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Cengage and VitalSource expand collaboration to include Cengage Unlimited subscription
- 22 May 2018

Cengage, an education and technology company, and VitalSource®, the inclusive access provider for higher education institutions nationwide, have expanded their existing collaboration to support the distribution, fulfilment and marketing of Cengage Unlimited.

Cengage and VitalSource work together to provide affordable and accessible learning materials for students nationwide. In 2017, more than a million students in the US used VitalSource to access Cengage content. Beginning in August 2018, Cengage Unlimited will be available through the VitalSource E-commerce solutions and onsite campus stores, as well as through Cengage.com and numerous other channel partners.

Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind subscription service for digital higher education materials that gives students complete on-demand access to all Cengage digital resources for $119.99 per semester or $179.99 a year. The expanded collaboration with VitalSource will make Cengage Unlimited available to hundreds of thousands of US students through www.vitalsource.com, partner campus stores, and VitalSource's Inclusive Access model, which provides students immediate access to all required course materials on the first day of class at affordable prices.

In addition to distribution, VitalSource will power many of Cengage Unlimited's 20,000 plus eTextbooks. The VitalSource platform gives Cengage Unlimited students both online and offline access to textbooks and course materials on all major operating systems and mobile devices, with the best accessibility and student ratings in the industry.

Students and faculty at more than 7,000 institutions will have the opportunity to access Cengage Unlimited.

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Parker University launches Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic
- 22 May 2018

Parker University has launched the Journal for Contemporary Chiropractic to facilitate the need for more access to scientific publications throughout the Chiropractic profession. Open-access publication allows the opportunity for dissemination of information to those interested, at no cost; further, authors will be able to immediately publish papers upon acceptance, approval, and editing.

The Journal's mission is to provide high-quality, scientific and educational research and information that helps enhance the practice and delivery of integrative healthcare. Emphasis will be placed on gaining the best information covering the scientific basis, clinical practice, educational practice, and sociological and political aspects of chiropractic.

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions may be at the Journal home page at journal.parker.edu. Those new to the site need to register before submitting.

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LSE and Ubiquity Press unveil new open access publishing platform
- 18 May 2018

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has unveiled a new open access publishing platform in partnership with Ubiquity Press.

LSE Press, managed through the LSE Library, will provide a platform for high quality, open access research in the social sciences; supporting the development of publications that are innovative in terms of format, content and reach.

The Press will be open to all academics and researchers - not just from LSE- who would like to start an open access journal, submit a book proposal or explore other styles of innovative publication.

The new platform aims to open up access to high quality publications in the social sciences, reflecting the reputation of LSE as a global and trusted source of excellent research.

In addition to supporting the set-up of the social science journals and other publications, funding can be made available to LSE researchers.

Also launched is LSE Press’s first open access publication, the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development. Edited by John Collins, the peer-reviewed, electronic journal publishes research and policy commentary on the complex relationship between illicit markets and global development. The journal is cross-disciplinary, engaging with academics, practitioners, and decision-makers.

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International Journal of Applied Science and Technology issues call for papers
- 14 May 2018

The International Journal of Applied Science and Technology (IJAST) is inviting papers for Vol. 8 No. 2 which is scheduled to be published on June 30, 2018. Last date of submission is May 31, 2018. However, an early submission will get preference in case of review and publication process.

IJAST is an open access, peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by Center for Promoting Ideas (CPI), USA. The main objective of IJAST is to provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. IJAST aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in science and technology and become the leading journal in science and technology.

The journal publishes research papers in the fields of science and technology such as Astronomy and astrophysics, Chemistry, Earth and atmospheric sciences, Physics, Biology in general, Agriculture, Biophysics and biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Genetics, Horticulture, Husbandry, Neuroscience, Zoology, Computer science, Engineering, Robotics and Automation, Materials science, Mathematics, Mechanics, MIS, Statistics, Health Care & Public Health, Nutrition and Food Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and so on.

The journal is published in both print and online versions. IJAST publishes original research, applied, and educational articles in all areas of science and technology. Special Issues devoted to important topics in science and technology will occasionally be published.

IJAST is now indexed with and included in DOAJ, EBSCO, Ulrich's, Index Copernicus International, and Gale. Moreover the journal is under the indexing process with ISI, ERIC, and Econlit.

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Macmillan Learning, Intellus Learning, and OhioLINK partner to provide students with affordable materials and insights
- 07 May 2018

Macmillan Learning, a premier educational solutions and insights provider, and OhioLINK, a consortium of 120 academic libraries distributed among 91 Ohio colleges and universities, have announced a strategic offering designed to make course materials more affordable. This multi-pronged approach includes a textbook pricing agreement and Intellus Learning, a Macmillan Learning product, as a learning tool for participants in a state-wide grant supporting Open Educational Resources (OER) in the state of Ohio.

Combined, these agreements offer students at OhioLINK's participating member institutions access to Macmillan's digital portfolio via inclusive access and preferred pricing models, resulting in potential student savings of nearly 70% on course materials, ensuring immediate access to materials on the first day of class, and driving higher likelihood of student success.

Both Macmillan and OhioLINK institutions are focused on course outcomes and affordability as crucial elements in course design decisions. Faculty at OhioLINK institutions will have the opportunity to adopt eBooks from Macmillan's digital course portfolio via Inclusive Access and grant participants will take advantage of the capability of Intellus Learning to discover and review OER and no-cost-to-students library content that matches defined course objectives.

OhioLINK provided Intellus Learning, a Macmillan Learning product, to faculty participating in Ohio's $1.3 million OER Innovation grant through the Ohio Department of Higher Education, OhioLINK's parent agency. Intellus enables them to efficiently identify free, quality course materials and provides insights into content use and student engagement. With patented machine learning techniques, Intellus has aggregated, indexed, and measured usage and engagement of 5.4 million Open Educational Resources (OER). Using the Intellus Learning platform, faculty cohorts from institutions across the state participating in the grant will be able to discover, curate, and assign OER along with OhioLINK shared library resources. These cohorts are working on 21 courses identified as priorities for OER adoption across multiple Ohio higher education institutions.

