BOSTON and SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cengage Learning today announced a partnership with Codevolve, a San Francisco-based edtech company, to integrate Codevolve's computer coding environment into MindTap, Cengage Learning's flagship digital platform. The collaboration brings computer science and programming instruction to students through hands-on practice designed to teach users to write and run code. Five MindTap courses are releasing this spring with Python, Java and C++ Codevolve labs.
Codevolve's seamless integration into MindTap requires no installation, allowing students to code directly in the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from their web browser. According to the most recent data from Code.org, there are more than 600,000 open computing jobs nationwide, but only 38,175 computer science students graduating to fill this need.
"As job growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continues to outpace job growth in all other areas, demand for computer science skills is on the rise," said Kristin McNary, product team manager at Cengage Learning. "Preparing students for success in the workforce is paramount as we develop new ways to improve outcomes through our digital platforms."
Powered by artificial intelligence, a chatbot provides hints and feedback when students get stuck, which encourages persistence through on demand assistance. For instructors, MindTap provides benefits and support including automatic grading, analytics and LMS integration with full flexibility to tailor a course.
"Codevolve is a powerful tool that provides students the hands-on practice and troubleshooting support they need to learn complex subject matter," said Saul Costa, CEO of Codevolve. "Students love the "just in time" help as it provides assistance that beginners can understand without technical jargon. In addition, it leverages artificial intelligence to create a feedback resource that continually gets smarter."
About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub located in San Francisco, CA. Cengage Learning employees reside in nearly 40 different countries with company sales in more than 125 countries around the world. www.cengage.com.
Codevolve is a San Francisco-based education technology company that builds tools for teaching and learning computer programming. A language-agnostic cloud-based coding platform for students and teachers, Codevolve provides an academic integrated development environment (IDE) that is like no other. www.codevolve.com.
Chloe Ryan, Cengage Learning
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