Cengage MindTap vs. McGraw-Hill Connect

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
McGraw-Hill Connect
Score 8.5 out of 10
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McGraw-Hill Connect is an e-learning platform offered by McGraw-Hill Education. Features include course and assignment creation, grading, learning aides, e-books, and student portals.N/A
Pricing
Cengage MindTapMcGraw-Hill Connect
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MindTapMcGraw-Hill Connect
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Considered Both Products
MindTap
Chose Cengage MindTap
MindTap is one of the better/best publisher integrations. The textbook platform alone is exceptionally presented. Most publisher integrations suffer from clunky interfaces or force faculty/students to click through to using their proprietary tools after signing in. MindTap …
Chose Cengage MindTap
We have worked with multiple publishers that have tools similar to Cengage MindTap. All of them seem to integrate well with the LMS it just comes down to what textbook the faculty prefers. Personally, I feel that McGraw-Hill has a much more robust library and more powerful set …
McGraw-Hill Connect
Chose McGraw-Hill Connect
Integration with Canvas and ease of use are the two strong points for McGraw-Hill Connect. Pearson Revel has many issues at the start of the semester and takes a long time to resolve those. McGraw-Hill Connect has never been down for the start of our semester. MindTap is not …
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User Ratings
Cengage MindTapMcGraw-Hill Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(8 ratings)
10.0
(10 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
(3 ratings)
2.9
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cengage MindTapMcGraw-Hill Connect
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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McGraw-Hill Education
If you want a prepackaged option for learning that requires minimal instructor input, comes with no support, and offers a limited number of options as far as a dynamic and engaging learning experience, then this is probably the right option for you. If, on the other hand, you want a product that does a lot of different things, has excellent customer service, dynamically engages and challenges the user in a number of different activities and learning exercises, then, uh, please look elsewhere.
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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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McGraw-Hill Education
  • Integration with Canvas is seamless and easy to use.
  • Assignment completion, for students, is straightforward and easy to use.
  • The SmartBook allows students to read as they are tested with questions and this helps them learn the material easily without having first trying to read, memorize a chapter and then answer questions.
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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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McGraw-Hill Education
  • Difficult navigation upon sign-in
  • Too many choices per chapter - difficult to know which part to select to walk through assignments with students
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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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McGraw-Hill Education
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Usability
Cengage
Very easy to use.
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McGraw-Hill Education
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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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McGraw-Hill Education
Personally, I did not encounter McGraw-Hill support. However, I worked with colleagues who needed support and were able to receive in a timely manner. Overall, McGraw Hill Connect is user-friendly (at least from teacher interface) and easy to navigate, which minimizes the need to reach out for support. The help button is useful and provides plenty of immediate support.
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Implementation Rating
Cengage
It worked seamlessly with Blackboard
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McGraw-Hill Education
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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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McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Connect does a great job being user friendly and has relevant tasks and activities for what needs to be taught. Blackboard does a good job being used as a communication and quiz board and Cengage operates based on activities similar to Connect.
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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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McGraw-Hill Education
  • Because it did not integrate well with BBlearn and the adaptive quizzing did not function properly, we lost a great deal of time and had to face a large number of student issues. If it had worked well, we may still be using it.
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