The inclusive access textbook pricing collaboration between Macmillan Learning and OhioLINK will be immediately available to the state-wide network of libraries and their combined student population of more than 600,000 learners at institutions such as The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, and Bowling Green State University. Institutions interested in taking advantage of this price agreement should contact Macmillan Learning directly.

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Cengage and Akademos partner to deliver and market Cengage Unlimited subscriptions
- 24 Apr 2018

Cengage, an education and technology company, and Akademos, a provider of online college bookstore solutions, have announced a partnership to distribute and market Cengage Unlimited through Akademos' online bookstore technology serving more than 120 higher education institutions.

Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind subscription that gives students access to all the company's digital higher education materials-more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and more than 675 courses-for $119.99 a semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use. Students using the digital platforms also have the option of free print rentals, paying only a $7.99 shipping fee.

In addition to distributing Cengage Unlimited, an innovative co-marketing agreement will leverage Akademos' strengths in ecommerce and deep relationships with the institutions they serve, to identify and illustrate the value of the subscription to students based on enrollment and course materials pricing information. This embedded virtual bookstore experience will ensure every student from these 120 institutions is aware of the value that Cengage Unlimited provides, supporting Cengage's continuing drive to ensure affordability of course materials for students.

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Cengage and Phi Theta Kappa Foundation partner to offer free Cengage Unlimited subscriptions to college students
- 23 Apr 2018

Cengage, an education and technology company, is providing 1,000 college students with a free semester of Cengage Unlimited, the new subscription service for college course materials. The announcement was made by Cengage CEO Michael Hansen at PTK Catalyst 2018, the Society’s annual convention, in Kansas City.

Cengage Unlimited is a first-of-its-kind subscription service that gives students access to all the company’s digital higher education materials — more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and 675 courses— for $119.99/semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use.

The subscriptions will be made available through a partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Foundation. PTK is the international honour society recognising the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges.

Students pursuing associate degrees deal with many financial challenges. More than half face food and housing insecurity and nearly 13% experience some form of homelessness, according to recent reports.

PTK Members and alumni attending a U.S. college or university can enter online at http://www.ptk.org/cengage. Cengage Unlimited will launch in August 2018 and subscriptions can be used for the 2018/19 academic year. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2018.

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Dr. Bryan Kim named Editor of The Counseling Psychologist
- 23 Apr 2018

Dr. Bryan Kim, a professor of psychology and director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, has been named Editor of The Counseling Psychologist.

The publication, founded in 1969, is the official journal of the Society of Counseling Psychology, which represents the discipline and profession of counselling psychology. Kim is the first Asian-American selected as editor of the journal. He begins a one-year term as editor-elect in August 2018, followed by a six-year term as editor.

Kim joined UH Hilo in 2006 from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was a tenured associate professor. Prior to that, he was a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Maryland. At both institutions, he taught in the counselling psychology doctoral programs.

His research focuses on multicultural counselling psychology, psychotherapy process and outcome, counsellor training, and measurement of culture-specific constructs. He currently has over 80 publications, which include nine psychological instruments.

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Dr. Nana Banerjee as President and CEO
- 18 Apr 2018

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced the appointment of Dr. Nana Banerjee as president and chief executive officer, effective April 23. Dr. Banerjee, is currently group president of Verisk Analytics, a leading data analytics provider, and has a proven track record of driving global growth and exceptional performance in both public and private companies.

He will be based in New York and succeeds Lloyd G. "Buzz" Waterhouse, who became interim president and CEO in October 2017 having previously served as president and CEO from June 2012 through April 2014. Waterhouse will remain with the company until Dr. Banerjee begins his tenure and will continue to serve on the company's board of directors after he steps down as interim president and CEO.

Dr. Banerjee has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling technology businesses globally. He came to Verisk as part of its acquisition of Argus, where he was chief operating officer. He served as the group president of Verisk and helped drive its transformation into a global leader in big-data and advanced analytics. He also helped drive the acquisition of several high-profile global companies during his tenure at Verisk. In prior roles, he served as head of Citibank's credit card business in the United Kingdom and as vice president of marketing at GE Capital.

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Cengage and RedShelf collaboration to broaden student textbook affordability options
- 13 Apr 2018

Education and technology company Cengage and digital learning materials provider RedShelf have announced the expansion of their existing partnership to include Cengage Unlimited, while also formalising their collaboration on inclusive access.

Through both programs, Cengage and RedShelf are providing students with more options and more access to affordable learning materials. Beginning in August, RedShelf will offer Cengage Unlimited through the RedShelf.com eCommerce site and RedShelf Bookstore, the digital content platform that powers digital distribution for more than 600 college bookstores.

Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind subscription service for digital higher education materials. A subscription provides access to more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and more than 675 courses for one price-$119.99 a semester, no matter how many Cengage products are used. Students using the digital platforms also have the option of free print rentals, paying only a $7.99 shipping fee.

In addition, Cengage's commitment to delivering individual courses through RedShelf Inclusive provides students with access to affordable course materials and advanced learning tools on the first day of class, on an innovative platform that instructors and administrators can use to enhance student engagement. The program has more than 140 participating institutions and has experienced 600% year-over-year unit growth.

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New eLibrary Redesign gives Novice researchers a jump-start
- 13 Apr 2018

Novice researchers now have a better way to begin a research project and quickly find reliable information to support their themes and ideas. The easy-to-use eLibrary® online resource has a new look and feel that helps K-12 and other students start and successfully complete assignments.

One of the resources selected for state-wide support of California's 10,000 schools and 6.2 million students, the eLibrary solution features a rich collection of full-text, editorially-created content on thousands of research topics that span more than 150 subject areas - people, places, historical events, current events, broad curricular themes and more. The new eLibrary interface responds to students' demands for visual-appeal and intuitive design. Its Research Topics pages are easy to find and display the most common assignments and subjects up front, simplifying user workflows. The site's responsive design is optimised for any screen, including mobile. And it is now available on the ProQuest® platform so users can cross-search its material with their institution's other ProQuest content, improving discovery.

