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April 2024 Connect Release

Add Course Enhancement


A new experience within the Add Course page provides instructors with a streamlined course creation process, beginning with utilizing the search function to select the ISBN of relevant materials, followed by course and section details—in two simple steps. This enhanced Add Course capability is available for LMS LTIA and Deep Integration types.  

Instructors will be launched to the new add course workflow from the My Courses page.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services
Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Search can be done by discipline, title, author, or ISBN and results will show accordingly. When searching by discipline, book titles will be sorted alphabetically, A-Z. Search results return 10 per page.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Instructors now have the capability to refine search results to specific parameters such as Discipline, Author, or Publication year.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Once course is selected, instructors can begin entering course and section details to create the course and section.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

A confirmation page will appear with section details upon the successful addition of the course and a button to navigate to the section dashboard. 

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

LTI Advantage Updates


LTIA Assignment Deploy

Assignments deployed to the Learning Management System (LMS) will now appear in the same order as in Connect. Instructors simply need to create their Connect section, organize the assignments in the desired structure, and deploy.
Note: Changes in the order of assignments in Connect after deployment will not be synced to the LMS, and changes made to the order of assignments in the LMS will not impact the order in Connect.

Auto-Copy-Pair to Self

Instructors can now use the ‘Auto Copy Pair’ functionality with LTIA to create sections for themselves. This delivers a template capability to individual users and reduces the overhead of section creation by allowing users to create multiple sections quickly.

Media Services Enhancement


The ‘Add media to another section’ feature has been updated for enhanced accessibility and improved user experience.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

Video Capture Powered by GoReact™ UI Enhancements


A newly launched user interface for GoReact provides upgraded accessibility and a more streamlined view. Users are now launched, by default, to landing pages with a grid view to ensure the video details are visible on smaller screens more easily. Other actions have also been placed more prominently on the page and renamed to be more intuitive, including “Archive” and “Start Activity”.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience
Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

Past Releases

GoReact Student Submission Update


When coming from an LTI Advantage Learning Management System (LMS), instructors are now able to view the link on GoReact assignments when they navigate to the student activity page via a GoReact assignment link. When a GoReact assignment is in-progress or the student submitted the assignment, the instructor can grade the attempt by going to the student activity page and clicking on the ‘Grade student submissions’ link.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Teaching Assistant Reports


Teaching Assistants in Connect are now able to view all of the Student performance report, including the Time Spent column with the ability to export.

Question Bank Update: Late Submission feature


Instructors can now easily shift start date, due date, and late submission date together from the Shift Dates page in Connect. With the inclusion of Late Submission Date, instructors can shift all corresponding dates of their assignment(s) by either a number of days, weeks, or months, making the copying or sharing of assignments easier for sections that have different schedules.

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Media Services Enhancements


Usage Data

Instructors can now see a Usage tab on the Edit Media pages, which provides data about student usage of the media.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Media Filter

Instructors can filter their media by public or private embed link, based on the setting on the Edit Media page.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

A filter icon has been updated on the All Media page.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

Student View

A button to the Student view has been added to the All Media page, so instructors no longer need to navigate back to the Section Dashboard.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

Media Services Enhancements


Instructors can now map media to multiple sections within a course—and make media visible to their students as a resource at the same time.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Media can now be removed from a section (aka "soft delete"). 

Connect screenshot showing New media Services
Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Instructors can now create public embed links. Instructors will toggle between public and private settings when creating a link. When 'Private' is selected, instructors and students must log in to Connect to view the media. When 'Public' is selected, anyone may view the media from this link. When an instructor launches the embed link from the kebab menu on the media list, the title will read URL (Public) or URL (Private) based on this setting.

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Titles of media will be retained upon upload and download.

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Media will now be sorted alphabetically for both the student resources and instructor media list view. Instructors will retain the ability to sort by created and modified dates.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

Buttons have been added to initiate the dialogue boxes in the browser and sequence them in a way that is more transparent.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

For the best and most stable recording experience, it is recommended to use Chrome or Edge browsers. A notification will appear for instructors when attempting to record from Safari or Firefox.

Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience

December 2023 Connect Release

New! Media Services in Connect


Instructors can now capture and manage media right in Connect. Video and audio files can be uploaded or captured directly in Connect for a seamless experience to provide students with recorded lectures and content. 

