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Personalized Learning: Dawning of a New Era in Education

Guest Contributor: Andrew Smith Lewis, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Cerego. Today my company, Cerego, and Cengage came together to give postsecondary psychology students a new suite of adaptive learning applications inside MindTap, a personalized teaching experience for educators. Together, we’re working to help students learn more effectively and gain a better understanding of precisely what’s in their brains—and how it got there—through a personalized learning approach. Stepping back, it’s only appropriate that we substantiate this partnership starting with the study of psychology, as our mission and technology at Cerego are firmly rooted in the science Read More…


Students Speak out About MindTap in Wisconsin and Iowa

Cengage Learning recently spent time with 159 students at thirteen different schools across Iowa and Wisconsin to learn more about their study habits and needs.

While taking our survey, they shed light on their time commitments and test-preparation habits. They also shared their overall reactions to Cengage Learning’s MindTap solution, as well as its usefulness as a means of studying for class and reviewing for tests.
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Analytics in MindTap for American Government Help Lead to Earlier Student Intervention

Dr. Gregory Dixon is a Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia. Greg is currently using MindTap for American Government in his course. He was initially drawn to MindTap for its analytics functionality, which allows him to identify and intervene with at-risk students earlier in the term. However, he has also discovered that its multimedia resources and exercises engage students in a variety of ways, and that it also helps students see American Government in a more concrete sense.
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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…


Get Started on the InSite MindApp: How-To Videos

InSite from Cengage Learning is a fully integrated, productivity-enhancing classroom solution that delivers an all-in-one perspective on your students’ work. InSite is available as a MindApp within MindTap for Composition.

If you’d like some assistance in using the InSite MindApp in your course, review the videos in the playlists presented below.

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MindTap® for History Increases Critical Thinking and Improves Outcomes at Oklahoma State University

Michelle McCargish is a history instructor at Western New Mexico University, and also recently taught an online section of an American History survey course at Oklahoma State University. The only online instructor of the course (History 1103), Michelle
wanted to use a digital learning solution that provided good online supplements and was easy to use in the online classroom environment. After reviewing several solutions, Michelle decided to pilot MindTap® in the spring of 2014.

Michelle noticed immediately one key advantage of MindTap — how easily her students were able to navigate the interface. In addition to a user-friendly interface, Michelle found that integrating MindTap into her course’s LMS allowed for a streamlined integration experience for her and her students.

What’s more, Michelle found that MindTap’s exercises and assignments were effective at reaching students with different learning styles and encouraging critical thinking. Additionally, Michelle saw evidence of increased levels of student engagement using MindTap when grading the course midterm.

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Maximizing Learning in a Mini-Mester

Guest Contributor: Audrey A. Wick, Blinn College (Texas). Like many institutions, mine has followed the trend of offering accelerated courses. The idea is simple: help students focus on a singular class by offering it in a shortened (two-to-four week) format. Their engagement can be maximized through exclusive attention on the subject matter, and motivated students can thereby succeed. The instructional challenge, however, with this type of course in the online environment is the frontloading. The class has to be mapped-out clearly so that time is capitalized and expectations are evident.  Every day is precious, and because there are Read More…


Join the ThinkNation Webinar: Assessing Learning in Higher Education

Join us for the first session in the Building a ThinkNation Webinar Series: Assessing Learning in Higher Education

In the world of higher education, the focus is on learning and preparing students with skills necessary for success in their academic and professional careers. But, how do you assess student learning and success? How do you know when students are at risk? And how do you ensure early intervention before it is too late? Join us for an informative, lively discussion around best practices and lessons learned. Also hear a few practical tips on how to leverage MindTap analytics Read More…


MindTap for Intro to Business Improves Students’ Engagement and Outcomes

As lead instructor for the introductory business courses at Sandhills Community College, Sarah Bumgarner was determined to improve achievement level of student learning outcomes of online students. Bumgarner knows that increased engagement improves student outcomes as well as their overall engagement in the course.

But getting them engaged and keeping the level of motivation high has always been a struggle. She also wanted to find an online resource that provided exceptional technological support to both her students and the instructor allowing her to focus on content rather than technological support. This would give students more opportunities to see business concepts in action, which she believes would lead to greater understanding, and in the end, better results.

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Getting Students to Read Their Textbooks

Guest Contributor: Reggie Cobb, Nash Community College. In the past, students used textbooks as their primary resource, as they provide more detailed information used for better understanding of course content. However, with recent advances in technology, learning content is now being delivered via presentation documents, videos, and animations. This instant availability has allowed students to push textbooks aside, using them infrequently and as secondary resources. The challenge with my students at Nash Community College is to get them to actually use their textbooks and use them effectively. To address this challenge, I use a combination of textbook material Read More…