Cengage MindTap vs. Handshake for Educational Providers

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
MindTap
Score 9.0 out of 10
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MindTap is an eLearning course management solution from Cengage, a digital learning content and technology provider. For educators, it includes pre-made interactive course materials (such as homework assignments, assessments, etc.), analytics around student engagement and performance, and the ability to customize courses. For students, MindTap offers a mobile app to access eBooks, flashcards, quizzes, grades, and due date reminders.N/A
Handshake for Educational Providers
Score 7.8 out of 10
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Handshake for Educational Providers is a college-to-career network that partners with institutions of higher education to provide students access to reputable job postings, set up appointments, manage virtual and in-person events, and track student outcomes.N/A
Pricing
Cengage MindTapHandshake for Educational Providers
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MindTapHandshake for Educational Providers
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
Cengage MindTapHandshake for Educational Providers
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(8 ratings)
7.7
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
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Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
9.9
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Implementation Rating
10.0
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User Testimonials
Cengage MindTapHandshake for Educational Providers
Likelihood to Recommend
Cengage
We started using the application optimally at the beginning as a digital learning and consultation platform. In it we imported all kinds of bibliographic material so that students could access them with the ease of a tap. The application is perfect for those instructors who are not beginners in HTML. In that case, the application very practically allows them to create a complete course in the shortest possible time because it has a state-of-the-art instructional design. It was excellent for unifying all the basic course plans between teachers teaching the same subject, giving the advantage that all courses at the same level would have exactly the same information and nothing would be overlooked
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Handshake
Handshake is great if this is the expected website for your organization to use. It can be difficult to share out specific positions, but an administrator has helped me create links in the past in order to do so. However, if you don't already have traffic to the site I could see where that would be a challenge. It works well for multiple team members to organize positions and helps to make it smooth and easy on the back end. Overall it's a very easy-to-use site.
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Pros
Cengage
  • digital textbook platform with accessibility tools (read-aloud, note taking)
  • interactive exercises and practice tools
  • assessments including self-check quizzes and customizable exams
  • LTI integration to pass grade information to learning management system
  • excellent support for faculty
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Handshake
  • Internship and job postings.
  • Targeted email communication.
  • Effective employer relations tool.
  • Effective event management and communication.
  • Effective record keeping with key constituents.
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Cons
Cengage
  • The biggest issue our first-time users have with Mindtap is that ad/pop-up blockers often stop the tool from opening. (Mindtap typically opens in a new window vs inside the LMS) This leads to a lot of initial frustration amongst the students early in the course.
  • MindTap lacks a really strong set of roles outside of Instructor and Student. There is no Teaching Assistant role or and IT/Course Builder role. Additionally setting up students workers as TAs in one course while they may be a student in another concurrently has been more than a little cumbersome.
  • The UI is a bit dated and it doesn't implement many responsive web design features, though this can typically be worked around by downloading the free app.
  • The mobile app experience is not as strong for Instructors as it is for students.
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Handshake
  • Handshake might be hard to use for students who have never used the service before.
  • Handshake might be hard to use for education providers who are not the most tech-savvy.
  • Handshake for work-study positions separate from paid jobs is something that may need to be addressed differently.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cengage
It's hard to imagine not renewing it as the professors would not want to go back to the way their courses were previously populated. The only thing that would cause us to change would be in the textbook changed and the new company offered a better tool
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Handshake
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Usability
Cengage
Very easy to use.
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Support Rating
Cengage
The effort from them always feels strong - I'd just recommend they be more prepared for OS (mac) and LMS (blackboard) upgrades
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Handshake
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Implementation Rating
Cengage
It worked seamlessly with Blackboard
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Handshake
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Alternatives Considered
Cengage
MindTap is the only learning software I currently use, but in the past I have used Pearson and McGraw Hill learning content. All of these companies are progresses at a similar rate and making great improvements to their educational materials. MindTap, in my opinion has the best customer service support and representatives in the business. Our rep. has been very responsive.
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Handshake
Handshake provides a job-seeking function, while our mentor's app from PeopleGrove is more of a networking experience. It would be nice if the two functions could be in one application as it is nice to see who is open to networking at specific companies and in certain fields that also go to/graduate from your school.
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Return on Investment
Cengage
  • The positive impact is to help students practice statistics to solve business problems.
  • The negative side is that the pricing might be too high compared to other free options available, even though the free options might not have the same features MindTap has.
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Handshake
  • Allows students to track internship and co-op experiences.
  • Provides a space for informational resources specifically uploaded by the college's career center.
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