The new eLibrary design is based on extensive user research that revealed the most profound challenges for novice researchers. For example, selecting a topic was identified as the most stressful research-related task. The eLibrary platform addresses that challenge by guiding users to interesting and approved topics. Content is curated by editorial specialists for appropriateness and reliability. Users are pointed to vetted sources like newspapers, magazines, transcripts, reference books, images, maps, websites and videos.

eLibrary includes features such as Google Classroom and Google Drive integration and Lexile® reading levels, and it aligns to curriculum standards. Features like text-to-speech and language translation ensure accessibility for researchers from all backgrounds.

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VitalSource® partners with McGraw-Hill Education to make digital course materials more affordable for college students
- 11 Apr 2018

VitalSource®, the Inclusive Access provider for higher education institutions nationwide, is collaborating with McGraw-Hill Education to make powerful digital course materials more affordable for college students.

The new agreement between the two companies will ensure McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive, digital courseware, including McGraw-Hill Connect®, is available to hundreds of thousands of U.S. students through VitalSource's 'Inclusive Access' delivery method, which provides students with all required course materials seamlessly on the first day of class at affordable prices.

Students and faculty at more than 500 institutions will now have access to superior digital course materials either through VitalSource Bookshelf, a leading digital content platform, or through Connect, McGraw-Hill Education's digital learning platform, which has been shown to help improve student grades, pass rates and retention. Instructors and institutions can also leverage VitalSource's award-winning analytics tools, including the VitalSource Instructor Dashboard, to gain a better understanding of student ebook engagement and learning progress.

When powering Inclusive Access through VitalSource, institutions and campus stores leverage Verba's leading suite of tools to manage and grow Inclusive Access programs, which improved affordability and access for hundreds of institutions in spring 2018.

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RedShelf and McGraw-Hill Education announce new access agreement
- 04 Apr 2018

Digital learning materials provider RedShelf and McGraw-Hill Education, a top learning science company, has announced a new agreement that will help expand their work together on inclusive access programs that increase the affordability of course materials and enhance student engagement. Inclusive access programs allow students to have digital course materials automatically delivered to them on the first day of class or earlier, and significantly reduce costs for students.

While RedShelf and McGraw-Hill Education have been working closely together since 2014, this agreement formalises the collaboration between RedShelf's inclusive access platform offering and McGraw-Hill Education's affordable digital learning solutions, including McGraw-Hill Connect®, that have been shown to improve student outcomes. As inclusive access gains momentum throughout the higher ed community, the strengthening of this relationship will provide more affordable and more engaging experiences for students.

Through this collaboration, RedShelf will integrate McGraw-Hill Connect courseware and content into participating colleges' learning management systems and other core platforms. In addition to providing more affordable, digital course materials, RedShelf and McGraw-Hill Education are using teaching and learning data to improve student performance and engagement.

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Cengage partners with Follett Corporation to distribute, market and promote Cengage Unlimited
- 16 Mar 2018

Cengage, an education and technology company, and Follett Corporation have announced an extensive partnership to distribute, market and promote Cengage Unlimited, making this innovative subscription service available at all of Follett's more than 1,200 campus locations and online, beginning this fall.

Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind subscription that gives students access to all the company's digital higher education materials-more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and more than 675 courses-for $119.99 a semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use. Students using the digital platforms also have the option of free print rentals, paying only a $7.99 shipping fee.

Over the past year, Cengage and Follett have developed a digital integration which seamlessly delivers Cengage digital products both online and in-store. Cengage materials are available at all Follett campus locations, both for standalone sale and through Follett's includED program, to ensure students and faculty have access to everything they need on day-one of a course.

This partnership is another significant step forward in Cengage's pursuit of making Cengage Unlimited, and its unprecedented and affordable access to all the company's course materials, available to all students, wherever they are. This follows other recent Cengage Unlimited partnership announcements, highlighting the strong momentum, clear value proposition and customer demand.

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McGraw-Hill Education and Unizin in deal to make affordable digital learning materials available to 25 universities and nearly 1 million students
- 14 Mar 2018

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced a new agreement with Unizin, Ltd. ("Unizin") to provide its 25 member universities with affordable, high-value, digital learning materials through an Inclusive Access model - automatically giving students easy access to materials on the first day of class. The non-profit Unizin consortium serves nearly 1 million students and is dedicated to improving teaching and learning environments with digital technology.

Under the agreement, all McGraw-Hill Education materials will be available to Unizin member universities for the same low, flat fee, which will save students money. Content will be available to students and faculty either on Unizin's Engage eBook platform or McGraw Hill Education's Connect® digital learning platform. The two organisations will also contribute data to the Unizin Data Platform (UDP) and collaborate on learning analytics to support faculty and students.

Inclusive Access is one of the ways McGraw-Hill Education has expanded its ability to make learning materials more affordable for students. To date, the company has worked with more than 275 institutions on Inclusive Access programs, including Unizin member Indiana University.

The McGraw-Hill Education catalogue will enrich Unizin's already large marketplace for content and learning technologies. Publisher agreements and the Inclusive Access business model are key components of Unizin's vision for a university-owned and driven marketplace.

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University of Missouri System and McGraw-Hill Education in deal to expand access to affordable course materials
- 08 Mar 2018

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education and the University of Missouri System have announced a new agreement that will increase student access to affordable course materials, lowering the cost of all McGraw-Hill Education electronic textbooks by an additional 38 percent to meet the University's definition of low cost. McGraw-Hill Education will offer its entire higher education eBook catalogue through the university's AutoAccess program. The initial agreement gives students access to content purchased for five years.

Launched in 2014, the AutoAccess program is part of the university's Affordable & Open Education Resources initiative and is a collaborative effort between the UM System Campus Stores, content publishers and faculty. EBooks available through AutoAccess can be accessed from the university's learning management system. The materials are categorized under two tiers of discount options: 'savings' or 'low-cost.' UM defines 'low cost' materials as those that cost $40 or less.

McGraw-Hill Education, UM System's initial partner in launching AutoAccess, now becomes the first provider to offer its entire higher education eBook catalog through AutoAccess's 'low cost' option. The initiative will provide faculty with greater flexibility in adopting these low-cost materials in their courses. The program, which began with a single course section and 50 students, has now expanded to 300 courses, 700 sections and 40,000 students across the UM System's four campuses. To date, students have saved approximately $9.7 million.

