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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/X3/au/ATQIN2Z3ISTZ.JPEGBuilding Engaging Course Content Rapidly with Cengage MindTapMindTap has been essential in helping up building out course content for various online courses in our MBA program including Corporate Finance, various law courses, Accounting, and Financial Reporting. The LMS integration and test banks allow us to maintain fresh assessment each semester and the eBook saves our students a lot of time and trouble in hunting down a hard copy version of the text book.,Customer Support has been outstanding for both students and faculty. Our dedicated reps are very responsive and proactive in touching base with users who have dropped off. The student facing mobile app has gotten very strong reviews. With many of our PT students being working adult on the go, the ability to access study material such as flash cards via their smartphones has been very helpful and it shows it their grades vs sections that just use the hard copy book. Importing content from Mindtap into an LMS like Blackboard is very easily done, everything is customizable and it integrates seamlessly with the course Grade Center. It also makes copying content from semester to semester very painless.,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.,8,It saves the designer and faculty member a lot of time with course setup - especially in maintaining robust question banks for exams from semester to semester. The pop-up issue often taxes our IT Help desk, especially early in the semester. From a student POV - their pricing model has a very friendly 'try before you buy' model. I believe it is two weeks of free access before they have to choose to subscribe or go with the hard copy version on the textbook. Because of the auto-grading features our faculty and TA's are freed up to focus more on students that may be struggling.,McGraw-Hill Connect and WileyPLUS,Zoom Video Webinar, Adobe Flash, Blackboard Learn, Atom, GitHub,50,,Integrate course content with LMS Keep assessment quizzing and exams fresh allow digital and mobile access to study materials,I think the rollout of the mobile app has been the biggest change, allowing students to study on the go with flashcards etc on their phone has had a positive effect of learning outcomes The analysis feature has been steadily improving, lots of actionable to data to help make course improvements,I think it could be used more in our face-to-face or hybrid courses - especially the exams/quizzes Possibly a course of content for our non-credit Executive Ed courses but those are very short (1-5 days) so it's a fit a tool like that in,10,Yes,Product Features Product Usability Prior Experience with the Product Vendor Reputation Existing Relationship with the Vendor,I probably wouldn't change much, but I do advice running a small pilot first to work out the kinks. I think we rolled it out in too many courses simultaneously,Yes,Our original reps were outstanding and alway willing to physically come to campus and work with faculty directly and/or hold workshop events such as 'MindTap on Tap' . There was a point where we lost our original rep and got passed around to few different people. It did eventually settle back down. Though you will go through that will any vendor from time to time.,8Falls shortMindTap was being used in our organization as a digital learning platform for our online Operations Research course. It housed the homework assignments, chapter pdf's, and tests. It helped us as a tool in which we could make the learning resources available to our online students in an efficient way.,Test/assignment settings Video and media resources Auto-grading,The interface is one of the worst I've ever seen. Very clunky and hard to navigate. Lacks "Ask your teacher" functionality. Lacks custom question creation functionality.,2,Mindtap was not sufficient for what we needed, it lacked an adaptive feature and allowed the academic integrity of our course to fall. Limited question and testing options without being able to create our own. Poor reporting made it difficult to track students falling behind.,McGraw-Hill Connect, Pearson Revel, WileyPLUS and Accengage,McGraw-Hill Connect, Pearson Revel, WileyPLUS
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MindTap has been essential in helping up building out course content for various online courses in our MBA program including Corporate Finance, various law courses, Accounting, and Financial Reporting. The LMS integration and test banks allow us to maintain fresh assessment each semester and the eBook saves our students a lot of time and trouble in hunting down a hard copy version of the text book.
  • Customer Support has been outstanding for both students and faculty. Our dedicated reps are very responsive and proactive in touching base with users who have dropped off.
  • The student facing mobile app has gotten very strong reviews. With many of our PT students being working adult on the go, the ability to access study material such as flash cards via their smartphones has been very helpful and it shows it their grades vs sections that just use the hard copy book.
  • Importing content from Mindtap into an LMS like Blackboard is very easily done, everything is customizable and it integrates seamlessly with the course Grade Center. It also makes copying content from semester to semester very painless.
  • 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.
Well first you have to have a textbook match, they have a pretty good library but I can only vouch for business and law courses. It can be very helpful for online students in remote areas who may have trouble getting a hold of the hardcopy textbook and as noted the mobile app/study features are a huge hit with PT students.

On the Instructional Design side, it can also be helpful to a Blackboard/HTML novice who either isn't comfortable building content within the LMS or doesn't have the time required to build out a full course.
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May 10, 2019

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MindTap was being used in our organization as a digital learning platform for our online Operations Research course. It housed the homework assignments, chapter pdf's, and tests. It helped us as a tool in which we could make the learning resources available to our online students in an efficient way.
  • Test/assignment settings
  • Video and media resources
  • Auto-grading
  • The interface is one of the worst I've ever seen.
  • Very clunky and hard to navigate.
  • Lacks "Ask your teacher" functionality.
  • Lacks custom question creation functionality.
If you are new to the online digital resource world, you might be content with Mindtap. It's very basic, ugly to look at, and difficult to use. But if you only plan on using the basics and want to teach a much more traditional format anyway, it's fine. But there is so much more out there, so why stop at Mindtap? If you are looking for a platform with adaptive technology, custom question creation, or convenient tech features, look elsewhere!
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Course authoring (2)
5.0
Course catalog or library (2)
6.5
Player/Portal (1)
3
Learning content (2)
6.5
Mobile friendly (2)
6.5
Progress tracking & certifications (2)
6.0
Assignments (2)
6.0
Compliance management (2)
6.5
Learning administration (2)
6.5
Learning reporting & analytics (2)
5.0
Social learning (1)
1

About MindTap

MindTap is an eLearning course management solution from Cengage, the 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.

MindTap integrates with LTI compliant LMS systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Brightspace, and others.
Categories:  Learning Management

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