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Cengage
Cengage

How do you structure the course to ensure all students use the adopted digital product?

One of our schools here in Michigan is using MindTap for the first time this semester, for a large Intro Psych course. The lead instructor was curious to hear from experienced users as to how to ensure that all students in the course are actively engaging with the digital content/assignments in MindTap. Is there a threshold in the % of overall grade that is the tipping point for 100% participation? She needs to be able to show that the pass grades have improved with digital, and worries that assigning digital will be a problem if ALL students do not register. Thank you!

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Amy_Myers
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Re: How do you structure the course to ensure all student...

We have a lot of students who will transfer credit to another institution, and the letter grade doesn't matter much to them as long as they get a C or better.  The GPA doesn't matter because they're already a student at the other institution.  This means I need to have a higher percentage of the points being earned in the digital product to ensure that they won't just get a cheap used book and not purchase/use the digital product.  I generally make sure at least 20 percent of the total course points are earned within the digital product, and we now have 100% participation almost every semester.