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McGraw-Hill Education to integrate Connect with D2L’s Brightspace LMS making it easier for college students to access and use learning materials
- 07 Apr 2017

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has announced the integration of its Connect digital homework management and learning solution with the D2L's Brightspace learning management system (LMS) in time for Fall 2017 classes.

Used by millions of students, McGraw-Hill Connect® embeds award-winning adaptive capabilities and analytics to improve student results. Connect helps students complete assignments, study and practice course material using the SmartBook adaptive capability and read content offline through a newly enhanced eBook, available this fall.

In keeping with McGraw-Hill Education's continued commitment to supporting open interoperability standards in the education industry, the Connect-Brightspace integration leverages IMS Global Learning Consortium's Learning Tools Interoperability Standard between the two systems. McGraw-Hill Connect also integrates with the learning management systems Blackboard and Canvas.

The integration with Brightspace will enable grades to be automatically synced in its gradebook so they are always up-to-date. It will also allow links to Connect assignments to be placed within Brightspace, making assignments easier to navigate and access for students. Last year nearly 100 million U.S. student assignments were submitted within Connect.

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Cengage Launches MindTap ACE, offers seamless integration of curated OER content into courses
- 16 Jan 2017

Education and technology company Cengage has launched MindTap ACE, a digital solution that blends curated Open Educational Resources (OER) with Cengage content. Designed to help faculty seamlessly integrate OER into their courses, MindTap ACE expands Cengage's portfolio of comprehensive learning solutions that use open resources, including MindTap, WebAssign and Learning Objects.

MindTap ACE is now available as a pilot program for Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Computing, World History I, Public Speaking and Non-Majors Biology. The product's pricing starts at $40.

With MindTap ACE, instructors receive support and resources including instructor's manuals, slides, test banks, tech support and digital course support services. For students, MindTap ACE provides engaging content in a platform designed with tools to build confidence.

A recent Cengage study based on interviews with industry experts and a survey of over 500 participants showed that four percent of higher education instructors use OER as primary materials. Further, the data projects that the number of OER users may grow to as much as 12 percent over the next five years.

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McGraw-Hill Education acquires Redbird Advanced Learning
- 03 Oct 2016

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced the acquisition of Redbird Advanced Learning, LLC, a leading digital personalised learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Built on 25 years of research at Stanford University, Redbird's adaptive learning solutions enable students to have a highly personalised educational experience to support each student’s individual pace and skill level. Redbird's math courses will strengthen McGraw-Hill Education's current math offerings, which include Building Blocks®, Everyday Math®, Glencoe® Math, McGraw-Hill® My Math, Number Worlds® and ALEKS®, a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system.

With Redbird's adaptive learning solutions, educational content can be personalised for varying levels, ensuring all students remain fully engaged during the learning process. Students who are struggling can receive further instruction that addresses their particular needs, while those who have mastered a specific area can move on quickly to the next concept. Teachers also can review real-time assessments of students' progress in the classroom and instantly make adjustments to their lessons or provide additional help to individuals or specific groups.

Since becoming an independent company in 2013, this is the fourth acquisition McGraw-Hill Education has made, as it focuses on delivering personalised learning experiences and open digital platforms to students, educators and schools.

In 2013, McGraw-Hill Education acquired the ALEKS Corporation, a developer of adaptive learning technology for K-12 and higher education, with a strong focus on math and chemistry. In 2014, McGraw-Hill Education purchased Area 9 ApS, an adaptive learning company, which McGraw-Hill Education partnered with to launch its LearnSmart Advantage™ suite of adaptive learning products. Also in 2014, McGraw-Hill Education acquired Engrade, an open digital platform for K-12 education that integrates all of the curriculum, data and tools that educators and administrators use everyday to monitor student progress, plan and evaluate curriculum.

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Jisc upgrades Janet network
- 28 Jul 2016

Jisc has announced that it is upgrading its Janet network to triple capacity across parts of the network over the next three years.

The Janet network serves 18 million users worldwide and provides UK research and education with a reliable, high capacity, world-class network, enabling national and international communication and collaboration.

The upgrade will see the core network capacity across some paths increased from 200Gb to 600Gb, improving potential access to distance learning and web-based educational resources while continuing to provide organisations, students, researchers, academics and staff with an efficient, high-speed network that enables effective collaboration.

The Janet network upgrade has been made possible by funding that Jisc secured from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the funding councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The change will offer organisations greater capacity and more flexibility to ensure that present and future needs are met. It will support new business models like the surge in data intensive research, analytics, media-rich teaching, the growth of satellite campuses and the increase in cross-organisational and industry collaborations.

As the government pushes for more collaboration between universities and for the sharing of big data, the Janet network update will support academics so they can continue to access, store and share their research with peers and partnering organisations. The extended capacity will, for example, allow universities across the world to share petabytes of research data every day. To put this into context, a single petabyte is enough to store the DNA of the entire US population and clone them twice.

The upgrade will also play a major role in improving the student experience. The Janet network will make video-based teaching, group working and online interactions between students and lecturers more effective and seamless. The added capacity will also support a larger number of technology options, allowing students and staff to log in anywhere at any time and connect their own devices to the network.

The investment follows continued growth in data traffic across the Janet network. Data traffic has consistently doubled every two and a half years since 2010, with the demand being driven by a considerable rise in the use of cloud-based services. A recent survey conducted by Jisc revealed that 69% of institutions are either planning to adopt cloud resources, or have already done so.

The Janet network's capacity is reviewed and upgraded on a regular basis, in line with current trends, policy requirements and technological advancements, to ensure it continues to meet the objectives of connected organisations.

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McGraw-Hill Education announces integration of McGraw-Hill Connect Learning Platform with Canvas learning management system
- 14 Jul 2016

McGraw-Hill Connect®, a leading digital learning platform for higher education, will be offering integration with Canvas, a modern learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier for educators and students. The integration with Canvas will be released at the end of July 2016 and allows for a more elegant experience for students and instructors who use Connect for the digital delivery of content and adaptive learning, and Canvas to assign homework, deliver grades and manage classroom logistics. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, will be showcasing the integration with Canvas at the LMS company's user conference in Colorado.

Using IMS Global Learning Consortium's open LTI standard for interoperability as the basis for the integration, the connection between McGraw-Hill Connect and Canvas signals McGraw-Hill Education's continued commitment to supporting interoperability standards in the education industry. In May, the company announced a new tool for K-12 schools called Access Manager that meets IMS Global's OneRoster standard.

What does it mean for Connect to be deeply integrated with Canvas? This kind of integration embeds the learning experience within Canvas itself. It goes further than just offering the users single sign-on and automatic grade sync between the LMS and external learning materials. The user can move elegantly between modules and assignments, experiencing a more seamless transition between two platforms.

Connect is McGraw-Hill Education's learning platform for the higher education market. Connect offers an intuitive student-centric design with many titles optimised for use on tablets via native apps. It allows students to complete assignments, study course material through the SmartBook adaptive reading experience, and access the Connect Insight analytics dashboard – anytime, anywhere.

The deep integration of Connect and Canvas will be made available on July 23rd, and will work immediately for anyone using both systems.

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Cengage Learning and Microsoft announce integration of Microsoft Office into MindTap
- 25 May 2016

Cengage Learning and Microsoft have announced the integration of Microsoft Office into Cengage Learning's flagship MindTap platform. Beginning with business statistics and computing—courses that prepare students for jobs that rely heavily on the use of business software—this relationship is the first-of-its-kind to provide students with live access to Office directly within their learning platform.

In addition, Cengage Learning is one of the first higher education providers to be included in Microsoft's third party cloud storage program for Office Online. This allows students working in Office within the MindTap platform to save their work automatically to the cloud for secure and reliable housing of coursework that is available anytime, anywhere.

Students using MindTap in business statistics courses can seamlessly work within Excel Online while solving and interacting with Cengage Learning problem sets for the Anderson/Sweeney/Williams series. Student work is constantly saved in the cloud, effectively operating on both PCs and Macs. Instructors can monitor student progress at any time online to reinforce the Excel skills and statistical methods that are so critical to business success.

In addition, MindTap for Computing gives students access to a platform uniquely supported with powerful applications integrated directly into the user experience, including: SAM for hands-on learning of Microsoft Office skills and Computer concepts, OfficeMix which allows for quick upload of PowerPoint created by instructor or students that have interactive assets in a recorded presentation, and OneNote. All of these applications are delivered to students in the environment that they are learning in so that they have everything at their fingertips, saving time. Additionally, making everything accessible in one place reduces student distraction and increases retention.

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology selects Blackboard Learn as its new e-learning system
- 10 Mar 2016

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has selected Blackboard Learn™ as its new teaching and learning platform following a competitive evaluation of the industry's leading e-learning systems. Throughout the review process, Blackboard was the vendor that best met the institution's needs and requirements for openness, flexibility and usability. Additionally, Blackboard Learn was found to be a highly customisable solution able to support different teaching methodologies across the faculties.

With over 39,000 students and 60 international master's programmes, NTNU is the largest public research university in Norway and recently merged with university colleges in Gjøvik, Ålesund and Sør-Trøndelag. Thanks to Blackboard, the university will be able to implement best practices, giving educators the chance to use the e-learning system in a way that suits their teaching styles, and providing learners with the best tools to achieve educational success. Moreover, according to NTNU, with the implementation of Blackboard's platform the overall cost for the post-combination University will be approximately 75 percent lower per year than before.

Through Blackboard, NTNU will also gain access to a wide community of higher education institutions and educational leaders around the world, helping them increase opportunities for international partnerships.

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Blackboard partners with Skytap to offer cloud-based virtual training labs
- 16 Feb 2016

Education technology company Blackboard Inc. has announced a partnership with Skytap to provide cloud-based, on-demand virtual training labs via the company's flagship learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn™. The integration, known as Virtual Training Labs powered by Skytap, enables education professionals to reach more learners through browser-based and mobile user interfaces, enhances the user experience with self-service class enrollment, and gives instructors full control of the virtual classroom.

Skytap provides cloud-based virtual training environments to help enterprises deliver better hands-on software training. Through the partnership, Blackboard customers can now provide virtual instructor-led, self-paced and on-demand certifications and practice labs, and rapidly create new classes and provision virtual labs with no IT intervention or reprogramming. Instructors have full control of the virtual labs, including registration, billing and usage monitoring, with over-the-shoulder views of learner progress, and a suspend capability to temporarily halt labs.

The user experience has also been improved, giving learners the ability to access labs from any desktop or mobile browser. They can now learn at their own speed and on their own class schedule with self-paced labs that can be suspended and resumed as needed.

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Blackboard announces two new options for deploying its Blackboard LearnTM LMS via Software-as-a-Service
- 25 Jan 2016

Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, has announced two new options for deploying its flagship learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Learn™ via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Blackboard Learn SaaS Plus and Blackboard Learn SaaS Advantage are now available for higher education institutions in the United States.

This announcement is the latest milestone in the company's plan to provide its customers with customised, flexible and powerful options for deploying their LMS.

The SaaS offerings, which will be available in two tiers differentiated by their respective options and service levels, build on the company's expertise and cloud deployment options by allowing customers to experience their current version of Blackboard Learn in a more flexible and customisable way. Customers using Learn in a SaaS environment have access to significant benefits such as zero-downtime upgrades, higher quality through continuous delivery of regular bug fixes, new services innovation, and increased scalability.

The new Plus and Advantage tiers give institutions the ability to scale, customise and configure Blackboard Learn for their specific and individual needs. These tiers of SaaS also offer more support for commercial and custom-built integrations, additional service tiers, and a new Flexible Deployment Option. The Flexible Deployment Option allows schools to have control over when new features and enhancements are deployed to their environment.

The SaaS Plus and SaaS Advantage offerings are currently available to higher education institutions in the United States. Details about availability in other markets are forthcoming.

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Cengage Learning to highlight expanded institutional offerings at EDUCAUSE 2015
- 23 Oct 2015

Cengage Learning will be highlighting its expanded institutional offerings at EDUCAUSE 2015 in Indianapolis, including the company's student-centric mobile products and the recent acquisition of the education technology company Learning Objects.

This year's theme—Recharge with Cengage Learning—focuses on best practices in implementing education technology and student involvement. Chief Technology Officer George Moore will speak to data-driven decision-making, with booth demos of the recently-launched MindTap Mobile and 4LTR Press Online. In addition, Learning Objects General Manager Derek Hamner and Chief Learning Officer Dr. Jon Mott will discuss how the company provides customizable learning solutions for institutions and publishing partners.

Cengage Learning continues to expand its institutional offerings from course solutions to a full-service online program experience. Last month, the company announced the acquisition of Learning Objects, which powers innovative, customised and adaptive learning programs and courses to higher education institutions through its state-of-the-art, content-agnostic next generation digital learning environment and instructional design services. With Learning Objects, institutions are able to quickly create both competency-based and traditional online programs and courses integrating publisher content, open educational resources, faculty content and other ed tech vendors' tools. Learning Objects continues to serve as a preferred technology partner for publishers seeking new and innovative content delivery solutions.

Cengage Learning is committed to providing student end-users with personalised education experiences that engage and prime them for success. Through the use of extensive research and student feedback, the company creates learning solutions that increase student success rates and enable them to take an active role in their learning.

Cengage Learning's award-winning MindTap is a course-based digital learning environment that integrates reading, homework, quizzing, multi-media assets and more into an engaging, pedagogically sound learning experience for students. Recent efficacy studies conducted by independent research firms found that students using the MindTap digital learning solution achieved significantly higher grades across a number of disciplines.

MindTap Mobile, compatible with iOS and Android, helps on-the-go students stay organised, optimise small pockets of study time and interact directly with their instructor. This elevated connectivity allows for improved student workflow, greater customisation and more visibility into individual progress. MindTap Mobile was developed based on direct feedback from students about what they want and need to be successful in their courses outside of the classroom. Thousands of students were surveyed to provide input on what would be most useful in a mobile app.

4LTR Press Online is a fully mobile and responsive digital learning solution built around students' “learnflow” – the workflow behind learning. Developed with extensive student research, 4LTR Press Online uses a two-pathway approach to learning that includes the pedagogy of a printed textbook and the concept mapping and functionality of an Internet search engine. 4LTR Press Online was designed to ensure that students are always aware of their place within the text, and intuitively navigate to the content they need.

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Wolters Kluwer and Laerdal Medical expand vSim for Nursing
- 09 Sep 2015

Wolters Kluwer and Laerdal Medical have expanded vSim for Nursing™ with 52 additional curriculum-driven patient scenarios to be used with Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Gerontology, Maternity, and Pediatric curriculum.

With vSim for Nursing, nursing students experience realistic patient encounters that are essential to their success in clinical practice. The product combines leading-edge virtual simulation technology from Laerdal, simulation scenarios developed jointly with the National League for Nursing (NLN), and Wolters Kluwer's deep curriculum expertise and trusted Lippincott CoursePoint+ curriculum and materials.

Accessed online, vSim for Nursing simulates a patient encounter using computer-animated avatars that allow nursing students to access and practice patient care anytime and anywhere. The virtual simulation environment helps build competence by introducing nursing students to realistic scenarios where they are responsible for making a variety of clinical reasoning decisions. The simulator reacts to each care decision and tracks these actions so that they can be reviewed and measured with personalized feedback after the scenario. The post-scenario report is then stored for reflection and continued learning.

The Fundamentals and Pharmacology vSims were released in August, while Gerontology, Maternity, and Pediatric simulations were released earlier this year. Each vSim for Nursing course is embedded with SmartSense links to clinical information. Also included are curriculum resources such as suggested reading, pre- and post-simulation activities, documentation exercises to be utilised with Lippincott DocuCare, and guided reflection questions.

Designed for use throughout the nursing program, vSim for Nursing is available for individual or institutional sales to nursing schools as a standalone product or as part of Lippincott CoursePoint+, a total course solution that includes integrated course content and adaptive quizzing. The product can be purchased through Laerdal Medical or Wolters Kluwer Health sales representatives.

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Cengage Learning expands its MindTap interactive learning programmes with new digital solutions for the EMEA market
- 08 Sep 2015

Global education company Cengage Learning has announced the expansion of its EMEA-specific interactive learning programme for MindTap, adding to its existing 450-strong range of customisable, cloud-based online courses with two new titles.

The MindTap solution involves a powerful combination of personalised content and on-the-go access which encourages interactivity, increases student engagement and improves learning outcomes.

MindTap supports lecturers by enabling them to create a personalised learning experience for their students by blending course material, lectures, videos and documents with eBook content to create a fully personalised learning path accessible anytime, anywhere – on desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.

Students' performance, activities, and comprehension can then be tracked in real-time, allowing opportunities for early intervention and helping to facilitate a consistent approach when team teaching. The summary of student scores can be shared with students keen to see their current standing within a class, at the lecturer's discretion.

As well as receiving this instant feedback, MindTap also supports lecturers and students with a calendar for documenting due dates for assignments and readings and a week by week view for managing workloads. Other key functions include a ReadSpeaker text-to-speech functionality, gradebook functionality and analytics.

Designed to work alongside, or independently of, a wide range of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), MindTap can also be used for summative assessment.

At its core is MindTap Reader, an e-Book with interactive study tools such as book marking, annotations, note sharing, highlighting and print options. Students can navigate through a customised dashboard of readings, assignments, and other course information.

The new EMEA MindTap courses accompany two market leading titles in their respective fields. Management and Cost Accounting by Colin Drury, and Economics by N.Gregory Mankiw and Mark P. Taylor are widely used across higher education institutions (HEIs) on management accounting and introductory economics courses.

Now its ninth edition, Drury's Management and Cost Accounting is widely recognised as the definitive text on management and cost accounting for over 25 years. Drury has been praised for providing a balanced coverage of both the theory and practice of management accounting. This comprehensive text is used by students on 1 and 2 year courses, on professional accounting courses and by students taking cost and management accounting for the first time at postgraduate level.

Mankiw/Taylor Economics is established as one of the leading economic principles texts in the UK and Europe. The popularity of the text is attributed to its focus on the Ten Principles of Economics, reminding students of the foundation for all economics, and also providing valuable tools to get students to 'think like an economist' so it becomes a natural way of application to their personal lives and studies.

Cengage Learning recently launched the availability of the iOS and Android compatible MindTap Mobile app. Developed based on student feedback, MindTap Mobile allows students to access many features of the MindTap e-learning platform directly from their smartphones anytime, anywhere. The app includes English-language content but is available in all regions.

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Cengage Learning delivers online courses and career assistance to ACTE members through new portal
- 26 Aug 2015

Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, has expanded its partnership with the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to offer its 24,000 members access to a custom portal that provides online courses, professional development and career transition assistance. The portal enables ACTE members – career and technical educators in high schools, technical schools, community colleges and four-year institutions – to access valuable online resources that they can use for their own personal development or for their students.

The custom ACTE online resources portal that Cengage Learning has developed has four main components. These include: Online Courses, Career Training Programs, TeamUP and Career Transitions.

ACTE members can access the portal at http://www.ed2go.com/acteonline/. All members receive a discount on courses purchased through the portal.

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Blackboard acquires Nivel Siete
- 14 Aug 2015

Education technology company Blackboard Inc. has announced the acquisition of Nivel Siete, a leading Moodle provider operating in Latin America. By joining their forces, the two companies will be able to offer more services and solutions to organizations that leverage Moodle, a widely used learning management system (LMS), and support a greater number of learners to achieve their educational goals.

Nivel Siete offers a variety of learning solutions, hosting, support and consulting services that help organisations succeed in their teaching and learning initiatives, especially those that focus on the use of e-learning for talent management and training. Headquartered in Colombia, the company serves over 200 customers in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

This announcement marks the latest investment made by Blackboard in open source after the recent acquisitions of Remote-Learner UK and X-Ray Analytics technology. Since officially joining the open source community in 2012, Blackboard has been contributing to Moodle with code, quality assurance, platform integrations and bug fixes. It has also supported many community gatherings across the world.

