New Tegrity Features for You and Your Students

We are excited to announce that you and your students are getting some new features in Tegrity lecture capture!

1. A New Interface for Enhanced Student Learning Experience!
Simple, contemporary, and gives students all the features they have enjoyed in the past: EZ navigation tools; state-of-the art search and search navigation; bookmarking and note-taking; printing and downloading. Faculty also have an improved user interface when managing their courses and content within a course.

2. Recording Transcript Downloading
You and your students can now view, print, and download transcripts from Tegrity recordings where captioning has been provided.

3. Easier Management of Course and Recording Tasks
Three easy-to-access tabs enable:
a. Sorting: Sort by date, title, and duration.
b. Course Tasks: Easily decide if you want to upload additional course content, videos, syllabi, or Connect assignment links; start a test for students; publish podcasts, etc.
c. Recording Tasks: Edit, move, copy, share, download, or request captioning for multiple recordings with a single click. All the functions you have done in the past remain; it is just easier to find and execute!

4. New Print Layouts
Tegrity now supports more optimized printer layouts for better facilitation of note taking and efficient use of paper.

5. New Editor UI
The edit recordings functionality also has a simpler user interface to make the editing experience easier and more powerful. Additional captioning functions have been added to make it easy to add, replace, and remove captions with support for more captioning formats, including Quicktime.

6. Copy/Move Additional Content
Now you can move or copy additional documents, media files, and links along with your Tegrity Recordings more easily.

7. New Sharing Options for Instructors
More options make it easier to share class links: a simple direct URL link is automatically created along with the ability to share to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.

8. Upload Recordings to YouTube
You now have the option to publish to your own YouTube account.

9. Twitter Course Notifications
You can specify your own Twitter account for sending out course notifications.

10. Mac Users
Mac users now have much easier and UI-integrated audio level controls.

Your Tegrity service will be automatically updated – no extra work for you or your campus admins! Chat with your peers and let us know what you think about these new features in the Connect Community.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  August 09 2013

Implementing Connect: Instructor-Led Webinar Series

Register here for Back to School with Your Peers: Learn How Your Colleagues Are Implementing CONNECT Webinar Series.

William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” To excel at your craft, educators must be equipped with high-quality content and superior teaching aids; and there’s no better resource than Connect.

At McGraw-Hill Education, our priority is to ensure that you meet your teaching goals and see increased success, for you and your students. So, we’ve packed Connect with simple assignment creation, personalized learning, powerful reporting, lecture capture and seamless LMS integration.

To deepen your love of Connect, we’re extending an invitation for you to participate in 8 webinars—as part of our Back to School with Your Peers: Learn How Your Colleagues Are Implementing CONNECT Webinar Series—that will be available in August and September. Here’s a quick look at what we’ll be discussing:

Online Coursework: Making it Count
Focuses on the importance of requiring assignments, as well as tips on how to integrate them into the syllabus.

LearnSmart: Best Practices for Assigning
Teaches you how to assign and integrate LearnSmart into your course requirements.

Getting Started with Tegrity
Concentrates on how to begin using Tegrity— McGraw-Hill Education’s lecture capture system—in both online and F2F courses.

Using Reports Early & Often
Walks you through our powerful reporting that can track activity and identify at-risk students, shape lecture topics throughout the term, and support student success.

Using Connect Tools to Flip your Classroom
Teaches you how to use LearnSmart, Tegrity and application homework to manage a flipped classroom.

Preparing for Accreditation Reporting Needs
Walks you through setting up your class or department for efficient data collection, including building assignments and sharing courses.

Blackboard/Connect Integration: Achieving SSO and Gradebook Synchronization
This session highlights setting up your Connect course in Blackboard to achieve grade sync, in addition to best practices prior to and throughout the term.

MH Campus/Connect Integration: Achieving Single Sign-On and Gradebook Sync with your LMS
This session details the features of the MH Campus Integration, available across the most popular LMS platforms. You’ll learn how to setup and pair your LMS course with Connect, how to sync students’ Connect scores to your LMS grade book and other best practices for managing an integrated course throughout the term.

Register now at

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  August 07 2013

Required Equals Results: Missi Patterson, Austin Community College

“My students come to class prepared. They ask interesting questions, engage in thoughtful debate, and discuss material from the text with each other in ways I’ve never seen before. They do better on exams when they complete the digital work.”

What impact did requiring digital have on your students’ success?
I already knew that students who used the digital resources were benefiting. When I made the resources optional, I got about 10% participation each semester. Now that the resources are required, I have about 90% participation. My students come to class prepared. They can ask interesting questions, they can engage in thoughtful debate, and they discuss material from the text with each other in ways I’ve never seen before. Students quickly become aware that their grades increase not only because they are earning points from the digital assignments, but that they do better on exams when they complete the digital work.

Which digital tools do you use in your class?
I use LearnSmart, Connect, Tegrity, Blackboard, and classroom clickers. I find this to be a powerful group of tools, especially since they all work together so well!

