Cengage's New Developmental Math Tool Breaks Lessons into 'Learning Bursts'
Learning has launched MindTap Math
Foundations, what the company said is the
first in a suite of new products
designed to address the lack of college readiness among students in the United States.
is a developmental math curriculum and platform that breaks lessons
15-minute "learning bursts," using interactive video lessons, exercises
games. Students can access it by phone, tablet or computer at any time.
representatives said they gathered input from nearly 1,000
students while creating the new program, many of whom said lack of time
need to juggle family and job responsibilities were responsible for
of preparation. Thus MindTap
Math Foundations, which gives
students the ability to work in brief "bursts" of problem-solving and
thinking skill exercises.
consistently told us that time is their
biggest barrier to completion and they need the ability to work at
their own pace,"
said Cengage Learning Executive Vice President and Chief Product
Donohue. "We designed MindTap Math Foundations to make it easy for
work through the curriculum and connect with their instructors and
students in a way that fits into their daily lives."
than 1,000 instructors at 180 higher
education institutions have signed on for a pilot program this spring
provide input and feedback. Student analytics and enhanced
like an interactive whiteboard, may help instructors identify at-risk
and intervene earlier.
representatives said they expect MindTap Math
Foundations to be available for full-scale purchase this summer, in
the fall semester. Students can purchase as much or as little access as
need, starting with 10 weeks of access for $55. Students who use the
for at least three hours a week will not have to purchase an additional
code if they need to retake the course.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.