MindTap White Papers

Instructors and Students Tap into MindTap to Boost Engagement and Learning

Motivating and engaging students has always been a challenge for higher education instructors, and with today’s learners — who use, and often demand, solutions that support their unique study needs and preferences — it can be particularly difficult. Administrators are concerned, too, because engaged students are often the successful students, and student success is increasingly vital these days. Why? Institutions, faced with economic pressures and a job skills gap, have a high stake in enrolling new students, keeping them engaged so they persist and graduate, and arming them with skills to think critically in both their academic and professional careers. Read More…


Fully Integrated Solutions Go Beyond the Links

Digital learning solutions are offering instructors and students more ways to engage with course content than ever before. With seamless login now a standard of LMS integration, instructors and administrators are looking for LMS integration to go farther in helping them achieve their mission of improving student outcomes. This new frontier of LMS integration are learning solutions that provide customizable content, automatic grade return and personalized instructor services. These are three incredibly powerful ways that integrated learning solutions can increase student engagement and decrease instructor workload.

Cengage Learning’s market research team conducted in-depth research at a large technology conference with LMS administrators to better understand how they are integrating course solutions and what they need a “fully integrated” course solution to accomplish. Over the course of two days the research team conducted fifty interviews with LMS administrators from a diverse range of institutions using a wide range of LMS.
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MindTap® for American Government: Insights from the 2013-2014 Academic Year Advisory Board

With the evolving educational landscape it is essential for learning solutions providers to constantly seek out the voice of the instructor when developing content and solutions. In developing the new MindTap learning solution for American Government, Cengage Learning wanted to make sure that the voice of the American government instructor informed every decision.
 
In order to achieve this, Cengage Learning recruited an advisory board of twenty-two American Government instructors
to provide insight on what American Government instructors need in a learning solution. The insights shared by the advisory board clearly show that current learning solutions were not providing students and instructors with the synchronization, content, and flexibility needed.
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The Power of MindTap for Corporate Finance

At the 2013 Financial Management Association (FMA) annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, Cengage Learning researchers discovered that Corporate Finance instructors listed three areas that are often major roadblocks to students’ successful learning, and demonstrated how MindTap addresses each.

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Assessing Student Engagement and Instructor Support in Criminal Justice

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what Criminal Justice instructors need from their course content as well as what their biggest challenges are. Our Market Research team attended the 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) convention in Philadelphia, PA and interviewed 32 Criminal Justice instructors about how they are using course materials and what their challenges are.

 

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Increasing Student Learning and Engagement with MindTap for Economics

MindTap is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing instructors to measure skills and outcomes with ease.

Examine the results of both qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Fall, 2013 suggesting that MindTap is an effective tool for improving student learning and where students using MindTap substantially increased their content knowledge and skills over the course of a semester.

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Promoting Critical Thinking in Intro and Survey History Courses with MindTap

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand how instructors who teach Introductory (Intro) and Survey History courses use content to develop critical thinking skills in students. To achieve this goal, Cengage Learning’s Market Research team attended the 2014 American Historical Association (AHA) conference in Washington, DC and interviewed 40 instructors of Intro and Survey History courses about how they are using content and what challenges they face in engaging students.

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Beyond the eBook: The Advantages of Integrated Course Solutions

Many industry experts see an eBook as a mere transition strategy, particularly in the higher education market, as publishers build out their libraries of integrated, student-centric course solutions that are specifically designed to improve outcomes. This paper provides an overview of the types of ebooks that are currently on the market today, discusses some of the research that has led to the development of the latest generation of integrated course solutions, and concludes with a list of features that instructors and school administrators should look for when choosing a provider of integrated, student-centric course solutions. Read More…


Increasing Student Learning Outcomes with MindTap

Examine the results of both qualitative and quantitative studies conducted in Fall, 2012 suggesting that MindTap is an effective tool for improving student learning and where students using MindTap substantially increased their content knowledge and skills over the course of a semester. Read More…


MindTap: Tapping Into Technology to Engage Learners and Transform Learning

Technology is changing the educational environment at a rapid pace, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Today’s learners are not content to learn solely from books. They are used to technology in all aspects of their lives, and the classroom is no exception.

Professors are looking for tools that allow them to better engage with learners while making effective and efficient use of their in- and out-of-class time. This white paper demonstrates just how MindTap targets those specific areas. Read More…