Cengage MindTap vs. IXL Learning

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
IXL
Score 8.4 out of 10
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IXL Learning is an educational technology company headquartered in San Mateo, that delivers an immersive e-learning content and digital curricula for students in all grades, in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. Boasting over 12 million students already using IXL in the U.S., and over 100 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL is helps schools use technology to improve teaching and learning. From algebra to adverbs, molecules to maps, IXL’s content and…
$299
per year
Pricing
Cengage MindTapIXL Learning
Editions & Modules
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Math Pre-K to 12
$299
per year 25 students
Language Arts Pre-K to 12
$299
per year 25 students
Science Grades 2 to 8
$299
per year 25 students
Social Studies Grades 2 to 8
$299
per year 25 students
Spanish Level 1
$299
per year 25 students
Schools & Districts level plan
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Pricing Offerings
MindTapIXL
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDiscounts available for bundled curricula and per student cost for larger student bodies / classroom sizes.
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User Ratings
Cengage MindTapIXL Learning
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(8 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.9
(3 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Cengage MindTapIXL Learning
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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IXL Learning
It is great for providing students extra resources and opportunities for practice. In this case, it is extremely well suited. Moreover, since every student is different, the dynamic adjustment allows students to work through more/less problems depending on their level of mastery which can help students pinpoint areas of issues to discuss in the class. It is less appropriate for settings where a student may struggle to teach themselves as this requires some level of independence on part of the user.
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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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IXL Learning
  • Aligned to standards
  • Progress monitoring
  • Rigorous practice
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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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IXL Learning
  • Clearer explanation of scores
  • When scoring - what are they comparing the range to?
  • Make the platform more entertaining for younger audiences.
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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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IXL Learning
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Usability
Cengage
Very easy to use.
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IXL Learning
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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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IXL Learning
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Implementation Rating
Cengage
It worked seamlessly with Blackboard
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IXL Learning
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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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IXL Learning
IXL is the best for easy to find practice for math standards. Freckle has more in depth features and integrates with other Renaissance products well, but can be hard to learn or use. Prodigy is a fun math game platform that works well for extra student practice or learning, but isn't as targeted as IXL
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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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IXL Learning
  • It has allowed our students to be remediated or enriched on a much easier basis without having to come up with ideas for them.
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