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Roxanne Kingston — University of Southern Mississippi

MindTap has provided our students an interactive learning environment, and it has given our instructors tools to enhance this environment.

I am an Instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at the University of Southern Mississippi, and I have been a Registered Dietitian for over a decade. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and I am also the Director of our Dietetic Internship. One of my responsibilities is to serve as course coordinator of our Nutrition course by modifying the course to keep it consistent with trends and technology.

We have been using Cengage products for many years, but added MindTap to our Nutrition course in fall 2015. For years, we have created testing and assignments for this class from scratch. With technology progressing, I knew there had to be a better way. That is when I was introduced to MindTap. After studying its features for a year, talking to faculty partners, and numerous Cengage trainings, I decided this was the best avenue to take. MindTap has provided our students an interactive learning environment, and it has given our instructors tools to enhance this environment.

One challenge of our undergraduate Nutrition course was to make sure all content was the same across all sections. MindTap has made this an easier task and has provided enriched content with opportunities for expansion. One of my favorite features of MindTap for Nutrition is the Diet and Wellness Plus. This application makes it easy for students to track their diet on their mobile device. Additionally, Cengage has incorporated quizzes for the Diet and Wellness Plus into their MindTap platform. This makes it much simpler to utilize this application and cuts down the burden of grading very large sections.

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