CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.
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CourseMate, featuring Engagement Tracker, offers a simple way to complement your Cengage Learning text and course content with study and practice materials. Let’s begin by seeing how easy it is to create a course.
Let's begin by creating a course.
First, enter your course information (1). We’ve completed the fields for you, entering a title, section, enrollment, and the like.
Additionally you can opt to allow students to see their performance compared to the class average (2). Students will not see their classmates' names.
Next, you review your course information and confirm its accuracy.
Finally, you will receive a Course Key, which your students will need to enroll. You can copy/paste it for students on your syllabus, or forward your e-mail confirmation to them.
Engagement Tracker is a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. Instructors can monitor engagement and progress for their class roster, while students can view their own performance against class averages.
Let’s continue to explore the Instructor view of Engagement Tracker.
The Student Overview gives you an at-a-glance look at how the class is performing (1).
Clicking the “Students” button (2) lets you check on individual student performance.
The Student Summary lists all students in the course as well as key statistics for each one. Let’s review more details about Roger Boyd’s performance.
The Student Details page lists available resources, graded and non-graded, by chapter. You can view grades from highest to lowest (1), see time spent online, and compare the student’s performance to the class average (2).
We’ll click “Grade” to see Roger’s graded quizzes, with the highest score listed first.
This view shows how the student performed on every type of gradable resource. Blue values indicate above-average scores; orange values indicate below-average scores.
You can export this view and others to your learning management system.
One click lets you save the Student Report file to your desktop. From there, you can import it into your learning management system or other gradebook.
Now let’s see what information the Grade Details page provides about the class.
The Grade Details page lets you isolate a list of graded resources from non-gradable resources. Like the Student Report, this view can be exported to an outside gradebook.
You can also tailor your view by using the filter. Let’s review our filtering options.
You can filter by student, resource type, and/or chapter.
The Resources page shows you how students have used each of the CourseMate resources, and how they have performed on them. Let’s look at a sample.
Here’s the Resources page. You can see what percentage of students have done the required reading, watched a video, and completed quizzes. Where applicable, grades are listed.
Now we’ll leave Engagement Tracker and introduce you to some popular CourseMate resources.
The resources available with CourseMate vary, based on the needs of the discipline and your book’s features and pedagogy. All CourseMate products have an eBook, interactive quizzing, and a presentation resource. Many have flashcards, a glossary, and videos.
Quizzes provide students with instant feedback. Let’s see how this student did.
For incorrect answers, students can click on the magnifying glass icon to see the correct response.
In addition to seeing the correct answer and a brief explanation, students can link directly to the section of the eBook where the topic is discussed.
Flashcards help students review important terms (1, 2).
Here’s the flip side of the card with the definition of “applied research.”
Students have easy access to a glossary of terms introduced in their textbook.
Videos engage students and allow them to connect course concepts with real-world applications.
PowerPoint Notes help students review and retain important concepts from their textbook.
In addition to the instructor capabilities, Engagement Tracker now extends to students, providing an easy way for them to track their progress.
The Overview page provides a “snapshot” of the students activity within their CourseMate course. Students can track their time spent within CourseMate and receive a high-level overview of the how they are maximizing their use of the tools contained within CourseMate.
For example, beyond scoring on quizzes, students can see how many flashcards, games and videos they accessed. This simple dashboard can provide a sense of accomplishment and/or motivation to fully explore CourseMate.
As the name implies, the “Details” view of Engagement tracker drills down to the specific detail of the activities engaged in. Here students can also revisit the full text of their quizzes, with original choices and correct answers. CourseMate also records the time/date when they attempted the activity, giving students a sense of their own personal progress over time.
Engagement Tracker for students is a simple idea that helps students accomplish a serious goal, keeping them engaged in their course.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to discover CourseMate, which brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support your printed textbook.
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