MindTap White Papers

Addressing the Needs of Health Care Students and Instructors

Insights from the 2015 ABHES Conference
In order to better understand the challenges facing career college health care instructors and their students, Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted interviews with instructors at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) conference in February 2015. Cengage Learning wanted to understand instructor needs and concerns, and discuss what they consider to be their most significant challenges.

A total of fourteen instructors across health care disciplines were interviewed. The research shows that instructors have difficulty engaging students and getting past their personal barriers. These barriers, which include home issues and poor academic backgrounds, are the biggest challenges most students face.
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With Digital Learning Solutions, Assignments Matter

Within the past few years, advances in digital learning solutions have increased the options available to instructors. The challenge for instructors has evolved from simply incorporating a digital solution into their classroom into how to best leverage the myriad options available within the solution. Research conducted by Cengage Learning shows that the biggest difference can come from weighting assignments within the digital solution as part of a course grade. Instructors across disciplines have reported higher levels of student engagement in course materials when at least 20% of their course grade is tied to their digital learning solution. This white paper will examine a semester-long study of instructors using MindTap as well as individual stories of instructors successfully implementing digital learning solutions in their respective courses.

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Rich Digital Primary Source Sets and Intuitive Courseware Increase Student Engagement and Outcomes in U.S. History with MindTap

Students taking U.S. History courses in today’s higher education environment are often not engaged in the course and often apathetic to history in general. That sent Cengage Learning down a path to reinvent the courseware being used to teach and learn the U.S. History Survey. To measure the impact of this novel application, A total of nine instructors teaching History courses to 808 postsecondary students participated in the research. The goal of the study was to compare final grades achieved in courses taught by the same instructors under two different conditions: courses taught with MindTap and courses taught without MindTap. The results were quite dramatic: students in U.S. History classes using MindTap achieved significantly better course grades than students in classes using the same textbooks and other digital resources but without MindTap. Furthermore, students using MindTap for U.S. History received 32% more A’s and more than 35% less D’s and F’s. All instructors who used the Progress Report felt that it helped them understand students’ strengths and weaknesses. And around two-thirds of students who used MindTap recommended it for students taking the course in the future. MindTap for U.S. History is an effective tool to increase the academic success of students in the digital classroom.

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MindTap Supports Course Customization and Sparks Engagement in Softside Disciplines

College instructors routinely report that engaging students in their coursework and promoting critical thinking are deep-rooted, ongoing challenges. Many instructors also say they spend a significant amount of time looking for custom content that will capture students’ interest and better align with their curriculum. An increasing number are evaluating—and using—digital products to help address these teaching issues, and there are good reasons for doing so. Today’s mobile, digitally savvy students bring to their college education the expectation for convenient, instant connectivity to information—including course materials. Digital solutions meet this demand, paving the way to improved engagement while streamlining instructors’ course preparation with multimedia resources and integration tools that support course customization.

Cengage Learning’s online digital teaching and learning solution, MindTap, has been shown to appeal to students and instructors alike. More importantly, it has demonstrated its ability to improve engagement and student performance in a variety of softside courses such as American government, criminal justice (CJ), and history. This white paper summarizes a research study as well as the individual experiences of instructors who have found MindTap to be an effective source of time-saving customization tools as well as features and content that promote better student outcomes.

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Engaging Students with MindTap Leads to Success

A Study of MindTap in Post-secondary College Success, Criminal Justice, Medical Terminology, and Psychology Courses

 
MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of faculty and student perceptions of MindTap in the fall of 2014.

In a national, semester-long study, a majority of instructors and students in college success, criminal justice, medical terminology, and psychology courses judged MindTap to be effective in helping to teach students the content of their courses. In addition, students using MindTap in psychology courses showed significantly greater growth in psychology knowledge and skills than students who did not use MindTap but did support their learning with other digital tools.

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Student Learning Improves Significantly with MindTap

Peer Reviewed

A study of the impact of Cengage Learning’s MindTap on student learning in post-secondary psychology courses

Cengage Learning is continually studying the impact of our products in the increasingly digital higher education environment. To examine the impact of MindTap on Psychology courses, a large efficacy study was undertaken by two independent research teams. This study collected feedback from students and instructors as well as analyze the results of a standard post-test of subject matter knowledge. Students in classes using MindTap achieved significantly higher psychology post-test scores than students in classes using the same textbooks and other digital resources but without MindTap. All participating instructors felt that MindTap contributed to student learning and to enhancing students’ critical thinking skills. A majority of the participating students felt MindTap made the course more engaging and contributed to improving their grade in the course. The researchers concluded that MindTap can be an effective tool to increase student learning and improve instructor productivity in Psychology.
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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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The Efficacy of MindTap in Business and Computer Courses

When asked about their teaching challenges, college instructors often share a common refrain—the desire to 1) engage their students in their coursework and 2) foster critical thinking.

With so many of today’s students fixated on digital devices, it’s logical that digital products can serve as a gateway to improving student engagement and analytical thinking, and consequently, learning. Examining the best practices of instructors who use digital solutions in their courses can spark ideas and reveal effective strategies for addressing seemingly intractable teaching and learning problems.

Cengage Learning’s MindTap® has generated positive outcomes in a variety of business and computer courses, and been lauded by instructors and students alike. This white paper summarizes quantitative studies as well as the individual experiences of a few instructors who have found MindTap to be both effective and appealing.

 

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MindTap and Competency-Based Learning/Education (CBL/CBE)

After being around for decades in various forms, competency-based learning is gaining traction at a growing number of higher education institutions. It’s been credited with promoting student engagement, improving learning outcomes, lowering the cost and time needed to earn a degree, and better arming learners with skills required by employers and necessary for career success.

What’s behind all the buzz? Is competency-based learning an “all or nothing” proposition, or is it adaptable in traditional classrooms? And can instructors implement competency-based learning without overtaxing their busy schedules?

This paper addresses these questions and discusses how Cengage Learning’s MindTap™ can make it easier for instructors to move students successfully through a competency-based learning program to higher levels of knowledge and skills.

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Flipping the Classroom in Medical Assisting Programs Leads to Increased Student Engagement

In order to better understand the challenges facing Medical Assisting (MA) instructors, Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted interviews with instructors at the American Association of Medical Assisting (AAMA) conference in October 2014. Cengage Learning wanted to understand instructor needs and pain points as well as what are the most significant challenges they face in teaching. The research shows that instructors are challenged by teaching to a wide spectrum of student abilities as well as teaching basic professionalism skills. While engaging this wide spectrum of student abilities, MA instructors see a great deal of potential in new teaching methods and course technology.
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