Putting 'Learning Science' Into Action to Improve Outcomes

Published July 13, 2015

By Communications Team

Our ed-tech innovation and collaboration centers around the science of learning.

At McGraw-Hill it's our mission to use learning science to improve educational outcomes through practical innovation and purposeful technology. We believe that harnessing technology will enhance learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, and will deepen the connections between students and educators to empower greater success.

Learning science informs our understanding of how instructors and students can use technology to teach and learn better. Our new solutions enable rich content with sound pedagogy to be channeled through ed-tech tools and platforms that are increasingly personalized, adaptive, open, and based on key standards for interoperability.

We work closely with K-20 instructors and administrators and use practical learning analytics to ensure that our solutions are easy-to-use, efficient, and effective as well as engaging for all students. Learning science provided key information to inform recent overhauls of ALEKS, Connect Master, and SmartBook -- digital learning tools used by millions of students and teachers.

Applying the science of learning to improve outcomes in today's complex digital learning ecosystem cannot be done in isolation. We've recently teamed-up with Microsoft and NYU to develop powerful compound learning objects that can be deployed in open learning environments, and our new 'Classroom in a Box' initiative with Samsung offers schools a comprehensive hardware, software, and curriculum solution to implement 1:1 digital teaching. We're also actively sharing our digital knowledge and best practices as a key supporter of Future Ready Schools -- an ed-tech leadership and advocacy initiative led by the Alliance For Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

We apply our deep understanding of learning science to create innovations that give students and teachers greater control in and beyond the classroom. Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. As our K-12 president Chris Willig said during the 2015 Content in Context Conference, "The process of developing ed-tech isn’t about the sizzle and spice but about creating purposeful technology…we need to respect the teacher workflow and the process in the classroom."

It's our goal to provide teachers and students with the very best tools, content, and support to accelerate achievement in today's digitally-driven world, and we accomplish this where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.