In the last two years, McGraw-Hill Education has increased the number of institutions it works with on Inclusive Access arrangements - now totalling more than 275.

The UM System continues to implement campus-wide initiatives to encourage the adoption of affordable options and open educational resources. In June 2017, the university also launched a task force on each of its campuses to raise awareness of the impact of high costs of educational materials on students, provide information about affordable and open education resources, and incentivize faculty to transition to such resources.

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Macmillan Learning announces significant steps in learning research and design
- 05 Mar 2018

Macmillan Learning, a premier learning solutions company, has announced significant advances in learning research and design. The company's investment in the learning sciences reflects a deep commitment to help students, instructors, and institutions achieve more.

Assessing and synthesising research in the learning sciences, distilling it into practical principles, and blending it with a user-centered approach to design presents a significant opportunity for a step-change in developing more effective learning solutions.

To meet these challenges, Macmillan Learning has revealed several critical components of their program. The formation of the Learning Research Advisory Council comprises leading experts in cognitive and learning science who are advising and critiquing the design principles and processes Macmillan Learning is using to develop next-generation learning experiences that deliver better outcomes. The Council has three permanent members and two annual appointments. The three permanent members include Dr. Robert Atkinson (Arizona State University), Dr. Mark McDaniel (Washington University in St. Louis), and Dr. Christopher Dede (Harvard University). The 2018 annual members will be revealed in April.

Macmillan Learning has pioneered processes for involving students in co-designing learning solutions and this is being augmented by a new group of students. The new Student Co-design Group will additionally critique all new solutions that Macmillan builds.

Macmillan Learning has codified research from education research and cognitive science into an evolving portfolio of design foundations that it uses in the design of its learning solutions. As part of contributing to the education community, the company will be releasing these publicly for any educator or education company to benefit from, starting in April.

More details on the transformational approach Macmillan Learning is taking to learning science and analytics is available at http://www.macmillanlearning.com/learningscience.

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Cengage and Chegg partner to offer Cengage unlimited subscribers free 30-day access to Chegg Learning Services
- 27 Feb 2018

Cengage, an education and technology company, and Chegg, the Smarter Way to StudentTM have announced an exclusive partnership to increase students' access to more affordable materials and help them succeed in their studies. At launch this August, all Cengage Unlimited subscribers will receive a month of free access to Chegg's Learning Services, including Chegg Study, Chegg Math, Easybib Plus, a Chegg Service, and 60 minutes of tutoring through the Chegg Tutors platform.

Announced this past December, a Cengage Unlimited subscription gives students access to all the company's digital higher education course materials—more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and 675 courses—for $119.99 a semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use. Students using the digital platforms have the option of free print rentals, paying only a $7.99 shipping fee. After paying the one-time subscription fee, students will access a centralised easy-to-use dashboard offering access to the vast Cengage library of content and digital learning platforms and, starting in August 2018, will include access to Chegg's Learning Services.

Subscribers will receive access to a 30-day trial subscription of Chegg Study, which provides step-by-step solutions to problems in more than 28,000 college textbooks, and a database of more than 13 million expert questions and answers. Additionally, Cengage Unlimited users will receive similar access to Chegg Math, an artificial intelligence-based mathematical equation solver; EasyBib Plus, a Chegg Service which helps students learn and improve sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and identify when and how to cite their papers to prevent plagiarism, and 60 minutes of 1-on-1 tutoring from subject matter experts through Chegg Tutors.

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Macmillan Learning joins Educational Publishers Enforcement Group to fight against counterfeit and piracy practices in education
- 22 Feb 2018

Macmillan Learning, a premier education solutions company, has announced an agreement to join the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group ("EPEG") and will formally endorse the Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices ("Best Practices") created by EPEG and its partners. By joining this team of content providers including Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson, and working with distributors like Barnes & Noble Education, Chegg, Follett and Ingram, which have endorsed the Best Practices, Macmillan Learning is now part of the largest industry effort in identifying and eliminating counterfeit textbooks.

Last year, EPEG developed Best Practices to address and combat the growth in production and sales of counterfeit textbooks. Although the production of counterfeit materials is a copyright infringement and a violation of federal law, publishers and vendors noted a troubling increase in illegal activity in recent years.

EPEG Best Practices outline immediate steps designed to eliminate counterfeit textbooks from the market. Found at http://www.stopcounterfeitbooks.com, the Best Practices include over 19 different steps geared to avoiding counterfeit textbooks including important advice on partnering with reliable sources and vendors.

Information and warning signs on how to avoid, identify, and report illegal activity can also be found at http://www.stopcounterfeitbooks.com.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches textbook and eBook rental program, expands options to make course materials more affordable
- 12 Feb 2018

McGraw-Hill Education has announced the latest in a series of initiatives to make course materials more affordable and effective for millions of US college students by launching a new textbook and eBook rental program for its more than 250 copyright 2019 titles, as well as all future titles.

Rentals will be available starting this Spring through the company's eCommerce channel on MHEducation.com as well as through approved distributors. New titles will be available to approved distributors on a consignment basis for their own rental programs at prices that are significantly lower than what they pay on a wholesale basis. The program is open to all distributors of McGraw-Hill Education's higher education textbooks. To date, McGraw-Hill Education has finalised agreements with two leading textbook providers: Barnes & Noble Education, through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange subsidiaries, and Chegg, Inc. Additional distributor discussions are underway to ensure that the company's rental program is widely available to students.

Building on its leadership in delivering affordable, high-value digital learning solutions like McGraw-Hill Connect® and ALEKS®, the rental program is expected to save students as much as 70 percent off the costs of traditional bound print textbooks.

This announcement marks the continued expansion of McGraw-Hill Education's affordability initiatives - including digital learning solutions that embed interactive content, assessment tools and actionable analytics; digital and print bundles; eBooks; mobile applications; looseleaf; and open educational resources (OER) for select titles. Depending on the format, these solutions are available for purchase, rent, subscription or through institutional Inclusive Access agreements, which enable the delivery of digital materials directly to students for first-day-of-class access.

