McGraw-Hill Connect Boosts Student Performance at State College of Florida!

Professor Cheri Kittrell was looking for a digital solution that would help reinforce course concepts without adding to her grading workload. She began using Connect® Psychology in Fall 2009, anticipating that it would provide interactive content designed for diverse learning styles, yet still be user-friendly enough not to intimidate students who had little experience with technology. She is seeing exactly the results she expected, as well as meeting her initial goals of reinforcing concepts for students. Read this CASE STUDY to learn more about how Connect has increased student grades, and improved Professor Kittrell’s ability to spend more valuable time with students.



Professor Kittrell reports that she has seen steady, measurable improvement in student grades from semester to semester using Connect Psychology. “Students love Connect. They always say that it is easy to use, that they love the content, and that it is improving their test grades.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  June 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 Connect Improves Student Success and Increases Engagement at American River College!

Students in Professor Meg Pollard’s Managerial Accounting classes struggled with concerns about how they were performing on homework assignments. She implemented Connect® Accounting to allow her students to review automatic feedback and work with confidence. Assignment completion rates greatly increased with Connect, indicating that students had the assurance they needed to fully engage with course learning objectives.



She says, “Connect Accounting provides students with meaningful practice opportunity with the accompanying feedback to close the loop of learning. Students often struggle with concerns about how to get started with their homework and whether their work is correct. Connect Accounting offers a structure that would allow them to engage with assignments and work with confidence.” Learn more about Professor Pollard’s experience with Connect in this CASE STUDY.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  May 21 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Saves Class Time and Improves Student Grades at Franklin University!

Professor Dave Welch and his colleagues were spending so much class time giving tests and going over homework that they struggled to get through the required course content. In addition, students wanted the ability to work through assignments multiple times for practice. Dr. Welch implemented Connect® Accounting in 2010, which provided algorithmically generated homework assignments that are automatically graded, giving students access to unlimited practice with immediate feedback. With Connect Accounting, Professor Welch has freed up the equivalent of two weeks’ lecture time. Read more about his experience in this CASE STUDY, and watch the Spotlight Video below to hear instructors and students talk about their Connect experience.



With Connect, Dr. Welch saw an increase in the number of students receiving A’s and B’s and an increase in pass rates. Class attendance has also increased by 20%. He says, “Connect has been the best learning tool we could offer our students. Their success rates and improved impression of the course have made their lives and mine much easier.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  May 20 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Saves Instructor Time and Increases Efficiency at Bryant University!

Professor Sam Mirmirani needed to free up the considerable amount of time he was spending grading homework exercises and reviewing assignments. He also wanted his students to take on more responsibility for completing homework, while providing them with a resource to review for exams rather than take up valuable class time for review prior to the midterm and final. By implementing Connect® Economics, Professor Mirmirani has shaved his grading time from 10 hours per week to one hour per week, and his students have ample review opportunities to prepare for exams on their own. Now, Mirmirani reports, he sees far less traffic during his office hours and when students do come to his office, they know exactly what they need help with based on the feedback they receive from Connect.



He says, “With Connect, I now have more frequent and systematic information on how my students are doing. This enables me to re-assess and revise my lectures. I now know which areas to emphasize more and which ones less.” Learn more about Professor Mirmirani’s experience with Connect Economics in this CASE STUDY.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  May 20 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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