Exciting News About LearnSmart


McGraw-Hill LearnSmart is available to students as an independent study program!


Since its launch, we’ve heard from students each semester about how much they love LearnSmart. They agree that the engaging, effective, and personalized learning offered through LearnSmart is like no other study solution. As a result, there have been an increasing number of students asking for LearnSmart in their other courses where access has not been provided through Connect.



To heed this call, McGraw-Hill is thrilled to announce that students will now be able to purchase and use LearnSmart in over 40 courses. We’d like to invite you to be part of the adaptive learning revolution by visiting the new LearnSmart website and sharing the news with your students!


*Like LearnSmart on Facebook for the latest news and updates

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  August 14 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.



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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!

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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.

LiveInk

 

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.

kevin

By kevin  |  December 23 2011
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Get Ready for Our Winter Release

Happy Thanksgiving to the Connect Community! We wish you a warm and joyful day.

The holiday season is officially upon us and, in the spirit of giving, we’re giving you a new Connect release! We will be upgrading Connect with usability improvements and new features. Connect will be unavailable during this time, so please avoid scheduling assignments to be due on these dates.

A big “thank you!” to the Connect Community for your invaluable feedback and suggestions as we work to make Connect even better.

Check back for updates on what’s coming this Winter!
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By kevin  |  November 23 2011
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