student success

Q&A: MindTap for Criminal Justice Helps Freshman Relieve Financial Pressure

Hannah Wallace, a freshman Criminal Justice major at Texas Christian University, is a pro at understanding the financial pressures that come with attending college. We sat down with her to learn how MindTap for Criminal Justice helped in balancing her time between work and classes.

Challenge

Hannah was weighed down by the financial pressures that come with paying for tuition and necessities.

Solution

MindTap for Criminal Justice

Result

MindTap streamlines test preparation—saving time and allowing Hannah to focus on financial responsibilities.

Read the full Q&A on how MindTap for Criminal Justice relieved Hannah’s financial responsibilities.


Q&A: Time-Strapped Student Finds Balance with MindTap for Criminal Justice

Rachel Bull, a freshman Fashion Merchandising major at Texas Christian University, is both a night owl and an early riser who struggles to find time to complete her coursework and thoroughly prepare for tests. We found out how MindTap gave her time back. Challenge Rachel was overwhelmed and lacked the time required to thoroughly complete complex coursework. Solution MindTap for Criminal Justice Result MindTap saves time and reduces stress, offering real-time performance evaluations to promote better study habits and test preparation. Read the full Q&A with Rachel on how MindTap made her a better student and offered many ways Read More…


Spark Motivation and Engagement with MindTap for Student Success

Essie Childers, Instuctor at Blinn College in Texas, shares insight into how MindTap for Student Success helped her organize and manage a blended class while improving student engagement and performance. When professor Essie Childers went in search of a new online platform to help motivate students in her Learning Frameworks course, she knew she needed a program designed to increase her efficiency as well as create a safe place for students to contemplate and reflect. She found what she was looking for in MindTap, with its journaling feature and its automatic grading and feedback. Challenge Essie’s search for an engaging online program Read More…


Legally Blind Student Gains Independence with MindTap for Nutrition

Nicole Kada, a legally blind student at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has gained independence and confidence with MindTap as she pursues a new career.

Challenge

Traditional course materials made learning difficult for Nicole, as she’s legally blind.

Solution

MindTap for Nutrition

Result

Superior accessibility of MindTap for Nutrition gave Nicole her independence—and confidence to pursue a new career.

Take in more of Nicole’s success story with MindTap for Nutrition


Maintaining Momentum with MindTap

The e-Text initiative at Rowan-Cabarrus was a success after its first semester (Fall 2014), so we decided to expand it almost immediately. In Spring 2015, we added two English courses to the e-Text listing—both very similar in their content, course objectives and goals for students. In these two courses, we decided to use the same Cengage textbook, but different editions. In ENG-102, Applied Communications II, we used an earlier version delivered digitally through CourseMate. This was a “simple way to complement (Cengage textbooks) and course content with study and practice materials.”* In ENG-114, Professional Research & Reporting, we Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: April 2017

Former U.S. Representative Weighs in on Retention
Hear why George Miller believes the significance of retention resonates beyond students and institutions. Better Instruction for Increased Revenue
A new study from ACE looks at the relationship between instructional quality and institutional revenue. Where can institutions invest and see results? Moving from Access to Completion
Check out the interview with Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, where he identifies the catalyst for change and describes how institutions are adapting. How Do Instructional Designers Collaborate?
Learn how instructional designers can complement faculty and Read More…


How MindTap Math Foundations Enhanced My Class

Contributor: Yvette Hassakoursian, Glendale Community College (Glendale, CA) The first time I saw MindTap Math Foundations (MTMF) I was astounded by all the implications and possibilities.  MTMF is an all-inclusive solution for all different kinds of learners and all different kinds of instructors.  I had the opportunity to try MTMF with my class and here are the top three ways MTMF benefited myself and my students.

Top Three Benefits of MindTap Math Foundations

Tracking student progress

The student landing page has a modern feel that students can relate to and it beautifully encapsulates their Math past, present and future. The left side has Read More…


Meet New Cengage CIO, Jim Chilton

We recently welcomed Jim Chilton to the Cengage team as our new Chief Information Officer.  Jim brings with him a robust background in technology and software with 25 years of experience in both start-ups and larger businesses.  He most recently led teams at Dassault Systemes where he supported the global, multi-billion dollar business first as CIO and then in a go-to-market strategy role for SaaS and cloud-based products.  Jim hit the ground running at Cengage and is already making an impact by helping students gain the confidence and momentum they need to achieve their education and life goals.  Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: March 2017

Skills-Based Credentials More Important Than Ever
4 out of every 10 students who enroll in a four-year degree drop out before graduation, often leaving with nothing to show but debt. Is skills-related education the solution?     Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required
Today’s workforce demands more skills than a high school education, but less than a bachelor’s degree. Find out how employers are working with community colleges to minimize these gaps.   Why Use an Instructional Designer?
Explore the course development process and how IDs identify learning outcomes, select corresponding content, and optimize comprehension by removing obstacles to learning.   The New Read More…


Executive News in Higher Ed Newsletter: January 2017

5 Critical Considerations for CBE and CBL Implementation Dr. Deborah Everhart, VP of Design and Innovation at Learning Objects, details the distinction and similarity between competency-based education and competency-based learning. Learn how an institution can integrate components of both to impact motivation and achievement. Supporting first-generation students and improving retention were the most popular teaching goals of the past few years — learn what else made the cut for 2017. Two years after Rowan-Cabarrus Community College launched a partnership with Cengage, their work is gaining national recognition. “It is time for colleges and universities to reclaim and proclaim their role as Read More…