McGraw-Hill Connect Increases Student Engagement and Grades at New Mexico Junior College!

Prior to implementing Connect® Music, Professor Carolyn Ponce had used reading assignments, interactive chapter activities, and CDs in her online course, but her students lacked a sense of total engagement with the material. She felt that by increasing student access to listening opportunities, she could better engage them in the course. Thanks to the streaming music available in Connect Music, her students now spend much more time on concept application and active listening. As a result, she has seen an increase in the number of students earning an A in the course. Read more about her success in this CASE STUDY.



Connect Music not only provided students with simplified access to the music, but also enabled Professor Ponce to monitor how her students interacted with it. She is very pleased with the results and says, “Thank you for Connect! It is a powerful tool and it does add great value to a course.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  January 20 2012
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Connect Tips: Creating Your Course and Assignments

Setting up a course for the first time in McGraw-Hill Connect®? No problem! These videos will show you how to create a course with one or more sections and use the question bank to create your assignments.



Thank you for using McGraw-Hill Connect! If you have any other questions or would like more information on getting started, check out the Connect Quick Guides.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  January 19 2012
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Announcing the Winners of the LearnSmart and Win Student Video Contest!

Congratulations to all the winners in the McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ and Win Student Video Contest!



We asked students across the country to create a video about McGraw-Hill LearnSmart and how it has helped them. So many excellent videos came in that it was hard for our panel of judges to decide, but the winners have been posted! Check them out at LearnSmartandWin.com.




The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  December 16 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Enhances Student Performance and Retention at Miami Dade College!

Professor Villar-Smith sought an engaging way to teach the grammar component outside of class so that she would have more time in class to focus on the writing process. In Summer 2009, she selected two six-week classes to test the effectiveness of Connect® Writing, using it for online grammar drill and practice in one class and teaching the grammar component traditionally in the other class. The results were remarkable: final passing scores were 20% higher in the class that used Connect Writing, and this class had a 100% student retention rate. Read the CASE STUDY to learn more, and watch the Spotlight Video below to hear Professor Villar-Smith, her colleagues and her students talk about their experience.



“I expected higher passing rates on both the state exam and the departmental writing exam, and this is exactly what has occured,” she says. “Connect Writing makes the teaching of the process of writing less stressful. It has opened up more free time for me to dedicate to student writing.”

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  November 07 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Grades and Pass Rates at Virginia Tech!

Professor Amy Smith used Connect® Personal Health to convert her face-to-face course to an online, asynchronous course in Spring 2010. She found it to be a perfect solution for teaching her large enrollment classes of up to 700 students, and her students have shown significant improvement as a result. Read this CASE STUDY to learn about the 12% increase in exam scores and a 14% increase in pass rates that Professor Smith’s students experienced with Connect!



Professor Smith says that Connect has been a win-win for everyone and would recommend it to other faculty. “It allows me to offer this elective class to about 600 students per semester and 50 during each summer session. It gives the students the opportunity for self-study, and I am there to answer questions about the material and the process. Without Connect, we could not offer the class to this number of students. It’s a popular class at Virginia Tech.” She now plans to use more of the available features in Connect, such as Tegrity lecture capture to integrate recorded lectures into her next offering of Personal Health.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  November 01 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Grades and Pass Rates at Front Range Community College!

Professor Anita Miller felt that her students taking Human Anatomy & Physiology were not spending enough time practicing or reviewing anatomical concepts outside of class. She was looking for a solution that would provide them with opportunities to practice on their own and motivate them to do more. Read this CASE STUDY to learn about how Connect® Anatomy & Physiology enabled her to post required assignments and additional practice opportunities for her students, all with instant feedback and automated grading. As a result, more students are earning A’s and B’s and fewer students are earning C’s and F’s! Pass rates for her course have also increased 11%, from 75% to 86% – the highest passing rate for the course that she has ever seen.



Professor Miller reports, “With exams, the overall increase in grades is obvious for the class using Connect. With the practical assessments, improvement is also visible. The high level of performance for students with an A shows that the good students know what to study for exams, whereas the lower achievers need more help, which Connect provides them.” As a result of these improved student outcomes, Professor Miller looks forward to further integrating more of the exercises and animations within Connect into her curriculum.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 31 2011
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