New at BETT for schools, colleges and universities - cloud-based course solutions

New at BETT for schools, colleges and universities -  cloud-based course solutions, virtual reality vocational courseware and The Times Digital Archive from Cengage Learning

E-learning specialist and global publisher, Cengage Learning (stand B357) is showcasing a range of digital solutions for the vocational, FE and HE sectors including MindTap: an interactive, customizable, cloud-based online course solution that promises to captivate the minds of today’s students. Also featured will be its e-learning and virtual reality vocational courseware and The Times Digital Archive, an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for 19th – 20th Century history.

Educators seeking to tailor course content for their students are invited to take a look at MindTap ( , a personalized learning experience into which an instructor’s course material, lectures, videos and documents can be blended with ebook content to create a fully personalised learning path. Designed to work alongside or independently of a wide range of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), MindTap includes a calendar for documenting due dates for assignments and readings and a tracking facility which provides teaching staff with a real-time summary of student scores which they can choose to make visible to students keen to see their current standing within a class.

Also featured at BETT will be Cengage Learning’s e-learning and virtual reality vocational learning programmes covering construction, electrical, gas and plumbing, renewable energy, welding and fabrication, licensed retail, health & safety and healthcare.

Specifically developed to increase learners’ knowledge retention and support tutors with the delivery of their qualifications, Cengage Learning’s programmes use the most advanced games simulation technology (Real World Environment – RE), 2D and 3D animation, audio, video and graphics to create highly interactive and innovative learning scenarios to engage and motivate, build confidence and increase knowledge retention. The programmes enable the learner to build comprehension of the subject matter before putting skills in to practice with actual materials. This has been proven to provide a real cost saving on materials thus driving down the cost of training. This also allows learners to practice at their own pace while enabling tutors to monitor and track their progress.

Also making its debut is Cengage Learning’s suite of interactive learning, study and exam preparation CourseMate tools for vocational and higher education. CourseMate addresses the needs of varied learning styles and supports teaching and learning with tutor teaching materials and web-based reporting used to track learners’ progress across all of the activities and to identify students that require extra support.

Read by both world leaders and the general public, The Times has offered readers in-depth, award-winning and objective coverage of world events since its creation in 1785 and is the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication. Now part of Gale NewsVault, a cross searchable platform for historical newspapers, The Times Digital Archive documents history from 1785, allowing teachers, students and researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.

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