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Blackboard partners with Skillsoft to deliver career-development content to professional learners
- 24 Jul 2015

Education technology company Blackboard Inc. has announced a partnership with Skillsoft, a global learning content provider, to enable direct delivery of high-quality content to professional learners via Blackboard's industry-leading teaching and learning platform.

The partnership will allow Blackboard to offer learners and instructors access to Skillsoft's vast library of rich professional training and certification content, including IT certification, compliance, risk mitigation, sales performance, talent management, HR, and skills development for professionals, faculty and students.

Skillsoft is a pioneer in the fields of learning and talent management with a long history of innovation, providing cloud-based learning solutions for more than 6,000 customers and 19 million learners around the world. Drawing on a wealth of in-house experience, flexible delivery platforms and a comprehensive learning library, Skillsoft's customer support teams develop off-the-shelf and custom learning programs tailored to cost-effectively meet customer needs. Skillsoft's courses, books and videos have been developed by industry leading learning experts to ensure that they maximise business skills, performance, and talent development.

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ASU, Cengage Learning and Knewton partner to co-develop new Active Adaptive learning solutions
- 08 Apr 2015

Arizona State University (ASU), Cengage Learning and Knewton announced a partnership to co-develop a new Active Adaptive learning solutions which leverage Knewton adaptive technology in brand new ways at the ASU+GSV Summit. These innovators in higher education will co-develop a solution from the ground up utilising cutting edge adaptive technology paired with best–in-class content and active learning activities, empowering instructors to spend more time supporting and inspiring learning and less time managing and lecturing students.

ASU recognised the need for a new way to deliver materials to students, allowing them to learn using instruction and content uniquely tailored to their individual needs in an environment where students take a more active role in their own learning. In partnership with ASU, and leveraging the adaptive power of Knewton within Cengage Learning's MindTap digital learning solution, a new intro psychology product will be available for use beginning this fall. The psychology course will have an adaptive learning loop built around every concept rather than just for extra practice.

The Active Adaptive Psychology course will be the first in a series of new Active Adaptive General Education courses delivered through this partnership. ASU will study the effects of both delivery models in on-ground, hybrid, and online class settings.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils new adaptive learning technology focused on deeper foundational learning
- 08 Apr 2015

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education launched Connect Master, a personalised, complete course digital solution for college students and instructors at the ASU + GSV Summit 2015. Connect Master provides a highly adaptive, immersive environment where students can show their work and get real-time feedback at every step of the problem-solving process, allowing for a deeper understanding of concepts beyond a single right or wrong answer. Connect Master expands the company's position as a leader in delivering personalised learning experiences through adaptive technology, joining the company's family of adaptive products including the LearnSmart suite and ALEKS.

Arizona State University adopts Connect Master platform for use in math courses beginning Fall 2015.

Adaptive technologies help students study more effectively and efficiently by continually responding to their needs and focusing their attention on what they need to learn the most, at precisely the time they need to learn it. By understanding each student's unique learning style, Connect Master delivers customised, interactive resources to help every student build stronger connections and achieve a deeper level of conceptual knowledge thereby boosting student confidence and improving learning outcomes. The solution will initially be available for mathematics, economics and composition courses with other subjects to follow.

Connect Master features technology-enabled tools that can measure confidence and fatigue, as well as deliver customised content and questions to keep students engaged. Features include a personal learning coach that provides real-time feedback; videos with real-world scenarios that solidify conceptual understanding; a variety of question structures, such as multiple choice, matching, drag and drop to increase engagement, reduce student fatigue and encourage longer periods of study time; an interactive 'kaleidoscope' tool that shows math concepts in a variety of ways to build connections between different representations and real world applications; metacognition probes measure students confidence in their answers, which helps recognise retention, fatigue and provides a more nuanced view into mastery of the subject; Spanish videos for economics that help native Spanish speakers understand core economic concepts; and Arizona State University will adopt Connect Master in some of its mathematics coursework starting in the Fall 2015 semester.

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McGraw-Hill Education announces completely reengineered, tablet-friendly interface for ALEKS
- 06 Apr 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, has announced a completely reengineered, tablet-friendly interface for ALEKS® (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces), an innovative, adaptive learning system that provides an individualised learning experience for K-20 students based on their unique strengths and weaknesses. While the new ALEKS interface will officially be released to existing users on June 1, a free trial version is currently available to everyone.

The new version of ALEKS is the result of a revolutionary approach to product enhancement driven by extensive ethnographic research observing the different behaviour patterns exhibited by students and instructors while using the adaptive technology. The student experience has been completely redesigned based on a deep understanding of five distinctive student archetypes, categorised by varying degrees of learning confidence and social behavioural patterns. The result is a tailor-made learning experience for each student, designed so they can accelerate through course materials, retain knowledge at a much higher level and ultimately be more successful in math and science.

Based on Knowledge Space Theory, ALEKS uses research-based artificial intelligence to determine precisely what each student knows, doesn't know and is most ready to learn in a given course. ALEKS interacts with students like a personal tutor, helping them study more effectively and efficiently by delivering the exact instruction they need, right when they need it. The ability to assist students at all levels using real-time feedback and inherent motivators has resulted in significant improvements in retention, success and confidence. While the hallmark of ALEKS was its data-driven computational excellence, this new level of research on student behaviour and archetypes will allow the learning system to focus more on conceptual learning and increase student motivation and persistence.

Designed for tablet-based interaction with easier and faster navigation, the new version of ALEKS offers students and instructors an array of tools to manage coursework.

In a Utah statewide pilot for adaptive math technologies, seventh grade students using ALEKS showed three times the growth in math achievement, compared to their peers. After implementing ALEKS, test scores at Big Bear Middle School increased by an average of 30% in just one year.

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Gale announces integration of Gale Artemis: Primary Sources into Cengage Learning’s MindTap e-learning platform
- 24 Mar 2015

Leveraging its unique ability to bridge from the library to the classroom, Gale is integrating Gale Artemis: Primary Sources into Cengage Learning's MindTap e-learning platform. The move brings library content directly into a student's learning path, facilitates collaboration between librarians and faculty, drives usage of library collections and positions the library closer to the engagement taking place in the classroom.

Academic institutions that use MindTap and Gale library resources, specifically Gale Digital Collections, can now link the two through the MindTap platform. Instructors using MindTap can select specific primary source documents from Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, Gale's primary sources cross-search interface, and link them directly to syllabi readings, quizzes, research projects, classroom discussions or other activities. This capability saves instructors time and allows them to keep course content current.

Through MindTap, students will be taken into Gale Artemis: Primary Sources at the document level, but will have the ability to perform additional research through the platform alongside their coursework. This integration encourages students to interact with quality research materials that promote critical thinking and help build digital literacy skills. Students benefit from the easy access to materials through a single interface, spending less time searching and more time learning.

MindTap is the digital learning solution that transforms today's students into critical thinkers through personalised paths of dynamic assignments and applications. By combining readings, multimedia, activities and assessments into a singular learning path, MindTap helps instructors engage students in their course content. Instructors personalize the Learning Path by customising Cengage Learning resources and adding their own content via apps that integrate into the MindTap framework seamlessly with Learning Management Systems.

Gale Artemis: Primary Sources is an innovative research environment that integrates much of Gale's vast array of digitised collections of rare historical information. Researchers can search across a wide array of materials and points in time while leveraging twenty-first century graphing and search visualisation tools that help them explore the content in new ways.

Librarians and faculty interested in integrating Gale resources into MindTap should visit http://learn.cengage.com/MindTapIntegration for instructions and further information, or stop by the Gale booth (#427) at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) meeting March 25-27 in Portland, OR.

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Blackboard completes acquisition of Schoolwires
- 23 Mar 2015

Education technology company Blackboard Inc. has announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. With the close of this acquisition, Blackboard continues to demonstrate its commitment to be the leading K-12 provider of school websites and parent notification solutions.

This marks the conclusion of Blackboard's initial agreement to acquire the Pennsylvania-based company with nearly 200 employees. The addition of Schoolwires' industry leading solutions and services represents a major component of Blackboard's renewed K-12 strategy by enhancing its parent and community engagement solutions and expanding its partner ecosystem.

Schoolwires provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a social learning and networking system, a family of mobile applications and an enterprise technology platform.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils new mobile-first version of connect platform for higher education at SXSWedu 2015
- 10 Mar 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, launched the new mobile-first version of McGraw-Hill Connect, the company's learning platform for students and instructors in the higher education market at SXSWedu. The new release of Connect features a student-centric design optimised for use on tablets via native apps, allowing students to complete assignments, study course material through the SmartBook adaptive reading experience, and access the Connect Insight analytics dashboard—anytime, anywhere.

To provide the most flexible and personal learning experience possible, McGraw-Hill Education is now offering students who purchase Connect the option of adding a print version of their course content for as low as $15.

Connect makes both studying and class time more engaging and effective by seamlessly integrating high-quality content with enhanced digital tools. The result: a personalised learning experience that provides students with precisely what they need, when they need it. Connect has been shown to deliver better results for students and instructors, leading to gains in test scores, pass rates and student retention.

Connect offers students and instructors an array of tools to manage coursework and university life, including: SmartBook and LearnSmart Advantage® Adaptive Technology; Student and Instructor Analytics; Redesigned Student Interface; and Course-Specific Information and Resources.

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McGraw-Hill Education and JAMA launch all-new platform for JAMAevidence
- 03 Mar 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning sciences company, and JAMA, a widely circulated medical journal, have announced the launch of an all-new platform for JAMAevidence, the premier online resource for learning, teaching, and applying evidence-based medicine (EBM).

McGraw-Hill Education and the JAMA Network partnered to develop the new JAMAevidence platform with cutting-edge technology that includes mobile responsive design; a faster, more personalised user interface; completely current content; and greater integration and customisation options designed to improve how healthcare professionals incorporate evidence-based medicine into their education and careers.

JAMAevidence subscribers worldwide now benefit from enhancement and interactive features that include the new edition of the Cornerstone Evidence-Based Medicine text; enhanced custom curriculum for Rotation Management; and cross-site searching aids.

The enhanced JAMAevidence provides all the tools users need to evaluate and interpret medical literature and make the best treatment decisions for their patients – with increased access to the most current content on evidence-based medicine.

JAMAevidence from JAMA and McGraw-Hill Education is an innovative online resource with interactive and pedagogical features designed to help students and clinicians learn and apply the best practice of evidence-based medicine. This electronic tool provides full-text access to the content in the third edition of The Users' Guides to the Medical Literature and The Rational Clinical Examination. Users will find everything from classic references that demystify basic principles to customisable worksheets that allow them to systematically apply evidence-based medicine to their cases and build a library of their own critically appraised topics.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils latest version of SmartBook at 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show
- 08 Jan 2015

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education introduced the newest version of SmartBook, company's adaptive reading platform, at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. SmartBook helps students study more effectively and efficiently by guiding them through a personalised study experience that continually adapts to their needs and focuses their attention on what they need to learn the most.

The latest version of SmartBook - now available for the higher education market - expands on the platform's functionality by introducing students to personalised learning resources at the precise moment of need, allowing them to close knowledge gaps in real time. The result is more confidence, better grades and greater success.

McGraw-Hill Education has made SmartBook available for more than 300 course areas in higher education. Since 2009, nearly 4 million students have used LearnSmart, the adaptive engine that powers SmartBook, having answered nearly 3 billion questions through the system. LearnSmart has been shown to help students improve by an average of one letter grade.

McGraw-Hill Education CEO David Levin will highlight SmartBook and the power of learning technology during his keynote address at TransformingEDU, a CES Summit that brings together leading experts, educators, entrepreneurs and investors in a discussion around changes in pre-K through 20 education.

Kurt Strand, the chief product officer of McGraw-Hill Education's Higher Ed group, will participate in a panel discussion at TransformingEDU focusing on innovation in higher education. The panel – moderated by Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education – will also feature Anne Praderas Vance, assistant professor at Austin Community College.

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McGraw-Hill Education releases Neurology Collection, the latest addition to the Access family of online medical resources
- 17 Oct 2014

McGraw-Hill Education has announced a new approach to neurology reference, research, and curricular instruction with the release of the Neurology Collection, an online tool designed to help neurology students, residents, and program directors establish a solid base for learning and deliver indispensable support in certification and recertification. It is the most-recent addition to the Access family of medical resources found in nearly 90 percent of US medical schools.

Updated regularly with the latest findings and research in the field of neurology, the Neurology Collection provides easy and immediate access to some of the world's leading academic resources, including Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology. The collection makes available for the first time online Principles of Neural Science, authored by Eric R. Kandel, MD, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2000; James H. Schwartz, MD; Thomas M. Jessell; Steven A. Siegelbaum; and A. J. Hudspeth. Also included is a video library on neurologic examinations and EEG monitoring, McGraw-Hill Education's Custom Curriculum tool—which allows instructors to create custom, interactive learning modules—and interactive self-assessment practice tests for board exams.

Guided by an esteemed advisory board that includes distinguished physician-educators Dr. Allan H. Ropper, Dr. Martin A. Samuels, Dr. Joshua P. Klein, and Dr. Tracey Milligan, the Neurology Collection was developed to help students in their clerkships and assist residents in passing their boards. It also enables program directors and professors to create, track and report their students' progress and allows practicing neurologists to reinforce their medical knowledge for recertification.

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UK research secures new national data centre
- 05 Sep 2014

Research in the UK has been given a boost this week as specialist data centre provider, Infinity, secured a five year framework agreement with Janet, the UK's national research and education network, provided by Jisc.

The deal sees the creation of a Jisc data centre to support the requirements for academic research and will be the first shared data centre for medical and academic research in the UK. The funding of approximately £900,000 to make the facility happen has been provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

At launch, in September 2014, the Jisc data centre will house the IT of a consortium of six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations.

Infinity will operate the data centre at its flagship Slough data centre in the UK. The design combines a traditional three tier datacentre with a flexible range of low to high power rack densities and an aggregated discount pricing structure across all organisations using the service, ensuring that the infrastructure is workload focused and value driven. This is the first large scale example of high performance computer environments being placed in an outsourced co-location facility.

The new Jisc data centre which will grow to more than 800 racks' capacity will be a significant enabler in achieving its aims of improving the speed and quality of UK research. This will allow the community to share large swathes of data, helping to push the traditional boundaries of teaching, learning and research methods. For researchers, the high capacity of the Janet network backbone allows the linking of large data storage and high performance computing facilities at national and international levels.

The initial Jisc partners include University College London (UCL), Kings College London, The Sanger Institute, The Francis Crick Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces endorsement of NCLEX preparation product by CNSA
- 04 Sep 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Lippincott NCLEX-RN® PassPoint has been selected as the only NCLEX Exam preparation solution officially endorsed by the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA). Lippincott PassPoint is a prominent NCLEX-preparation learning tool in the US, and is now poised to become a familiar resource in Canada.

Beginning in 2015, all new nurses in Canada will be required to pass the standard US National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to meet certification. Although all registered nurses working in the US are highly familiar with and have passed the NCLEX, this is the first time it will be required in Canada.

Lippincott PassPoint is a powerful, online learning tool created specifically to help students hone their understanding and improve preparedness for NCLEX-RN. The product is powered by prepU, an adaptive learning system that continually adjusts to each student's demonstrated level of learning. The NCLEX is a computerised adaptive test, so the adaptive nature of PassPoint provides an authentic practice experience. Research shows that nearly 99 percent of students who use PassPoint report that they pass NCLEX — more than 10 percentage points higher than the US national average.

In PassPoint, students can take practice quizzes that adapt in difficulty and reinforce knowledge of individual needs, topics or nursing concepts. With each new quiz, the system adapts to the student's current knowledge level, so the questions are neither too easy nor too hard. They also can take simulated NCLEX-RN exams to gauge their readiness for the actual licensure experience. Students can take practice exams as many times as they wish and benchmark their performance across time. PassPoint also provides detailed performance insight to help instructors and students determine where to focus future study.

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Cengage Learning and Pathbrite partner to add ePortfolio solutions to deliver robust course solution
- 03 Jun 2014

Education company Cengage Learning has announced a new partnership with Pathbrite, a leading Portfolio Learning Platform. Students will now gain access to Pathbrite's best-in-class e-portfolio in Cengage Learning's course solutions. The addition of an e-portfolio to MindTap's high quality course content differentiates it as the only truly comprehensive student centric learning platform in the market. Cengage Learning will also be making an investment in Pathbrite and Pathbrite will become Cengage's preferred partner for institutional-wide portfolio deployments.

The online portfolio will allow students to demonstrate completion of assignments for graduation, accreditation and job placement, and enable instructors to review student progress. Further, Pathbrite's e-portfolio facilitates the exchange of student created artifacts with the instructor in response to course assignments. It allows for materials to be exchanged as assignments, tagged, and coursework stored automatically so that the student is constantly building a portfolio of work just by completing assignments.

With a similar portfolio for administrators, faculty and institutions can easily report on student accomplishment to illustrate how their students perform against accreditation standards.

Pathbrite's e-portfolio will be incorporated across over 300 MindTap courses for Fall 2015.

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Cengage Learning partners with Celebrus Technologies to harness the power of big data in education technology
- 09 May 2014

Cengage Learning, a global educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets, has announced a partnership with Celebrus Technologies, a provider of tagging-free multi-channel digital big data software that captures rich behavioural data to understand how customers are interacting with the company's digital service offerings. As the first major US publisher to work with Celebrus, this partnership puts Cengage Learning at the forefront of the industry in understanding how big data can inform student product usage, learning objectives and learning outcomes.

Cengage Learning's online teaching and learning resources – CengageNOW, Aplia and MindTap – will be the first products integrated with the Celebrus technology. By observing overall student and professor behaviour, such as log-in time, most visited pages and length of time spent on a page, Cengage Learning will gain a complete profile to better understand customers' needs and wants. This collected data will then feed into research and development in an effort to improve upon existing products and create new ones that will increase student engagement and deliver a superior learning experience.

Once data is captured in real-time, Cengage Learning will seek emerging trends among the behavioural patterns that relate directly to student outcomes. This will allow developers to design and refine better products to help students as a whole.

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Five Jisc member universities purchase Arkivum data archiving service via Janet Data Archive Framework Agreement
- 08 May 2014

Jisc, together with Arkivum Ltd, has announced that five of its member universities, Queens University Belfast, Gonville & Caius, UCL, and the universities of Leeds and York, have purchased the Arkivum data archiving service via the Janet Data Archive Framework Agreement which was announced January 14, 2014.

The five universities are the first to purchase the Arkivum service via the framework agreement, which enables fast and cost-effective archiving for research and education.

Under the terms, customers of Jisc's network, Janet, benefit from pre-negotiated, preferential pricing and a fully managed, easy-to-use service, through a single supplier framework. It also allows all qualifying organisations to procure the archive service quickly without the administrative overhead and costs of an EU compliant competitive tender.

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McGraw-Hill Education TASC joins McGraw-Hill Education's line-up of high school equivalency exam prep materials
- 14 Apr 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, has announced the publication of the McGraw-Hill Education TASC, an authoritative guide to the new high school equivalency exam, TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™. It claims to be the only book to contain authentic TASC test questions from CTB/McGraw-Hill, the creator of the TASC test. The TASC test is a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency.

McGraw-Hill Education TASC provides students with a comprehensive review and practice in all five exam subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each chapter features a pre-test that helps readers identify strengths and weaknesses before study. There are complete reviews of key test content, exercises to reinforce new skills, and full-length TASC practice test sections in the new test format, with complete explanations for every question, and valuable test-taking tips and strategies. CTB/McGraw-Hill also offers test takers a complimentary practice test item sampler and an official TASC Test Readiness Assessment that is available in print and online.

