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Study: Chemistry students boost grades with digital solution

By Laura Devaney
November 30th, 2015

Texas Tech professor’s study finds participating students using MindTap’s digital learning solution outperformed peers

chemistry-studentsTexas Tech Chemistry students using Cengage Learning’s MindTap digital learning solution received significantly better outcomes than those using comparable products, according to results from a study of nearly 1,800 chemistry students.

The study, conducted by Professor Gregory Gellene, compared the course grades and the success rates of students using MindTap General Chemistry with those using alternative e-learning platforms.

The percentage of participating students using MindTap General Chemistry who received a course grade of A or B more than doubled from 32 percent to 66 percent. The percentage of participating students earning less than a C was reduced almost threefold, from 39 percent to 14 percent. This resulted in a course success rate of 87 percent, an increase of 26 percentage points over those using a leading competitor’s product.

MindTap integrates reading, homework, quizzing and multimedia assets into a learning experience for students. The outcome-driven learning path offers instructors the ability to customize courses, with personalized options for students.

“The positioning of focused interactive simulations and tutorials between relatively short segments of text draws the student into reading the text before attempting the assignments rather than using the text as a last resort,” Gellene said.

“The key driver of our product creation is to develop technology that enables students to better interact with their learning material, thus improving outcomes,” said Jim Donohue, Chief Product Officer. “The MindTap platform was developed based on student feedback and adapts to the way students learn. This study underscores our efforts and we commend the Texas Tech chemistry students on their hard work.”

To read the full case study, click here. For more information about MindTap, visit: www.cengage.com/MindTap.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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