By working with Barnes & Noble Education and Chegg, McGraw-Hill Education is able to make its affordable, effective materials available to millions of students across the country. Barnes & Noble Education serves more than 6 million students and their instructors through its nearly 1,485 physical and virtual campus bookstores, and in addition serves more than 3,700 institutionally run and contract managed stores through its MBS Wholesale business. Chegg's connected learning platform for students reaches approximately 10 million unique visitors in a month.

McGraw-Hill Education will also work closely with MBS to ensure the Company's rental program is widely available to students served by all bookstores, both contract managed and institutionally run, beginning this fall.

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Journal of Dairy Science celebrates 100 years of progress
- 21 Nov 2017

The Journal of Dairy Science® (JDS), first published in 1917, is celebrating 100 years of progress. Since its first issue, the journal has published almost 30,000 articles and 200,000 pages. In the process, the work published in the journal has made a broad and invaluable contribution to scientific knowledge and to the production of a safe and affordable food supply.

The authors published in the first issue would recognise many current topics of research, but their work also laid the foundation for new fields of research they could not have foreseen. Topics unknown even 50 years ago are now standard areas for research and application.

To reflect on that century of research, the December issue of the journal's 100th volume contains the ADSA Foundation Collection of 100-Year Reviews, a special 100th anniversary retrospective containing 30 focused reviews of progress in areas of research that are featured in JDS. The timelines in each review place major discoveries and events into historical context. A stand-alone reprint of the ADSA Foundation Collection of 100-Year Reviews is available from Elsevier for $35.00 plus the cost of shipping at https://elsstmj.directfrompublisher.com.

Although the special issue's review of past progress shows that we cannot always predict the future dividends of current research, it seems clear that the future will hold further integration of disparate fields of research, new methods of investigation, and new areas of research, and the Journal of Dairy Science will continue to be part of that scientific endeavour. As the journal enters a new century of publication, it celebrates its past and looks toward a future shaped by the scientists who will continue its scientific legacy.

The Journal of Dairy Science (JDS) is the official journal of the American Dairy Science Association®. The journal is co-published by Elsevier and FASS Inc. for the American Dairy Science Association. JDS readers represent education, industry, and government agencies in more than 70 countries, with interests in biochemistry, breeding, economics, engineering, environment, food science, genetics, microbiology, nutrition, pathology, physiology, processing, public health, quality assurance, and sanitation.

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Macmillan Learning launches fifth annual Executive STEM Summit in partnership with Scientific American
- 30 Oct 2017

Macmillan Learning, a premier educational solutions company, has launched their fifth annual Executive STEM Summit in partnership with Scientific American. The two-day event brought together leaders from education, business, technology, policy and research communities to debate the most critical issues facing STEM education.

The robust line-up of speakers from Chevron, Microsoft, XPRIZE, Project Lead The Way, Volley.com, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Massachusetts Amherst's Center of Knowledge and more spoke on the role of technology in all levels of education. Topics ranging from digital engagement, diversity, technology, and policy, the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education quickly became a focus.

Attendees debated the role digital tools have in teaching today's students in providing greater access and exposure to content and ideas, but noted that STEM courses specifically could be greatly enhanced by the kind of support AI would offer. Exploring the kinds of technological changes available in other industries becomes a critical mandate for learning solution providers.

Interested parties may visit community.macmillan.com/community/stemsummit for more information on the event and to see livestream coverage, discussions, and event photos.

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Pearson and Oakton Community College partner to increase access to affordable course materials
- 27 Oct 2017

Pearson has announced its partnership with Oakton Community College, located in Des Plaines, Illinois, to digitally deliver course materials to students at significant cost savings. The institution launched its Digital Direct Access program in the fall of 2017, beginning with a pilot focused on 300 students enrolled in the BUS 101: Introduction to Business course. The course provides learners with first day of class access to Pearson's MyLab Intro to Business online homework, tutorial, and assessment content and technology.

Since 2016, more than 450 colleges and universities across the country, including more than 200 in 2017, have partnered with Pearson to implement the Digital Direct Access (DDA) model. Pearson's DDA model enables institutions to deliver high-quality digital course materials, including MyLab™ and Mastering™, Revel™ and eTexts, to students on or before the first day of class at a savings of up to 70 percent. Educators also gain valuable insights into students' learning activity through data access, enabling them to continuously track and assess students' progress while engaging with these immersive platforms.

Based on the positive feedback from Oakton Community College students and faculty members on their experience with the program, the institution has decided to expand the number of courses that leverage the Digital Direct Access program. As a result, in the spring of 2018, students enrolled in the Computer Information Systems Department course, will be provided with immediate access to Pearson's MyLab IT. With more than 11 million users annually, MyLab and Mastering delivers consistent, measurable gains in student learning outcomes, retention, and subsequent course success.

The Digital Direct Access model is part of Pearson's ongoing commitment to making college more accessible and more affordable for students, and establishing equity in access to critical course materials. Earlier this year, Pearson announced a two-step plan to address the issue of college affordability. The plan immediately reduced the prices of 2000 e-book titles by up to 50 percent. The second phase of the effort ensures that students can rent popular print titles online and in-store through trusted retailers. This rental-only model allows Pearson to reduce prices by up to 60 percent and ensure that all students have access to affordable textbooks.

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Lloyd “Buzz” Waterhouse as Interim President & CEO
- 20 Oct 2017

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced the appointment of Lloyd "Buzz" Waterhouse as the company's interim president and chief executive officer. He succeeds David Levin who is leaving the company.

Waterhouse previously served as the president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education from June of 2012 until April of 2014. He was responsible for the successful separation of McGraw-Hill Education from McGraw-Hill Financial, now S&P Global, setting up the new company and overseeing its subsequent sale to Apollo Global Management. He also led the company through its first year of independence in which many significant operational and financial milestones were achieved.

Waterhouse was also the CEO of Harcourt Education, a provider of instructional materials, e-learning and testing services for the global education market. Previously, he was CEO and chairman of The Reynolds & Reynolds Company, the leading provider of automotive retailing solutions. Before Reynolds, he held numerous roles at IBM. He led their strategy and business development functions during Lou Gerstner's tenure and subsequent turn-around, launched IBM Global Services, and was president of Asia Pacific Services Corporation.

