The Cengage Mobile app allows students and instructors to stay engaged with courses, in-class and out. For students, the app offers offline reading, gradebook access, and notifications for key course events. For instructors, the app offers an easy way to check class grades, take attendance, and create polls that keep students engaged.
To use this app, you must be either a Cengage Unlimited subscriber with ebooks in your account, or a Cengage user enrolled in a MindTap, CengageNOWv2, or SAM course. (Note that SAM users must be either enrolled in MindTap or use SAM in conjunction with an LMS.)
The app features:
- Access to ebooks
- Flashcards and flashcard-based practice quizzes
- Activities organized by due date
Textbook Reading: Download your textbook with offline access! Browse between different chapters, search for specific pages and terms, or take notes, highlights and bookmarks. Have the book read aloud using Text-to Speech. Note: We currently support most 2015-2019 titles. Textbooks from 2014 and prior as well as international or custom titles are not supported. Annotations do not currently sync with web-based readers.
Flashcards & Practice Quizzes: Study on the go using pre-made flashcard decks. Then check your knowledge with practice quizzes. See your scores improve over time as you learn more!
Activity Lists: Stay on top of all your assignments with to-do lists! Browse all the assignments and activities in your course and view due dates.
Notifications & Reminders: Easily set up assignment reminders and get notified of grade and due date changes.
Gradebook: See your overall grade for the course as well as the breakdown of grades by various activities. You can also view instructor comments and grade changes! Access to the gradebook requires additional authentication, by either password, fingerprint, or face ID.
In-Class Polling and Attendance: Instructors can check if students are in the classroom using geolocation or by allowing remote check-ins. They can also review and edit attendance records, and export them to their preferred gradebook. Instructors can also author in-class polls, review the results with the whole class, and export those results.
This release includes improvements, bug fixes, & new features for users:
New sidebar helps all users navigate around the app and provides access to select Cengage Unlimited content for trial users & subscribers.
Updated push notification logic provides more helpful information on a predictable schedule
Instructors can now see a live count of the number of students who have answered a poll or checked in to attendance
Improved ReadSpeaker speeds make listening to text a better experience on iOS devices
Ratings and Reviews
Aside from ebook load times it’s great
I’ve used this app for two semesters now, it’s not mandatory but is provided this semester. It’s easy to navigate compared to similar products like Pearson’s Mylab, WileyPlus, etc which aren’t even worth installing. I like the ability to easily highlight and then review only highlighted material. Much more practical then highlighting a textbook or notes, bonus I can still use the textbook and resell it as “like new”. I haven’t used it yet but in the past the reading to you function was great. I can’t read my law 201 textbook for long before getting bored and trailing off so it’s a useful source.
I do have a problem with the random load times for sections of the text. It’s always been buggy and either sometimes won’t load at all, or just requires you exact the app and reopen it. Sometimes it will be there ready to use, other times I have to try it again, even then it can take several minutes to load up. Other then that I’d give it 5 stars.
Update: I used Speak Screen all the time to listen to my chapters in the car or on the go. After IOS 12 update, speak screen will not load anymore for MindTap. Now I have to sit at PC in order to listen. Speak Screen works just fine on all my other apps tho. Also the app doesn't sync with the desktop version so when you open the app to finish reading on the go, you tap on the chapter but it opens another chapter entirely so you have to search through all the pages to find where you left off. It just keeps getting better!!
Don't download. Read the reviews. You can't do assignments, can't even read the textbook because the ereader is not functional with any version of iOS. I have an iPhone 7 plus and an iPad Pro 10.5 and the app doesn't work on either device. Thousands of dollars go to Cengage for books and the students can't even use the app that professors FORCE them to use. And Cengage's responses in the reviews are just years of apologies but no fixes. Shame on you Cengage. Students: Do yourself a favor and get Chegg.
Update: Their response below is to contact support but it's the same prob that all iOS users have reported for years with the e-reader: white screen while attempting to open the book. And no assessment compatibility is ridiculous in 2018. No thanks, Cengage. I'm not wasting more of my limited time with support.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thank you for your honest feedback. While we don’t support assessments in the app at this time, we are concerned by your comment that the reader and app are not working for you; both should be functional for the devices you described. Can you please email firstname.lastname@example.org OR update your review with your book ISBN so we can look into this for you? The white screen issue you report is fixable as long as we know which book is having issues. Thanks.
So bad for taking notes
I am an avid note taker and use many different publishers on split screen to take notes with my Apple Pencil. If you have to do this with this app I feel your pain. Every time you exit the app, wether to grab a title from your design app or look up an image online the app resets to some random page and won’t keep your place at all. The split screen functionality is garbage. If you don’t position the screens just right you’ll be looking at three pages at once all weirdly columned out instead of legibility ordered. What makes it the worst is that it doesn’t keep track of page numbers so a chapter is so long that once you do navigate away from you spot (which is an obvious inevitability the designers should be considering) you then have to scroll and scroll and scroll to re-find your place. Yes you can use the bookmarks to speed that up but only if you first hit the chapter then hit the section you’re on. Really? Taking notes is tedious enough, you would think that a company that specializes in education would take their target market into more consideration. I will be passing on my grievances to the school for making us purchase this overpriced ill considered excuse for an e-reader.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.