Since retiring in May 2017 as a senior instructor in the Business Communications Program within the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University in Southeast Florida, I continue to keep up with the MindTap upgrades and Cengage initiatives.
As a MindTap user, I used the Aplia assignments to engage students in learning, understanding, and integrating the chapter concepts and grammar rules. These assignments allowed students to work at their own pace and to review and retest as necessary. I often edited these assignments, breaking them into self-checks and self-test segments or using assignment segments as strategic knowledge checks. Since these assignments are auto graded, I was able to spend my time working with students on their actual skill demonstrations rather than on knowledge drills.
I especially valued the YouSeeU application because it not only met the online presentation challenge, but also helped my face-to-face students improve their presentation skills. In addition to using YouSeeU for the graded online presentations, I used it for rehearsals, peer reviews, and self-reviews. While my school's faculty all agreed that they should assign rehearsal presentations, time and an efficient process were constraints, YouSeeU addressed both!
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