My philosophy of teaching supports using assessment to guide instruction. Assigning mastery trainings before a class meeting will allow you to assess student needs to be addressed during lecture. The analytics in Mindtap can help you to quickly complete a needs assessment to develop practice activities and discussions for class. This method is similar to flipping the classroom. Happy planning @mphillips!
I can share a number of assignments I have created in WebAssign that support the Flipped Classroom model. Here's a screen shot of some of those assignments:
Here's another post with a bit more detail at:
In addition, I use course packs across multiple textbooks to organize WebAssign into a Flipped Classroom format. These course packs are available in the "Class Schedule" section of a WebAssign course.
Interested in seeing more...let me know. We can Skype, Zoom, or connect some other way online.
Cengage has several white papers that talk about research on student engagement via online assessment tools like CNOW, Aplia and MindTap. Here is the link to one:
I will share more papers and research when I find them. Hope these help,
I also believe that Cengage tech support or instructional support staff (for example, who may help you set up your courses, if you have any) would be the best to handle this to make sure that everything remains intact and no assignment or grades are lost in transition. I have not used WebAssign, but I have transferred students from one section to another on CengageNOW with the help of support staff. And once the transition happens smoothly on Cengage, I believe that the LMS transition happens automatically as well. I have not done this, but another option if the LMS is directly linked with the WebAssign, moving the student in the LMS might move him on WebAssign as well (reverse direction) but something to check with Cengage about this maybe. This is an useful thing to know for all instructors using online assignment tools.
It's good to "virtually" see you again! :-)
As you know, we teach in different disciplines, but I'd like to add to this discussion a bit. While I can't speak to WebAssign, I know that within Cengage's MindTap I have the ability to add my own content. I think most instructors do this to some extent, right? Don't we all want to be able to build a course that meets not only certain outcomes but that is still personalized to our areas of expertise?
To that end, I wonder if you could do something like this . . .
Of course, I could be off-base . . . and this may involve a larger conversation with a Digital Course Support representative . . .
However, if you end up doing that or hear of some other creative solutions, will you let me know?
You are not alone in your struggle. My chair asks me to conduct trainings with faculty for this precise concern. Here are a few tips that I would suggest.
1) Only require students to practice the skills that need strengthening. The Aplia with ISP allows for this individualized instruction to occur throuhgh the initial assessment.
2) Use their additional practice to strengthen those who may need added support.
3) Ask students to highlight or share readings together in class and exempt the practice in Aplia to move through the skills quickly.
4) Incorporate small group activities with grammar practice.
I always tell my students that the practice is important but make sure they do their best on the assessment so that they can reduce the amount of work throughout the term.
Let's keep our fingers crossed for what to come!
Our college is able to add multiple instructors to a Canvas course and then both instructors have rights to SAM reports, etc. They do some sort of merge of instructor accounts or sections and it works fine for us. Maybe Blackboard or self-hosted has limitations?
Hi Craig - my sincere apologies for the great delay in getting back to you! The Cengage team is working on getting Respondus testbank files for Network+ 7th edition posted on the Instructor Companion Site for you. We hope this will be live by mid-May 2017.
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