Connect screenshot showing New media Services
Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Easily search, filter, and sort media, and add accessibility features including captions. 

Connect screenshot showing New media Services

Students can also access shared media in their view.

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New Experience Updates


My Courses page

  • Instructors are now able to move up to 10 sections at one time from ‘Current’ to Previous, and ‘Previous’ to ‘Current’. 
Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience
Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience
Connect screenshot showing new instructor experience
  • Sections in the Previous tab can now be accessed directly from the Previous tab. 
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Instructor Dashboard Enhancements

  • The instructor dashboard will now contain both a student registration link and QR Code, which can be shared with students for a quicker and easier registration process. Note: This link is for sections not paired with a Learning Management System (LMS). 
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  • The registration link is now collapsed for LMS-paired courses. (Sections paired with an LMS will need students to register via the LMS.) 
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Student Registration Updates


Courses using Deep Integration for their LMS course pairings are now added to the new checkout and registration flow that is in use for LTIA-paired courses and Standalone Connect courses. This streamlined registration saves students time and allows for additional checkout options, including PayPal and Venmo. 

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Teaching Assistant Role


The Teaching Assistant (TA) role is now available through LMS Deep Integration. 

November 2023 Connect Release

Application-Based Activities Update


Instructors can assign multiple Application-Based Activities (ABAs) to a single assignment for a more in-depth and well-rounded assignment. 

Connect screenshot showing application-based activities

The assign option is now available at the page level (previously only at the individual activity level) with number of activities displayed.

Connect screenshot showing application-based activities with number of activities displayed.

Within the Policies, instructors can reorder ABAs in a single screen via drag/drop and up/down arrow selection, set the number of attempts and distribute points. 

Connect screenshot showing application-based activities modify policies

Students now see multiple activities within a single ABA assignment. 

Connect screenshot showing application-based activities with multiple activities

With this multi-part update, instructors and students can see detailed reporting of the activity attempts.

Connect screenshot showing application-based activities detailed reporting
Connect screenshot showing application-based activities detailed reporting student attempts

Polling Updates


Poll Duplication

Polls are now automatically copied when an Instructor duplicates their section in the My Courses page. 

Score Search

Instructors will now save time with the ability to search for a specific student within the Polling Scores (results) tab of the Polling tool in Connect. 

Connect screenshot showing score search within polling scores

Bulk Editing: SmartBook, Adaptive Learning Assignment, and Question Bank


It is now possible to bulk edit late submission dates. Within the Manage Dates page, this new feature allows instructors to update the late submission date for multiple assignments, which can include a Question Bank, SmartBook, and Adaptive Learning Assignment types. This avoids having to edit each individual assignment.

Connect screenshot showing bulk editing late submission dates
Connect screenshot showing late submission edit

Quest: Journey Through the Lifespan Updates


Creating an Assignment

The instructor portal now provides more insight into Quest and the characters within each of the 14 learning experiences. When selecting an assignment, a more exhaustive view of all Quests is shown.

Connect screenshot showing list of Quests

The new screen reveals background information about the character and game objectives.

Connect screenshot showing the Quests detail info on character and game objectives

Student Submission

New automatic submission makes it easier for students to end the game and submit their assignment. After completing all objectives, a pop-up will notify students their results have been recorded and they can exit the quest.

Connect screenshot showing the Quest pop-up notifying students results have been recorded

If students choose to continue exploring to earn more achievements or engage with additional content, they will need to find the character circled in red to trigger the quest-ending event.

Connect screenshot showing the Quest pop-up notifying students about quest-ending

October 2023 Connect Release

Proctorio Enhancements


Instructors and administrators are now able to copy and/or duplicate a section with assignments enabled with Proctorio settings. This will increase efficiency to maintain policy settings when courses are copied to another user or duplicated in your account. 

Polling Updates


Export of Scores

Instructors can now export polling scores as a CSV file. This allows instructors not paired with a Learning Management System (LMS) via LTIA to manually upload scores to the LMS grade book. 

Connect screenshot showing export of polling scores

Autosave Functionality

While creating polls in Connect, they will autosave. Instructors no longer need to click a ‘Save’ button. (The ‘Save’ and ‘Cancel’ buttons have been removed.)

Student Responses

An at-a-glance chart has been added to the Student Results page in Polling that will provide real-time updates for instructors to view the number of students who have responded for each option in the poll question. 

