston Community College used Aplia to promote proficiency, reinforce her classroom discussions and activities, and keep students involved and on track in her Integrated Reading and Writing course. You’ll also see how Aplia can help you reinforce key concepts, help students hone fundamental skills, and demonstrate the connection between reading and writing.
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Kristi Barker’s Students Build Vital Reading Skills with Aplia

Like many Developmental Reading instructors, you may be seeking a learning solution that will raise the motivation and confidence among your Reading students, deliver plentiful opportunities for practice and skill building, and offer students feedback in a timely manner. If his is true for you, take some time to discover how Kristi Barker of South Plains College (Levelland, TX) used Aplia to build students’ confidence, provide individualized practice, and give immediate and constructive feedback that reinforces key concepts and helps students improve their reading and comprehension skills.

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Aplia Gets Beth McCall’s Students Get Off to the “Write” Start

Are you seeking a learning solution that helps build fundamental writing and grammar skills and also works to improve student retention rates among your developmental writing students? Discover how Aplia helped Beth McCall of Gaston College (Dallas, NC) offer her students much-needed practice and reinforcement of key concepts, provide instant and constructive feedback, and increase retention in her courses.
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Aplia Provides Essential Practice and Feedback for Dr Kina Lara’s Integrated Reading and Writing Students

If you teach—or will soon be teaching—Integrated Reading and Writing, you may be looking for a learning solution that covers both reading and writing in a smoothly integrated manner, while also offering ample opportunity for skill-building and practice. Discover how Kina Lara of San Jacinto College (Houston, TX) used Aplia to reinforce key concepts and provide students with the practice they need to build fundamental reading, writing, and grammar skills.
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