McGraw-Hill Education also offers Common Core Achieve, a fully adaptive study program to help potential test takers prepare for any high school equivalency exam, including the TASC test. Rooted in the Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards, Common Core Achieve is built on the core content instruction needed for all 2014 high school equivalency exams and, includes test preparation specific to each exam. It is available in both print and online with components that can be used separately or together.

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McGraw-Hill Education TASC joins McGraw-Hill Education's line-up of high school equivalency exam prep materials
- 07 Apr 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, has announced the publication of the McGraw-Hill Education TASC, an authoritative guide to the new high school equivalency exam, TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™. It claims to be the only book to contain authentic TASC test questions from CTB/McGraw-Hill, the creator of the TASC test. The TASC test is a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency.

McGraw-Hill Education TASC provides students with a comprehensive review and practice in all five exam subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each chapter features a pre-test that helps readers identify strengths and weaknesses before study. There are complete reviews of key test content, exercises to reinforce new skills, and full-length TASC practice test sections in the new test format, with complete explanations for every question, and valuable test-taking tips and strategies. CTB/McGraw-Hill also offers test takers a complimentary practice test item sampler and an official TASC Test Readiness Assessment that is available in print and online.

McGraw-Hill Education also offers Common Core Achieve, a fully adaptive study program to help potential test takers prepare for any high school equivalency exam, including the TASC test. Rooted in the Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards, Common Core Achieve is built on the core content instruction needed for all 2014 high school equivalency exams and, includes test preparation specific to each exam. It is available in both print and online with components that can be used separately or together.

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McGraw-Hill Education TASC joins McGraw-Hill Education's line-up of high school equivalency exam prep materials
- 07 Apr 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, has announced the publication of the McGraw-Hill Education TASC, an authoritative guide to the new high school equivalency exam, TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™. It claims to be the only book to contain authentic TASC test questions from CTB/McGraw-Hill, the creator of the TASC test. The TASC test is a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency.

McGraw-Hill Education TASC provides students with a comprehensive review and practice in all five exam subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each chapter features a pre-test that helps readers identify strengths and weaknesses before study. There are complete reviews of key test content, exercises to reinforce new skills, and full-length TASC practice test sections in the new test format, with complete explanations for every question, and valuable test-taking tips and strategies. CTB/McGraw-Hill also offers test takers a complimentary practice test item sampler and an official TASC Test Readiness Assessment that is available in print and online.

McGraw-Hill Education also offers Common Core Achieve, a fully adaptive study program to help potential test takers prepare for any high school equivalency exam, including the TASC test. Rooted in the Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards, Common Core Achieve is built on the core content instruction needed for all 2014 high school equivalency exams and, includes test preparation specific to each exam. It is available in both print and online with components that can be used separately or together.

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McGraw-Hill Education enables teachers to customise content with launch of 'Create' digital publishing tool for K-12 education
- 02 Apr 2014

McGraw-Hill Education has introduced its popular custom-publishing tool, Create, to the K-12 market to meet the needs of teachers seeking learning solutions that are tailored to the way they teach.

Originally developed for higher education, Create's platform will now provide K-12 teachers with access to trusted educational resources that can be remixed and customised online to best suit their teaching needs and their district's needs. This capability has become extremely valuable to educators and administrators as they strive to meet rigorous Common Core and state standards for education.

Create's easy-to-use platform gives teachers total control over the selection and sequencing of course materials and enables them to develop their own print or e-books in a matter of minutes. Highlights include a rich library of resources; custom DIY features; and collaborative capabilities.

Once a Create text has been fully customized, the instructor receives a digital review copy in under an hour. For educators requiring more complex curricula development backed by a product development team for creating classroom texts, digital solutions, and integrated program alternatives, McGraw-Hill Education offers a personal concierge.

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Utah selects McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive math program ALEKS as grant-eligible mathematics option for middle and high schools statewide
- 18 Mar 2014

As part of ongoing efforts to improve student performance in the STEM subjects, Utah has designated McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive math program ALEKS® as a grant-eligible mathematics option for middle and high schools statewide. The selection, made by Utah's STEM Action Center following the completion of a semester-long pilot of ALEKS in Utah schools in fall 2013, makes Utah the first state in which the digitally adaptive, Common Core-aligned solution will be available statewide.

Utah's STEM Action Center, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, was launched last year by the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development to help ensure that Utah's workforce is properly equipped to address the demands of the 21st century economy. In order to raise STEM proficiency across the state, the Center will make more than $8 million in grant funding available to middle and high schools throughout the state for the 2014-2015 school year. Those funds may be used to purchase any of the STEM solutions designated by the Center, of which ALEKS offers the only fully adaptive option for both middle and high school students.

ALEKS uses research-based artificial intelligence to rapidly and precisely determine each student's level of knowledge, pinpointing exactly what a student knows and doesn't know. ALEKS then instructs students on the topics they're most ready to learn, constantly updating each student's knowledge state and adapting to the student's individualised learning needs. The solution is designed to be highly flexible for students and schools with varied technology capabilities, and can be used as either a core program or a targeted learning supplement.

McGraw-Hill Education, which has marketed and sold ALEKS for math in the higher education space for more than 10 years, in June 2013 signed an agreement to acquire ALEKS Corporation, the privately held developer of the ALEKS adaptive learning technology for the K-12 and higher education markets.

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McGraw-Hill Education introduces Connect Insight data analytics and visualisation tool for higher education at SXSWedu
- 05 Mar 2014

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has introduced Connect Insight™, a first-of-its-kind data analytics and visualisation tool for higher education. The launch leads McGraw-Hill Education's presence at the Austin-based education festival, SXSWedu, where the company will also host an on-site lounge experience, debut a new interactive game for college Spanish, and announce a major partnership in the K-12 market.

With the debut of the mobile-based Connect Insight, McGraw-Hill Education becomes the first major education company to analyse and present data in a highly visual and actionable way.

The tool allows instructors to pinpoint how each student is performing individually and relative to peers, as well as gauge the effectiveness of their assignments. It automates the data analysis process so every instructor can gain insights – not just information – about individual student or whole class progress. Additionally, it will enables instructors to make data-driven, real-time decisions about their instruction and act as an early warning system to immediately identify and help struggling students. Built for mobile, the tool works seamlessly with McGraw-Hill Connect®, the company's online learning platform for higher education.

The company has several other activities and announcements planned for SXSWedu. These include: Launch of 'Practice Spanish: Study Abroad' game; StudySync collaboration; Adaptive learning at the world's largest math lab in Austin; The McGraw-Hill Education Lounge (Room 406, Hilton Austin); and LAUNCHedu, part of the larger SXSWedu conference, in which education entrepreneurs from across the country and around the world will highlight their innovations in an elevator-style pitch competition.

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McGraw-Hill Professional partners with Baker & Taylor to expand availability of eBook collection to public and school library customers
- 25 Feb 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, has announced that it is expanding availability of its eBook collection to public and school library customers through a new partnership with Baker & Taylor, the worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, using the Axis 360 digital media platform.

McGraw-Hill Professional's catalogue is one of the premier eBook collections in the world for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. McGraw-Hill Professional is offering more than 5,000 new and backlist eBooks including best-selling and acclaimed titles such as the New York Times business best-seller Crucial Conversations, the award-winning The No-Cry Sleep Solution, and Programming the Raspberry Pi, as well as the comprehensive collection of student test prep / study aids 5 Steps to a 5 AP test prep series, Practice Makes Perfect foreign language study series, and Schaum's Outline study guides.

Of particular interest to public libraries, the eBook collection includes more than 700 recently released titles for business, medical, and technical professionals, and students preparing for exams, available to lend on multiple devices via cloud-based delivery. These titles include McGraw-Hill Education's test prep series for college and career success such as The Official Guide to the GRE, and McGraw-Hill Education Guides to the ASVAB, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and more.

Axis 360 delivers digital audiobooks and eBooks for library users in EPUB, PDF and Blio formats to PC and Mac computers, laptops and netbooks, to smartphones and tablets running on Android and iOS, and to popular ereaders such as NOOK®, Sony ReaderTM and KoboTM.

McGraw-Hill Professional eBooks will be available to all public and school library customers through Baker & Taylor's comprehensive Title Source 3 selection and acquisitions tool. eBooks will then be available for patrons to discover, download, and read through the Axis 360 digital media platform. Titles will also be incorporated into Baker & Taylor's FirstLook new title notifications plans, and throughout the full range of collection development programs that Baker & Taylor provides its customers for title selection and fulfillment in print and digital formats.

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McGraw-Hill Education to acquire Engrade
- 04 Feb 2014

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has agreed to acquire Engrade, the developer of an open digital platform for K-12 education that unifies the data, curriculum and tools that educators use every day to drive student achievement and inform district educational strategy. The move enables McGraw-Hill Education to meet U.S. K-12 schools' growing demand for platforms that bring together the delivery of digital instructional content and assessments and the analysis of student information and performance data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close imminently, were not disclosed.

The acquisition is one of several that McGraw-Hill Education has made since it was acquired by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) in March 2013. In June 2013, the company acquired the ALEKS Corporation, a developer of adaptive learning technology for K-12 and higher education.

As part of McGraw-Hill Education's commitment to open standards, the company plans to grow Engrade's platform under its current business model while also deeply integrating Engrade with McGraw-Hill Education's own digital platforms.

McGraw-Hill Education will maintain Engrade's current offices in Santa Monica, Calif.

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McGraw-Hill Education expands efforts to ensure fully interoperable future for the education technology industry
- 10 Dec 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has designated its Tel Aviv-area technology innovation center as its company-wide interoperability hub. The center will continue to ensure that all of the company's current and future digital learning solutions adhere to the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) guidelines, the industry standard for edtech interoperability. A contributing member of the IMS and an advocate for open standards, McGraw-Hill Education aims to make its content open and searchable to anyone and to help make education technology more seamless and flexible for instructors and students everywhere.

Although digital education technology has become increasingly sophisticated over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of edtech tools and solutions that run only within specific operating systems and are therefore incompatible with one another. This lack of integration means that the promise of the real-time classroom – where data can instantly be processed and analysed across students' academic records – cannot be realised. By prescribing a set of universal protocols on which all new education technology will operate, the LTI guidelines promise to alleviate virtually every edtech compatibility concern that exists today.

According to IMS Global, school technology leaders have already reported that LTI alignment routinely saves them more than 90 percent of the time that would otherwise be spent on custom software integrations.

McGraw-Hill Education's Tel Aviv technology center has been instrumental in the company's interoperability work to date and will expand in the coming months, adding technology professionals from both within and outside of the education sector.

McGraw-Hill Education has already successfully aligned many of its premier digital learning solutions to the LTI guidelines. Of note is McGraw-Hill Connect, the online learning platform of choice for hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, which is now equipped to support any LTI-certified digital learning solution on the market. Additionally, McGraw-Hill Campus allows schools to integrate the company's digital products, including Connect and McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, with any learning management system.

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McGraw-Hill Professional’s eBook catalogue now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide
- 05 Dec 2013

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, US, and OverDrive, an eBook, audiobook, music and video lending service for schools and libraries, have announced that McGraw-Hill Professional's eBook catalogue is now available for K-12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide. This catalogue claims to be one of the premier eBook collections for business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles available.

To celebrate this new offering, 2012 and 2013 McGraw-Hill eBook releases (more than 700 titles) will be offered at special bundled rates and packages for K-12 school and public library partners through the end of this year in OverDrive Marketplace.

Through OverDrive, K-12 school libraries and public libraries will be able to offer 24/7 access to McGraw-Hill Professional digital titles in four broad categories: Business/Consumer, Science/Technical, Test Prep/Education, and Medical. The eBook collection for schools and public libraries includes more than 700 recently released titles for researchers, business, medical, and technical professionals, and students preparing for ACT, SAT, MCAT or LSAT exams. These titles and more are available now for libraries and schools to lend for virtually any device with a modern browser, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® (U.S. only) through OverDrive Read or OverDrive Media Console.

Jisc launches new network to inspire a future of innovation in research and education
- 27 Nov 2013

Jisc is set to increase the country's global competitiveness by launching one of the world's most advanced computer networks - Janet6.

This advanced network has been designed to address future demands for high capacity connectivity, enabling vast amounts of data to be exchanged in seconds. Designed specifically for research and education, Janet6 is highly scalable up to 8.8 terabits of capacity and uses state-of-the-art 100 gigabit ethernet technology. Janet6 provides excellent bandwidth and a flexible infrastructure, enabling the UK's research, higher education, further education and skills sectors to collaborate and compete on a global scale.

Replacing the current SuperJanet5 backbone, the Janet6 architecture will facilitate further development of the UK's knowledge economy.

The current Janet network has been critical to landmark scientific projects such as the 'Upscale' climate simulations, which required petabytes of data to be moved from supercomputers in mainland Europe to sites in the UK, including the Met Office. Mathematical models and high-resolution data captured from Earth observations from space are used to glean important information on sea surface temperature and cloud cover, which provides valuable insights into climate trends that are needed to inform policy decisions.

The official 'switch over' to the Janet6 network took place on November 26, 2013. The new infrastructure will help businesses that connect UK education institutions to one another, super-computing facilities and global research and education networks, unlocking the potential for a greater number of collaborative research projects.

The Janet6 project was brought to successful fruition in partnership with a number of organisations. The key partners included: SSE Telecoms for the underlying fibre for the network; Ciena for the optical processors to light the fibre; Juniper Networks, who provided the high-performance routing and switching technology to create the network, and its deployment partner Imtech.

Janet6 has been developed in the context of the government's Public Services Network with funding from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and managed through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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Wolters Kluwer Health collaborates with Joint Commission Resources to develop eCourses for nurses
- 05 Nov 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the availability of professional development eCourses for nurses that were developed in collaboration with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. This first set of 30 courses focuses on Compliance, Patient Safety and Heart Failure care. All of the new courses are included in Lippincott's Professional Development Programs, an e-Learning library available to hospitals and other health institutions.

The new eCourses are the first to be released as a result of the collaboration announced in July between JCR and Wolters Kluwer Health. Designed to help hospitals meet Joint Commission certification and accreditation requirements, all of the new courses have been reviewed and certified by The Joint Commission experts.

This first set of online courses includes 10 on Compliance; 10 on Patent Safety; and 10 on disease-specific care certification support for Heart Failure. A second set of 10 courses on Heart Failure and 10 on Stroke will be available in March 2014; and a third set of 10 additional Stroke courses is expected to be available in June 2014. Thereafter, JCR and The Joint Commission experts will continue to add new courses in other disease-specific care areas, and review, update and certify content on a quarterly basis.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organized into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas, such as critical care, cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurologic care, pediatrics, behavioral health, compliance and patient safety. Designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance, most courses include continuing education (CE) credit and are delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs are part of Lippincott's Nursing Solutions, a series of evidence-based software applications designed to improve patient outcomes, enhance nurse competency, standardise care, save time and promote clinical excellence.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils first adaptive math placement platform
- 17 Oct 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has launched ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning, the first adaptive, open-response placement and remediation tool for higher education. ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning uses adaptive technology to quickly and accurately assess students' knowledge to place them in the college math course best suited to position them for success. ALEKS Placement is the first product the company has officially launched since McGraw-Hill Education acquired ALEKS Corporation in June 2013.

Low college graduation rates of remedial students and the continuous rise in tuition costs in the current market are now more than ever emphasizing the need for successful placement and remediation programs. With more than 50 percent of students in two-year colleges and 20 percent of those in four-year universities inaccurately placed in remedial classes, ALEKS Placement offers a proven approach for accurate math course placement, which is imperative to students' future success and ultimate college completion. ALEKS Placement enables all students to accelerate out of developmental education and into credit-bearing math courses by assessing and then remediating students for up to six weeks through a personalized study plan. ALEKS Placement helps reduce the time that students need to spend in developmental math courses and in some cases allows students to bypass developmental course work completely.

Using adaptive technology, ALEKS Placement rapidly and accurately assesses each student to determine their 'ceiling of knowledge' – or where their mastery ends – in a particular subject. As the only placement testing platform that uses open-response questions instead of the less precise multiple-choice format, ALEKS Placement pinpoints each student's current knowledge level and delivers targeted learning through a six-week Prep and Learning module. This learning component combines individualised, mastery-based learning with periodic progress assessments to ensure students enter a course prepared and confident. After spending time in the Prep and Learning module, students have the opportunity to take up to four additional assessments, depending on the maximum set by the institution, reducing test anxiety and potentially improving the student's placement score and course eligibility.

ALEKS Placement is also reimagining math placement through its flexible online format, allowing students to participate in the assessments anytime, anywhere and giving institutions the ease of simple setup and delivery of the program. Based on preference, institutions can offer students the option of completing the ALEKS Placement program either on campus in a proctored environment, or on their own time wherever there is an internet connection.

ALEKS Placement for math has been used by more than 70 higher education institutions in the US over the past year. At Kent State University, where nearly 75 percent of incoming freshmen require developmental math courses, ALEKS Placement helped lead to a 24 percent improvement in completion of these courses over the previous year as well as a 10 percent decrease in the rate of drops, fails and withdrawals. ALEKS Placement is also now available for first-year chemistry courses.

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Wolters Kluwer Health launches Lippincott's NCLEX-RN PassPoint, powered by PrepUTM
- 17 Oct 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health has introduced Lippincott's NCLEX-RN PassPoint, powered by PrepUTM. This adaptive learning and exam prep tool for nursing students simulates the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) with comprehensive, adaptive practice exams, and includes access to thousands of pages of evidence-based, clinically oriented content.

Lippincott's PassPoint is built on and expands upon the content and functionality of Lippincott's NCLEX RN 10,000, powered by PrepU, which has been proven to improve classroom performance and optimise students' chances of passing the NCLEX-RN.

Students can use Lippincott's PassPoint to prepare for the NCLEX-RN and make a smooth transition from the classroom to nursing practice. PassPoint offers students practice quizzes that adapt in difficulty and reinforce knowledge of specific components of the nursing curriculum, along with instructor-driven assignments to validate understanding of core content. Students can complete multiple simulated NCLEX-RN tests to gauge their readiness to sit for licensure.

PassPoint helps prepare students to succeed in nursing practice by exposing them to the leading evidence-based content used in over 1,500 healthcare facilities nationwide. PassPoint links directly to content from both Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills, which includes step-by-step instructions for clinical skills competencies, and Lippincott's Nursing Advisor, which provides specific clinical answers synthesised into entries on diseases and conditions, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospital-acquired conditions. Both of these products are trusted and used by thousands of direct care nurses at the bedside to support better patient care through evidence-based practice.

Nursing school faculty can also review student progress on the simulated exam via PassPoint. The PassPoint practice exam simulator will help instructors and students determine knowledge gaps, remediate to rectify challenging areas, and build confidence as the real certification test approaches. Detailed summary reports track students' ongoing performance, helping them evaluate weaknesses and strengths and prioritise areas for deeper study.

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Jisc signs framework agreement with Google Apps for Education
- 09 Oct 2013

Janet, part of the Jisc group, whose primary purpose is to provide network infrastructure and related services for schools, colleges and universities in the UK, has announced a major framework agreement with Google Apps for Education. The agreement will make it easier for colleges and universities to make the move to Google Apps for Education and open up the free online collaboration and communication benefits it offers to more staff and students.

The framework agreement will mean that colleges and universities in the UK are now eligible to sign up to Google Apps for Education using a contract approved by Janet, as meeting UK legal requirements. This Cloud Services for Education Agreement will give colleges and universities peace of mind in relation to security, resilience, legal and data compliance, cost and functionality.