Connect screenshot showing student responses to polling

September 2023 Connect Release

New Instructor Experience updates


My Courses Page

The drop-down menu that populates the time zone in the “edit course details” modal now has a search capability. This will allow users to search for a specific time zone.
Connect screenshot showing dropdown with time zone

Instructor Section Dashboard

  • Length of the drop-down menu in the section dashboard and assignment page now displays all menu items. Users will no longer need to scroll when clicking on the drop-down menus within the section. 
Connect screenshot dropdown menu displaying all menu items
Connect screenshot showing scrolling no longer needed in dropdown

 

  • Users may now access the “Student View” from both the section dashboard and the Assignment page. This allows instructors to simulate the student experience with fewer clicks. 
Connect screenshot showing student view access in dashboard
Connect screenshot showing student view access on assignment page

 

  • An additional “Add assignment” button has been added to the section dashboard, allowing instructors to go directly to adding an assignment. This button can be accessed from both the dashboard and Assignments page.
Connect screenshot of add assignment button

 

  • To better distinguish between assignment types, the SmartBook® icon has been updated within the Assignments page.
Connect screenshot showing SmartBook icon on assignments page

Sharpen update


A link to the new McGraw Hill Sharpen application has been added for instructors to access. This mobile study app provides students with study resources, so they can be more prepared, confident, and ready to learn. 

Connect screenshot showing link to Sharpen for instructors

Students have access to Sharpen via a link in the Connect Student View.

Connect screenshot showing link to Sharpen for students

August 2023 Connect Release

New Instructor Experience updates


My Courses Page

  • Instructors now have the ability to edit course Time zone on the My Courses Page. 
Connect screenshot showing ability to edit course by time zone
  • The section now displays the section created date. 
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Polling Enhancements
The new polling feature, available in all most recent edition Connect courses, allows instructors to engage students in real time by creating and launching question polls. Additional features have been added:

  • Scoring for Polls
    • Users can choose if a Poll is marked as "Scoring for Attendance" or "Scoring for Participation". 
      • Score for Attendance gives the student a 100 for responding to any question in a poll and a 0 if they do not respond to any questions.
      • Score for Participation calculates the student's score based on the number of questions they answer out of every question that received results from students in the poll. Note: This does not take student correctness into account.
    • Scores will be displayed within the Polling in Connect interface for all users under the tab labeled "Polling Scores".
    •  For users with a Connect course integrated with a Learning Management System (LMS) using LTIA, scores will be sent to the LMS Grade book.
    • Each student will receive one entry into the LMS grade book for their overall polling score.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Support
    • TAs can access Polling in Connect through the New Experience.
    • TAs have access to all actions instructors do and can create, edit, start, and close polls.

 

Connect screenshot showing poll scoring options
Connect screenshot showing Polling Scores in Connect interface

Proctorio update


When Proctorio assignments are shared, instructors can now see the Proctorio settings in read-only mode when assignments within the section are shared with the following policies: No policies or Start and due dates. 

Question Bank Assignment updates


Ask the Instructor Messaging

When an instructor chooses the setting for students to inquire about a specific question within the Question Bank assignments, instructors will now receive a direct email routed from Connect. This allows instructors to be notified outside of Connect if there is something that needs their attention. If there is a TA or Additional Instructor in that section, they will also be included on the email.

‘Ask the Instructor’ is important because it gives specific context from where the question from the student is originated. The instructor can also see the exact question the student is asking, even if it’s an algorithmic question.

When the instructor/TA/Additional Instructor responds to the email, it will go directly to the student who asked the question.

Connect screenshot showing Ask the Instructor selection

Late Submission

  • A late submission enhancement to Question Bank assignments includes a late submission end date to assignments that have the policy enabled. 
Connect screenshot showing late submission end date field

Two new late submission policies have also been added:

1. Late submission with a one-time penalty and an end date.

Connect screenshot showing late submission end date field

2. Late submission with no penalty and an end date.

Connect screenshot showing late submission without penalty

SmartBook and Adaptive Learning Assignment update


Students will now automatically be put into Recharge mode after the due date (or after the late submission date if enabled). Recharge is a personalized study mode that prioritizes areas that need reinforcement and does not affect a student’s grade. Students can work as long or as short as desired and can exit the study session anytime. 

