Apr 14, 2009. Cengage Learning, one of the leading publishers of print and digital educational and reference materials for the academic, professional and library markets, and iParadigms introduce Enhanced InSite, a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate technology tool designed to provide instructors and students with a unique blend of assets and learning resources to improve success in composition courses.
Based on a long-term agreement between Cengage Learning and iParadigms, Enhanced Insite provides access to proven, class-tested capabilities such as online peer review, electronic GradeMark mark-up tools and the world's leading originality checking service to help students become successful and confident writers. An interactive e-book provides students with reference materials which are fundamental to composition courses and delivers key features including:
- Interactive Exercises — Students are able to type in answers and receive feedback; results can be saved or printed for instructors
- Highlights and Note-taking — With the highlighting tool, students can make and save notes and annotations within the text
- Printing Option — The e-book is searchable by keyword or word combinations and results are returned "in context" so that students can see the surrounding text for reference
- Integrated, Online, Text-Specific Workbook — Includes coverage of grammar, punctuation, usage, style and writing; it also includes a variety of exercises that provide clear examples and explanations along with an answer key for instructors
"Pairing content and learning materials from Cengage Learning with iParadigm's unique technology tools allows us to best support both students and instructors in composition courses," said Sean Wakely, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Arts & Sciences for Cengage Learning. "By building on the strengths of Insite, adding new components such as the integrated e-book, Enhanced InSite provides customers with tools to increase student engagement in order to improve learning outcomes and support success in the classroom."
Among the benefits for instructors, Enhanced InSite includes the recently-updated GradeMark mark-up and grading tool which makes it possible to insert correction marks and comments anywhere on a paper with automatically assigned remediation quizzes when students reach the instructor-set threshold. Instructors also benefit from Enhanced InSite's Assignment Library which contains pre-loaded content for quickly planning lessons with writing and peer review assignments. Enhanced InSite helps to track and manage individual student performance and supports class-based management and statistics building to report on overall classroom results.
"The GradeMark tools and rubrics allow for consistent and standardized grading practices in today's classroom," said Sally Elliott, COO of iParadigms. "Enhanced InSite's services are designed for the specific needs and requirements of the composition course with easy-to-use web-based technology that allows instructors to assign, grade and manage writing assignments – without ever having to handle printed papers."
In addition to the new e-book and GradeMark features, Enhanced InSite includes features from the original InSite product which have proven to support students and instructors in their writing courses. The Originality Checker helps students learn to correctly cite sources and also allows them to check their own papers for unintentional plagiarism. The Grammar Review tool is available for student practice to refine understanding of key concepts via interactive exercises on grammar and proof-reading, anti-plagiarism tutorials, writing modules, multimedia activities and downloadable grammar podcasts. Access to private tutoring resources gives students additional assistance and review as they are writing their papers, and the Research feature provides free 24/7 access to InfoTrac College Edition, a database with more than 20 million full-text articles.
For more information, visit: www.cengage.com/insite.
About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence, professional development, and measurable learning outcomes. Cengage Learning's existing company and imprint brands include Heinle, Gale, Wadsworth, Delmar, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, among others. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.
iParadigms LLC, is the leader in textual intellectual property protection and a pioneer of web-based services for collaborative, online educational support. The company is at the forefront of using technology to increase awareness of best practices in teaching and learning as related to the use of other people's textual content. Turnitin is the leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by millions of students and faculty and thousands of institutions in more than 100 countries. Turnitin is a registered trademark, and GradeMark is a trademark of iParadigms LLC. More information may be obtained at www.turnitin.com.