Waterhouse serves on the boards of McGraw-Hill Education, JDA, Sparta, Instructure, and Penn State's Smeal College of Business.

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Macmillan Learning names Susan Winslow as General Manager
- 02 Oct 2017

Macmillan Learning, an educational solutions company, has named Susan Winslow as General Manager of their academic business. Winslow will oversee the higher education and AP high school division including the content, digital product development, custom services, marketing, communications, training and professional development teams. Winslow will report to CEO Ken Michaels.

Winslow brings more than 26 years of educational publishing experiences to this role. Formerly, as Managing Director at Macmillan Learning, Winslow drove the new content and product development program resulting in marked company growth, particularly in digital product adoption across the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM disciplines. As Vice President of Marketing, she directed the creative, promotional and digital strategies for the higher education group and spearheaded new digital product brands. As a senior leader in the organisation, Winslow also led the teams through the reorganisation and unification to one higher education division.

Winslow previously served as Publisher of the Life Sciences group where she was responsible for the content and digital publishing strategy governing life science materials at Macmillan, including teaching and learning resources for higher education and professional development for teachers and researchers. She oversaw the development of market-defining products that pioneered integration of print, media and assessments aligning together seamlessly to achieve a set of desired outcomes for students. She has been a long-time champion of STEM education as evidenced by her sponsorship of their annual STEM Executive Summit in partnership with Scientific American, and of EdFOO, an un-conference created in partnership with Google and O’Reilly Media. Both events are meant to unite leaders across industries to focus on challenges and opportunities in STEM education. Prior to joining Macmillan, Winslow held senior positions at Pearson in Sciences and Global Marketing.

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Prof. W. Art. Chaovalitwongse appointed department editor in healthcare journal
- 29 Aug 2017

W. Art. Chaovalitwongse, professor and holder of the 21st Century Research Leadership Chair in Industrial Engineering, has been appointed as a department editor in the Health Informatics area of the IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering journal.

IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering is an official journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, which is the flagship organisation of Industrial Engineers. The journal publishes original high-quality papers on healthcare related topics with cutting edge approaches to healthcare problems.

Chaovalitwongse joined the Department of Industrial Engineering in 2016. His research group conducts extensive analytics research, ranging from basic computational science/statistics, applied mathematical modelling, and translational research at the interface of engineering, medicine, and other emerging disciplines.

He is one of three co-directors of the newly established industry research partnership called the Institute for Advanced Data Analytics. The institute is designed to be a cross college, interdisciplinary initiative that unites the U of A faculty who have deep strengths in analytics, operations research, statistics, information systems, and related disciplines, to create a powerful, productive partnership with local and national industry with the goal of accelerating research on analytics.

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McGraw-Hill Education wins two 2017 CODiE Awards for top education technology solutions
- 31 Jul 2017

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, has won two SIIA 2017 CODiE Awards for its education technology tools - Learning Science Platform (Best Authoring/Development Tool for Educators) and SIMnet (Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas).

The Software and Information Industry Association's CODiE Awards are an annual program that recognises excellence in software development and claims to be the only peer-recognition program of its kind in the education industry.

Since 2013, McGraw-Hill Education has won six CODiE Awards, including Best Postsecondary Learning Content Solution last year for McGraw-Hill Connect®. The company has had a product named a finalist 58 times since 2013, including 12 times this year.

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Paul Trainor named Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Dynamics Journal
- 08 Jun 2017

The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) has appointed Paul Trainor as new Editor-in-Chief of the leading developmental biology journal, Developmental Dynamics. Paul Trainor, Investigator at Stowers Institute for Medical Research was approved by the Board of Directors in April 2017, and will take over as Editor-in-Chief on January 1, 2018.

After an extensive nationwide search, Trainor was chosen to lead Developmental Dynamics through its next five-year journey as a premier journal of the AAA.

Paul Trainor is Investigator and head of the Trainor lab at Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. In his lab, Trainor primarily studies neural crest cells and the roles they play in development, evolution, and disease, particularly with respect to the head and face. Trainor was previously an Associate Editor for Developmental Dynamics.

Trainor is assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief from Parker Antin who led the journal through increased competition in the developmental biology publishing space and continued to push the journal as a leader in the field through Special Issues and direct solicitation of articles from authors around the globe.

Choosing the next editor of a journal is an integral part of the fabric of a scientific society. The Board of Directors created a Task force of members, leadership, and journal editors of the Association's two other journals, to help find the best candidate for this role. Kathy Svoboda, Regents Professor, Texas A&M College of Dentistry led the search for the new Editor-in-Chief.

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Cengage announces major initiative to fight growing problem of counterfeit course materials
- 06 Jun 2017

Cengage, an education and technology company, has announced a major initiative to fight the growing problem of counterfeit print course materials, which is estimated to cost the company between $70 million to $100 million annually. Beginning with shipments currently underway to on-campus, off-campus and online retailers, Cengage print products will include a unique certification seal developed by an expert third-party certification company. The seal includes a QR code and one-off indicators that verify the product's authenticity.

In cooperation with the Education Publisher Enforcement Group (EPEG), Cengage recently reviewed the inventories of several online sellers to determine how much of their inventory was counterfeit. The results were startling: for portions of their inventory over 75 percent of the books were counterfeit, while some had 100 percent of the titles offered for sale being counterfeit.

Moving forward, the certification seal will allow sales partners and customers to easily confirm they have an authentic Cengage product, avoiding the potential for incorrect or inferior class materials. Students, professors and retailers need simply scan the QR code, which will take them to a Cengage website to verify the one-off indicator that the product is legitimate.

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Macmillan Learning appoints Chelsea Valentine as Chief Technology Officer
- 01 May 2017

Macmillan Learning, a leading education solutions company, has announced the appointment of Chelsea Valentine as Chief Technology Officer. Valentine will play a key role in shaping the company’s technology agenda and future digital vision.

Valentine brings over 20 years of experience in technology, publishing, and education. As a published author of over a dozen books on web application development and a former adjunct professor, she brings a unique perspective as both an educator and technology leader. Valentine joined Macmillan in 2013 to lead product development for Sapling Learning, a division of Macmillan. In 2015, Valentine took leadership of the technology and engineering vision for the Macmillan team and has since revolutionized the company's architectural approach and roadmap.