Virtual Labs update


McGraw Hill Virtual Labs now allows instructors to see the average time and range of time spent on each simulation. Average time is based on students' first attempt completions in the past 12 months and displayed in minutes: seconds. Range of time spent represents the time spent for 50% of students with a completed attempt. All disciplines except Physics and Health Professions include a third column showcasing number of attempts of each lab over the past rolling 12 months. 

Learn more here: McGraw Hill Virtual Labs: Average Time

Anatomy & Physiology Revealed (APR) update


Anatomy & Physiology Revealed has enhancements now live in content, APR Connect Assignment, and the APR website. For a full list of updates, please visit the APR Connect Assignment Resources

June 2023 Connect Release

New Instructor Experience updates


The New Experience enhanced instructor interface will automatically be toggled on. This new user experience allows instructors to access necessary information with fewer clicks, provides built-in accessibility (compatible with most screen readers and supports up to 400% magnification), improved design, and mobile optimization. Instructors who prefer the Classic interface of Connect are still able to toggle to that view.

Enhanced My Courses Page

An updated My Courses home page offers instructors a decluttered workspace, with sections displayed based on the current and most recent sections.

  • New and recently created sections are displayed in order of creation (as opposed to alphabetical order of discipline).
  • The 'Current' tab displays sections created within the past 20 months. Sections created more than 20 months in the past will be displayed in the 'Previous' tab.
  • Instructors can move sections they no longer teach to the Previous tab. Sections in the Previous tab can be re-enabled by moving to the Current tab.

Instructors can access and view:

  • Their eBook and launch from the My Courses page.
  • LMS pairing information.
  • Additional course-level features from the kebab elements: edit course details, add new section, and set registration date.
  • Section-level features from the kebab elements: edit section name and web address, delete section, see student registration sheet, manage sections & colleagues, duplicate section and send to colleague.
  • Sections that have been shared by another instructor and sections marked as a template.

Syllabus upload

Instructors can upload, download and delete syllabus files from the New Experience, eliminating the need to toggle back to Classic Connect to perform these actions. The syllabus file will be available for students registered to their sections. The logged in user will be permitted to complete the upload/delete action and the latest asset uploaded will show for the student.

Language Preference

Instructors can set their language preference to either English or Spanish.

Instructor Profile

Instructors can edit instructor information for their section including profile image, email, school and basic information from the New Experience. This information is displayed for students registered to their sections. The logged in user will be permitted to complete the action and the latest asset uploaded or metadata will show for the student.

If information is incomplete, instructors will be provided with a message informing them that their instructor information needs to be added.

Messages

For the ‘Ask Instructor' policy in Connect Question Bank assignments, a new ‘Messages’ page displays all assignments with student messages on a single page. Clicking on the message will take you to the Classic experience where instructors can reply to the messages.

This page can also be used to find in-progress Question Bank assignments where the instructor must end the attempts for students to receive a grade. This will always be pinned on the top and disappear once all assignment attempts have been ended.


Roles & Permissions

Instructors are now able to add a Teaching Assistant (TA) role to co-teach sections*. Course level and section level access to options will be available based on permissions for that role. Instructors and added instructors (referred to as “users”) will now launch into the user-friendly and accessible My Courses experience.

*Available only in standalone Connect and LTI Advantage LMS integrations for Blackboard and D2L.

 

Polling

A new polling feature is now available in all most recent edition Connect courses, allowing instructors to engage students in real time by creating and launching question polls. Features include the ability to create multiple questions in a poll, see student responses, preview poll as a student, and duplicate polls within a section. Students can access polls from a mobile device or computer.

SmartBook and Adaptive Learning Assignment update


Instructors are now able to allow students to continue work past the Due Date up until a Late Submission Date of their choosing, and students still receive full credit for their work. Students only see the Due Date in their view of the assignment but Connect will continue accepting scores up until the Late Submission Date.

Evergreen update


When ISBNs are marked as “Evergreen”, they will have release notes as the ISBN is updated. These release notes can be accessed via a secure link on the section home and section dashboard pages. The release note link will only appear for applicable Evergreen ISBNs.

Application-Based Activities update


Instructors can view details of each Application-Based Activity (ABA). This allows the instructor to quickly have a summary of the activity, learning objectives included, how it is scored, and all the questions included in the activity.

