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Michelle McCargish — Oklahoma State University

MindTap's focus on critical-thinking skills and primary source activities help me orient learning away from rote memorization toward higher-order mastery.

I am an adjunct instructor at Western New Mexico University and occasionally at Oklahoma State University. As a graduate assistant I developed the first online offering of the American history survey course at OSU, which impressed upon me the value and importance of useable digital solutions and integrated course technology.

MindTap serves my students at a variety of levels. Its Learning Path includes a searchable e-text with note-taking applications and a Read-Speak function useful for English Language Learners or students who need learning accommodations. Course supplements give students greater opportunity to engage with the material through audio-visual material, interactive homework activities, and the analysis of maps as well as primary sources, reinforcing the content they later analyze in their written work while providing interesting and varied approaches to the topic. Discussion boards, integrated social networking, and peer review of written work foster collaboration between remote students. MindTap's focus on critical-thinking skills and primary source activities help me orient learning away from rote memorization toward higher-order mastery. The analytics allow me to formatively assess my courses to make adjustments to the course structure when needed and to identify at-risk students in need of remediation or consultation, improving course outcomes.

This is my second year as a Faculty Partner, and I look forward to continuing to share and benefit from this very rewarding experience. I am also a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University.

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