4 key benefits of having Mango Languages on your campus.

Dec 2, 2016 6:03:00 AM / by Britta Wilhelmsen

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Here at the Mango grove, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped over 300 academic institutions add a little more language and culture love to their campuses. From dozens of prospective study abroad candidates to those squeezing in some extra training before that tough Italian exam, Mango has been there for students in their times of need. Now that more and more academic libraries are embracing digital resources as integral parts of their collection, there’s never been a better time to snag a Mango Languages subscription for your campus. Here are just a few of the benefits that can come from Mango-fying your student body.

 

Highlight your library’s value beyond the books.

Students rely on their campus libraries as comprehensive sources of information across a variety of subjects, but it doesn’t stop there. Academic libraries provide students with a sense of community - a safe space to engage with colleagues and feel inspired on a daily basis. Part of the challenge of being an academic librarian is ensuring that your library offers resources that match your students’ creative drive and constant hunger for knowledge while encouraging healthy collaboration. This is where Mango comes in.

Our innovative language-learning software is designed to engage students and showcase your library’s value at the same time. Take Florida International University for example - Sarah Hammill, their Business & Online Learning Librarian, created a badge program to motivate more students to get involved with Mango Languages. For each course or chapter completed in their target language, students were rewarded with a digital badge available for display on their LinkedIn accounts. Not only did it boost their professional appeal, it gave students an incentive to visit their library more often - and Mango usage increased by 8% in only a few weeks. Way to go, Sarah!

By making Mango part of your digital resource collection, your campus can create its very own success story just like FIU did. Show your student body that your library is more than just tall stacks of books - it's a haven overflowing with useful resources dedicated to their personal and professional advancement. 

 

Connect with the rest of campus.

When it comes to an academic campus, we like to say that Mango software is department-blind. What does that mean, exactly? Just like your library, Mango is something that all students can benefit from - regardless of their major or the department in which department they spend most of their time. A student studying mechanical engineering could have just as much of a reason to use Mango as a Spanish major. It all depends on their academic and personal development goals.

Having Mango on campus helps provide that common link between students in different disciplines. Language learning is a valuable skill for any student in today’s world, and sometimes math and science majors just don’t have enough room for a language course in their quantitative-heavy schedules. Mango presents an alternative option for those students who want to develop their language skills but are unable to take a formal university class. Plus, learners have a chance to form study groups and interact with other students from different departments across campus - all in the name of language and culture learning.

For Brent Cooper, reference librarian and library service director at Brazosport College, Mango offered an easy, cost-effective solution that helped bring interactive language and culture training to his student community. Besides the fact that students became “addicted” to the program (we don’t blame them), Brent also felt there was a stronger connection between the classroom and the library: students would often visit the library for help with their account, or he would work with other instructors to customize Mango to their specific needs. Learn more about Brent’s success with Mango and how it helped him connect to the rest of campus.

 

It’s a perfect fit for busy student schedules.

We all know students these days. They hardly have time to grab a coffee from the campus Starbucks, let alone spend the hours it might take to find the perfect grammar book for their target language. That’s precisely why Mango works so well on college campuses - it’s flexible, hands-free, and designed to work with even the highest number of credit hours. Students can practice at their own pace from anywhere on campus, or even while studying abroad. In the age of digital resources, you can’t go wrong when you set up a Mango stand on campus.

At MIT’s school of business, staff members recognized that their business students wanted access to a language learning program - but they didn’t have time to squeeze it into their already busy schedules. The Dean pushed for their academic library to purchase a Mango subscription so that students could have a flexible, self-paced option for learning new languages. Now, students can take full advantage of Mango’s courses while the Dean monitors student progress on his end. Hats off to you, MIT.

 

Feed students’ global curiosity.

Students have wanderlust, and they’re seeking out resources that do too. Mango Languages is more than just a language learning program - it’s a comprehensive, mobile culture tool. Students will gain valuable insights about countries around the world while enhancing their own understanding of different cultures on their own campus. Promote Mango in your academic library, and show your student body that their school encourages both diversity and multicultural education.

Besides positioning Mango Languages as a useful resource in the library, it’s a great way to spice up your language classrooms as well. Just ask Cornerstone University and Lynn University: after deciding to use Mango as the backbone of their language departments, students are not only enriching their language study, they’re also saving a ton of money on textbooks. Happy students, happy campus!

When language and culture learning take center stage, everyone benefits from it. E-resources like Mango Languages are redefining the way students interact with their academic library and different departments throughout campus - and while 300 isn’t bad, we can’t wait to get even more institutions on board. Interested in strategies for showcasing your library’s value to your evolving (and globally-minded) campus community? Download our white paper for some great insights based on feedback from academic librarians and library service directors around the country.

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Topics: Higher Ed

Britta Wilhelmsen

Written by Britta Wilhelmsen

Britta is a University of Michigan graduate, currently living and working in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she's not busy teaching English to business professionals or writing for Mango, you can find her enjoying the sun in one of Buenos Aires' beautiful parks and/or studying Spanish in her free time. Like many mangos, she believes that language consistently makes life more colorful.

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