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Cengage Launches Online Learning Platform

Ed tech developer Cengage Learning has launched a new online learning platform for higher ed.

Called MindTap, the platform is designed to work across devices--traditional computers, smart phones, and tablets--to deliver coursework, learning management, and a range of educational materials. Some of those educational materials are delivered via "MindApps," a collection of apps from Cengage and third-party sources that provide syllabus-aligned instructional activities, along with broader functionality like lecture capture, remediation tools, social networking, tutoring, and plagiarism prevention, among others. MindTap also provides a dashboard for students to access their own work and tools for teachers and administrators to assess and track student learning.

In addition to MindApps, the platform also provides MindTap Reader, a tool that's designed to enhance the electronic textbook experience with "significant reading learning activity functionality embedded within the context of text and other elements including video/audio, annotations, activities, applications and instructor source materials, while also preparing existing products to take advantage of future MindTap services," according to Cengage.

Other features of MindTap include:

  • Access to Cengage's Gale library databases and other content;
  • Support for third-party learning management systems;
  • Support for teachers creating homework assignments and quizzes;
  • A wide selection of interactive learning activities;
  • An integrated gradebook;
  • Multimedia support;
  • Social networking tools;
  • Text-to-speech; and
  • Note-taking and highlighting capabilities;

MindTap is available now. Further information, including a demo request form, can be found here.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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