There are more than 25 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide and many different use cases. Students working on group projects can work simultaneously in real-time in documents, spreadsheets and presentations, no matter where they are based, making it easier to share ideas and preventing the difficulty of version control. Professors and teachers can comment directly within student assignments, streamlining the faculty feedback process. Lecturers can even run entire seminars on Google Hangouts, meaning that students can catch their classes online, even if they’re not on campus. Student committees can also host their social calendars on easily accessible Google Sites and post pictures of their events on Google+. Google recently signed a similar agreement in the Netherlands and since that time half the country’s universities and colleges have moved to Google Apps.

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Hawaii Department of Education selects McGraw-Hill Education's Reading Wonders program for state-wide use
- 30 Sep 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced that the Hawaii Department of Education has selected McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders – the first-to-market K-6 core reading program built from the ground up to address the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts – as the exclusive reading program for classrooms across the 'Aloha State.' Reading Wonders will first be implemented in approximately 25 elementary schools at the start of the 2013 school year, making it the first exclusive adoption of a single program in the state's history.

McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders offers a differentiated and personalised approach to reading that motivates students to exceed their current reading level and provides teachers with explicit lessons and differentiated resources to help accelerate learning. Reading Wonders offers interconnected digital platforms for students and teachers across any device.

The teacher platform provides instructors with the exact resources they need for each day and a built in plan, and facilitates digital whole-group lessons through a revolutionary presentation tool. Students are equipped with a digital platform of their own, where they can complete and save their work, access and submit assignments and games, and collaborate digitally with their peers and teachers.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches Reading WonderWorks to aid struggling readers meet Common Core State Standards
- 26 Sep 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the launch of McGraw-Hill Reading WonderWorks, a personalised, flexible and intensive intervention program for struggling readers in Grades K-6 that was built from the ground up to address the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Reading WonderWorks, which supports Reading Wonders, McGraw-Hill Education's comprehensive Common Core reading program, was designed specifically to help students who are reading below grade level develop critical reading, writing and analytical skills required by the rigorous new standards so that they can accelerate through the curriculum and read on grade level by the following year. The program is currently rolling into classrooms across the country.

Available in both print and digital format, Reading WonderWorks was built to support the core instruction that occurs in the Reading Wonders classroom, but provides flexible options and scaffolds specific skills for students with varying intervention needs. For students in younger grades (K-1), the program emphasizes developing and reinforcing foundational skills from the Reading Wonders program (phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, word recognition, fluency, oral vocabulary) that are crucial for developing proficient readers as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

For older grades (2-6), the program's focus shifts to addressing higher level skills (practicing close reading, accessing the meaning of complex text, analytical writing) that are level-appropriate but still maintain the complexity that students are required to master. Foundational skills continue to be scaffolded to support students throughout the program as needed.

The program will also include Reading Wonders Adaptive Learning, a system developed in conjunction with Area9 that will continually assess a student's knowledge and skills and provide them with a personalized learning path to help them accelerate their learning.

The Reading WonderWorks program seamlessly integrates with Reading Wonders through an interconnected digital platform for students and teachers across multiple devices, and the robust teacher platform provides both Reading Wonders and Reading WonderWorks instructors with shared access to built-in and customizable plans and resources to jointly push their students forward, already sequenced in the order of instruction. Also included in the platform are Foundational Skills Kits that teachers can use with students if they are missing key foundational skills that are potentially holding them back, as well as "Level Up" lessons that stretch and accelerate students to read on grade level.

Placement and diagnostic assessments as well as the Reading Wonders Adaptive Learning system will help tailor instruction, gauge an individual student's progress and ultimately determine if a student is ready to exit the Reading WonderWorks program.

Reading WonderWorks offers interactive worktexts and e-books that allow students to take notes, utilize built-in prompts to help them identify and mark text evidence and most importantly, collaborate and discuss passages with their peers to help them think more critically and extrapolate the meaning of more challenging texts. The students' dynamic platform also engages them in games, graphics and ample practice to ensure that they become confident and proficient readers who can read on grade level and help students make progress toward satisfying more rigorous educational standards.

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McGraw-Hill Education announces major update to McGraw-Hill Connect
- 05 Sep 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a major upgrade to McGraw-Hill Connect, the online learning platform of choice for hundreds of colleges and universities around the country. Drawing on the feedback of more than 125 instructors at 70 institutions, McGraw-Hill Education has streamlined and improved the platform's usability, making it easier than ever for instructors to create and manage their courses in less time.

Connect now offers new features like a proactive at-risk student notification tool and automation enhancements of routine classroom tasks, allowing instructors to spend less time on course administration and more time teaching. The update to Connect is one of five major digital product releases that McGraw-Hill Education has introduced in the past month.

The product of more than 10,000 engineering hours, the newest version of Connect's digital teaching, assignment and assessment platform introduces many data-guided features, including a new at-risk student notification tool that helps professors spot struggling students and intervene earlier than ever before to ensure their engagement, performance and learning stays on track. Connect also now features an updated Gradebook to offer a more intuitive, interactive grading environment with unique, comprehensive data transparency for students. The new Gradebook allows instructors to access data more easily and automate changes across assignments, courses and sections, all while providing clearer information to students so they can better understand and self-correct their course performance.

Connect, which initially launched in 2009, is a digital assignment and assessment platform that strengthens the link between faculty, students and coursework, helping everyone accomplish their learning objectives in less time. In a new effectiveness study released in July, McGraw-Hill Education demonstrated that on average, instructors using Connect reduced their grading time by 77 percent.

Connect offers several other new features and enhancements to the interface and functionality as well, further improving the experience for instructors and students. The Course Builder and Assignment Builder updates provide instructors with all the tools they need to easily create full courses and individual assignments. The Course Builder update opens access to LearnSmart Advantage, a suite of adaptive learning products, and allows instructors to easily find a Connect course through improved search functionality. The Assignment Builder update offers several time-saving elements, like allowing updates across multiple assignments or students.

An update to the LearnSmart user interface also allows instructors to more easily integrate adaptive learning technology into their courses, offering a consistent experience across the LearnSmart Advantage suite of products, including LearnSmart Labs, LearnSmart Prep and SmartBook.

The introduction of a new Section Overview feature gives instructors instant access to important context about the course. This new feature is especially useful for instructors who have received a shared or copied course, a common practice in large courses with several sections. Additionally, a more comprehensive Share/Copy functionality across assignments and eBook annotations enable instructors to quickly and easily share and enhance their courses.

The new features and updates offered in Connect are available to instructors and students immediately.

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Cengage Learning and MathJax partner to improve the display of mathematical equations in Cengage Learning digital products
- 01 Aug 2013

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning, Inc., US, and MathJax have announced a partnership to improve the display of mathematical equations in Cengage Learning digital products.

MathJax will deliver integrated content for math and chemistry in Cengage Learning's MindTap solutions, providing improved rendering of math and scientific notation within all MindTap supported browser and operating system combinations.

With MathJax, students are able to highlight and add inline notes to equations and formulas within MindTap. In addition, they can zoom into complex equations and formulas in order to better view the details. Using MathJax within MindTap, users will have access to mathematical content with the ability to copy and paste equations to be re-used in their notes for later study and reference.

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Jisc welcomes the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ publication of the UK’s international education strategy
- 30 Jul 2013

Jisc has welcomed the publication of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' international education strategy outlining the UK's role in contributing to worldwide innovation within schools, colleges and universities.

Jisc aims to enable people in UK higher education, further education and skills to perform at the forefront of international practice by exploiting fully the possibilities of modern digital empowerment, content and connectivity.

The UK boasts one of the best digital infrastructures in the form of the Jisc research and education network Janet, delivering unparalleled connectivity and access to resources, while being safe and secure.

Jisc works in partnership across UK education and research to explore and provide cutting edge technologies in education, creating high-value-added products and services that have been built by the UK's education sectors for the UK's education sectors.

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Wolters Kluwer Health and Joint Commission Resources collaborate to develop eCourses for nurses
- 19 Jul 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has signed an agreement with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission, to develop online professional development courses for nurses in hospitals and other health institutions. These eCourses will be included in Lippincott's Professional Development Programs catalogue for sale to providers.

The initial development effort calls for Wolters Kluwer Health to develop and provide 50 courses, including 10 on patient safety, 10 on compliance, and 30 supporting disease-specific care certification in Heart Failure and Stroke. As the official publisher of The Joint Commission, JCR will review and verify the quality of the courses. The courses will be available to all providers and institutions by working with their Lippincott's Nursing Solutions representative to select the appropriate programmes from the course catalogue.

The courses will be packaged into four programs within the library - Patient Safety, Compliance, Disease-specific Certification for Heart Failure, and Disease-specific Certification for Stroke. Each will enable nurses to learn what they need to provide excellent patient care.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organised into programmes by key nursing specialties and topic areas. Each course is designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance. In addition, nurses can improve their management and leadership skills with goals that include continuous improvement of patient outcomes and ongoing evaluation of nursing competence. Most include case studies and/or tutorial modules delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.

In addition to institutional purchase, the courses will be included with the courses currently for sale on www.lww.com. In total, almost 300 courses will be available for direct purchase within the Lippincott's Professional Development catalogue. These courses cover a variety of specialty areas including critical care, cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurology, pediatrics, behavioral health, and a wide variety of compliance, patient safety, professional development and disease state issues.

Starting this fall, the new co-developed courses will be available by subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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MetaMetrics partners with five major publishers to provide Quantile measures for over 30 new mathematics textbooks
- 12 Jul 2013

MetaMetrics, developer of The Quantile Framework for Mathematics, recently collaborated with five major publishers to provide Quantile measures for more than 30 new mathematics textbooks that cover materials intended for students in Kindergarten to 10th grade. These textbooks will join over 600 textbooks and 3,500 resources currently measured that can be found using the 'Find Your Textbook' search tool available on Quantiles.com.

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics is a unique measurement system that uses a common scale and metric to assess a student's mathematical achievement level and the difficulty of specific skills and concepts. The use of Quantile measures can lead to improved mathematics teaching and learning by providing a way to target instruction and monitor student growth toward proficiency standards and the mathematical demands of college and careers.

The recently measured textbooks and their publishers include: McGraw-Hill Education: Everyday Mathematics (18 books - Grades K-6), Algebra I; Carnegie Learning: Carnegie Learning Math Series (3 books - Grades 6-8); Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Texas GO Math! (3 books - Grades 6-8); Big Ideas Learning®: Big Ideas Math (3 books - Grades 6-8), Algebra I; and Pearson: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.

The majority of these textbooks were measured for state textbook adoptions as states are moving toward textbooks aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). CCSSM help communicate what is expected of students at each grade level in order to better prepare students to succeed in college and in the workforce.

The Quantile Framework differs from other measurement systems in that it evaluates student mathematical achievement and the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts and places them on the same developmental scale. Quantile student measures describe a student's readiness for instruction and indicate which skills and concepts the student is ready to learn and those that may require more background instruction. Educators and parents can use this information to connect the student with resources that are designed to meet his or her unique learning needs and to determine if the student is ready for the demands of college and careers.

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Blackboard announces free, flexible option for running massive open online courses
- 11 Jul 2013

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, has announced a free, flexible option for running massive open online courses (MOOCs): a hosted instance of Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). With more institutions looking to offer large, open courses, the offer will give institutions a fully functional, flexible platform option complete with social learning capabilities and a wide range of course management and student engagement features.

The platform will be available soon to all Blackboard clients at no extra cost in a non-exclusive, non-binding manner. The option lets schools retain full control over the form and direction of their MOOC courses. In addition, institutions maintain all current and future revenue associated with MOOCs that are offered for-pay or for-credit.

Several course management features of Blackboard Learn currently support large courses and will scale for MOOCs. These include rule-based learner identifications to find and take various actions on students at scale, last name searches to quickly filter through hundreds of students and automatic group creation to help large courses 'feel smaller' to students.

Mobile applications for Blackboard Learn enable students and instructors to access all MOOC course content from iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

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Blackboard launches xpLor, a shared content repository that supports multiple LMS platforms
- 25 Jun 2013

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, has announced the release of xpLor, a content platform that gives educators unprecedented ability to create, discover and share rich course materials across systems and institutions. xpLor claims to be the industry's first cloud-based learning object repository that supports multiple learning management systems (LMS).

Users can create and store materials in xpLor, and then extend their content by sharing and making it discoverable to instructors across working groups, courses and institutions. Content is delivered through the cloud to users' LMS. xpLor currently supports Blackboard Learn, ANGEL, Joule from Moodlerooms and Sakai. Users can tag and rate content, making it easy to find items their peers found to be valuable.

Content can be adapted over time by multiple users. Content authors can control who can see and change their content, and can apply to their work a variety of rights and permissions from All Rights Reserved to Creative Commons open sharing, to enable crowdsourcing collaboration and remixing of content.

xpLor was developed with emphasis on open standards to ease sharing. Users can create or import any type of content supported by the IMS Common Cartridge standard, including rich documents, discussion boards and assessments. Using the IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) specification, grades are automatically sent to the LMS gradebook and activity is recorded when items are used in a course.

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McGraw-Hill Education to acquire ALEKS Corporation
- 21 Jun 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has signed an agreement to acquire ALEKS Corporation, the privately held developer of the ALEKS adaptive learning technology for the K-12 and higher education markets. The move strengthens McGraw-Hill Education's position as the leader in delivering personalised learning experiences through adaptive technology.

The acquisition is McGraw-Hill Education's first since it was acquired by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC in March 2013. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur early in the third quarter of 2013.

ALEKS uses research-based, artificial intelligence to rapidly and precisely determine each student's knowledge state, pinpointing exactly what a student knows and doesn't know. ALEKS then instructs students on the topics they're most ready to learn, constantly updating each student's knowledge state and adapting to the student's individualised learning needs. McGraw-Hill Education has marketed and sold ALEKS for math in the higher education space for more than 10 years.

McGraw-Hill Education's acquisition of ALEKS Corporation marks the company's latest initiative to bolster its offerings and capabilities in adaptive learning, an effective and increasingly popular method of education that uses technology to help educators provide personalized learning experiences. In January 2013, McGraw-Hill Education acquired an equity stake in Area9 Aps, the Denmark-based adaptive learning company. McGraw-Hill Education and Area9 have worked together to develop products such as the LearnSmart Advantage adaptive learning suite, which includes SmartBook, the world's first-ever adaptive e-book.

McGraw-Hill Education will continue to sell ALEKS as a standalone solution over the near term, but the company plans deeper integration between ALEKS and its content and digital platforms. As part of the acquisition, McGraw-Hill Education will maintain ALEKS Corporation's current offices in Irvine, Calif.

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Microsoft and Janet alliance to provide faster, more secure cloud-computing services to over 18 million students and staff in the UK
- 22 May 2013

Software vendor Microsoft Corp., US, and Janet, the UK’s research and education network, have signed a new peering arrangement as a result of which more than 18 million students, staff and researchers at institutions across the UK could start to benefit from a faster and more secure connection when using their institution’s cloud-based IT services.

This new agreement enables improved access to infrastructure and application services such as websites, virtual learning environments and research projects. Connecting the networks privately eliminates the need to traverse data over the public internet. This enables a high bandwidth connection for students and staff to use Windows Azure. Bandwidth is managed, ensuring high-speed delivery with no delay or latency.

The move to peer the Microsoft Windows Azure data centre to the Janet network comes as part of a new strategic alliance between the two organisations, signed at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The alliance agreement also means any UK education institution can benefit from standard terms and conditions on Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity software suite Office 365, negotiated by Janet. An early beneficiary of this arrangement is Goldsmiths, which is also one of a select group of institutions responsible for initiating work on the alliance.

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Blackboard and Vital Source launch integrated offering
- 21 May 2013

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, and Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, have launched pilot programs with a number of colleges and universities to test-drive an integrated offering that makes the VitalSource Bookshelf platform and its hundreds of thousands of e-Textbooks available directly within Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS).

Indiana University - Fort Wayne, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Fayetteville Technical Community College - are among the institutions participating in the field trial. With the integration instructors can preview and select e-textbooks, content and learning objects from the VitalSource Bookshelf platform that students can then access through a single sign-on.

Participants in the field trial will provide ongoing feedback to the companies about their experience to strengthen the offering. Participating instructors have expressed satisfaction with the ability to annotate e-textbooks, link to content from anywhere within a course or assignment and assess how students are progressing through content. Students have been enthusiastic about using e-textbooks on mobile devices through native iOS and Android applications, including deep linking that makes pages and features such as notes, highlights and annotations look the same on e-textbooks as they do in printed textbooks.

The integrated solution, expected to be available this summer, would offer two purchase models. Institutions that include textbooks as part of tuition could place e-textbooks directly into Blackboard Learn courses for immediate student access. Alternatively, a student-purchase option would give instructors the opportunity to make e-textbooks available for students to purchase or rent from within their Blackboard Learn course environment.

Vital Source Technologies, one of Ingram's fastest growing businesses, powers online access and full-book downloads through native apps on computers and leading mobile devices. 3 million students across 6,000 campuses in 200 countries currently leverage the company to access digital content that meets the needs of both upper and lower-level courses from 300 publishers in 17 languages.

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McGraw-Hill Education and ePals partner to expand global collaborative learning opportunities for K-12 students
- 17 Apr 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has formed a collaboration with ePals Corporation, an education media company and a leading global learning network. The partnership pairs world-class content from McGraw-Hill Networks, McGraw-Hill Education's award-winning digital social studies learning program for Grades 6-12, with ePals' global community and social learning platform. The collaboration will allow teachers and students to connect with peers in more than 200 countries to enjoy the type of authentic, global learning experiences that are required for 21st century education and workplace success.

McGraw-Hill Education's digital learning resources will provide users of ePals and McGraw-Hill Education products with a new source of dynamic educational project- and activity- based learning experiences aligned to McGraw-Hill Education's trusted content. With a strong focus on critical thinking, reading, writing and other academic skill development, these interactive experiences will aid teachers in meeting Common Core as well as other standards. McGraw-Hill Education's resources on ePals will be directed initially toward middle school and high school social studies topics. Additional core curriculum content from McGraw-Hill Education on ePals is planned for the future.

Launched in 2011, McGraw-Hill Networks combines engaging print and digital resources to help students discover and learn essential social studies content. The programme can be personalised and customised for each student to support differentiated instruction, and transforms social studies instruction and learning into an exciting and interactive experience.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches SCOREboard Adaptive Learning Program to help students prepare for AP Exams
- 15 Apr 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the launch of McGraw-Hill SCOREboard, the first AP exam preparation tool built on adaptive technology to help students build the skills and background knowledge they need to succeed on their AP exams. The initiative is part of the company's ongoing efforts to prepare high school students for success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.

The launch of SCOREboard comes at an important time for U.S. high school students, who are increasingly taking AP courses as a cost-effective, efficient way to earn college credit. More than 950,000 U.S. public high school graduates took at least one AP Exam in 2012.

The latest addition to McGraw-Hill Education's growing array of adaptive and digital learning solutions, SCOREboard uses adaptive technology to adjust to students' individual learning needs, providing students with personalised learning plans that help them master course material as they prepare for their AP exams. SCOREboard, which McGraw-Hill Education developed in conjunction with adaptive technology partner Area9, supports the company's ongoing commitment to college and career readiness, helping to prepare students for the rigors of college-level work before they step foot on campus. Additionally, SCOREboard is designed to support the latest AP standards released by the College Board, including new AP standards for science.

Built using official AP guidelines produced by the College Board, the solution includes a personalised learning plan and comprehensive student and teacher reports. Through adaptive questioning, SCOREboard assesses student understanding and provides detailed, immediate feedback about students' areas of weakness. The personalised learning plan provides each student - after completing a diagnostic test - recommendations on AP topics that the student still needs to master. Four complete, timed practice exams for each course provide practical AP test-taking experience. Like the diagnostic test, these auto-graded exams give immediate feedback and include detailed scoring rubrics.

