Connect Release – New Enhancements #2

We’ve only given you a taste of what’s to come once we flip the switch on our upcoming release, but we’ll continue to post information on new enhancements every week until the big reveal in late July.

If you’d rather be spending less time on administrative details and more time working to reach your teaching goals, the second enhancement of the Connect summer release will delight you. To streamline procedures and save you time, we had to tackle our current policies to make them even more customizable.

Here are just a few of the release highlights:

Section Overview
A snapshot of a course, which includes high-level course information about the Connect eBook, assignments, and policy settings, and provides useful context about the course, particularly for those working with a shared or copied course.

Preview & Edit
Review concise descriptions of all policies in a clean layout before editing. This is also helpful for instructors who have received shared courses from colleagues.

Apply to Previous
Save valuable time by applying policy settings to all existing assignments with one click.

Feedback Policies
Tailor the feedback students receive based on the number of completion attempts per assignment, which makes it easier to see which policy applies to which attempt.

Discard Changes
Experiment with policy changes without making them permanent, until you want to.

NEW! Credit for Completion
This new policy allows you to reward all students who completed an assignment with participation credit – regardless of his or her score – thus decreasing instructor grading efforts.

NEW! Enhanced Revise Previous Attempt Option
This new policy variation allows students to continue taking assignment attempts – even if you haven’t finished scoring their prior attempt – so you can focus on grading final attempts only.

Check back next week for a sneak peak of how the new release will give you more flexibility for editing and customizing your Connect eBook for students.
The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  June 27 2013

Connect Maintenance Announcement

Your Connect user experience is of the greatest priority for us, and we would like to make you aware of an upcoming maintenance release scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, 5am until 7am EST, during which time Connect will be unavailable.

The good news is that during this upgrade window we will be releasing several key usability improvements!

– Institutional offers will be recognized at schools using the Blackboard building block

– Ability to partner with schools to deliver all course materials as part of tuition and fees

– Fixes for a few known issues

Thank you for your continued commitment to McGraw-Hill Connect. If we can be of any further assistance during this time, please let us know.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  May 02 2013

Introducing: Connect Study Beta

You’re invited!
Connect Study Beta is our first step into the mobile world.

In this first phase, you’ll have what you need to study between classes, including a redesigned eBook and brand new features to help you plan for your semester and track you performance. We’re not able to offer everything we’d like just yet, but we wanted to make Connect Study available to all students as soon as we could.

We’d love for you to try it out and tell us what you think: Connect Study Beta.

Continue reading …

By kevin  |  October 12 2012
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July Release and Enhancements

We are excited to announce that Connect had a successful platform upgrade, and we truly thank you for your patience and flexibility during that time. Here are just a few of the release highlights:

Course Creation – It’s now easier to add courses, download section info and share with colleagues.

Free Trial Improvement – Your Connect roster will stay organized with a new status column that tells you whether a student is licensed or using Free Trial.

Ask Instructor – You can keep only the messages you need and delete the rest, without your students losing them.

Ask Publisher – Report content and technical issues more efficiently.

LearnSmart – Greater access to modules means more opportunities for your students to understand the material.

Question Editor – A clean look and navigation make it simple to customize assignments with your own questions.

ADA Compliance – Changes to formatting, labeling and navigation make Connect more accessible to all students.

Also keep an eye out for improvements in assigning, like the ability to incorporate fractions of a point and allowing students to start and submit after the due date using the “allow for late submittal” policy. Grading, grouping assignments and the student homepage were also tweaked to make using Connect that much easier.

Certain disciplines have new features of their own. English now has Peer Review, and World Languages has an enhanced Gradebook and new Blackboard Voice tools.

Course Creation – Save time and effort by copying and sharing with as many as 10 colleagues at once; navigate the book finder faster with a new scroll bar; and download your registration to PDF for easy printing and sharing.

Free Trial – Students get email reminders and clearer instructions on how to upgrade from their free trial. You’ll be able to check each student’s status in your roster.

Ask Instructor – Students’ messages with you are automatically saved for them, so you’re free to delete messages without affecting your students.

Ask Publisher – Pre-populated forms for content and technical issues save you time when you need to get in touch with the
McGraw-Hill Customer Experience Group.

LearnSmart – You can now assign different topics from a LearnSmart module to emphasize the right concepts at the right time.

Students can also access modules after the due date, allowing them to continue using LearnSmart for review and practice whenever they want.

Question Editor – Creating and editing questions in the question bank is much easier with a fresh look and simplified design. Customize questions with ease to create the perfect assignment for your students.

ADA Compliance – An important part of the release is increased ADA Compliance, with enhanced formatting for disabled and handicapped learners.

These changes include alternate text for selections, labels for text fields and improved keyboard navigation.

Keep an eye out in future releases for the ability to give students with disabilities standard extensions on timed assignments.


By kevin  |  July 29 2012
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Coming Soon: Good news for grading!

Mid-semester grading got you down?

We’re adding some great new grading features, and fine-tuning existing ones, to help cure the grading blues. In April, your grading workflow will be even more efficient and easy than it is right now.

Grading screenshot

Here are some highlights

After the April release you’ll be able to:
  • ● Zero-in on students who are ready to be graded, and get started immediately, with the always-available Grading Queue
  • ● Grade more efficiently by scoring a student’s entire assignment at once
  • ● See everything in context with the newly expanded, full-page grading area
  • ● Start and stop grading file attachment assignments and questions at your leisure

Stay tuned for more details!


By kevin  |  March 21 2012
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New Features and Enhancements Arrive on January 21!

Here are the great new features and updates that will be available January 21, in Connect:

The Connect Success Academy

Your one-stop, full-service learning and support center. The new Success Academy is the place to go to learn more about Connect’s features and to view suggestions and tips to help you get the most out of everything you use in your class. The CSA will be available throughout Connect – just look for the helpful icons, and explore!

Connect Success Academy

The Newly Redesigned Policy Page

Simplifying your experience, without changing what you love.

We introduced you to the redesigned policies page earlier here on the blog – setting up assignments and applying the policies you want is now easier than ever.

The New Policies Page


Developmental English

A suite of new assignment-types and features will be available with the launch of Developmental English and in several other disciplines.

Writing Assignments – Centralized submissions, feedback, and grades without additional software.
Blogs – Bring real-world applications to any writing assignment.
Discussion Boards – Engage the entire class and keep track of activity.

Blog Post Assignment


Personalized Learning Plan (Adaptive Diagnostics)

Enabled titles will deliver a comprehensive adaptive study plan, or individual study activities, through unique adaptive diagnostic and learning tools. Adjust the content that’s available to your students by relevance, and select important materials, or let students explore.

Personalized Learning


LiveInk [Pilot]

LiveInk integration provides an alternative reading method, which will be available in select titles this spring, that will improve the experience and comprehension for many online readers. Easily switch between the eBook and LiveInk views.



Publisher-Provided Media: Audio Files

Now, students in disciplines like Music will have access to audio files even when they’re not part of an assignment. Students can view and play the files anytime from their Connect Library.

Audio Files


APR and NutriCalc

Now you and your students can launch Anatomy and Physiology Revealed and NutriCalc Plus right from your section home page.

Newsflashes and Quick Tips

We’re making some great improvements to the notifications and messages you receive in Connect, including creating separate space for important news and quick-tips.


By kevin  |  December 23 2011
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The Connect Team

The Connect Team