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McGraw-Hill Unveils Next-Generation Adaptive Learning Tool in Its Market-Leading McGraw-Hill Connect Platform

McGraw-Hill Connect with SmartBook 2.0 Brings More Powerful, Personalized Learning to Millions of College Students

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New York – (February 25, 2019) – Expanding its capabilities in adaptive learning to help students to achieve at higher rates, McGraw-Hill today announced the launch of SmartBook® 2.0 as a major enhancement of its market-leading McGraw-Hill Connect® learning platform.

SmartBook 2.0, McGraw-Hill Connect’s adaptive learning engine, will become standard for users at the end of 2019. The current version of SmartBook is available for more than 90 disciplines, supporting more than 200 million student interactions per month around the world. Connect is a highly reliable, easy-to-use homework and learning management solution that applies learning science and award-winning adaptive tools to improve student results and course delivery efficiency.

Based on extensive research by McGraw-Hill’s learning scientists and technologists, SmartBook 2.0’s enhanced algorithms are built based upon advanced learning science principles to adapt to each individual learner’s needs, pinpoint and resolve knowledge gaps, and increase learning efficiency by moving knowledge into long-term memory more quickly.

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“As a leading adaptive learning system for the past nine years, McGraw-Hill Connect with SmartBook has supported learners of all types at colleges and universities around the world,” said Scott Virkler, Chief Product and Operating Officer for McGraw-Hill’s Higher Education group. “Now with SmartBook 2.0’s more powerful and personalized learning capabilities, students are taught the basics before they come to class. When students come to class prepared, their instructors can focus on teaching critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These are exactly the type of skills that are in high-demand in the workforce and set students up for long-term success.”

SmartBook 2.0 tracks student progress and provides reports that allow instructors to identify exactly where and when students are struggling. It helps instructors easily identify students who may be at risk of failing and spend time helping them with the concepts and topics they need to learn to succeed.

With these new enhancements, instructors will also have much greater course content control, including improved alignment with their syllabus and the ability to create pre-testing assignments that are personalized and based on students’ weakest areas. For students, SmartBook 2.0 includes offline and online mobile access to their course assignments and a personalized learning experience that helps them focus on areas where they need extra attention.  

“SmartBook is a powerful tool for the hundreds of students I teach every semester – helping pinpoint knowledge gaps and focus their learning on concepts requiring additional study,” said William Hoover, professor at Bunker Hill Community College. “My students are grasping core concepts and coming to class better prepared for advanced instruction. I can’t wait to introduce SmartBook 2.0 into my courses. The more advanced algorithms behind the technology, the mobile and offline reading and assignment completion capabilities and the new reports for instructors will make this incredible tool even more useful and effective.”

McGraw-Hill Connect with SmartBook 2.0 is the latest expansion to McGraw-Hill’s powerful learning technology portfolio in higher education, which also includes McGraw Hill ALEKS and McGraw Hill SIMnet.

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Tyler Reed
McGraw Hill
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