SCOREboard, part of McGraw-Hill Education's suite of adaptive learning solutions, builds upon the success of such innovative tools as McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, which has already helped more than one million college students improve their grades and was recently made available for high school students. The program can be used in conjunction with McGraw-Hill Education's ONboard Series for Advanced Placement, which is designed to improve students' performance in AP classes by developing the skills they need to succeed before they enter the course.

The program is available to schools via subscription and can also be purchased directly by students and parents at the price of $20.00 per course. Currently available for use on PC and Mac, SCOREboard will be available for iOS devices by Fall 2013.

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McGraw-Hill Education ties up with Magna Publications to launch Learning Institute
- 13 Feb 2013

McGraw-Hill Education has announced the launch of McGraw-Hill Learning Institute. The initiative is a professional development programme created to keep institutions and instructors up-to-date on the latest education technologies and provide guidance in determining which emerging technologies and best practices are right for their needs. As part of the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute launch, McGraw-Hill Education and Magna Publications have also announced a new agreement to jointly develop and offer professional development products and services to educators and institutions.

While education technology promises to help instructors better achieve their teaching and learning goals, technologies are emerging and evolving at a tremendous pace, it has been observed. It is challenging to know which technologies are right for a specific instructor's or institution's needs. The McGraw-Hill Learning Institute brings together faculty and thought leaders in education technology, course development and instructional effectiveness to share strategies, ideas and techniques for implementing instructional technology and research-based approaches to teaching in the college classroom. The Learning Institute designs and hosts faculty development experiences such as teaching and learning symposia, workshops and webinars.

The Learning Institute seeks to offer best practice-based training in areas such as teaching and learning in blended and online learning environments, flipped classrooms, teaching with technology, administration of learning environments, student engagement, course design and redesign and assessments. It can also work with institutions to develop customised curriculum design and professional development resources and online or classroom-based training to specifically meet the needs of their faculty.

Through its Teaching Professor and Online Classroom newsletters to its 20 Minute Mentor programmes to the Magna Commons, an on-demand cloud-based faculty development site, Magna Publications offers institutions a range of products dedicated to proven strategies for creating a better learning environment. As a result of the new partnership with McGraw-Hill Education, Magna Publications' library of resources will be made available through the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute.

McGraw-Hill Education makes LearnSmart available to high school students
- 12 Feb 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced that it will make McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, its adaptive study tool, available for students in high school. The aim is to provide teachers and schools with a digital solution that has been proven to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes.

LearnSmart, originally developed by McGraw-Hill Education with Area9 for the higher education market, will assist schools and teachers in overcoming one of K-12 education's biggest challenges: better preparing students for their current coursework as well as success in college and their future careers.

The tool seeks to personalise learning by using algorithmic technology to continually assess students' knowledge, skill and confidence levels and design targeted study paths based on the resulting data to bolster students' understanding in the areas where they need to improve the most. By allowing students to focus their outside-of-class study time on the topics and concepts that are most challenging to them, LearnSmart has been shown to help students study more efficiently, develop greater proficiency and earn better grades.

According to a study released last year, college students using McGraw-Hill LearnSmart were transformed from C students to B students, and B students into A students. This is stated to be a true testament to the power of adaptive learning technology and LearnSmart's ability to help students study smarter.

LearnSmart's ability to adapt to students' individual learning needs and styles reportedly stems from the vast amount of student data already in the system. Since the launch of the tool into the higher education market in 2009, more than 1 million students have already answered more than 1 billion questions through LearnSmart, giving McGraw-Hill Education a deep understanding of how students learn and perform within an adaptive learning environment.

LearnSmart supports the 'flipped classroom' model of education. Because it is assigned as homework to help students strengthen their knowledge in areas where they demonstrate weakness, it encourages students to come to class better prepared to focus on higher-level learning. By doing so, LearnSmart allows teachers to focus more on leading rich class discussions or facilitating collaborative learning experiences. With direct access to students' LearnSmart progress, teachers can use the results to tailor their lessons accordingly at the class and individual level.

At launch, LearnSmart will be available for Biology, US History, Spanish and a variety of AP & Honors level subjects, with additional courses to be added in the coming months. At the high school level, LearnSmart is available on any computer and accessible via McGraw-Hill Education's ConnectED platform.

Ibmec selects Blackboard for online and mobile learning
- 14 Jan 2013

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, has announced that it has been selected by Ibmec, one of the leading teaching and research institutions in Latin America, as a strategic partner in online learning. The institution will now use Blackboard's LMS, mobile learning, Web collaboration and managed hosting solutions at all of its institutions across Brazil.

Ibmec, best known for its prestigious professional master degrees, has partnered with Blackboard, which is primarily represented in Brazil by the Educational Holding Grupo A, to help increase its post-graduation and MBA courses for the next three years and help support their strategy for enrollment expansion.

Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organisations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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McGraw-Hill Professional offers perpetual access to McGraw-Hill eBook Library
- 11 Jan 2013

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced that it is offering an enhanced purchasing programme for its McGraw-Hill eBook Library, a digital platform delivering access to its premium content (MHeBookLibrary.com). The new purchasing alternative – perpetual access – is designed to give libraries more flexibility in acquiring the company's digital content to meet the growing demands from their patrons for e-books.

The McGraw-Hill eBook Library includes nearly 2,000 titles in collections that are continuously updated with new e-books. Users can access hundreds of thousands of pages of content from authors who are said to be leading authorities in the areas of engineering, computing, medical, business and student study aids.

Academic libraries will be interested in reference works such as Harrison's Manual of Medicine, Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing and the complete catalogue of course study aides, Schaum's Outlines. Public libraries may expect to find a wealth of titles on careers and business skills, student and career exam study guides and the series of ‘How to Do Everything' books on consumer technology.

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Blackboard and Pearson announce content integration partnership
- 30 Nov 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, and Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, have expanded the availability of an integration for Pearson's learning solution – MyLab & Mastering – with Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS). Previously available in North America, the integration is now available in most markets worldwide.

The systems integration includes single sign-on, improved workflows and state-of-the-art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab & Mastering within their Blackboard learning system. Faculty can synchronise gradebooks, transfer information and create corresponding links in both systems. Instructors are also able to customise their courses by choosing content and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bar.

The expansion follows growing international interest in having quick access to Pearson's content and homework assignments, tutorials, gradebook and tools, learning solutions, and analytics directly in Blackboard's learning platforms. The integration, which was made available in North America earlier this year, is already being used by hundreds of institutions.

This joint announcement, made at Online Educa Berlin this week, marks a new level of convenience and simplicity for users. The collaboration is part of the companies' ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools.

Blackboard Learn allows institutions to take advantage of improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content and tools.

Pearson's MyLab & Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and has supported successful redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs. Students receive a personalised learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback - freeing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students. Demand for the MyLab & Mastering programmes continues to soar across the globe at thousands of higher education institutions. MyLab & Mastering programmes are available for over 80 different discipline offerings representing thousands of distinct titles used by over 10.4 million students.

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Blackboard and Buckinghamshire New University expand partnership for online and mobile learning
- 05 Nov 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, has announced that Buckinghamshire New University is expanding its use of Blackboard as a strategic partner in online learning. The move is part of the University's plan to create a comprehensive online platform for its students.

The selection of Blackboard as a strategic partner followed an evaluation of commercial and open source learning management systems (LMS). The University determined that an extended partnership with Blackboard for the next five years would best enable it to meet the needs of its changing student demographics. By developing a single online environment for students to access services and learning resources, the University will grow participation among students, many of whom have full and part-time jobs and need a convenient way to access course materials.

Buckinghamshire New University is moving its LMS to the latest version of Blackboard Learn, and expanding its partnership with Blackboard to include web conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate and mobile learning with Blackboard Mobile Learn.

By leveraging Blackboard's technology and services, the University will establish a more dynamic interactive social learning experience. University officials anticipate cost savings with the adoption of web conferencing, which it plans to use in an administrative capacity for everything from admissions to human resources and IT support, as well as for academics with virtual office hours, and recording lectures and seminars.

In order to free up physical resources and increase speed, uptime and reliability of its LMS, the University will move to Blackboard's Managed Hosting service. Shifting the burden of hosting an LMS to Blackboard will allow University staff to focus on embedding excellent pedagogy within its courses.

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Parker University selects Blackboard Learn to replace current LMS
- 31 Oct 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc., US, has announced that Parker University has selected Blackboard Learn to replace its current learning management system (LMS) following a three-month evaluation of four commercial and open source platforms. The selection was driven by the university's need to have an LMS that could support its ongoing growth in programmes and students.

In the evaluation, a committee composed of faculty and administrators rated Blackboard Learn among the highest options for teaching and learning, with the latest version's end-user functionality and the availability of training resources being two of the determining factors.

Recognising the soaring job outlook in healthcare, the long-time chiropractic college recently expanded its academic offerings to complement the chiropractic degree. Parker added an associate's degree in radiologic technology, a bachelor's degree in health information management and an MBA in healthcare management. Along with adding new programmes, Parker University is expanding online course offerings as a means to increase enrollment without straining physical space resources.

Blackboard's ability to host the LMS was cited as another important factor in the evaluation process - Parker University will move to the Blackboard Managed Hosting service in order to free up resources and ensure around the clock monitoring of system uptime. With the burden of hosting an LMS shifted to Blackboard, university staff can focus solely on creating excellent courses on the Blackboard Learn platform.

Parker University will start new online programs on the Blackboard Learn platform in January and will move existing traditional and blended courses to the platform next summer. The LMS will also be used to provide supplemental material for continuing education courses.

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UK makes e-infrastructure investment for higher education
- 07 Sep 2012

UK researchers' and educators' demands for high performance computing are now reportedly secured until at least 2022, thanks to an initial £30 million e-infrastructure investment from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the higher and further education funding councils.

The investment will build Janet6, the next generation of the UK's national research and education network, adding value across the sector from high-end research to universities, colleges and schools. It will also enable research to stay competitive on both a national and international level, and support the £60 billion contribution that higher education brings to the UK economy.

Research shows that as institutions use innovative methods to deliver digital resources to their students, so their use of different devices over the network grows. The pattern of data across Janet shows that data usage doubles every 18 months and this is unlikely to change.

However, in addition to this normal usage increase, there will also be a 'data deluge' from data intensive research, which means that future network demands are set to increase. The high capacity network means that research in biomedical sciences, climate science and genomics can continue at current rates, even with the need for the transfer of large data sets, as well as high performance computing, that are needed for research and analysis in these subject areas.

A seamless transition to the new network, and a proactive approach to network provision where it is needed, means that most customers should not see any disruption in service. The new network will reportedly continue to provide unseen yet essential support to the work of researchers and educators, enabling them to communicate easily and share large data sets across international boundaries.

Service provider SSE Telecoms has been awarded the contract to provide the fibre for the Janet infrastructure in the largest UK deployment of its kind, this year. The Janet6 infrastructure will be based on Ciena's platform, which will enable the network to easily scale from 100G to 400G and beyond as requirements change over time. Janet6 will be fully operational by October 2013.

Janet6 has been developed in the context of the Government's Public Services Network (PSN) programme, and as Janet6 unfolds, the Janet team will continue to work closely with the PSN programme to ensure maximum efficiency in public-sector ICT spend.

The Janet6 programme is aligned with, and co-funded by, the BIS e-infrastructure initiative. BIS investment in both the core Janet network and in extending Janet means that it can better serve additional data intensive research disciplines.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins announces updates to Lippincott's Professional Development Programs
- 06 Sep 2012

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it has completed several updates to Lippincott's Professional Development Programs, a series of online continuing education solutions for nurses in hospitals and other health institutions. Two new categories of e-courses are now available including pediatrics and hospital-acquired diseases. In addition, five new nursing competency evaluations have been incorporated into the programme.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organised into programmes by key nursing specialties and topic areas. Each course is developed and designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance. In addition, nurses can improve their management and leadership skills with goals that include continuous improvement of patient outcomes and ongoing evaluation of nursing competence. Most programmes consist of e-courses, which include case studies and/or tutorial modules delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats. Competency evaluations assess a nurse's ability to think critically and analyse clinical situations.

The new Hospital-Acquired Conditions programme consists of six new courses each addressing a single hospital-acquired condition. Also new is the Pediatric Nursing programme, which has a total of 13 courses addressing pediatric diseases and conditions. Several existing e-courses also were reviewed and, as appropriate, updated to meet new guidelines including the 12-Lead ECG, ECG Rhythm Strip program, and the Preventing Ventilator-Assisted Pneumonia (VAP) course.

In addition to new courses, five new competency evaluation modules were added which expand the program's evaluation component to include seven programmes and a total of 17 modules. These programmes evaluate the knowledge, critical thinking and analytical ability of nursing staff. Designed for healthcare institutions, these evaluations assess nurses' competency levels by providing online case study assessments that require knowledge of the latest evidence-based rationales.

Competency evaluation module test questions have been updated to utilise embedded audio including heart sounds and breath sounds to provide a more complex and interactive testing environment. The programmes and accompanying test exercises help build confidence as competency, skills and performance improve. Pre-test and post-test embedded self-assessments, images, charts and video clips add realism and improve information retention.

The upgraded Lippincott's Professional Development Programs are available immediately by subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Stephen Laster as chief digital officer
- 17 Aug 2012

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Stephen Laster as the company's chief digital officer. Laster will lead the company's digital initiatives, including creating compelling digital learning experiences for students and inspiring creative innovation across all aspects of the organisation.

The appointment of Laster is the latest representation of McGraw-Hill Education's transformation from a provider of print-based education materials to a developer of digitally-based products and services.

Laster joins the company from Harvard Business School, where he served as chief information officer since 2006. In that position, he transformed the school's technology organisation and delivered critical new systems and services, while establishing the school's first educational technology group focused on digital learning product development.

Laster will report to Lloyd G. "Buzz" Waterhouse, McGraw-Hill Education's president and chief executive officer, as the process continues to establish McGraw-Hill Education as an independent, digital learning and education services company later this year.

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McGraw-Hill Education and Time To Know partner to develop digital teaching platform for K-12 schools
- 10 Aug 2012

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced an exclusive licensing agreement with educational innovator Time To Know to develop an all-digital, data-driven differentiated teaching and learning platform for one-to-one computing classrooms. This partnership will combine McGraw-Hill Education's proven content and educational services with Time To Know's unique digital teaching platform to create an engaging, purely digital personalised educational environment for each student while keeping the teacher at the center of the classroom.

By partnering with McGraw-Hill Education, Time To Know – whose platform has been shown to increase students' academic achievement and standardised test scores in pilots in Grand Prairie, Texas and New York City – will expand its presence and reach in the US.

Time To Know transforms the classroom by leveraging technology to empower teachers with the digital content and tools that they need to be effective and successful in improving student performance. Time To Know gives teachers access to comprehensive core content that progresses through a research-based learning cycle of teacher-led exploration, student experimentation, and class discussion followed by differentiated and guided practice and application for each student. At the core of the online program is a virtual 'dashboard' that gives teachers a real-time view of each student's progress on assignments. This information enables teachers to differentiate instruction as soon as they need to and reach struggling students through personal intervention and digital resources before they fall behind.

Time To Know also uses technology to engage students through animations, hands-on exploration of key concepts through widgets and applets, and personalised practice and periodic assessment that leads to mastery. This unique type of instruction fosters engagement and active student involvement, which leads to deeper conceptual understanding of the material, and supports the Common Core State Standards' goal of developing critical, high-order thinking in students.

McGraw-Hill Education's Time To Know solution will be introduced for Grades 4-5 math and English Language Arts classes this fall. McGraw-Hill Education and Time To Know plan to expand their partnership to include Grades 6-8 math in the next year. All programmes will be fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Team members from McGraw-Hill Education and Time To Know will work collaboratively on product development, sales and customer support activities.

In order to ensure that educators make a successful transformation in their classroom, Time To Know and McGraw-Hill Education will provide substantial professional development resources through instructional coaches that will conduct in-class observations and training sessions in order to increase teacher effectiveness and transform the classroom.

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McGraw-Hill Education acquires math teaching tech provider Key Curriculum
- 03 Aug 2012

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the acquisition of Key Curriculum, a privately held developer of mathematics learning technology in the K-12 and higher education markets. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition of Key Curriculum is projected to strengthen McGraw-Hill Education's position as a leader in dynamic mathematics education technology at a time when the US market for digital STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education technologies is increasing substantially.

Key Curriculum's solutions – which are developed by mathematics educators – seek to engage students and promote the deeper understanding of course material that is a primary focus of the Common Core State Standards. Sketchpad, Key Curriculum's signature product, enables students to learn math in a hands-on manner by allowing them to visualise, explore and experience the abstractions of math, from basic numbers to calculus.

Several of Key Curriculum's other solutions focus on data analysis: Fathom deepens students' data analysis skills and understanding of statistics, and TinkerPlots helps build students' understanding of data by transforming data into clear representations.

McGraw-Hill Education will continue to sell Key Curriculum products as standalone solutions, regardless of the curriculum adopted by the institution. Customers using McGraw-Hill Education's math programmes can expect deeper integration between these products and Key Curriculum solutions in the future.

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LWW launches educational electronic health record programme, Lippincott’s DocuCare EHR
- 01 Aug 2012

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has launched Lippincott's DocuCare EHR, an educational electronic health record (EHR) programme. The tool helps nursing students learn how to electronically chart patient care, and prepares future nurses to meet expanding industry requirements for proficiency in health information technology and patient documentation.

Originally developed by nursing educators at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Lippincott's DocuCare EHR has been expanded and customised based on the input of hundreds of nursing instructors and students. This completely web-based learning tool is supported by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) extensive collection of healthcare content and resources, providing valuable links to patient simulation and other point-of-care teaching tools.

Lippincott's DocuCare EHR includes over 70 pre-populated simulated patient records and cases. Each case includes relevant links to Lippincott's Nursing Advisor and Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills, giving students access to diagnosis information, drug monographs, skills & procedures descriptions and videos, and other evidence-based, up-to-date content that is used in over 1,200 hospitals nationwide.

Instructors can bring classroom case studies to life by creating simulated patient records, building assignments, and evaluating student documentation performance. The programme is designed to better prepare students for practice, in a fully realistic, yet risk-free, simulated environment. LWW will provide faculty with specific training on how to use this new tool and integrate it into their curriculum.

As part of an ongoing partnership with healthcare solutions provider Laerdal Medical, Lippincott's DocuCare EHR also aligns with many of Laerdal's suite of simulation solutions. Students working with these Laerdal patient scenarios can record patient information directly into the DocuCare electronic health record.

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Saudi Electronic University adopts Blackboard’s flagship learning management system, Blackboard Learn
- 27 Jul 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc, US, has announced that it has been selected by the Saudi Electronic University (SeU), the first government e-university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as a strategic partner to support their eLearning requirements. The announcement was made by Blackboard and its local partner, BME Holding S.A.L. (BME).

Following a formal and extensive evaluation process, which included functional assessment and review of vendors, SeU concluded that Blackboard Learn, Blackboard's flagship learning management system (LMS), is the most flexible and effective learning platform to meet their needs.

SeU found Blackboard solutions to offer advanced functionality and significantly enhanced collaborative learning opportunities compared to competing vendors. Executives at SeU determined that Blackboard solutions would be easier to implement and manage than the alternatives based on the company’s strong and proven product support and well-organised, global user community.

The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in Saudi Arabia recognises that distance learning is critical to the future success of Saudi education expansion and quality. With the creation of SeU, the MOHE will work with the existing Saudi universities to centralise distance learning study programmes into a single organisation. SeU has a target to enroll 6,000 students for its initial launch phase.

