Connect Releases

Want the details on what’s new and improved in Connect? Review the release notes below!

May 2022

McGraw Hill continuously strives to provide the best user experience. Here is a summary of improvements made in the May 2022 Connect Release.

New! 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.

Past Releases

  • December 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • December 2021

    Connect Login page redesign

    To further promote consistency across McGraw Hill pages, the User Login page has been redesigned. Note: if there is anything that is missing in the user's profile, the user will be prompted to complete the profile.

    Writing Assignment enhancements

    Instructors now have the option of allowing and accepting late submissions in Writing Assignment. While you will still select a due date, you can then also select if you would like to accept late submissions and the date to which the assignment will be kept open (the “Late Submission Date”). Submissions will be marked as late to both you and the student.

    Updated Policy Setting for Assignment Results Report

    The Assignment Results Report has a setting called “exclude attempts submitted after the due date,” which hides any scores from attempts submitted late. This policy was enabled by default, so when instructors ran their reports without noticing this setting, they received a limited view of student submissions. The default for this setting has been changed to disabled.

    Virtual Lab enhancements

    New! Instructors can add a custom note for Virtual Lab assignments that displays in the lab for students.

    Fall 2021

    Application-Based Activities (ABA) enhancements

    • Instructors can access a new link to all ABA-Level reports within the Connect reports. These provide more in-depth data on class and individual student performance in the assignments.

    Adaptive Learning Assignment (ALA) updates

    • ALAs were released in World Language courses where LearnSmart was replaced with our next-generation adaptive technology.
    • Instructors can now preview a sample ALA probe before they select content to assign.
    • A new ALA Reports link has been added to the assignment activity page so instructors can easily access ALA-specific reports for more in-depth data on class and individual student performance in the assignments.

    eBook updates

    • The navigation bar in the eBook will now stay at the top of the page as students and instructors are scrolling through the text. Previously, the user had to scroll up to make the navigation options appear again, now it will remain visible.

    SmartBook ® 2.0 enhancements

    • Read Speaker functionality is now available for instructors and students, so the pages can be read aloud to the user. We’ve also enabled a full screen viewing button for videos that are included as a resource.
    • Instructors can now preview sample probes in the SmartBook 2.0 Concepts Performance report. It will only show one of the available questions per concept.
    • The adaptive functionality was improved, allowing learning objectives to be assigned across multiple chapters in a title.

    Question Bank updates

    • For content that contains foreign languages, the special character palette has been repositioned so it’s fully visible to users while they’re working in Connect.

    Virtual Labs enhancements

    • New class-level assignment reporting is now available for Virtual Labs.

    Writing Assignment updates

    • Manage dates and extensions is now available for instructors to use in Writing Assignments.
    • 2022 Connect courses include manually-scored prompts and rubrics instructors can easily assign and the program will also provide basic automated writing feedback on things like focus, organization, and style/mechanics to students under the Tools section.
    • Share functionality is now fully enabled in Writing Assignment for instructors to use. This includes being able to share writing assignments in a course, section, or individual assignments, as well as being able to share to a colleague or to self for another Connect course.
    • Manually-scored prompts and rubrics will be available in all C2022 Connect courses and some C2021 Connect courses with Writing Assignment. Ask your McGraw Hill Learning Technology Representative for more details.

    Connect Sunset notice

    • McGraw Hill is sunsetting some older titles in Connect this year. You may see a notice in Connect if your title has been designated as Going Out of Print or Out of Print. If you do, please contact your McGraw Hill Learning Technology Representative immediately for more information.