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Tegrity’s Lecture Capture Improves Distance Learning

McGraw-Hill’s Tegrity lecture capture has boosted the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges’ distance learning program by enabling instructors to share video recordings of their lectures with students outside of the classroom. The number of online learners (both in hybrid and online courses) in this program continues to climb, having risen 67% last year. The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges’ needed a distance learning technology to scale with the program’s growth, and turned to Tegrity based on positive reviews from other institutions.


Faculty members liked being able to record lectures in advance and upload them for student review. That way, face-to-face class time can be used for more productive activities, such as small seminar discussions, debates, Q&A sessions and problem solving. “Instead of just having a professor lecturing in front of the class for an hour,” said Cable Green, director of e-learning and open education, “the time can be allocated to two-way conversations and other activities.”



Read more about how the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges’ implemented Tegrity for maximum benefits, or learn more at Tegrity.com.

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By The Connect Team  |  May 10 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Performance and Retention at the University of Alabama!

Professor Lisa McKinney wanted to maximize her course lecture time without spending time on repetitive problems demonstrating lower-level concepts and reviewing homework. Professor McKinney and her colleagues decided to implement Connect Accounting as a way to ensure students learned this critical material outside of class. Faculty realized quickly that that students preferred Connect Accounting, which offered greater awareness of required homework assignments leading to students spending more time working on problems outside of course lectures and increasing quiz and exam averages and most of all pass rates!


“I feel that learning is higher because of the additional practice. Students in the lower and middle percentiles of the class are doing better because of the repetition and drilling provided through Connect.”


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In addition to the increase in student grades, Professor McKinney has found that attendance and retention rates have also risen since implementing Connect Accounting.


“Class attendance has gone up since we began using Connect Accounting, because students are responsible for a challenging homework assignment each week. Prior to using Connect, attendance for my sections was 75%. Since using Connect, attendance has increased to 90% or more. Connect Accounting keeps students in class each week because they want to know how to successfully complete the assignments.”


Professor McKinney “absolutely” plans to continue using Connect Accounting, and will recommend it to other faculty members. The time savings that Connect offers through auto-grading assignments and reinforcing key course concepts has enabled Professor McKinney to cover a wider variety of content and problems, making the course now more comprehensive for students. Professor McKinney and her colleagues were also pleased with the tangible results in a number of course success metrics across multiple sections.


Learn more about Professor McKinney’s experience with McGraw-Hill Connect through this CASE STUDY.

By  |  April 22 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Boosts Student Performance at Bunker Hill Community College!

Professor Bill Hoover wanted to standardize course content across multiple sections being taught by various instructors to deliver effective content regardless of learning styles. Connect® Anatomy and Physiology allowed him to synchronize assignments and assessments, minimize start-up time for new instructors, and offer engaging student materials. Read this CASE STUDY to learn how implementing Connect yielded dramatic 10-15% increases in student performance.



Professor Hoover’s students are also required to complete the LearnSmart adaptive learning modules before lecture, and are encouraged to view recorded lectures through Tegrity, an automated lecture capture service in Connect. He reports that his students love using LearnSmart and say that it makes it easy to come to class prepared, allowing for more discussion and participation during class.


Professor Hoover says, “I had students who were consistently scoring in the low 60’s on each of the weekly quizzes. Once I started assigning homework through Connect, those same students started earning scores in the high 70’s! On average, my students’ performance has risen by 10-15%.”

McGraw-Hill Connect with LearnSmart Improves Student Success and Engagement at the University of Colorado Denver!

Professor Joy Berrenberg, of the University of Colorado at Denver, needed a way to ensure that the students in her psychology course were familiar with the textbook material prior to lecture. She began using Connect Psychology and found that not only did it solve the problem, but it also freed up her time in class.

“Connect Psychology enabled me to spend more lecture time on more advanced material and examples rather than spending so much time on getting through basic concepts,” she says.

Professor Berrenberg also found that students using Connect Psychology did much better in the course than students who had not. She attributes this, in part, to the use of McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, the adaptive study tool within Connect that is designed to help students learn faster, study more efficiently, and retain more knowledge for greater success.

“I loved the adaptive testing nature of LearnSmart,” she says. “I have always had problems getting the majority of students to read the text, and this system helps with that tremendously!”


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Based on her positive experience and substantial results with Connect Psychology, Professor Berrenberg recommends it to other faculty and has decided to increase the number of Connect assignments she requires students to complete in upcoming terms!


Learn more about Professor Berrenberg’s experience with McGraw-Hill Connect and LearnSmart through this CASE STUDY.

By  |  April 18 2011
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