Proctorio update


Instructors can now share Proctorio-enabled assignments from the My Courses page or Section Dashboard. The secondary instructor (shared recipient) will have the following capabilities:

  • Section/assignment shared with All policies – Secondary instructor can view the proctoring policies and edit settings.
  • Section/assignment shared with No policies – Secondary instructor is not able to view proctoring policies or edit settings.
  • Section/assignment shared with Start and due date only – Secondary instructor is not able to view proctoring policies or edit settings.

A message indicates Proctorio-enabled sections and assignments cannot be copied.

MARCH 2023 CONNECT RELEASE

Test Builder Updates


The redesign of Test Builder provides a more user-friendly experience and higher visibility of preview, search, and collaborate.

The landing page has been updated to now include:

  • Product title, author, and edition.
  • A Format column (formerly titled Availabilities) allows users to see the status of the test being created (draft, pending, available for download, or regenerate after a test has expired).
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Instructors now have the ability to Import/Export Test Builder files to allow for sharing and collaboration. Note: Test Builder will only import files from the same ISBN from which the test was originally created.

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The ability to preview questions is now easier to view and navigate. A new design allows instructors to:

  • Perform a keyword search for a question.
  • Preview the questions and answers directly on the panel without the need to open a modal. Answer options and any reference data can be previewed by individual questions or expanding all.
  • See the number of questions available in the test bank.
  • View the question order display in order of the Connect content (versus alphabetical order).
  • Expand the panel into full view.
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The Your Test panel allows instructors to perform a keyword search, expand into full view, and expand answer options. Additional enhancements include:

  • The ability to see how a test is distributed across chapters, question types, level of difficulty, and learning objectives (where applicable).
  • The option to bulk update point values.
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The settings page has been updated to provide a clear distinction of the QTI file export.

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The DOCX output now includes updated languages and the ability to scramble answers, questions, or both. The Show Question Info has been updated to Show Question Detail and will also include the question source.

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February 2023

New Instructor Experience Updates


Instructors are now able to search for students within the Section Dashboard widget titled "Student performance" and launch directly into that specific student’s reports.

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Instructors can search by name or email via the search bar (must have three or more characters).

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If there are no results, the instructor will be informed there are "0" results.

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Instructors will now receive an alert when they copy/share a section with an associated title that is going out of print. More immediate, relevant alerts will be highlighted in yellow, above the going-out-of-print notification

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SmartBook and Adaptive Learning Assignment Updates


Within SmartBook, the content selector now supports up to 400% zoom. At a higher zoom level, the concept tree or slider will be displayed. 100%:

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200%

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400%:

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Students and instructors can click on the “Assignment scope” button, which will open the slider in a modal.

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  • User instructions have been updated to make the controls easier to find.
  • Button controls for the slider have been arranged horizontally to provide a more intuitive focus order.
  • The slider includes the minimum and maximum number of concepts that can be assigned.

Test Builder Updates


The output of Test Builder documents has been streamlined.

  • Extraneous spacing in the content has been reduced.
  • List items have been reformatted for content alignment.
  • Question numbers have been formatted, so when a question is deleted, they are automatically renumbered.

Before:

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After:

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The chapter and question source have been added to the question details for content tracking.

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January 2023


Students are now able to archive a class by clicking the ‘Archive Class’ link in the left menu. Archiving a class will remove that class from the Classes section and any assignments from the To Do and Calendar pages. Any messages or notifications associated with that class will also be removed.

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Students will receive a warning message advising them which class they are about to archive and the associated instructor.

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If a student needs to restore a class, they can do so by going to Archived Classes in the Classes section of the lefthand navigation. Once restored, that class will appear in the Classes section, its assignments will reappear on the To Do and Calendar pages, and any messages or notifications associated with that class will reappear.

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December 2022

New Instructor Experience Updates


Instructors are now able to print and download their student registration sheet from the New Experience via the section information menu:

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Instructors may now view assignment submission statistics for assignments due in the next seven days, sorted first by date, then by assignment name, and then by assignment type (if two assignments have the exact same due date and name).