SeU will leverage the Blackboard Mobile Learn solution to give students and faculty access to their course experience on mobile devices. Blackboard Collaborate, the online Web conferencing and collaboration platform will give students and faculty more opportunities to interact virtually, and the Blackboard Connect platform will increase the effectiveness for alert notifications and community outreach.

Consultants from Blackboard joined leaders from SeU for a five-day, on-site workshop to review the short-term implementation plan of Blackboard solutions, align efforts with the university's Strategic Plan and coordinate timing to make the solutions available to students in early September.



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Gale launches new resource for research on business, companies and industries
- 12 Jul 2012

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, has announced Business Insights: Essentials, a new resource for research on business, companies and industries built on the same intuitive platform as the recently-announced Business Insights: Global. The new resource will replace Gale’s long-standing Business and Company Resource Center database.

Business Insights: Essentials contains all of the content and functionality found in Business and Company Resource Center. However, the information is now organised on a more intuitive, user-friendly platform. With this new resource, librarians can more effectively help faculty, students and patrons investigate investment opportunities; research businesses and find parent-subsidiary relationships; explore market and industry information, SWOT reports, investment reports and business associations; instantly analyse and compare financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools; study product and brand information; compare companies within an industry; and target new customers and inform on potential business opportunities, distribution channels and licensing opportunities.

Some of the new tools and features that can be found in Business Insights: Essentials include a robust business glossary of thousands of business terms culled from Gale encyclopaedias and Cengage Learning textbooks, Readspeaker (text-to-speech functionality), translation tools for the user interface and article-level translations, citation tools, and interactive charting with the ability to manipulate statistical data and customise charts.

Current Business and Company Resource Center customers can migrate to Business Insights: Essentials at no additional charge.

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Blackboard and Learning.com partner to make vast catalogue of K-12 content available in the Blackboard Learn LMS
- 26 Jun 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc, US, and Learning.com has announced a partnership to help teachers create high quality online courses more quickly and easily with an integration that would make Learning.com's vast catalogue of rich K-12 content and tools available directly in the Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS).

The integration, which is currently being piloted by a number of K-12 institutions and will be generally available soon, lets teachers and administrators find, use and manage more than 200,000 digital learning resources from the Learning.com catalogue seamlessly in the course platform, rather than having to move between systems. The Learning.com catalogue includes both free and fee-based resources from leading education publishers and individual educators that are aligned to academic standards.

With access to the rich collection of material from Learning.com - including curriculum and textbook content, multimedia, assignments, quizzes and more - teachers can design a more engaging and intuitive learning experience.

The Learning.com catalogue includes a growing collection of content from premier providers like USA Today, NASA, the Smithsonian, Waterford Institute, Adaptive Curriculum, and over 10,000 learning objects created and peer-reviewed by educators. Available content covers critical educational areas including language arts, library media, math, science, technology and professional development for teachers. All of the content can be searched by subject, grade level, academic standard, and keyword.

The partnership is part of Blackboard's ongoing effort to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools. The Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content from leading educational publishers and content providers.

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McGraw-Hill to offer digital learning solutions at ISTE annual conference
- 26 Jun 2012

McGraw-Hill Education, a US-based content, software and services-based education company, is showcasing a number of new digital learning solutions at the International Society of Technology in Education's (ISTE) annual conference. The solutions are projected to facilitate personalised learning, promote college and career readiness, address assessments in the digital age and help schools meet pressing challenges, such as the transition to the new Common Core State Standards. Programs on display at McGraw-Hill School Education's booth (#4013) include CINCH Learning, ONboard Series for Advanced Placement and Reading Labs 2.0.

CTB/McGraw-Hill, an educational assessment partner, will be highlighting many digital solutions at booth #3913. These include the BrainPOP/AcuityIntegration and TerraNovaCommon Core, Form 2.

McGraw-Hill Education will offer product demonstrations, workshops and presentations by a variety of experts and authors. Conference attendees who visit both booths to experience programs on display will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win an iPad. Additionally, CINCH Learning will be featured in the Intel Emerging Technology Hands-On Lab (Room 23C), "Sneak Peak @ the Future." Through this exhibition, Intel is inviting conference attendees to engage with some of the newest education technologies and participate in a treasure-hunt style experience for a chance to win an Intel Ultrabook. Attendees can register at http://www.tinyurl.com/IntelISTE.



McGraw-Hill Education partners with Western Governors University to establish ‘Pay-for-Performance’ business model
- 07 Jun 2012

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, and Western Governors University (WGU) have announced an agreement to establish a ‘pay-for-performance’ model in which McGraw-Hill will receive variable compensation for those WGU students who use MHE technology and services for a particular course and pass.

Through the partnership, McGraw-Hill Education will provide e-books and access to industry-leading adaptive learning tools including McGraw-Hill LearnSmart to Western Governors University's (WGU) online courses. Under this new pricing structure, the university will pay a significantly discounted flat fee for McGraw-Hill's course materials.

In addition, WGU will pay McGraw-Hill a premium for each student who uses the materials and passes the course (a passing grade at WGU is equivalent to a letter grade of "B" or better). Through this new pay-for-performance model, universities and learning companies share in the accountability for student success and students gain access to premium educational materials while keeping costs low.

The new business model supports WGU's philosophy of providing a mentor-guided, competency-based education that allows students to advance when they demonstrate mastery of all course competencies rather than accumulating credit hours by spending time in class. For each degree program, required knowledge and skills, called competencies, are defined in collaboration with education and industry experts, and assessments are developed to measure these competencies. WGU has drawn national attention for this innovative, competency-based approach to learning, which offers affordable, high quality education.

McGraw-Hill Education and Instructure announce strategic partnership to expand McGraw-Hill Campus service
- 06 Jun 2012

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced an expansion of its content and course integration service, McGraw-Hill Campus, through a strategic partnership with Instructure. The partnership will enable a deeper integration of McGraw-Hill Campus within Canvas across the country, making it even easier for instructors and students to access the comprehensive digital resources provided through McGraw-Hill Campus.

McGraw-Hill Campus, which launched in July 2011, grants faculty and students universal access to McGraw-Hill's world-class course solutions and online resources from within their college's existing LMS – whether or not they use a McGraw-Hill title. The service is available at no additional cost to the institution. McGraw-Hill Campus provides users with single sign-on access to all of McGraw-Hill Education's digital content from any LMS, streamlining and simplifying the user experience.

With one click, instructors and students can instantly browse, search and access the entire library of McGraw-Hill instructional resources and services including e-books, test banks, PowerPoint slides, animations and learning objects. Faculty can discover new resources to prepare for class, create tests/quizzes, develop lecture material and integrate interactive content.

For current McGraw-Hill customers, McGraw-Hill Campus also integrates with the company's other leading digital solutions, including McGraw-Hill Connect (all-digital teaching and learning platform), McGraw-Hill Create (state-of-the-art custom-publishing platform), McGraw-Hill LearnSmart (online adaptive study tool), Tegrity (a fully searchable lecture capture service), ALEKS (adaptive assessment and learning tool) and eventually SimNet (interactive, simulation-based software).

McGraw-Hill Campus also eliminates the need to register and log in with multiple services and websites – the No. 1 reason why professors and students reach out for technical support, according to McGraw-Hill's extensive field research. By reducing technical issues for students, faculty and IT administrators, McGraw-Hill is reducing the amount of time that schools and instructors spend dealing with IT problems, allowing them to focus on what matters most – teaching and learning – and enabling students to succeed by eliminating obstacles to accessing engaging digital learning.

The McGraw-Hill Companies takes additional steps to prepare for education company spin-off
- 15 May 2012

Information services provider The McGraw-Hill Companies, US, has announced further steps to establish the new, independent company, McGraw-Hill Education, by the end of this year. The process of creating this new entity requires multiple changes across operating and support functions to both separate the education segment from The McGraw-Hill Companies and to stand up McGraw-Hill Education as an independent, digital learning and education services organisation. These moves will also facilitate the process of onboarding a new Chief Executive Officer of McGraw-Hill Education as the search enters its final phase.

To continue the process of building a world-class team to lead the new education company, the Corporation has announced the appointment of Patrick Milano, currently Executive Vice President and Director of the Program Management Office of the Corporation's Growth and Value Plan, to the new position of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of McGraw-Hill Education. In his new role, Milano will be responsible for Finance, Manufacturing, Distribution and IT, reporting to Jack Callahan, Chief Financial Officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, until the new Chief Executive Officer of McGraw-Hill Education is appointed. Joe Micallef, currently Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, will work closely with Milano on standing up McGraw-Hill Education before retiring following a very successful career at the company.

Concurrent with these moves, Robert Bahash, the President of McGraw-Hill Education, will retire after 37 years of service with The McGraw-Hill Companies. David Stafford, currently Vice President and Associate General Counsel of The McGraw-Hill Companies, will become General Counsel of McGraw-Hill Education and will also play a key role building a public company legal team and preparing for the spin-off.

Maryellen Valaitis, currently Head of Human Resources in the education segment, will become Vice President of Human Resources of the new company, thus providing important continuity in ensuring McGraw-Hill Education has the best possible talent in the education sector. Vineet Madan, currently Senior Vice President of Strategic Services, will continue to lead strategic planning as McGraw-Hill Education enhances its leadership of digital and personal learning innovation. Bruce Marcus, currently Chief Digital and Information Officer of McGraw-Hill Education, will continue to lead the IT team and the higher education digital product development unit.

The business unit management team of McGraw-Hill Education will be led by: Brian Kibby, President, Higher Education; Dan Caton, President, School Education Group; Philip Ruppel, President, Professional; Ellen Haley, President, CTB/McGraw-Hill; and Talia Griep, President, International. All will report to Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies, until the new Chief Executive Officer of McGraw-Hill Education is appointed.

These moves underscore the progress already announced regarding the Growth and Value Plan, including the ruling received from the Internal Revenue Service agreeing to the tax-free status for the spin-off of McGraw-Hill Education, and the ongoing preparations to file the Form 10.

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McGraw-Hill Education and University of Minnesota partnership creates new business model to make e-books scalable at university level
- 14 May 2012

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has a new partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores. The partnership allows the company to provide e-books to large numbers of students at reduced prices, helping to make college more affordable and improve student performance.

Through this two-year partnership, McGraw-Hill Education will provide its complete catalogue of e-books and adaptive learning products to University of Minnesota students at a significantly discounted rate. In this new business model, the bookstore – which has access to enrolment information and the course materials assigned for each course at the university – will identify the digital materials each instructor requires for their classes and then directly bill students' bursar accounts for those materials. The end result is that students will see significant savings and will have automatic and immediate digital access to their course content through their college's learning management system on any browser-enabled device.

The University of Minnesota, which enrolls nearly 65,000 students, participated in an earlier e-book pilot programme with McGraw-Hill Education, Internet2 and Courseload that was also designed to make e-books more affordable and accessible. This new partnership strengthens McGraw-Hill Education's relationship with the university as well as the University of Minnesota Bookstores, which provides significant value in its ability to interface seamlessly with university administration, faculty and students.

At the University of Minnesota, McGraw-Hill's e-books can interface with an entire suite of the company's online learning platforms, including McGraw-Hill Connect (all-digital teaching and learning platform), McGraw-Hill LearnSmart (online super adaptive study tool) and Tegrity (a fully searchable lecture capture service). LearnSmart, which has been used by nearly 1 million students since its launch, has been shown to improve students' course performance by one full letter grade.

The new e-book program will begin in the fall 2012 semester.

Cengage Learning and Blackboard launch digital content integration solution
- 10 May 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, and Blackboard Inc. have announced the availability of an integrated solution that gives instructors and students streamlined access to Cengage Learning’s rich digital learning solutions and core curriculum content directly through the Blackboard Learn learning management system.

The integration allows for single sign-on, embedded activity links and grade book synchronization for Cengage Learning’s MindTap platform, as well as single-sign on and placement of embedded links at the activity level for CourseMate.

The integration is made possible through Cengage Learning's standards-based, Web-services architecture – MindLinks – and the Blackboard Building Blocks programme which leverages the open APIs of the Blackboard Learn platform. For all CourseMate titles, the integration includes the ability to directly link within Blackboard Learn to individual assets, including student activities and the eBook.

Blackboard is part of the Cengage Learning MindShare Alliance Partner Program and Cengage Learning is a Blackboard Strategic Partner in the Blackboard Partnerships Program.

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Cengage Learning and NorthWest Arkansas Community College partner to educate and strengthen local workforce
- 09 May 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced that it is working with NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) to develop a series of workforce development courses for professionals in the Bentonville, Arkansas area.

The courses being developed are a part of the $2.15 million ‘Acceleration, Resources, Knowledge’ (ARK) Grant, which was awarded to the region based on a proposal that was submitted to the Obama Administration’s Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The challenge, which was launched last May to support the advancement of 20 high-growth regional industry clusters, awarded grants to the regions who outlined superior proposed projects and best identified the economic strengths of their areas. As one of the winning regions, the ARK Grant will provide innovation, training and professional development to companies and professionals residing in Northwestern Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Missouri.

The grant allows for the creation of courses that will benefit both the local community and its workforce. In-person and online classes will be hosted by NWACC to train professionals on new technologies, software and other topics of interest to today’s workers. Among those to be offered, the first courses to be rolled out from this new partnership include Mobile Applications Programming and Microsoft Office.

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Cengage Learning launches MindShare Alliance Partner Program to recognise partner companies
- 10 Apr 2012

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a new programme to recognise partner companies that add unique capabilities to Cengage Learning’s products and services for the benefit of customers. The MindShare Alliance Partner Program is launching with more than twenty participating companies.

Cengage Learning seeks to deliver the most integrated experience for faculty and students across the breadth of its product portfolio. As an extension of the Cengage Learning team, partners help create value for customers by adding essential components to the teaching and learning experience. Complementary, and often integrated, products and services allow customers to leverage the many assets and enterprise solutions already deployed on campuses today. Cengage Learning will continue to expand partner relationships to maximise customer value.

The MindShare Alliance benefits these important partner companies by streamlining development, driving awareness of their capabilities, and fostering innovation. Additionally, the MindShare Alliance provides other added benefits to partners including engagement with the Cengage Learning sales organisation, direct involvement in product development, opportunities to attend key conferences, marketing opportunities, connections with customers and the ability to reach up to 20 million faculty and students.

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Harper College partners with Blackboard to provide mobile access to campus services
- 04 Apr 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc, US, has announced a partnership with Harper College to provide information and mobile access to campus services with the ultimate goal of increasing graduation rates. Harper has adopted Blackboard Mobile Central as part of its long-term strategy to enhance engagement and help students ‘finish what they started’ and produce more college graduates.

President Barack Obama recently challenged community colleges to produce an additional five million graduates by 2020 in an effort to increase US global competitiveness. Harper College found its unique, proportional share of this goal is an additional 10,604 graduates. In an aggressive effort to meet this goal, the college is undergoing several initiatives that will aim to increase student involvement and increase their likelihood of graduation. As part of this effort, the college deployed Blackboard Mobile Central to increase engagement and access to the campus community.

The Harper College app, which is accessed over 1,000 times a day, contains a suite of features within a single app including the campus directory, event calendars, news and information, maps, and more. Harper recently deployed new functionality including a ‘Construction’ feature that provides information and updates on the $250 million campus expansion project currently underway, and access to the ‘My Harper’ suite that connects to the student information system, course schedules and course catalogue.

Blackboard Mobile Central is used at nearly 250 education institutions worldwide and is available in native applications for Android; BlackBerry; iOS for the iPhone and iPod touch; Palm webOS, and on all Web-enabled devices. When enabled by their institution, users can download both mobile apps, at no cost, directly to their device from their respective app stores.

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McGraw-Hill Education working with US govt. initiative to advance digital learning in schools
- 03 Apr 2012

Officials from the US Department of Education (DoE) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently brought together leaders from the digital education industry to formulate a unified strategy for moving the nation’s K-12 classrooms into the digital age.

Among the education and technology industry leaders to take part in the Digital Textbooks Initiative Meeting was Dan Caton, president of McGraw-Hill School Education. According to Caton, McGraw-Hill School Education is working with the entire education community – from teachers and administrators, to partner companies like Apple, Intel and Inkling, to parents and students – to develop the technology that engages and immerses students in their education, while preparing them for success in college, career and beyond.

Led by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the FCC and DoE Digital Textbooks Initiative Meeting is part of an ongoing initiative to spur national adoption of digital textbooks within the next five years. The working meeting addressed a wide spectrum of digital learning topics, including affordability, content, connectivity, device specifics, state policies and transition strategies.

Blackboard Inc. launches Open Source Services Group
- 27 Mar 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc, US, has announced the launch of Blackboard Education Open Source Services, a new effort to support clients using open source education technologies. With the announcement, the company will continue to focus on its flagship Blackboard Learn platform as well as ANGEL and Edline, while also helping institutions successfully manage open source learning management systems (LMS) including Moodle and Sakai.

The move complements Blackboard’s existing focus on supporting the entire education experience with products and services for learning management as well as mobility, real time collaboration, analytics, campus services and notification, and other needs.

Blackboard already serves hundreds of institutions that use Moodle, Sakai and other LMS systems in tandem with these additional education-focused solutions. In extending its focus to include open source options, Blackboard can support a wider variety of approaches to online learning and help institutions increase the value they get from technology of all kinds.

Blackboard Education Open Source Services will be guided by teams from two leading providers of services to institutions using Moodle - Moodlerooms and NetSpot. Each of the companies has been acquired by Blackboard but will operate independently to support their clients. Blackboard also announced the addition of Charles Severance, founding Chief Architect of the Sakai Project and current Sakai Foundation board member, to guide the company’s efforts to support clients using Sakai.

Senior leaders from Blackboard, Moodlerooms and NetSpot signed a Statement of Principles affirming that their work would continue a number of key initiatives currently supported by Moodlerooms and NetSpot, including contributions of software code to the open source community, financial support for the Moodle Trust, and continued support for community gatherings like Moodlemoots.

The announcement follows a series of steps Blackboard has taken to promote greater openness in education. The company has increased the openness of its own systems and policies and has been an active leader in supporting open standards through the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

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Blackboard and ACE expand partnership to support ACE Fellows Program
- 13 Mar 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc, US, and the American Council on Education (ACE) have announced a renewed partnership and a $700,000 in-kind gift from Blackboard to support the ACE Fellows Program, which prepares senior leaders to serve colleges and universities nationwide.

Through this gift, Blackboard makes its learning management, Web conferencing and mobile learning solutions available to the ACE Fellows Program. The technology will enable greater communication between ACE Fellows and program instructors, enable collaboration with higher education leaders around the world, and provide a central location for program logistics, assignments, resources and online discussions.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging campus leaders for responsible positions in college and university administration. Blackboard and ACE first partnered to support the programme in 2003.

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Projects In Knowledge launches free point-of-care resource on Non-small-cell lung cancer
- 13 Mar 2012

Projects In Knowledge (PIK), a provider of cutting-edge educational programmes for physicians and other clinicians, has launched its latest free app for iPhone and iPad: Living Medical eTextbook: Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Edition. This point-of-care clinical tool enables oncologists and other clinicians to keep abreast of critical disease and treatment information and practical patient management strategies.

Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is reportedly one of the most serious and common malignancies in the US. Scientific advances and ongoing research are creating a steady stream of improved strategies for diagnosis, staging, and treatment. With the NSCLC app, clinicians can tap into these developments and gain immediate access to updatable, peer-reviewed information on the latest clinical trial results, expert insights from top specialists, and smart links to external supplemental materials, such as journal articles, illustrations, and videos.

