MindTap for Office 365/2016 Introductory with Office Mix


Let your students to learn by doing! Using our new MindTap for Office 365/2016 Introductory with Office Mix, students can complete engaging, interactive lessons while learning learning real world application and understanding how Microsoft skills will impact their future careers.

Contact your Learning Consultant or visit Cengage.com to learn more about this product or other offerings.

Tips To Make The Most of Microsoft Office Mix


Office Mix makes it incredibly easy to create and share dynamic presentations. (If you’re familiar with using PowerPoint, you’re more than halfway there!) You can add voice overs and other audio, as well as quizzes, interactive activities, and simulations. Office Mix also helps you measure outcomes—you can see how much time students spend in each slide, and check on how they’ve performed as individuals on those quizzes that you’ve embedded.

Download the free Microsoft Office Mix add-on to get started.

During the 2015 Cengage Learning Computing Conference, Jim Federico provided attendees with an introduction to the capabilities of Office Mix. Here are a few suggestions from the presentation:

  • Do you add notes to your PowerPoint presentations? Use those notes as your “teleprompter” as you record your lectures.
  • Want to call students’ attention to particular concepts, or show them how to complete problem sets or exercises? Use digital ink to write your solutions, notes, or annotations onscreen.
  • It’s easy to share your completed Mix. You can choose to share a link, or you can embed it into a web page (as we’ve done above). Using the embedded social buttons, you can also easily share it to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.
  • Concerned about who will see the Mix? Adjust the privacy settings so that only those who have the link can see it, or so that students must log in to see it.

Microsoft Office Mix: Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Microsoft Office Mix Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Thanks to the growth in online learning and flipped classrooms, more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease.

We’re so excited that Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated within our MindTap digital learning solution. Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013, the first integrated course, is now available, and integrating additional MindTap for Computing courses is slated for the future.

“Office Mix turns PowerPoint into a powerful interactive lesson authoring solution,” says Jim Federico, Principle Product Manager at Microsoft. “We’re delighted to support Cengage’s innovation that enables instructors and students to create engaging and interactive learning content.”

Each chapter in the MindTap for Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013 is accompanied by a ready-to-use Office Mix presentation that includes walk throughs, videos and knowledge checks. You can also create your own Office Mix presentations and add them to the course—and encourage your students to do the same!

Visit the Cengage Blog and check out a sample of this new MindTap learning solution.

Cengage Learning Computing Conference

Cengage Learning Computing Conference 2015

From March 18 through 20, 2015, we celebrated twenty years of the Cengage Learning Computing Conference in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Joined by dozens of presenters and hundreds of enthusiastic computing instructors, we enjoyed two-and-a-half days of engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: 3D printing, online portfolios, privacy and cyber security, digital literacy in the 21st century, Raspberry Pi, computing in the cloud, and much more. And of course, we had plenty of sessions devoted to SAM, MindTap, and other Cengage Learning solutions.

Keynote presenters Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, Jim Federico and Anthony Salcito of Microsoft®, Corinne Hoisington of Central Virginia Community College, and teen inventor Jack Andraka addressed invaluable insights, trends, and tips related to teaching computing to today’s students.

Learn more and visit the Office Mix channel for the Cengage Learning Computing Conference.

Office Mix, OneNote, and Outlook News

Office Mix Preview Launched

In May 2014, Microsoft introduced a customer preview of the new product Office Mix. (www.MixOffice.com). This tool “offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations.” According to the Microsoft Web site, “Office Mix gives PowerPoint new functionality. We add a new tab with several features, including the ability to record yourself giving your presentation. In record mode, you can capture audio and video of yourself narrating your slides, including what you write or draw on the screen. In essence, you’re able to capture the entire experience of giving your lecture, complete with visual and audio aids, with the added bonus of interactive content like quizzes or activities.”

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OneNote for Mac update

Added top customer requested features, such as the ability to print your notes, improved copy and paste for formatted content, drag and drop pictures, display names for hyperlinks, format painter, and performance improvements.

New Outlook.com mail rules

Outlook.com has added new mail rules for complex behaviors and filtering. There is also an undo button, a new in-line reply functionality, and an improve chat and messaging interface.

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