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EHR Case Release


EHR Case, a new assignment type released in a limited pilot Fall 2022, will be commercially available beginning February 2023. All remaining Connect workflows are now available, including:

  • The ability to use the copy function (assignment and section).
  • The ability to use all share workflows:
    • Share course, section, and assignment
    • Un-share EHR Case assignment
    • Share to colleague and self
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Manage dates and extension workflows

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Deep integration with Learning Management Systems (LMSs), including Blackboard, Canvas, BB Ultra, D2L, and Moodle.

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Instructors have access to grade directly from the student activity page.

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November 2022

Delete Section


Instructors can now delete a section from the section information widget on the home/dashboard page in the updated interface.

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Section Copy/Share


In the updated instructor interface, instructors can now copy/share a section directly from the section information widget on the home/dashboard screen instead of having to go back to the My Courses page.

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Student Registration Sheet


 Instructors can now view the Student Registration Sheet and edit the section name and URL directly from the section information widget on the home/dashboard screen instead of having to go back to the My Courses page.

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September 2022

New Instructor Experience Updates


Instructors are now able to do the following in the New Experience in Connect without toggling back to the Classic Connect experience:

• Edit Connect section name and web address

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See the student roster

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Manage sections and colleagues

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Duplicate a section

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The menu option “send to colleague” will initiate the copying or sharing of an assignment.

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LTI Advantage Updates


In the New Experience, instructors are now able to pair and deploy assignments, and set the master section for Auto Copy/Pair.

Section Pairing

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Deploy Assignments

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Deploy Status

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Set LMS Master Section / Auto Copy/Pair

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Additional instructors can now be added to non-shared sections. Additional instructors are automatically added to the Connect section through the LTI Advantage launch.

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Additional instructors can now be added to non-shared sections. Additional instructors are automatically added to the Connect section through the LTI Advantage launch.

Assignment name, dates, and points will automatically update in the LMS without having to redeploy assignments in the following flows:

  • Edit assignment from the Connect section home page for all assignments
  • Manage dates from the Connect section home page for all assignments
  • Edit assignment from the assignment launch in the LMS for Question Bank and SmartBook 2.0 assignments only

LTI Advantage will be clearly designated in the Connect widget to better identify which integration instructors are using.

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SmartBook 2.0 and Adaptive Learning Assignment Upgrades


A new read-aloud feature is available for probes in SmartBook 2.0 and Adaptive Learning Assignments. This is not enabled in courses where the product’s primary language is not English or is using the special character palette (i.e. some World Language products).

smartbook 2.0 read aloud screenshot

Instructor reports for SmartBook 2.0 and Adaptive Learning Assignment have been updated to include further details.

The Time Spent report includes a new Accuracy column, so instructors may view individual student accuracy percentage. Accuracy includes data from both the assignment and Recharge.

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Instructor reports for SmartBook 2.0 and Adaptive Learning Assignment have been updated to include further details.

The Time Spent report includes a new Accuracy column, so instructors may view individual student accuracy percentage. Accuracy includes data from both the assignment and Recharge.

smartbook 2.0 time spent screenshot

The Time Spent report widget provides a data summary, including minimum outliers, so instructors can easily identify students who completed the assignment in a much shorter or longer time than their peers.

smartbook 2.0 time summary screenshot

The assignment creation flows for SmartBook 2.0 and Adaptive Learning Assignment have been improved for accessibility. This includes the Chapter/Modules selection checkboxes in the Select Content page.

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ReadAnywhere App Improvements


The ReadAnywhere App will now automatically remove the beginning and trailing spaces within Fill-in-the-Blank questions. This was causing students to be marked as incorrect since the authored answer did not contain spaces.

August 2022

Question Bank Accessibility


The ‘Check my Work’ flow with a screen reader has been improved. Students are now aware they have changed modes, may go back, and are able to click the return to question button to exit the Check my Work mode in a Question Bank assignment.

New Instructor Experience Updates


Instructors can now access the following features in the New Experience in Connect without toggling back to the Classic Connect experience:

The new instructor reports still provide the same four tiles as the current reports:

  • Ability to manage account profile settings from the My Account menu
  • Ability to quickly copy the section web address that students will use to register for an instructor's course section
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July 2022

SmartBook® 2.0 Instructor Assignment Report


The SmartBook 2.0 Instructor Assignment Report has been updated to improve the user experience and accessibility. The new report layout has a landing page with class-level details. The instructor can then navigate to pages with specific student-level details.