The app focuses on lung cancer screening, staging, histology, and biomarkers; new roles for chemotherapy; approved targeted agents; and emerging treatments. Making its debut in the NSCLC app is a newly developed search feature, which locates a specific word or phrase contained anywhere in the entire eTextbook. The app also offers complimentary continuing medical education (CME/CE) credit.

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WK Health to offer nursing programmes to HealthStream customers
- 09 Mar 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has partnered with HealthStream, a provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry. Under the deal, WK Health will offer the Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs product suite to HealthStream’s customer base of healthcare organisations. The partnership was announced at HealthStream’s Customer Summit, March 6 – 9, 2012, which is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville.

Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs are projected as evidence-based, interactive learning tools that are designed to help clinical nurses improve nurse competency and meet compliance standards. Each programme contains a series of online courses, case studies, competency evaluations, and/or tutorials delivered in an interactive format.

The 21 educational and training programmes included in Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs will be offered through the HealthStream Learning Center, HealthStream’s learning platform. Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills and Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor are already offered by HealthStream to its customer base of approximately half of the acute-care hospitals in the US. With this latest agreement, HealthStream customers can utilise all of Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions - a point-of-care nursing workflow product suite - to optimise nursing performance, increase clinical knowledge, ensure staff competence, and improve patient outcomes.

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Blackboard and Datatel+SGHE announce strategic partnership to integrate Colleague with Blackboard Learn 9.1
- 02 Mar 2012

Enterprise technology and innovative solutions provider Blackboard Inc, US, and Datatel+SGHE have announced a strategic partnership to integrate Colleague with Blackboard Learn 9.1 through Datatel+SGHE’s Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP). The planned integration will make it easier for institutions to manage information from their administrative and academic systems to improve the overall learning experience.

The partnership extends Datatel+SGHE’s vision for the Open Digital Campus to give clients more power to choose the technologies, delivery models, and solutions that fit their unique needs, and Blackboard’s work to establish a more open, interoperable platform that includes full support for the IMS Learning Information services (LIS) standard. The companies also currently offer a standards-based integration for the Blackboard Learn platform and the Banner administrative system.

The planned integration would help to create significant time and cost savings and greater ease of use for clients. Bringing together information from administrative and academic systems makes it easier for them to access data, manage information across campus systems and connect with constituents to improve the overall education experience.

The planned integration leverages the ILP to unify essential teaching and learning functions such as grades, collaboration, and course management. Datatel+SGHE surveys show that institutions that have leveraged ILP to integrate Colleague with their learning management system (LMS) have experienced increases in LMS adoption among their users by up to 48 percent, while eliminating time spent on administrative tasks by up to 33 percent and saving faculty hundreds of hours on grading and administration.



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Cengage Learning and California State University sign agreement to provide discounted eTextbooks
- 23 Feb 2012

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced an agreement with California State University (CSU) to provide discounted eTextbooks to students as part of the Affordable Learning Solutions campaign. One of the largest digital resources contracts signed by a university system, this three-year contract will allow more than 400,000 students on 23 campuses to access Cengage Learning eTextbooks at a substantial cost savings.

The Affordable Learning Solutions campaign is part of a CSU initiative to help control the cost of education for students. Cengage Learning was selected as a partner by CSU following an extensive request for proposals process. Beyond just a select number of campuses and courses, Cengage Learning will be providing eTextbooks for all academic disciplines and departments.

Cengage Learning eTextbooks can be purchased by CSU students through their campus bookstore and CengageBrain.com. The eTextbooks are device and Learning Management System (LMS) agnostic, can be accessed online or offline, and include interactive capabilities such as note-taking and highlighting.

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ed2go, iLearn partner to offer learning solution for college level math
- 16 Feb 2012

US-based Education to Go (ed2go) and iLearn, Inc. have formed a strategic partnership to help young adults and non-traditional students prepare for college level math utilising a technology-driven learning platform. iLearn’s programme will be offered as an online solution under the brand name ReadyMATH within ed2go’s global network of post-secondary partners, providing access to millions of adult learners who need help preparing for college level math.

ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of turnkey online training and education solutions serving the adult education, career and corporate training markets. iLearn is a provider of technology to help schools improve student achievement in math.

Knowledge gaps in math exist for the majority of students preparing for college. ReadyMATH seeks to make it much easier to learn math by precisely identifying and addressing these knowledge gaps through the use of a comprehensive approach. Technology automates the delivery of modular assessment and dynamically generated custom-tailored curriculum along with integrated practice and the ongoing validation of mastery attainment. Real-time tracking and reporting tools containing visual progress charts and detailed information for each student can be used by instructors to see precisely how the student is progressing and intervene if necessary – maximizing retention and student success. By design, this methodology targets and condenses the required instruction to exactly what’s needed for each student – no more, no less – enhancing and accelerating the learning process.

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Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn partner to deliver content and integrated solutions via MindLinks
- 04 Nov 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, and enterprise teaching and learning platforms provider Desire2Learn Inc. (Desire2Learn) have announced the immediate availability of the integration of Cengage's digital content and solutions with Desire2Learn Learning Suite.

The relationship leverages the power of Cengage Learning's MindLinks and Desire2Learn Learning Suite integration to deliver improved ease-of-use for students, instructors and administrators. Full integration via MindLinks is available now for users of Cengage Learning digital solutions including Aplia, CourseMate, CengageNow, and MindTap, which includes single sign-on and seamless links to content via Desire2Learn Learning Environment.

Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn are working with customers participating in an Early Adopter Program in order to help define additional requirements around integration, enhanced grade linking and content customisation. The Program commences in January 2012 for testing during the Spring term.

MindLinks is a new service provided by Cengage Learning to allow for deeper integration of the company's digital suite into an institution's existing Learning Management System. The service works by using portable links that allow two-way communication between a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Cengage digital product.

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Cengage Learning announces international advisory board for Nineteenth Century Collections Online
- 03 Nov 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the international advisory board for Nineteenth Century Collections Online, a new global digitisation and publishing programme that brings together rare nineteenth century primary source content from around the world.

The archive will include content from the ‘long’ nineteenth century (1789-1914) – monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, maps and statistics – much of which is being digitised for the first time. The advisory board, which consists of leading international scholars and bibliographers of nineteenth century studies, will help select content for inclusion in the digital archive.

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has done extensive market research to help inform the selection, curation, and organisation of Nineteenth Century Collections Online to ensure it reflects the needs of nineteenth century scholars and researchers. Overall, Gale has received feedback from more than 800 scholars and academic librarians, targeted for their nineteenth century research activities or their involvement with scholarly nineteenth century associations.

The advisory board for Nineteenth Century Collections Online will work to ensure the programme fulfills the needs of students, professors and researchers, and provides an in-depth, global view of the nineteenth century.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online is currently in development with the first modules expected to be available in spring 2012.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education unveils digital learning solutions at EDUCAUSE event
- 20 Oct 2011

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, is showcasing a range of new digital programmes and services at the ongoing 2011 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia. McGraw-Hill's digital solutions seek to offer higher education institutions the tools and support they need to create a personalised, on-demand learning environment that drives achievement across the board, for institutions, instructors and students.

At the conference, McGraw-Hill Higher Education will unveil a new suite of mobile apps for Connect, the company's web-based course management platform. The mobile apps, which were developed based on extensive field research on how students study, use adaptive learning technologies to guide students through review exercises based on their knowledge gaps and the amount of time they have available to study. Through these mobile capabilities and McGraw-Hill Campus, a platform that allows single sign-on to Connect through any course management platform, McGraw-Hill is setting the standard for access, making educational content available anywhere, anytime, on any device.

McGraw-Hill Campus, a recently launched service, allows schools single sign-on access to McGraw-Hill's digital programmes through any existing learning management system at no additional cost. This service, featured at the EDUCAUSE conference, provides instructors with access to one cohesive system. This is seen to reduce administrative time, allowing them to spend more time on what is most critical: teaching.

The 2011 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is expected to join the best minds in higher education to advance the industry through the use of digital technologies. McGraw-Hill Higher Education and McGraw-Hill Tegrity will be featured at booths #1818-1820 throughout the conference.

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Gale' new international online business resource to help students transform information into insight
- 30 Sep 2011

Educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has released Gale Business Insights: Global, a new international online business resource designed to empower students to progress quickly from basic research to higher levels of understanding. The resource is projected to be invaluable for undergraduate and graduate business school students, as well as academic faculty, librarians and professional researchers.

A three-year study, ‘Globalization of Management Education: Changing International Structures, Adaptive Strategies, and the Impact on Institutions,’ commissioned by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) revealed that globalisation is both the biggest opportunity and the greatest challenge for business schools worldwide. Schools must supply graduates who can work in a global business environment transcending countries and cultures. According to the AACSB task force, schools are struggling to provide international case studies and broader course content.

This echoes market research commissioned by Gale which shows students and professors want a resource that brings together international business and industry reference material, statistical data, case studies, journals and newspapers in one place. The most common assignments in business courses involve reading and analysing case studies and completing news-related assignments – activities that go beyond the textbook and require students to access different types of information from disparate sources. However, a majority of students and professors say it is not easy to find sources that are credible, relevant and current.

Gale Business Insights: Global is designed to relieve these pain points and give MBA and business students an edge in the international marketplace. Gale Business Insights: Global integrates case studies, analytical tools and in-depth statistical data with narrative content in a way that will help students succeed with their coursework and in the global business world. Researchers have the ability to download and analyse global data, industry and company profiles and market share information for a complete interactive experience that fosters understanding.

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Blackboard enhances CourseSites with expanded language support and new features
- 27 Sep 2011

Enterprise technology and learning solutions provider Blackboard, Inc., US, has announced that CourseSites, the company's free, fully hosted and supported online course system, has been updated to include a range of new features and support for five additional languages. Already used in more than 100 countries, CourseSites can now be accessed in Spanish, Dutch, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Launched earlier this year, the CourseSites user community now includes more than 16,000 K-12 and higher education instructors representing over 9,000 institutions and school districts. The expanded language support enables instructors and students around the globe to access the high quality, cloud-based online course option in their native language.

CourseSites has been updated to include functionality from the latest releases of Blackboard Learn for course management and Blackboard Collaborate for live virtual classroom, Web conferencing and instant messaging.

With the new capabilities and language support, CourseSites offers users of all types the ability to experience Blackboard's latest teaching and learning technologies in an integrated, free solution. CourseSites has proved popular with instructors who do not have access to a learning management system at their institution and are looking to experiment with online courses. It has also been utilised by instructors and administrators who want to preview Blackboard's latest solutions before their institution makes a purchasing or upgrade decision.

CourseSites contains a range of innovative features including social learning and sharing tools, dedicated homepages and URLs, templates to guide course development, themes to allow instructors to customsze the look and feel of courses and the ability to login using credentials from popular Web sites like Facebook and Twitter.

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University of Antwerp opts for Blackboard Learn 9.1 and mobile support to enhance teaching and learning
- 23 Sep 2011

Enterprise technology and learning solutions provider Blackboard, Inc., US, has announced that the University of Antwerp has moved to Blackboard Learn 9.1 to significantly improve the quality of teaching and learning across its consortium of six colleges in the region and to further develop educational projects that leverage Web 2.0 technologies.

With the increasing adoption of smartphones among students, the university, the third largest in Flanders, is also planning to support mobile learning with Blackboard MobileLearn through native applications for some of the world's most popular mobile devices and platforms.

The University of Antwerp is hosting the Release 9.1 platform centrally to support over 40,000 users across the consortium, providing significant cost savings to the consortium colleges while creating a more modern and engaging learning environment focused on the evolving needs of students. By incorporating a wide range of built-in social learning tools like blogs and wikis and the ability to integrate multimedia content from Web 2.0 sources, Release 9.1 helps create a richer and more integrated learning experience to drive stronger student satisfaction.

More than 1,500 institutions have moved or are planning a move to Blackboard's latest version to take advantage of its improved stability and digital content advancements, social learning tools to drive student engagement and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators.

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Blackboard upgrades integration for Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate
- 07 Sep 2011

Enterprise technology and learning solutions provider Blackboard, Inc., US, has announced an upgraded integration for Blackboard Collaborate, its web, video and voice conferencing platform, with Blackboard Learn 9.1, the latest version of its learning management system. The integration enables users to create and experience virtual classes directly in their Blackboard Learn course.

With the integration, students, instructors and administrators can access all aspects of online learning - including virtual classes - within the same workflow. This is seen to lead to greater adoption and a more dynamic learning experience. Students have access to live virtual sessions and recordings with a single click, and greater opportunity to interact in real time in social learning opportunities with peers and instructors. Teachers and administrators can save time by eliminating the need for multi-system training and streamlining administrative tasks.

The integration gives greater control to instructors and administrators who can leverage the new interface to create live sessions in one click and configure settings to create a customised experience. Advanced administrative settings enable instructors to schedule multiple live sessions per course, set up sessions with telephony and webcam options, pre-load virtual class content and designate moderators and outside guests.

The fully-supported, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Building Block 3.0 for Blackboard Learn 9.1 joins a number of existing integrations available for earlier versions of Blackboard Learn.

Blackboard Collaborate also supports integrations with a range of learning management systems including Blackboard Learn ANGEL Edition, WebCT, Sakai, Moodle, Desire2Learn, Pearson LearningStudio and Fronter. The platform also includes an open Application Programming Interface (API) to support custom integrations and enhancements.

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McGraw-Hill Education's CINCH Science programme selected by Texas State Board of Education for state-wide use
- 01 Aug 2011

The Texas State Board of Education has voted to make McGraw-Hill Education's CINCH Science programme available state-wide for use in Grades 5-12. The decision comes as the state works to find affordable digital solutions that meet its latest educational standards and prepare students for new state assessments.

While CINCH Science will be used in a supplemental role in Texas alongside the traditional print textbooks already in classrooms, the programme and its companion, CINCH Math, are the first comprehensive all-digital curricula available for the K-12 market. The programmes launched at last month's International Society for Technology in Education conference, and will be available for use in Texas schools beginning next month.

A cloud-based curriculum, CINCH Science claims to be the first programme of its kind compatible with most tablets, computers or mobile devices, allowing students to extend the learning experience by accessing content inside or outside the classroom. With educational games and social networking elements - such as the ability to highlight content and spark a discussion that appears like a Facebook comment thread - CINCH Science offers teachers a number of ways to engage students that go beyond what's offered by a 'traditional' digital textbook.

CINCH Science is fully customisable from the district down to the teacher level. The programme will help prepare Texas students for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), to be administered for the first time in the 2011-2012 school year.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils single sign-on institutional access service
- 19 Jul 2011

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the launch of McGraw-Hill Campus. The new institutional service seeks to provide faculty with single sign-on access to all of McGraw-Hill's course content, digital tools and other learning resources from any learning management system (LMS).

The offering allows for secure and deep integration enabling seamless access for faculty and students to any of McGraw-Hill's course solutions such as McGraw-Hill Connect (all-digital teaching and learning platform), McGraw-Hill Create (custom-publishing platform), McGraw-Hill LearnSmart (online adaptive study tool) or Tegrity (a fully searchable lecture capture service).

McGraw-Hill Campus includes access to McGraw-Hill's entire content library, including e-books, assessment tools, presentation slides and multimedia content, among other resources. This is seen to provide faculty with open, unlimited access to prepare for class, create tests/quizzes, develop lecture material, and integrate interactive content. Access is provided regardless of whether instructors are using McGraw-Hill textbooks. More than 100 higher education institutions will be using McGraw-Hill Campus this fall.

McGraw-Hill Education will host a free webinar with Campus Technology to officially launch McGraw-Hill Campus on July 21 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT. Leaders from Ohio University, Indiana State University and Mt. Wachusett Community College will discuss their goals and challenges around digital resources and why they selected McGraw-Hill Campus for their institutions. Attendees will get a hands-on demonstration of McGraw-Hill Campus and the opportunity to engage with the panelists and ask questions about available content, integration details and ease of access. Interested parties can register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/mhcampuswebinar, or visit http://www.mhcampus.com for more information about McGraw-Hill Campus.

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Cengage Learning and Blackboard announce strategic partnership to streamline access to digital solutions and content
- 15 Jul 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Blackboard Inc. to create a deeper integration and full interoperability of Cengage Learning's digital content and solutions with the Blackboard Learn platform. Through the partnership, Cengage Learning becomes a Blackboard Strategic Partner in the Blackboard Partnerships Program.

The new partnership plans to provide direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content, core curriculum solutions and increased functionality for institutions utilising Blackboard's Web-based teaching and learning platform. Users of Cengage Learning's rich digital learning solutions and content will gain seamless access through automatic sign-on and grade book integration, creating a simpler and more intuitive user experience for both instructors and students using Blackboard Learn.

The effort plans to offer a better experience for users of online homework provided via CourseMaster products such as Aplia and SAM as well as CourseMate and course cartridges. The added level of integration is made possible through Cengage Learning's standards-based, interoperable, Web-services architecture (MindLinks) and the Blackboard Building Blocks programme and open APIs of the Blackboard Learn platform. The agreement will also include ongoing interoperability options for Cengage Learning's MindTap programme and future product development.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches K-12 digital programmes at annual ISTE meet
- 28 Jun 2011

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has launched a series of K-12 products designed to meet schools' growing demand for digital solutions at the International Society of Technology in Education's (ISTE) annual conference. The digital solutions are expected to increase student engagement and effectively drive achievement.

The products address four principal themes in educational technology: bookless learning and mobile devices, serious gaming, interactive whiteboard instruction, and assessment solutions. McGraw-Hill is showcasing 24 digitally-focused products at its paperless booth, including four that are launching at the conference. These include CINCH Learning, Spark!, College & Career Readiness, Acuity for High School and LAS Links Online.

An all-digital, cloud-based curriculum for K-12 math and 7-12 science, CINCH Learning is projected as the first programme of its kind that students can access on any tablet, computer or mobile device they choose. Developed in partnership with 360Ed, Spark! is a suite of online courses designed to engage students with rich-media content and an online network that encourages them to collaborate and explore.

McGraw-Hill Education has created the all-digital College & Career Readiness programme designed to promote post-secondary success. This product builds students' knowledge of how to finance college, navigate the application process and choose a career path, and offers guidance from virtual mentors.

Emerging from the Common Core State Standards, the Acuity InFormative Assessment solution for high school helps teachers gauge student performance and deliver tailored instruction for every student. It is said to go beyond simple Common Core alignment to adapt to the new way that these new standards have asked students to think. LAS Links Online captures students' spoken and written responses digitally, allowing teachers to score responses anytime, anywhere.

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Cengage Learning expands strategic partnership with the National Geographic Society
- 27 Jun 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has signed a definitive agreement that significantly expands its strategic partnership with the National Geographic Society (NGS) including the acquisition of the NGS school publishing unit and extended use of the NGS brand.

Since 2007, Cengage Learning and NGS have collaborated to produce English language learning materials for kindergarten through adult education in the global marketplace. The newly expanded relationship will further leverage NGS's content - including images, video and articles - and Cengage Learning's pedagogical expertise in the US and global education market.

Specifically, under the terms of the agreement, Cengage Learning will acquire National Geographic's digital and print school publishing unit, which includes the National Geographic Science series, an innovative core elementary science curriculum, National Geographic Explorer! Magazines, and Hampton Brown's literacy and language programmes - resulting in the formation of a global literacy, English language learning and content publishing brand.

Cengage Learning is currently NGS's exclusive international English language teaching partner. The new agreement extends that relationship for the development, marketing and distribution of NGS-branded materials across education in the school, higher education and library markets worldwide including in the US for English language teaching.

National Geographic reaches 400 million people annually and is home to one of the world's largest content libraries. NGS assets include over 11 million images, 100,000 hours of NGS video, maps and illustrations and more than 120 years of articles from the Magazine and its other properties. Building on Cengage Learning's strong position in the classroom and the library market, National Geographic's brand and content is expected to add tremendous value across new and existing products.