Valentine will be based in the company’s Austin, TX office. She will report directly to Macmillan Learning Chief Executive Officer, Ken Michaels.

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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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AAOS releases new Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU 12)
- 28 Mar 2017

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has released the twelfth edition of OKU (Orthopaedic Knowledge Update), the authoritative and indispensable guide on general and specialty orthopaedics that also is a key tool in preparing for Board certification and recertification.

First published in 1984, the completely new OKU 12 (not a revision of OKU 11) is available in print, eBook or flash drive formats. The new edition features the most up-to-date research and clinical information from the past three years.

The book is organised in six sections, and covers all the general content areas within orthopaedics. The format is designed to conveniently provide answers and clinical information to practicing orthopaedists, and to serve as an efficient source for first-time certification or Maintenance of Certification (MOC) preparation. The MOC guidelines, developed by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, requires 120 credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) every three years, including 20 credits from a Scored and Recorded Self-Assessment Examination (SAE) activity. The OKU, paired with the Scored and Recorded OKU 12 SAE, qualifies for up to 70 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM. Twenty of those credits can be applied to the Scored and Recorded SAE requirement for MOC.

Customers can choose from the hard copy book, eBook, or the book and eBook package, and all can be purchased with the online SAE. Also available for purchase are the eight individual specialty volumes (with no overlap with the general OKU 12), as well as OKU 1-12 (available in an eBook edition or on a USB drive) providing all of the OKU content from the editions 1 through 12.

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Major educational content providers and distributors join forces to fight counterfeit textbooks
- 02 Mar 2017

Academic publishers Cengage, McGraw-Hill Education, and Pearson have joined forces with Ingram and Chegg, Inc. to have them adopt and implement a set of Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices designed to address the growing problem of counterfeit print textbooks. The Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices are intended to assist distributors with combating counterfeits of print textbooks that hurt students, educators, publishers and distributors.

The education world has been plagued by an increase in counterfeit books in recent years, resulting in poorer quality materials for students and reduced incentives for publishers to invest in new programs and instructional materials.

Ingram and Chegg are the first distributors to work proactively with publishers to mitigate distribution of counterfeits through adoption and implementation of the Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices.

Over the last several years, publishers have actively enforced their legal rights against individuals and companies found distributing counterfeit materials.

The best practices outline steps to verify suppliers and avoid illegitimate sources. They require distributors to inspect inventory that has a higher risk of being counterfeit and prevent it from infecting their inventory. When a distributor finds counterfeit books, there is agreement to share information about the materials and the supplier with the publishers so they can focus their enforcement efforts on those culprits. The Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices will be made available on the educational website www.stopcounterfeitbooks.com with the goal that all publishers and distributors adopt and implement them as well. Publishers will pursue their legal rights against anyone who is involved or who facilitates the distribution and sale of counterfeit textbooks, as well as those who engage in digital piracy.

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Prof. Alois Fürstner named Editor-in-Chief of Science of Synthesis
- 09 Feb 2017

Professor Alois Fürstner, Managing Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Max-Planck-Institut for Coal Research), Mülheim on Ruhr, has taken over the position as Editor-in-Chief on the Science of Synthesis (SOS) Editorial Board. An expert in organometallic chemistry, Professor Fürstner, has been a Member of the Editorial Board since 2008.

Science of Synthesis offers reliable, proven and peer-reviewed information on synthetic methods in organic chemistry. The reference work is used by chemists in corporations, research and educational institutions around the world, whether as an interactive online tool offering full-text and structure search functions or as a printed edition. Science of Synthesis delivers proven synthesis procedures for a wide range of different compound classes. It is continually updated and evolved by an Editorial Board of nine international experts in close cooperation with Thieme Chemistry's publishing team.

Over 1,800 renowned authors around the world contribute to the reference work. They review synthesis methods in their respective fields and suggest as well as prepare them for publication.

Professor Fürstner's research at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung focuses on the development of organometallic reagents and catalysts and their application to the synthesis of structurally complex targets of biological significance. Particular attention is paid to the development and validation of catalytic methods for C—C bond formation.

Professor Fürstner brings extensive publication experience to his new position, having served on numerous editorial and advisory boards of diverse international journals. He has been a member of the Science of Synthesis Editorial Board since 2008.

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Wound Care Education Institute and the Journal of Wound Care announce joint venture to publish new digital journal - Wound Central
- 30 Jan 2017

Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI) and the Journal of Wound Care (JWC) have entered into a joint venture to publish a new digital journal called Wound Central™.

Wound Central offers a unique combination of advanced wound care education as well as practical bedside how-to basics. The journal provides original research and case reports, written and double blind peer reviewed by leading authorities in the wound care industry. Readers will also find the publication to be full of useful statistics, tips, tools, forms. Wound Central targets multidisciplinary wound care professionals internationally but primarily within the United States. The journal launched January 26, 2017.

Donna Sardina, Co-Founder of WCEI, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

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Education publishers sue Amazon marketplace vendors over counterfeit sales
- 30 Jan 2017

Education publishers Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw Hill have summoned Amazon to disclose the names and financial accounts of online vendors allegedly selling low-cost pirated copies of the publishers' books via the Amazon marketplace site.

According to a report in the Financial Times, the publishers are suing 100 unnamed Amazon marketplace sellers for copyright infringement, accusing the sellers of 'hiding behind the anonymity of internet pseudonyms'. Although Amazon is not named as a defendant, the publishers said in a complaint filed in a New York court this month that the ability of the vendors to sell through the online giant 'causes even greater damage' to their businesses, both to sales and to the perceived value of their books.

Judge Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York ordered Amazon to freeze funds in any accounts connected to the accused sellers and to cease distributing any books on their behalf. A temporary restraining order also blocked the accused vendors from selling any counterfeit texts.

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UM Professor Richard Ye appointed as new associate editor of FASEB Journal
- 25 Jan 2017

Prof Richard Ye, a chair professor of pharmacology and the deputy director of the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences at the University of Macau (UM), has been chosen as the new associate editor of The FASEB Journal.

