McGraw-Hill Connect Effectiveness Study
Within the case studies we analyzed, we found that Connect’s all-digital teaching and learning environment has helped more than double the number of students receiving A’s. In addition, students using Connect are also able to receive immediate feedback on their work, which boosts their confidence in the classroom and leads to a more engaged and interactive classroom discussion. We also found that this engaged learning environment pushes students to remain in courses they would otherwise withdraw from, which can ultimately raise course retention rates and graduation rates.
Instructors experience benefits from Connect as well. Administering tests and quizzes takes significantly less time with this learning platform – grading that took instructors a full hour drops to a low 12-minute average when they are using Connect. Saving time is great, but for instructors, saving time on grading allows them to focus on higher-value activities like extending and enhancing their course material and engaging students, both in and outside of the classroom.
With Connect, instructors are also able to track students’ progress and difficulties in real time and modify their one-on-one discussions and lecture content to focus on challenging topics. Overall, Connect provides a more engaging and richer classroom experience, enhancing the ability of instructors to teach and the students’ ability to learn.
McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Success and Increases Instructor Efficiency at Hinds Community College!
Professor Feaster says, “I observed that A students are going to make A’s regardless of what is asked of them. The Connect and LearnSmart assignments force all of the students to study in a variety of ways […] which evidently improves their understanding.” The data backs this up, showing that Connect made a significant difference for students who might have otherwise withdrawn from or failed the course or who may not learned the material well enough to pass the course. As a result, Professor Feaster “absolutely” recommends Connect to other faculty.
LearnSmart – It’s Proven
Final analysis shows when LearnSmart is assigned more B students earn A’s and more C students get B’s.
The distribution shows the aggregate of letter grades assigned by instructors. A Chi Square test was performed to determine if final course grades were distributed differently across the two groups (control and experimental). The test indicated a significant difference, Χ2 (4) = 11.667, p = .020 (an alpha level of .05 was adopted for this statistical test).
McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Success and Instructor Efficiency at University of California – Irvine!
According to Dr. Haas, “The majority of instructors at UCI who use Connect Composition in their classes believe that it has improved their students’ writing.” The success that instructors and students have had with Connect has led to its implementation in fully online classes at UCI. The department has also created a new class, Hum29, with Connect at the center, serving as a two-hour online “helper” class for students in composition courses with extensive ESL issues. In the future, the department plans to require students in all Writing 39B sections – about 70 – to complete both the diagnostic and the final essay within Connect Composition. The rubric and related Connect reports will give Haas’s department empirical data on student progress in every class offered for the very first time.
McGraw-Hill Connect Increases Student Engagement and Grades at New Mexico Junior College!
Connect Music not only provided students with simplified access to the music, but also enabled Professor Ponce to monitor how her students interacted with it. She is very pleased with the results and says, “Thank you for Connect! It is a powerful tool and it does add great value to a course.”
McGraw-Hill Connect Enhances Student Performance and Retention at Miami Dade College!
“I expected higher passing rates on both the state exam and the departmental writing exam, and this is exactly what has occured,” she says. “Connect Writing makes the teaching of the process of writing less stressful. It has opened up more free time for me to dedicate to student writing.”
The Connect Team
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