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.”

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By The Connect Team  |  August 10 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Student Success and Engagement at Dixie State College!

Professor Candace Mesa wanted to reinforce the developmental writing concepts she was teaching in her Beginning Writing course, and to give students experience with working in an online environment, which is required in the follow-up Developmental Writing course. Connect® Writing gave students the opportunity to practice key course concepts, increasing pass rates by 5% and engaging students, who often completed unassigned sections to clarify challenging content that was covered in class. Read this CASE STUDY to learn more about Professor Mesa’s experience with Connect.



Professor Mesa witnessed a 5% improvement in the pass rate once she implemented Connect Writing in her class. “Connect provides reinforcement of basic skills covered by lecture and text. It is a valuable asset to our curriculum,” she says. Not only has Connect Writing helped to improve student performance, but Professor Mesa’s students tell her that they enjoy using it.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  July 10 2011
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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.”

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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 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.

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By The Connect Team  |  May 19 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%.”

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