The new instructor reports still provide the same four tiles as the current reports:

  1. Assignment Progress
  2. Completion Time
  3. Learner’s Metacognition
  4. Challenging Concepts
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Mheducation.com Cart and Checkout


A new cart and checkout user experience are now live on mheducation.com for increased accessibility. Students are now able to access a more modern, streamlined user experience with fewer pages. Payment information can be saved and has been updated to include PayPal, with more payment options added later this year.

This new user interface has been updated for accessibility with improved mobile and tablet responsiveness.

June 2022

Question Bank Updates


Instructors are now able to add up to 2,000 points for an individual question or assignment in the Question Bank. Previously, an assignment point-maximum was 1,000 points, while individual questions were a maximum of 100 points.

The source location of each Question Bank assignment question is now presented at the bottom of the “organize assignment” page. This will assist with new course setup and the transition from edition to edition.

Writing Assignment enhancement: Peer Review


Instructors now have the option to assign a peer review milestone in manually scored assignments with a draft. Functionality includes the ability to set the number of peer reviews completed, automatic assigning after the draft due date, and anonymous peer commenting.

Progress can be easily viewed using the “Peer Review Summary” option. If instructors want to review peer comments in detail, they expand the inline comment menu for responses to guiding questions. For a more cursory review, instructors have the option to see an individual student’s activity at a glance before giving a score and providing feedback.

LearnSmart Technology Sunset


With the sunset of original LearnSmart assignments being complete in May 2022, any remaining assignments will generate an error message: “Alert! This assignment type is no longer supported. Please contact your instructor.” Instructors can assign SmartBook 2.0 or Adaptive Learning Assignments to replace LearnSmart. Please contact a McGraw Hill representative for assistance.

Anatomy & Physiology Revealed ®(APR) Enhanced Reporting


Updated APR Assignment reporting now includes detailed data on score, time spent, clicks, student engagement, quiz results, and item analysis for quiz questions.

Proctorio Gradebook access for co-instructor(s)


Co-instructor(s) are now able to access the Proctorio Gradebook for proctored assignments to view students’ recordings and report details.

Instructor and Student My Account Pages


My Account pages for both students and instructors have been updated to a new streamlined design in both Connect standalone and Learning Management Systems for consistency.

Student Renewal Link


After a student’s Connect license expires, when logging directly into Connect, they will be directed to renew the license in a more user-friendly experience with clear next steps for renewal.

LTI Advantage


Instructors now have the ability to relink assignments in a Connect shared section without having to redeploy to the LMS.

LMS users that have a master/child Connect course model can now enable a one-click seamless connection to Connect via our Auto Copy/Pair (ACP) process. ACP automatically creates the user account, shares and pairs the Connect master section, and relinks the assignments with the LMS.

LTI Advantage will now support Connect without an eBook for McGraw Hill International accounts and provide those students with the option to purchase an eBook.

May 2022

Connect Instructor Experience


Beginning May 6, 2022, McGraw Hill Connect will have a new instructor experience available for select pages. This opt-in update will feature a streamlined interface, better organization, time-saving enhancements, and improved accessibility. Within a section, instructors will have the option to turn on the new experience with the toggle at the top of the page. Once the toggle is turned on, all sections will have the new experience. Users have the freedom to toggle back and forth between the classic and new experience as needed. (Note: the My Courses page will remain in classic view for now.)

 

Below is a summary of improvements to the instructor experience:

  • At-a-glance insight into section performance—putting course analytics at the forefront. Information is displayed with accessibility features.
  • Section Performance showcases assignment averages and other analytics.
  • Assignment tiles surface information with fewer clicks to allow instructors to see student progress and important information quickly.
  • Assignment tab maximizes screen space by having a separate Assignments page. Instructors can quickly and easily:
    • • See student progress and LMS assignment deployment status (for all major LMSs that leverage deep integration). Additional information will display if you hover over the student progress numbers to see student insights.
    • • See points and due dates.
    • • See important information about each assignment without clicking in.
  • The ability to toggle to Spanish is now added.

Manage Users: Ability to Add Instructors


Additional functionality to add multiple instructors to sections.* Within the new instructor experience, instructors will click on “Manage Users” from the section dashboard. (Note: if your Connect section is paired with an LMS, other instructors launching over from the LMS section will automatically be added to the Connect section as co-instructors.)

*Some specific situations are not currently supported.