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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McGraw-Hill Connect Increases Student Retention and Engagement at University of Cincinnati!


Professor Frank Wray was looking for a solution that would help him to offer all class content online while adapting to his pedagogical style. He found that Connect® Biology not only met this need, but also increased student performance, engagement and retention in all of his courses. Students demonstrated higher mastery of concepts by using LearnSmart adaptive study modules, which monitor student performance and adapt instantly based on their knowledge. Read this CASE STUDY to learn more about his experience with Connect.



“Connect with LearnSmart has helped engage the learner in a way I didn’t think was possible,” noted Professor Wray. He plans to continue to refine his courses within Connect Biology, and to use it for both online and traditional courses.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  September 10 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Performance at University of South Carolina!

Professor Kathleen Kirasic needed an effective online learning solution to help her deliver an engaging learning experience outside of the classroom for her blended course. She implemented Connect® Lifespan and found that the LearnSmart adaptive learning modules provided students with an interactive, effective method of acquiring the core course knowledge needed to be successful. As a result, students came to the monthly lectures well prepared on the course material, and Professor Kirasic was able to spend less time on basic concepts and make her lectures much more current and applied. Read this CASE STUDY to learn how implementing Connect led to improved student performance and increases in both course completion and passing rates.



Professor Kirasic says, “Clearly, more students received a passing grade with Connect. I am confident that the grades accurately reflect their increased ability to apply learned material.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  August 10 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Boosts Student Performance at West Virginia University!

Professor Ruiz Rosique needed to provide her students with additional practice through activities completed outside of class. The assignments in Connect® Spanish presented a wide variety of additional skills practice to serve this purpose. Being able to assign unique learning tools outside of class, such as the Mundo Interactivo and Tema activities, allowed her to effectively cover more course material while engaging students to interact more fully in the course content. As a result, homework activity increased significantly and the average quiz grade jumped ten points, from 76% to 86%. She also saw significant improvement in grade distribution. Read this CASE STUDY to learn more about her experience with Connect.



Professor Ruiz Rosique is pleased with how Connect Spanish has both saved her time and improved student performance. She plans to continue using Connect, integrating even more assignments and assignment types, and including modules from LearnSmart, the adaptive learning system available within Connect. “The great thing about Connect is that it lets students see their results immediately,” she says. “This keeps students informed about their performance and helps me, as a teacher, to reinforce that feedback and talk to students in person about what they are doing right and which problems they should work on.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  June 02 2011
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McGraw-Hill LearnSmart Effectiveness Study Evaluates Impact at Seven U.S. Universities


Faculty and students in higher education institutions today face a number of instructional and learning challenges. Adaptive learning tools – like McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart, now used by thousands of students across the country – are being implemented to increase teaching effectiveness and learning efficiency. These tools improve student engagement, grades, and retention, thereby enabling students to be more successful in their college experience and ultimately more career-ready. Seven independent studies conducted at schools across the country have found that McGraw-Hill LearnSmart leads to:


  • ● Significant improvements in pass rates (average of 12.5 percentage points) and in retention rates (average of 10.5 percentage points)
  • ● More B students improving their learning and earning A’s; and more C students getting B’s
  • ● Students, on average, performing 10.24 points higher on all exams as compared to those who did not use LearnSmart


Faculty at these institutions love the way LearnSmart engages their students and improves outcomes.


Connect with LearnSmart has helped engage the learner in a way I didn’t think was possible. It has also helped me to be a more reflective teacher and pinpoint class issues with a topic.” 
        -Professor Frank Wray, University of Cincinnati


Read the full report here, or visit www.mhlearnsmart.com to learn more!

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  May 25 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Grades and Pass Rates at California State University!

Professor Thomas Norman teaches an online Management Theory course at California State University. He recognized that students who had read and studied chapter assignments before scheduled class meetings were generally more successful in the course than students who had not, so he searched for a comprehensive course solution to improve the level of student preparation, and as a result, student academic success in the course. Upon implementing Connect® Management, Professor Norman saw dramatic improvement. Previously, only two or three of his students had read the material before class meetings, but with Connect, he found that only two or three students had not read the material! He also saw a significant improvement in student success, with pass rates increasing from 73% to 80%. For more details about Professor Norman’s experience, read this CASE STUDY.



Professor Norman says, “Connect Management will improve student learning and save you time. Students need the instant feedback that Connect provides.”  He plans to continue to expand the use of Connect within his courses and recommends it to other faculty.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  May 19 2011
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