Psychology

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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Supporting Students’ Learning Goals in Intro Psych Courses

Guest Contributor: Clayton Austin, Ph.D., Product Manager for Psychology at Cengage Learning.   With over ten years of college level teaching experience, I’ve had the pleasure of having hundreds of students in my classroom. They enter with varying levels of engagement and motivation, and they have a variety of learning goals in mind. In that role, my own goal was to encourage them to take responsibility for meeting their personal learning goals, while still challenging them to be open-minded and to think critically. Now, as a product manager for Cengage Learning’s Introductory Psychology learning solutions, I think about many of the same Read More…


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…


Aplia Product Efficacy in Introductory Psychology Courses

Prepared for Cengage Learning by Project Tomorrow

To gain understanding as to how digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of Aplia within instructor psychology courses during the fall semester of 2013. This comparative environment created an opportunity within this study to not only evaluate the efficacy of Aplia usage, but also the differences in student achievement and instructor productivity afforded by the inclusion of a digital tool.

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“I’m a Mac” vs. “I’m a PC” (Not Exactly)

Contributor: Jeffrey S. Nevid, Ph.D., ABPP The iconic series of television commercials pitting personifications of Macs and PCs against each other imprinted in the public mind an image of Apple® as a company for young, cool, hipsters. By contrast, the PC persona was embodied by a traditional, straight-laced, fuddy-duddy character. Microsoft® later counterpunched with commercials representing PC users as creative and spontaneous. Marketers seek to position brands with appealing attributes in the hope that consumers will select these brands to feel better about themselves merely by association. A recent series of commercials for Samsung turned the tables on Apple Read More…


Aplia Helps Larry Thomas’ Intro Psych Students Understand and Think Critically with Course Concepts

Do you teach the Introduction to Psychology course? Are you seeking an online learning solution that builds students’ critical thinking skills, helps ensure that students come to class prepared, and demonstrates the relevance of the topics you cover? Discover how Larry Thomas of Blinn College (Brenham, TX) used Aplia to help students become familiar with course concepts prior to the lecture, develop their understanding of those concepts, and discover how the psychological principles addressed in class and in the text can be applied to real-world contexts.

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Aplia Gives Dr. Christine Weinkauff’s Intro Psych Students a Positive Learning Experience

When using Aplia, Dr. Christine Weinkauff of California State University, San Bernadino found that her students came to class better prepared—and left the course with a sound understanding of psychology. Read her story and learn how Aplia’s fresh content, experiential activities, and thought-provoking questions that foster critical thinking skill can help increase student engagement and lead to improved outcomes in your course as well.

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Efficacy of Online Learning Solutions in Introductory Psychology Courses

This report highlights the results of an efficacy study of the impact of using online learning solutions within entry-level college psychology courses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the CourseMate online learning solution on instructor productivity and student achievement and engagement. (To increase student engagement, CourseMate content and functionality is being incorporated into two other online solutions, Aplia™ and MindTap™, which are available and described later in this document.)

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Do Violent Video Games Increase Aggression?

Contributor: Brad J. Bushman, PhD, co-author (with Roy F. Baumeister) of Social Psychology and Human Nature, Third Edition, available in Comprehensive and Brief versions.   In 1972, the Surgeon General issued the following warning on violent TV programs: “It is clear to me that the causal relationship between televised violence and antisocial behavior is sufficient to warrant appropriate and immediate remedial action. … There comes a time when the data are sufficient to justify action. That time has come.”” (Steinfeld, 1972). That was over 4 decades ago! In the years since this Surgeon General warning was issued, hundreds Read More…


How is Parenting a Challenging Child Like Trying to Lose Weight?

Contributor: V. Mark Durand, co-author of Essentials of Abnormal Psychology, 6th Edition and Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, 6th Edition (both with David H. Barlow). After decades of research and millions of dollars spent on diets we now know the secret to losing weight – eat fewer calories and move more! Not exactly a major new headline, yet millions still struggle with this simple strategy. Why? Because our thoughts and emotions get in the way of making better choices (e.g., eating healthier foods, getting more exercise). Anxiety can cause you to lose your willpower and eat Read More…