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McGraw-Hill and Greenway Medical Technologies partner to deliver national EHR curriculum
- 21 Jun 2011

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, and Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. have announced the formation of McGraw-Hill's Integrated Electronic Health Records: An Online Course and Worktext for Greenway Medical Technologies' PrimeSUITE.

Developed as a comprehensive learning resource, the hands-on course will be available August 2011 and included in 2011-2012 curriculum for colleges and universities nationwide. The course will be offered through McGraw-Hill's Connect Plus. Connect Plus uses the latest technology and adaptive learning techniques to better connect professors to their students, and students to the information and customised resources they need to master a subject. It includes a variety of digital learning tools that enable professors to easily customise courses and allow students to learn and master content and succeed in the course.

McGraw-Hill based its selection of PrimeSUITE on the platform's ONC-ATCB certification levels, user engagement, interoperability, existing customer base and security capabilities, among other criteria. Users will utilise the Greenway solution in conjunction with patient data and the corresponding workbook to gain a better understanding of health information management, practice management, and EHR. The online course will be featured in a series of McGraw-Hill instructional Health Professions workshops in spring 2012 to demonstrate advancements in company product offerings and methodology.

Greenway's alliances with McGraw-Hill and national academic institutions are part of the company's efforts to aid in the creation of a national health IT workforce.

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Cengage Learning EMEA acquires Nelson Thornes' Nursing & Allied Health list
- 07 Jun 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning EMEA has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Nelson Thornes' Nursing & Allied Health list. Cengage Learning publishes under the imprints of Delmar, Wadsworth and Gale well known titles such as Gloria Pickar's Dosage Calculations, The Delmar Nursing Skills DVD series and Gale's Nursing Resource Center.

The Nursing & Allied Health list acquired from Nelson Thornes strengthens the healthcare portfolio by increasing the range of titles suited to local markets. Flagship titles transferred include Quinn's Principles and Practice of Nurse Education, Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care and the Foundations in Nursing and Health Care series.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Gale and TheGreenInterview.com partner to enhance content of GREENR
- 17 May 2011

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, and TheGreenInterview.com, a Canadian subscription website offering information on environmental subjects, have announced an agreement to enhance the content of GREENR. GREENR is Gale's electronic resource offering authoritative reference content in the area of sustainable development, the environment, energy and natural resources.

TheGreenInterview.com will be providing Gale with video interviews covering a range of issues connected to our planet, humans on Earth, damage to our ecosystem, alternative development ideas, sustainability and more. Transcripts and audio (MP3) files of the video content and biographies of the interviewees in each video segment will also be available. Additional Green Interview content will be added to GREENR in the future, as it is produced. The agreement also licenses to Gale two blogs from TheGreenInterview.com that discusses current and past environmental topics and developments.

TheGreenInterview.com, hosted by noted author, speaker and educator Silver Donald Cameron, provides an e-newsletter and video series that captures, in interview form, the ideas of the world's most prominent advocates of sustainability and environmental protection. The shows are produced and directed by Chris Beckett, and released in association with Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Launched in April 2010, the goal of TheGreenInterview.com is to amass an unparalleled library of extended video and audio interviews with the world's environmental leaders. The complete list can be found online at http://www.thegreeninterview.com/interviews. TheGreenInterview.com content will be added to GREENR at no additional cost to current customers.

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JANET becomes first research and education network to run 100Gbit/s technology for operational traffic
- 12 May 2011

UK research and education is expected to benefit from a network running at 100Gbit/s, the equivalent of uploading 125 doctoral theses in just one second. Internationally other national research and education networks have conducted trials of 100Gbit/s technology but JANET, the UK's education and research network, is the first to run it for operational traffic.

The JANET network is designed to handle vast quantities of data from the world's greatest scientific endeavours and this latest advance ensures that the UK can collaborate and compete with the best there is. As bandwidth demand doubles every 18 months this upgrade is the latest crucial stage in the evolution of JANET.

As more organisations move towards cloud services and shared data centres and research projects produce vast quantities of data, the move to 100Gbit/s provides a cost effective means of meeting this demand.

The international reputation of the UK's education and research is seen as fundamental to the future economic recovery and prosperity of the country and, in a global marketplace, it can only achieve this with a world class infrastructure.

JANET's value to the schools sector in England was recently demonstrated by the Department for Education's decision to continue to provide central funding for the network in the forthcoming financial year.

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JANET (UK) launches new high capacity data service for education and research institutions
- 29 Apr 2011

JANET (UK), the UK's education and research network, has announced the launch of its new high capacity data service for education institutions and research organisations, JANET 3G.

From June 2011, the data service will allow academic and support staff to remotely access vital resources such as research data, virtual learning environments and library catalogues while on the move. The service has already received over 60 enquiries in the first week of its launch, from both universities and colleges.

JANET 3G has been developed to provide a range of 3G data packages that combine value-for-money with features specifically configured for the education sector. It is designed to be easy to deploy, helping organisations to make the most of their existing investment in wireless networking. Offering seamless integration with the international roaming service, eduroam, their existing authentication mechanism can be used for mobile users, making security configuration much simpler.

By enabling the use of an organisation's existing IP addresses, JANET 3G also makes firewall configuration much easier.

Educational organisations are offered a wide selection of price plans enabling them to precisely match their users' needs while keeping control over costs. Data packages available range from low usage machine-to-machine plans to genuine 15 Gb data allowances for demanding users, providing a real breadth of choice.

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Cengage Learning MindApps partner program to support development of apps and services for the MindTap platform
- 27 Apr 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has outlined details of MindApps, a new partner programme designed to support the development of apps and services for the MindTap platform. MindTap, Cengage Learning's new delivery platform for digital products and services, engages students through interactivity while offering instructors choice in content and learning tools.

MindTap claims to be the first in a new category of Personal Learning Experiences. Browser-based and cloud delivered, MindTap is device-agnostic in order to engage students on virtually any platform or device, ensuring complete flexibility and freedom for students, instructors and institutions.

The new MindApps partner programme leverages the powerful, extensible web services framework of the MindTap platform to deliver on Cengage Learning's vision of improving student outcomes through increased engagement. With the framework in place and a robust ecosystem of app partners, MindTap delivers a wide variety of digital learning apps and services that combine Cengage Learning's authoritative content with the technology to improve the teaching and learning experience and build a strong user community.

MindApps are sourced from a broad community of providers, including commercial and non-profit partners, institution- and instructor-provided applications, as well as open community software and content sources. The MindApps partner programme supports the delivery and use of apps to meet specific needs of institutions as well as the instructors and students engaged in the learning experience. Apps may be deployed at the platform level, sold with titles or delivered via a soon to be launched apps marketplace.

Leveraging Cengage Learning's content and strong market presence, MindApp partners have the opportunity to reach new customers and increase their revenue through the newly established Partner Program. Many MindTap learning apps are customisable by title and some can be selected and added to the experience by the instructor, while others can be chosen by the student.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education announces expanded availability of custom publishing platform
- 15 Apr 2011

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, has announced the expanded availability of McGraw-Hill Create, an innovative platform that gives instructors unprecedented control over and customisation of university classroom content in English, Italian and Spanish - and by the end of 2011, Chinese and Marathi.

Expanding the reach of McGraw-Hill's content, Create is now available at colleges and universities throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, the Middle East and India through the company's international subsidiaries. The McGraw-Hill Create platform enables instructors to easily customise digital content for their courses, combining their own course-specific materials with a range of other resources.

Instructors will now gain instant access to a vast library of McGraw-Hill resources to develop instructional materials adapted specifically to the needs of local markets. At Create's core is a Google-like search engine functionality that enables professors to immediately pull from a wide range of quality content, including 4,000 McGraw-Hill textbooks, 5,500 articles, 11,000 literature, philosophy and humanities readings, and 25,000 business case studies from prominent providers such as the Harvard Business School.

To simplify and streamline the custom publishing process, an index and table of contents is automatically generated for each Create project. Create allows instructors to easily save and archive projects to work on at another time or edit for in the future. Instructors can customise the look and feel of their Create project by selecting a cover design and adding their name and course information. Additionally, instructors can share Create projects with colleagues for review, making content customisation a collaborative experience.

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McGraw-Hill Education acquires Bookette Software Company
- 03 Mar 2011

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the acquisition of Bookette Software Company. With this acquisition, McGraw-Hill seeks to further strengthen its digital capabilities at a time when there is sharpened focus on technology and innovation in education, and increased demand for online testing in the classroom.

Bookette's smart-scoring engine evaluates high volumes of student writing responses, enabling assessments to incorporate writing while easing the burden of scoring and providing constructive feedback to students. The software company's other online offerings include sophisticated programmes for test delivery and teacher training.

Market demand for these technologies is expected to increase considerably as federal and state governments work to develop common assessment systems for the K-12 market. Bookette's advanced software also will be leveraged to support McGraw-Hill's digital products and services, which facilitate classroom instruction.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Gale partners with E3 Network to enhance GREENR content
- 23 Feb 2011

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced a unique partnership with the Economics for Equity and Environment (E3 Network). E3 Network is a national network of more than 200 economists whose applied research supports active environmental protection.

To help enhance Gale's GREENR resource, prominent E3 Network scholars and economists will be contributing essays on aspects of the environment from an economics and policy perspective. The essays will be added to GREENR over the course of 2011.

E3 Network scholars will contribute 10 essays targeted to college-level researchers over the course of the year. Additionally, E3 Network scholars will be writing valuable annotated bibliographies on environmental topics that will help guide students of sustainability, economics or public policy to the foundational literature and leading scholarship in their field.

The essays and annotated bibliographies focus on student and teacher needs in the classroom, and will help students understand the complex scholarly debates in which they are just beginning to take part. The first three essays in the series are currently available to GREENR customers. Future essays will cover the topics of forest carbon and ecosystem services, among others.

In addition, later this month Gale will provide complimentary access via the GREENR website to an annotated bibliography on green jobs created by the E3 Network. The annotated bibliography includes a list of influential publications reflecting the evolution of the relationship between green jobs and the environment, culminating in the most recent reports and analyses of green careers.

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McGraw-Hill, Wipro to develop mobile learning platform for emerging markets
- 27 Jan 2011

Information services provider McGraw-Hill Companies, US, and technology solutions provider Wipro, India, have announced that both companies will work together to develop 'mConnect', an open-standard mobile learning platform designed to bridge the skills gap in emerging markets.

Initial pilots in India will focus on test preparation for entrance into universities and English-language training, seen as an increasingly essential skill in the global economy. The aim is to extend this programme later to other countries in Asia and in Africa.

mConnect will offer low-income, rural or otherwise underserved students and workers personalised, adaptive education and assessment programmes that can provide direct feedback in multiple modalities through cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices. For English language training students, for example, mConnect will provide opportunities to hear conversations, review new vocabulary delivered via SMS and get personalised instruction that customises the pace and presentation of material to match their learning needs.

India is seen to provide an important development ground for mConnect. The country is observed to be home to a growing, young workforce hungry for access to high-quality education to improve their career prospects. According to mobileyouth.org, by 2012, one in five of all mobile phones in use worldwide will be owned by a young person in India. Currently, one hundred million mobile phones are owned by youth in rural areas, who use them an average of 5.5 hours per day.

Specifically, mobile learning offers the ability to bring learning directly to the student, thereby bridging the geographic distances between students and their schools. It is also said to allow learners to study anywhere and at anytime, improving their ability to balance work and study. Also, it seeks to personalise and customise instruction by providing a means for teachers to provide relevant, individualised feedback to every student according to his or her ability to receive it both personally and technically. Further, mobile learning is seen to encourage feedback and early intervention by teachers; centralise curricula and ensure that content is continually updated; and create a more engaging, interactive experience, which has been shown to foster better learning outcomes.

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McGraw-Hill Education to adopt LTI framework in partnership with Blackboard
- 07 Jan 2011

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced seamless integration of its Connect platform and Blackboard Learn using certified standards initiated by IMS Global Learning Consortium at the HigherEdTECH summit. IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) v1.0 seeks to provide a single framework or standard way of integrating learning applications with platforms like learning management systems.

McGraw-Hill is reported to be one of the first major educational content providers to adopt the LTI framework. By doing so it seeks to increase options for students and instructors when selecting learning applications; reduce support costs for institutions; and enable easy integration of applications within the learning system or portal.

The partnership between Blackboard and McGraw-Hill Higher Education is expected to leverage the strengths of both organisations to develop a best-of-breed integration between Blackboard Learn and McGraw-Hill digital content and tools. The alliance is further projected to preserve the spirit of academic freedom and openness.

The IMS Global Learning Consortium seeks to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the 'Learning Impact' of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world, IMS' community of educational institutions, suppliers and government organisations reportedly develop open interoperability standards. They also seek to support adoption with technical services and encourage adoption through programmes that highlight effective practices.

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McGraw-Hill Education provides digital learning programmes to California Learning Resource Network
- 19 Nov 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced that it will provide unprecedented access to many of its K-12 online programmes to the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN). Part of the Statewide Education Technology Services initiative from the California Department of Education, CLRN seeks to provide educators with a 'one-stop shop' for the selection of digital learning resources aligned to the State Board of Education academic content standards.

As part of McGraw-Hill's broad commitment to developing and providing electronic teaching and learning tools to classrooms in nearly every district in the US, the company has submitted seven interactive digital programmes to Phase 3 of the CLRN Digital Textbook Initiative. The company claims to be the only major publisher to provide content through this phase of the initiative.

McGraw-Hill's interactive online courses are under review by CLRN and include some of the company's most popular titles for history, government, economics, and biology.

CLRN is intended to provide K-12 educators with the information they need to make informed decisions about selection, procurement and instructional use of supplemental digital learning resources. All content provided through CLRN is required to be aligned to the California Content Standards, and support, enhance or extend standards-based classroom instruction, providing additional materials for teachers.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches custom publishing platform for instructors
- 11 Oct 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the launch of McGraw-Hill Create, a platform that seeks to give instructors control over and customisation of higher education classroom content. With Create, instructors can expect to produce their own e-books or printed texts by selecting content from a vast library of resources and receive a digital proof in under an hour.

Increasingly, instructors are demanding content solutions that are tailored to the way they teach. Custom publishing is one of the fastest growing areas in the higher education market, rising by 25 percent on a yearly basis. But not all custom content is created equal. Results of a recent McGraw-Hill survey revealed that instructors are looking for low-cost solutions that offer the ability to integrate content from multiple disciplines, allow them to seamlessly incorporate their own material, contain enhanced search functions and promise faster delivery times. It is with these needs in mind that McGraw-Hill developed Create.

McGraw-Hill Education reportedly created the custom publishing concept nearly 20 years ago when it introduced the Primis platform. Create is seen to build on the Primis foundation by adding 21st century customisation options, an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface and speedy digital delivery.

At Create's core is a Google-like search engine functionality that enables professors to immediately pull from a wide range of quality content, including 4,000 McGraw-Hill textbooks, 5,500 articles, 11,000 literature, philosophy and humanities readings, and 25,000 business case studies from prominent providers such as the Harvard Business School. This search tool allows professors to view content across the library, or limit their search by category, such as discipline or copyright year. Through a recently announced partnership with Blackboard Inc., teachers will have access to the full suite of McGraw-Hill Create content through their Blackboard account, seamlessly integrating Create with their established and familiar classroom tools. Professors can also easily upload and incorporate self-produced content into their Create project.

Once a Create text has been fully customised, the instructor will receive a digital review copy in under an hour or a print review copy in three to five days. Existing platforms are often seen to take up to three weeks to deliver review copies. Once a professor finalises the book in Create, he or she can make it available for student purchase. Students may purchase Create e-books through the McGraw-Hill ebookstore or purchase Create print books through their campus bookstore.

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Major publishers join CSU venture to promote new model for teaching and learning with digital materials
- 31 Aug 2010

The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor, has announced plans to launch a pilot to license digital course content from publishers Bedford/Freeman/Worth, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Starting in the fall 2010 semester, pilot courses are scheduled at five CSU campuses. By offering faculty the choice of a licensing model, the CSU gives them the option of finding the highest quality content at the lowest cost. The purpose of the Digital Marketplace is to provide everyone access to quality, affordable educational content. Students will be able to purchase their personal-use subscriptions for the digital content through their local campus bookstore.

The pilot program will collect and analyse student and faculty user data during the fall 2010 term to learn more about usage and preferences for digital materials.

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McGraw-Hill Education and CambridgeSoft collaborate to integrate ChemDraw into digital teaching and learning platform
- 30 Aug 2010

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, has partnered with CambridgeSoft to integrate ChemDraw - the molecular editor used by chemistry professionals - into McGraw-Hill Connect Chemistry. Connect Chemistry is a web-based assignment and assessment platform designed for organic chemistry courses. The collaboration between McGraw-Hill Education and CambridgeSoft marks the first time that the latter has worked with a publisher to develop a homework tool for students. CambridgeSoft is a provider of software and services for discovery, analysis and collaboration to the life sciences and chemical industries, academia and government.

McGraw-Hill Connect is a research-based, interactive assignment and assessment platform that incorporates cognitive science to customise the learning process. The online platform is based on McGraw-Hill's extensive, ongoing research of professors instructional processes and students study habits. It includes a variety of digital learning tools that enable professors to easily customise courses and allow students to learn and master content and succeed in the course.

Both students and professors are expected to benefit from the introduction of ChemDraw into Connect Chemistry. Students will be better able to practice drawing chemical structures, one of the subject's most important concepts, and professors will be able to more effectively test students knowledge, evaluate their progress, and deliver feedback.

McGraw-Hill and CambridgeSoft have been collaborating for over a year with more than 100 organic chemistry professors to create a functionally modified version of ChemDraw that focuses specifically on the scope of the course. The result is an accurate assessment and drawing tool that seeks to bring professional-grade quality to a challenging course area.

ChemDraw will be available for classroom use as a component of McGraw-Hill Connect Chemistry in the spring of 2011. It will initially be offered with three McGraw-Hill texts - Organic Chemistry 3rd edition, by Janice Smith; Organic Chemistry 8th edition, by Frank Carey and Robert Giuliano; and Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter & Change 6th edition, by Martin Silberberg.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Blackboard announce business partnership
- 15 Jul 2010

Learning management systems provider Blackboard, Inc., US, has announced a partnership with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Both parties will introduce a new, best of class learning management offering that joins McGraw-Hill's media-rich content, assessment engines, and industry leading adaptive learning tools with the latest capabilities of Blackboard's web-based teaching and learning platform, Blackboard Learn.

Through the partnership, the companies will make McGraw-Hill's content and digital tools available to institutions that are already using Blackboard Learn to enhance workflow and access to these resources in one place. This initiative will bring together the capabilities of Blackboard Learn with McGraw-Hill Connect, an all digital higher education learning platform that allows instructors to incorporate third party content as well. The combination will enhance ease of use for faculty and student users of the McGraw-Hill and Blackboard Learn product suites. This is the first time Blackboard has enabled the full integration of a major educational publisher's content and digital tools.

Access to McGraw-Hill Connect, which covers 34 academic disciplines and includes more than 250 titles, will be significantly expanded. McGraw-Hill's platform is currently being used by more than 1.8 million students and instructors at some 600 colleges and universities nationwide. The integrations will create seamless access to McGraw-Hill Connect to manage course content, create assignments and track student performance. In addition, users will also gain access to a range of popular tools that come with the platform.

Both the new learning management offering and the integration for Blackboard Learn are expected to be ready for classroom use in early 2011. McGraw-Hill Connect will also continue to be available separately. As part of the partnership, McGraw-Hill becomes a Blackboard Strategic Partner in the Blackboard Alliance Program.

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