MindTap Reviews

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Ashley Tharp | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 10, 2020

MindTap Review

Score 1 out of 10
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I’m using it for learning courses for school and it has been really awful and stressful to use.
  • It’s slow.
  • Freezes up.
  • No help for support.
  • Needs better support.
  • Easier assignments.
  • Less assignments.
This system has made it very difficult to do my work. It gave way too many assignments in a short time. No one could help when the system wasn’t working right. It freezes and some assignments wouldn’t open!
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Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 07, 2019

Building Engaging Course Content Rapidly with Cengage MindTap

Score 8 out of 10
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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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Kyle Moninger | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 10, 2019

Falls short

Score 2 out of 10
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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 (3)
3.4
Course catalog or library (2)
6.4
Player/Portal (1)
3
Learning content (2)
6.4
Mobile friendly (2)
6.5
Progress tracking & certifications (2)
5.9
Assignments (2)
5.9
Compliance management (2)
6.5
Learning administration (2)
6.5
Learning reporting & analytics (2)
4.8
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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