OWL Efficacy

College Students’ Insight on OWLv2 and Sapling at UC San Diego

OWLv2 vs Sapling Learning Thirty-four students taking Chemistry at UCSD responded to a survey, giving their feedback on their experiences using Cengage Learning’s OWLv2 and Macmillan Learning’s Sapling, both digital homework solutions. On a scale of 0 to 10, students gave a relatively low average rating of 5.12 on the value of their print textbook. For the two digital homework solutions, students were split on which one they would be most likely to recommend to a friend. But when it comes to the digital solution they feel is helping them learn better, 85% (29 out of 34) chose OWLv2.

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Health Science Student Strives for Success in School and Work

As a full-time health science student with a part-time job, Samantha Mueller faces the same challenges as most college sophomores, but time management is chief among them. Mueller, whose goal is to secure a career as a physical therapist, considers herself a very tech-savvy and visual learner. She finds online study suits her and allows her to prepare for class and quizzes in a complete and interactive way. Mueller lives off campus and her days are ‘pretty packed’—between exercise, attending classes on two separate FAU campuses, and working at a restaurant, finding time to succeed at everything can be Read More…


Instructor Frustrated with Tedious Administrative Chores Finds Relief with OWLv2

Houston Brown, a chemistry professor at the University of Houston–Downtown, often felt as if he was anything but a professor. Instead of spending the bulk of his time helping introductory and organic chemistry students better understand and comprehend difficult subject matter, Brown regularly found himself tending to a learning management system that laboriously soaked up his time and patience.

Besides Brown, students at UHD were demanding more from the platform that constituted twenty-percent of their grade. It’s one reason Brown was happy to switch to Cengage Learning’s OWLv2, a cloud-based learning system that provides chemistry students with a collection of study and test preparation tools designed to foster engagement and better grades.

One feature that helps Brown and his students focus more on what matters is the on-demand feedback OWLv2 provides students during homework assignments. Besides organizing and prioritizing assignments in visually appealing ways, OWLv2 allows students to identify in real time why exactly they answered a problem incorrectly. It also provides Brown with the analytics required to intervene immediately.
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OWLv2 is Key to Meaningful Homework and Better Student Engagement

If variety is the spice of life nowhere is that more evident than inside a university classroom where distractions abound and students can easily find other things to do rather than focus on lectures and concentrate on homework. “I want them to know the homework assignments aren’t just busy work,” said Steven Neal, an organic chemistry professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
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Instructors Search for Way to Create More Engaging Homework Assignments—and Find it with OWLv2

Larry Margerum, a general chemistry teacher at the University of San Francisco, is outnumbered in regard to the number of students he’s tasked with educating and motivating. It’s his job to lecture approximately five hundred students a year and to supplement those lessons with homework assignments that students find engaging and academically valuable. However, effectively reaching each of those students in a relatively large classroom setting can be difficult.

The problem, though, is one with which instructors have struggled for years; coaxing students into actually completing assignments that’ll prepare them for exams. Getting today’s student to engage deeply with pencil and paper homework is proving to be even more difficult. Plus, instructors say, traditional homework assignments are copied and turned in for points that artificially inflate academic performance. Instructors, according to Professor Margerum, understand the “drill and kill” homework system in place is not meeting the needs of today’s college students.
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OWL Motivates Chemistry Students to “Own” Their Learning

Teresa Bear has been teaching chemistry since 2007 at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. While conducting research for her dissertation in 2011 (on the use of interactive technology to improve student success), Teresa found that students who used technology performed better than those who didn’t use it. Not surprisingly, she forged the path for teaching with technology at the college. Today, that means using OWLv2 (Online Web Learning), the only online learning and assessment system developed by chemistry instructors specifically for teaching chemistry.
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Efficacy of Online Web Learning (OWL) in Chemistry Courses

This study examines the effectiveness of a widely-used, post-secondary digital instructional tool, Write Experience, an online learning solution, employing automated essay scoring, dedicated to improving students’ written communication skills. Read More…


OWL Offers Colin Henck’s General Chemistry Students a Virtual Experience

Lab preparedness is essential to student safety and success in chemistry courses. At the same time, students need tools that help them maximize the use of their time. Discover how Colin Henck of University at Albany, State University of New York uses the LabSkills PreLabs within OWL to familiarize his students with important lab procedures, as well as the key concepts and mathematics related to their assigned experiments. You’ll also learn how LabSkills enables him to provide immediate and personalized feedback—whenever students need it most. You’ll also learn how LabSkills PreLabs helps his institution maintain grading consistency across the numerous sections of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry taught each term. Read More…


Dr. Dan Moriarty’s Chemistry Students Master Skills at a Comfortable Pace with OWL

Students in General Chemistry often face math anxiety—and they often enter courses with varying levels of math preparedness. If you’re seeking an online learning solution that will help you address these issues, read the following Success Story featuring Dr. Dan Moriarty of Siena College (Loudonville, NY). There, you’ll see how he used OWL to provide a self-paced environment that offers plenty of opportunity for knowledge and skill building, as well as instant feedback and guidance that helps students concentrate on the areas that need additional attention and practice—thereby building their confidence in navigating the confidence they need to persist in the class. Read More…


OWL Triggers a Positive Reaction in Stephen Z. Goldberg’s Chemistry Students

Are you looking for an online learning solution that supports student mastery of the concepts and skills critical to your Chemistry course– while also discouraging procrastination and last-minute work? In the following Success Story, Stephen Z. Goldberg of Adelphi University (Long Island, NY) describes how OWL helps the students in his General Chemistry course stay motivated to keep up with their assignments, while still offering them tools that give them the flexibility to work at their own pace. He also shares how he uses OWL to monitor student performance and identify those areas where particular students may be at risk. Read More…