McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Grades and Pass Rates at Virginia Tech!

Professor Amy Smith used Connect® Personal Health to convert her face-to-face course to an online, asynchronous course in Spring 2010. She found it to be a perfect solution for teaching her large enrollment classes of up to 700 students, and her students have shown significant improvement as a result. Read this CASE STUDY to learn about the 12% increase in exam scores and a 14% increase in pass rates that Professor Smith’s students experienced with Connect!



Professor Smith says that Connect has been a win-win for everyone and would recommend it to other faculty. “It allows me to offer this elective class to about 600 students per semester and 50 during each summer session. It gives the students the opportunity for self-study, and I am there to answer questions about the material and the process. Without Connect, we could not offer the class to this number of students. It’s a popular class at Virginia Tech.” She now plans to use more of the available features in Connect, such as Tegrity lecture capture to integrate recorded lectures into her next offering of Personal Health.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  November 01 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Grades and Pass Rates at Front Range Community College!

Professor Anita Miller felt that her students taking Human Anatomy & Physiology were not spending enough time practicing or reviewing anatomical concepts outside of class. She was looking for a solution that would provide them with opportunities to practice on their own and motivate them to do more. Read this CASE STUDY to learn about how Connect® Anatomy & Physiology enabled her to post required assignments and additional practice opportunities for her students, all with instant feedback and automated grading. As a result, more students are earning A’s and B’s and fewer students are earning C’s and F’s! Pass rates for her course have also increased 11%, from 75% to 86% – the highest passing rate for the course that she has ever seen.



Professor Miller reports, “With exams, the overall increase in grades is obvious for the class using Connect. With the practical assessments, improvement is also visible. The high level of performance for students with an A shows that the good students know what to study for exams, whereas the lower achievers need more help, which Connect provides them.” As a result of these improved student outcomes, Professor Miller looks forward to further integrating more of the exercises and animations within Connect into her curriculum.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 31 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Success at Solano Community College!


Professor Laura Maghoney sought to help her students develop a deeper understanding of economics principles through increased retention of key course concepts. She turned to Connect® Economics, with its embedded graphing tool and interactive assignments, which helped her to accomplish this goal and significantly improved student performance in the course. Read this CASE STUDY for more information on the improved outcomes that Professor Maghoney and her students experience with Connect.



Professor Maghoney found that Connect also enabled her to use the time she saved on grading assignments to prepare for high-level interactive discussions during class. She says,” “I want students to be able to apply what they have learned to the ‘real world.’ With Connect, the students definitely seem to understand economics better, so that helps them make that leap to the real world. They have a stronger grasp of how events might be related to each other.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 31 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Grades at Washtenaw Community College!

Professor Robert Hagood knows the value of practice problems in his course, but felt limited in the amount of homework he could assign due to the time it took to manually grade and review it in class. He found that Connect® Physics enabled him to assign a sufficient number of practice problems for students without adding to his grading time or using valuable class time to review. Not only do his students now get immediate feedback on their homework, but Professor Hagood is able to monitor individual student progress, as well as focus on areas of difficulty for entire classes. Read this CASE STUDY to learn how implementing Connect Physics led to a noticeable increase in student engagement and academic performance.




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The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 07 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Increases Grades and Retention at San Jacinto College!

Professor Julie Williams teaches both face-to-face and online public speaking classes, and needed a solution that would support both types of courses. Previously, she had videotaped each student’s speech and provided DVDs for self-assessment in her face-to-face classes, which was time-intensive. With Connect® Lucas, she has recovered 50 hours per semester by uploading the videos into Connect for student self-assessment. She also has one place for her online students to upload their videos for grading and feedback, self-evaluation, and peer review. In addition, she reports increased student engagement and significantly higher pass rates than the departmental average since implementing Connect Lucas. Learn about Professor Williams’ experience in this CASE STUDY.



In addition to the positive impact on student performance, Connect Lucas has enabled Professor Williams to decrease the number of printed handouts and worksheets she provides to students by 1,000, resulting in actual departmental cost savings of approximately $300 per semester!


Professor Williams says, “Connect Lucas is a tool that enables faculty to effectively teach the concepts of public speaking, coach students through the learning process, manage classroom activities and assignments, and measure the outcomes of student success. I have made Connect a course requirement that all my students must have for my public speaking classes. So much of their grade will eventually depend on tools and features that they can only access through Connect, and it would be difficult for students to pass my course without it.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  September 26 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Success and Increases Engagement at Florida State College!

Professor Elizabeth Tuckwiller needed to find a way to engage student interest in learning psychology outside of the classroom to reduce the time spent in lecture trying to cover every topic in the course. Read this CASE STUDY on how McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, the adaptive learning system within Connect® Psychology, has helped her students to learn core course content outside of class. Now students experience the major concepts of the course through online labs and activities, and as a result, Professor Tuckwiller has time to bring more dynamic, engaging activities and videos from Connect into her classroom. And it is working—students are spending much more time with the material and pass rates have leaped from 75% to 83.6%.



She says, “Connect Psychology drastically improves student engagement, and it is the next wave in digital learning and blended course development. It frees up class time for labs, activities and other forms of active learning. I am very, very pleased with it.”


Professor Tuckwiller recommends Connect to faculty and now plans to use the McGraw-Hill and Blackboard total course solution to seamlessly deliver her course in one place.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  September 15 2011
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