Cengage Learning Named Learning Impact 2012 Gold Award Winner for MindLinks

Stamford, CT, June 13, 2012 – Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, was named a Learning Impact 2012 Gold Award Winner from the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) for its MindLinks service. Cengage Learning MindLinks received the designation in the new and R&D initiatives category at this year’s IMS conference in Toronto, Canada on May 18th.  The Learning Impact program recognizes outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing the global education and training industries.

MindLinks is a new Cengage Learning service designed to provide the best possible user experience and facilitate the highest level of learning retention and outcomes through deeper integration of Cengage Learning’s digital suite into an instructor’s Learning Management System (LMS). MindLinks work on any LMS that supports the IMS Basic LTI open standard with advanced features, including gradebook integration, as a result of driving standards forward in collaboration with industry-leading LMS partners. MindLinks offers an innovative approach to comprehensive learning through interoperability which enhances learning effectiveness. The service provides for fluid pedagogical design in response to teachable moments and it drives learning retention with improved outcomes.

“Cengage Learning shares the IMS vision of ensuring that the full Learning Impact of innovations is achieved around the world and is very pleased to be recognized for MindLinks through this year’s Learning Impact Awards program,” said Curtiss Barnes, Vice President, Corporate Development for Cengage Learning. “MindLinks is the latest example of Cengage Learning solutions which leverage interoperability in order to support improved ease of use and access – which in turn lead to greater student engagement and outcomes. By implementing the IMS Basic LTI open standards, and maintaining partnerships with others who embrace these standards, we intend to keep pushing the limits to deliver the most impactful learning experience for students and instructors. We look forward to continued work with IMS to help deliver on this promise.”

“IMS’s sense of the need regarding digital course content in higher education is an easy to use ‘toolkit’ of comprehensive and engaging content that can be organized to meet teacher and student needs,” said Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive of IMS Global. “My sense is that MindLinks from Cengage achieved a top medal in the Learning Impact Awards because it indeed enables this easy and engaging approach, including analysis of student progress, in concert with a large variety of learning management platforms. The award signifies that Cengage is indeed leading the way in terms of access, ease of use and student-centered learning experiences.”

For more information on Cengage Learning MindLinks and the 2012 Global Impact Awards, please visit http://www.imsglobal.org/learningimpact2012/lia2012winners.html

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. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.