Cengage Learning’s Aplia Learning Solution Wins eSchool Media Readers’ Choice Award

Belmont, Calif. – July 25, 2012 – Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, announced today that its Aplia line of digital products has been selected for an eSchool Media 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice Award. This prestigious award is given annually to K-12 and higher education technology products that make a difference in the classroom.

Aplia is an interactive homework solution developed by teachers to increase student effort and engagement. Aplia’s content is authored specifically for the digital medium and features immediate, detailed and actionable feedback. The auto-grading saves instructors time and lets them focus on value-add activities that further improve student learning. In addition, real-time performance data allows instructors to customize lesson plans as needed based on trouble spots individually or class-wide. Available in over 21 different course areas including Biology, Political Science and Economics, Aplia has gained popularity for its ability to increase student preparedness and drive better learning outcomes in the classroom. Aplia is also well-known for its simplicity of design, ease of use, reliability and customer support.

In the past year, Aplia has seen major growth in the domestic higher education market; Aplia’s customer base grew 43 percent and activations increased from 330,000 to 475,000. Across all product offerings (higher education, high school, domestic and international) activations increased from 475,000 to 565,000. As demonstrated by these statistics, the demand for technology in education is greater than ever. Students and professors are more frequently depending on the hardware, software, websites and technology services that are honored in the Readers’ Choice Awards as primary teaching and learning vehicles.
“We are honored that Aplia has been recognized as a top technology product for the classroom by the readers and editors of eSchool Media,” said Manuel Guzman, Executive Vice President, Learning & Research Solutions and International, Cengage Learning.  “As Aplia’s user-base continues to grow, we are constantly looking to enter new markets where we can support student learning, including a number of Advanced Placement courses for high school students. Aplia has provided tremendous value to students in higher education and we believe it has the potential for equal success in areas of the high school market.” 

In addition to offering new Advanced Placement courses in the fall, Aplia is releasing a new version of the popular diagnostics offering for 18 Developmental English titles. Last fall, Aplia developed a diagnostic assessment which provides instructors and students detailed insights into specific strengths and weaknesses in key skill areas. In the new version, Aplia has supplemented the diagnostic assessment with an Individualized Study Path (ISP). ISP formulates a specific list of needs for each student and accompanying assignments that address their areas for improvement – further personalizing the technology that students are relying on in the classroom.

Aplia technology and solutions will soon be made available as part of the groundbreaking MindTap platform. Customers of Aplia electing to migrate to MindTap will benefit from the added Learning Path, LMS and services features (or functionality) provided by the MindTap solution. This integration of technologies will further advance the quality of learning and teaching solutions in the higher education market.

The winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards were chosen by the editors of eSchool Media from almost 1,300 nominations.  eSchool Media (eSchoolNews.com, eCampusNews.com, and eClassroomNews.com) asked readers to nominate their favorite technology products to use in the classroom and to describe how they improve teaching and learning. The winners were narrowed down to 50 and then grouped into two categories – K-12 and higher education.

For more information on the eSchool Media Readers’ Choice Awards, or for the full list of products, please visit: http://www.eschoolnews.com/files/2012/07/RCA201213web.pdf

About Cengage Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Cengage Learning’s brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.