3 Things Stats Instructors and Students Taught Cengage

Guest contributor: Michael Saver, Cengage Statistics Over the past few years, the Statistics team at Cengage has been involved in research with thousands of instructors and students, listening intently to the needs on both sides. We’ve learned a great deal about how students approach their Statistics courses and how instructors teach it. Coincidentally enough, we’ve found that both are looking for a lot of the same things. Here are three of our biggest takeaways from the research that helped shape our new Stats in Practice videos, one of the key features in WebAssign.

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Designing a New Experience for Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics: Pre-Course Assessments Target Knowledge Gaps

In 2014, the Cengage Learning Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics Teams set out to better understand the unmet needs of students and instructors. We interviewed, observed, surveyed, conducted usability tests, and met with thousands of students and instructors from around the country. Along the way we developed a deeper appreciation and understanding of how quantitative courses are taught and learned, the main challenges that students and instructors typically encounter, and how technology is used to accomplish course outcomes. Our initial research revealed that today’s instructors and students in math, statistics, and physics demand more from technology than they did 20 Read More…

Student Ambassador Finds Enhanced WebAssign® “Taylor-Made” to Help with Math Skills

Taylor Dougherty’s first digital learning experience was in pre-calculus as a college freshman, when she was “crazy busy” with a full course load and a full-time job. She’s a conscientious student, but felt intimidated because she doesn’t like mathematics. Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), which was required for homework and tests, proved to be a blessing. “I had a difficult time understanding my professor, so I relied on Enhanced WebAssign a lot,” she recalls. “It really helped me with the skills I needed to get through the course.” Taylor takes online courses whenever possible, as she appreciates the flexibility to carve Read More…

Infographic: Celebrating Math Awareness Month

Every year in April, (MAM) is honored by educators around the world, in every level of academia. The goal of MAM is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics.

Many of the top career paths require a level of math or technological skills, yet all high schools may not be setting students up for success in these areas. View our infographic illustrating both the value and challenges of teaching math in higher ed.

Cengage Learning's Math Awareness Month Infographic

Reduce Readiness Gaps and Use Dynamic Assets to Improve Conceptual Understanding

“What is the most difficult challenge you face when teaching calculus?”

When engaging with instructors throughout the country, the most common answer we hear is that it is not necessarily the Calculus that students struggle with most, but rather the prerequisite skills from Algebra and Trigonometry that they should already know when coming into the classroom. In addition, as the mathematical study of change, Calculus is a dynamic subject, and we routinely hear that students best understand its concepts when they are presented in a dynamic manner. Although the concepts of Calculus themselves do not change, the methods with which they are taught and the technology available to assist in this endeavor continuously evolve.
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Closing the Gap in STEM Education: The Appeal of Technology in the Classroom

What do students want from math and science courses? What do they expect from the technology used in the classroom?

Our infographic “Closing the Gap in STEM Education: The Appeal of Technology in the Classroom,” shows the challenges students face… as well as the resources (and support) they believe would help them succeed in their courses.

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Inside the Students and Instructors of STEM Education

Two recent studies by Cengage Learning identify the four unique types of students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, and the three types of instructors who teach them.

From self-reliant doers and resourceful strugglers to tech-savvy instructors, find out which group matches your personality.

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Innovative Developmental Math Solution Improves Educational Outcomes at Borough of Manhattan Community College

As a full-time mathematics lecturer at CUNY BMCC, Professor Dale Dawes (who teaches everything from developmental mathematics through calculus) sees math anxiety in students young and old, in all of his classes.

In the past, Dawes struggled to identify struggling students, and then find time to provide individualized help to each of them. Furthermore, the process of grading mathematics assignments was taking up much of the time he’d prefer to spend giving those students the one-on-one attention that they need.

But now, thanks to Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), Dawes has more freedom to offer his students individualized assistance. EWA is a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results. Dawes, who uses EWA across all of his Mathematics courses, is a devoted user of EWA due to the flexibility it offers—from both the student and instructor perspectives. For instance, instructors can implement as much or as little of their content & rules in it, while students have a broad choice of ways to learn the data.
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Gaining Insights into Student and Class Learning

Contributor: Michael Lafreniere, Ohio University-Chillicothe. As another college semester unfolds, learning is most certainly taking place—right? Yet, how can we be sure? We have collected student work, evaluated their problem solving skills, and assessed their learning with assignments, quizzes, and exams.  All of these items are like “individual jewels” for us to use as teachers…to piece together in an effort to hopefully form a complete “mosaic” of a student’s or class’s accomplishment in learning. Regardless of your discipline or preference with using digital tools, we can use traditional means of collecting assessment scores and aggregate these scores as averages or rank order Read More…

Students Seek Help for Math Anxiety and Find it with Enhanced WebAssign

Overcoming fear is certainly not an official subject major at the City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY BMCC), but for a handful of developmental math students there, it sure felt like it. For many students, who suffer from what’s often called “math anxiety,” the fear of failing yet another math class was real. Skipping class due to math anxiety is not uncommon for college students who have histories with mathematics struggles. However, the developmental math course is an important requirement on the path to graduation and enrollment at four-year schools… and thus, passing the course is of great importance.

Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results, has helped many of CUNY BMCC’s students navigate the rough waters mathematics can often produce.

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