When did you begin using digital tools in your classes and what did it replace, if anything?
The first digital tool I used was PowerPoint, which replaced transparencies, if you can believe that! I began investigating digital options in the mid-nineties. I was lucky to begin my teaching career just as there was an explosion of digital options. For a long time, I had students do “online assignments” which I crafted myself. I would ask them to think critically, use the internet, and spend time out of class responding to emailed questions. My students way back then used to balk that I required email and discussion board participation. Now, many students expect a technological side to classes, so it is much easier! Since I’ve started using Connect and LearnSmart, I’ve been able to give the same out-of-class experience with much less effort on my part. I’ve never thought of digital tools as replacing anything else; I see them as augmenting learning in unique ways.

When did you decide to require them as part of the course grade?
My homemade online assignments had always been required for a grade. When I made the switch to LearnSmart and Connect, however, I felt that since the tools had a monetary cost associated with them, I couldn’t require them of students. I felt like I was asking them to pay for the opportunity to earn points. I realized though, that especially in classes like mine, where homework was not the norm, students weren’t making use of these wonderful tools. Those that did use digital resources clearly benefited, but I wasn’t reaching everyone. When I finally realized that students were already paying to earn points (exam questions which could only be answered if they’d paid for and read their textbook), it occurred to me that I should make their investment count. So many students buy a text and never read it, or read it the night before the exam when it does no good. By requiring LearnSmart and Connect, I get my students to actually use the resources that help them. That realization was a real turning point, and I’ve never looked back.

What percentage of your course grade is made up by digital tools like Connect and LearnSmart?
Students in my courses earn about 15% of their grade through LearnSmart and Connect. It just so happens that this amount is almost exactly the same as each exam is worth in my course, so I always tell them that if they hate homework, they can just think about it as a semester long open book exam. They seem to like that idea.

Why is it important to require digital rather than make it optional?
Only the best, most motivated students do “optional” work. If you believe in a resource, you should want all of your students to have access to it, and that means making it required. I like telling my students that I know their time is valuable, and that I’m so sure these tools will help them that I’ll give them points for using them. Like anything else in my classes, if I want my students to put time in, I have to be willing to give them points for it, or it won’t get done.

What advice do you have for instructors who are incorporating digital into their courses for the first time?
Take it slow. Incorporate one new thing a semester. Don’t try to do it all at once. Make use of other educators as resources. Look at the Connect blog and interact with digital faculty consultants or other instructors who have done it before. Additionally, realize that there is a learning curve for students, and that you need to help them believe in what you are asking them to do. I find that by building in forgiveness in my grading scheme, I can motivate students without penalizing them for missing one or two assignments. Students in my classes know they have to do 90% of the digital assignments for full credit. This means that if they struggle at first, or if they forget an assignment or two, they can still earn full credit and they don’t give up.

What are you able to do now that you couldn’t before you required digital?
I’m able to come to class knowing where my students are struggling. I’m able to focus my time on things that actually matter, not on things that I “assume” are important. Many days, I’m delightfully surprised at how well my students handled their online work, and I can talk about exciting or fascinating things instead of teaching them boring definitions. The software takes care of the boring, and I get to have fun with my classes. I feel like I am doing more than just teaching my students about my subject matter. I’m teaching them how to learn effectively in college: read before coming to lecture. I know they’ll take that with them as they move into other classes, and I know that it will serve them well.

Check out the full Required Equals Results series to hear from other instructors about their experiences.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  August 07 2013

Premiere Lecture Capture Service – Available in Your Connect Course!

Did you know that your Connect course access includes the market’s premiere lecture capture service at no additional charge?

That’s right! Tegrity® lecture capture service is a fully automated lecture capture solution used in traditional, hybrid, ‘flipped classes” and online courses to record lesson, lectures, and skills. Its personalized learning features make study time incredibly efficient and its ability to affordably scale brings this benefit to every student on campus. Patented search technology and real-time LMS integrations make Tegrity the market-leading solution and service.

Incredible ease-of-use and completely transparent operation lets you focus on what you do best – teaching.

Learn more about Tegrity lecture capture at

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  April 01 2013

How to Use a Student Ambassador (SA) Promo Code

Where can I use this promo code?
2. MH Shop (digital items only)

What products are eligible for this promotion?

Promo codes can be used for select standalone digital items, including:
 – Digital access to SmartBook
 – Digital access to LearnSmart
 – Digital access to LearnSmart Prep

What items are not eligible for this promotion?

Promo codes are NOT valid on the following:

 – Connect or Connect Plus
 – LearnSmart Labs
 – LearnSmart Achieve
 – International and Canadian titles (Only US titles are eligible for this promotion)
 – Custom titles/editions unique to your university.
 – Physical products, including but not limited to:
 – Print textbooks (any format);
 – Physical access cards containing an access code for a digital product;
 – Workbooks, lab manuals, or other physical media;
 – Digital products that are packaged with physical media (these items carry the “Mixed-media Product” label on

Promo code terms and conditions are subject to change.
The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  January 01 2013

2012 CODiE Award Finalists Announced

We are proud and excited to announce that our digital solutions have been selected as finalists for the 2012 CODiE Awards!

Best Postsecondary Instructional Solution
McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, the adaptive learning system available within Connect

Best Cross-Curricular Solution
McGraw-Hill Connect/Blackboard Building Block
McGraw-Hill LearnSmart

Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution
Tegrity Campus, the lecture capture service available within Connect

Best Education Game or Simulation
– Practice Marketing, within Connect Marketing

Click here to see the full list of finalists.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  March 26 2012
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The Connect Team

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