In his new role, Prof. Ye will manage all aspects of the peer review and submission decision processes, and will collaborate with the journal's current group of associate editors, including Dr Helen Blau from Stanford University, Dr Laura Goldsmith from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Dr Robert Goldman from Northwestern University, Dr Robert Haselkorn from the University of Chicago, Dr Charles Serhan from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, and Dr Babette Weksler from Weill Cornell Medical College; as well as the editor-in-chief Dr Thoru Pederson from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The FASEB Journal is published by the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). It is the world's most cited biology journal according to the Institute for Scientific Information, and has been recognised by the Special Libraries Association as one of the top 100 most influential biomedical journals of the past century.

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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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Journal of Urgent Care Medicine appoints Harris Fleming as Managing Editor
- 30 Dec 2016

The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM) has announced Harris Fleming as the publication's new managing editor. With over 25 years of experience as an editor and writer in the healthcare and medical industries, Fleming brings an expansive range of field knowledge to his position.

JUCM is the leading publication in the fast moving urgent care industry and serves as the official journal of the UCAOA. Written for clinicians and administrators working in the urgent care field, the journal provides beneficial, industry relevant content, with articles focusing on the distinct needs of today's urgent care specialists in an ever-changing marketplace.

Fleming was the first editor of JUCM from 2001-2011 and has previously held editorial management positions with Drug Topics, Dowden Health Media, Physicians' Desk Reference and Haymarket Medical Media. He currently resides in Waldwick, N.J. with his wife and son.

Bringing industry experience and healthcare communications knowledge, Fleming started as JUCM's managing editor on Dec. 15.

The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM) supports the evolution of urgent care medicine by creating content that addresses both the clinical practice of urgent care medicine and the practice management challenges of keeping pace with an ever-changing healthcare marketplace. As the Official Publication of the Urgent Care Association of America and the Urgent Care College of Physicians, JUCM seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to expand on the core competencies of urgent care medicine as they apply to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

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McGraw-Hill Education and Georgia Tech partner to make elite education more broadly accessible
- 03 Nov 2016

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education and Georgia Tech are teaming up on an innovative approach to make elite education more broadly accessible. Both companies are launching an online, undergraduate course in computer science that will debut this spring for current Tech students and be made available in MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format to help future Georgia Tech applicants earn college credit before they ever set foot on campus.

The online 'Introduction to Computing Using Python' course will feature the same rigorous content as Georgia Tech's on-campus course (a requirement for all undergraduates) and will be created with McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive 'SmartBook' technology. Like many other MOOCs, it will be freely available through edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are twice as many annual jobs available in computer science as there are new graduates to fill them. Since the launch of Georgia Tech's online program in computer science (OMS CS) program in 2014, the Institute has become a leading voice in the global conversation about higher education accessibility, affordability, and the future of learning. Since enrolling 380 students in the spring of 2014, OMS CS has grown to nearly 4,000 students in fall 2016, with nearly 12,000 applications to date from people in more than 100 countries around the world.

McGraw-Hill Education's extensive work in developing digital tools for both K-12 and higher education brings a new degree of educational technology expertise to the partnership. As a result, the Intro to Computing course will be infused with tools and programs, like its adaptive SmartBook technology, to provide a more thorough, customized experience for learners.

The Spring 2017 offering of the new MOOC as an online option for Georgia Tech on-campus students will be an important case study for its wider applicability. Offered in conjunction with traditional, in-person sections of Georgia Tech's required CS 1301 course, the technology-enhanced option will be completely voluntary and will allow students to transfer to an in-person section if they wish. Georgia Tech students who successfully complete the section will receive a letter grade and degree credit.

McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive learning technologies translate traditional learning methods into a highly interactive, personalized experience with a digital reading component powered by the company's SmartBook technology. The SmartBook software uses research-driven machine intelligence to weave together learning and assessment, resulting in a personalized learning pathway. SmartBook, in combination with a robust pedagogy and learning environment, supports the development of confident learners who are more likely to progress and complete a curriculum.

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McGraw-Hill Education names Diane Adams as Chief Human Resources Officer
- 26 Oct 2016

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced that Diane Adams will join the company as its Chief Human Resources Officer, effective October 31, reporting to David Levin, President and CEO. Adams, who brings more than 20 years of experience leading companies through periods of transition and high growth, most recently served as Chief People Officer at Qlik Technologies, where she oversaw the company's global human resources function and developed transformational change programs in the areas of communications, total rewards, talent development and talent acquisition to support the business intelligence software company's growth plans.

Adams appointment comes as McGraw-Hill Education moves further in its transition from a publisher to a learning science company that delivers personalised experiences to help improve results for students, educators and professionals.

Prior to joining Qlik, Adams served as Executive Vice president, Culture and Talent at Allscripts, during a three-year period in which the company grew from $548 million in revenue and 2,400 employees to $1.4 billion in revenue and more than 7,000 employees. Before working with Allscripts, Adams served in a variety of human resources leadership positions at Cisco Systems, over a 14-year span.

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UAE’s Ministry of Education in deal with McGraw-Hill Education to enhance UAE’s education system
- 10 Oct 2016

His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education for the United Arab Emirates, has announced a new world-class curriculum to enhance the UAE’s education system. The seven-year agreement has been signed with McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, for all K-12 math and science instructional materials in e-book and print formats.

The content for each curricular program was selected based on the most advanced and progressive material developed for U.S. standards and is aligned with the UAE National Standard Framework. All materials were created in Arabic and delivered in August for the 2016/2017 academic year.

McGraw-Hill Education provides outcome-focused learning solutions, delivering both curated content and digital learning tools and platforms to students in the classrooms of approximately 250,000 higher education instructors, 13,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school districts and a wide variety of academic institutions, professionals and companies. It distributes its products in over 135 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and North America and in nearly 60 languages.

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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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Cengage acquires WebAssign, acquisition allows for greater investment in STEM disciplines
- 28 Sep 2016

Cengage, an education and technology company, has announced the acquisition of WebAssign, a leading provider of digital learning solutions for higher education. The acquisition strengthens Cengage's position as a market leader in science, technology and math offering three unique platforms for faculty and institutions.

WebAssign's flagship product (also called WebAssign) is a highly regarded assessment and homework solution for the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). More than 30 publishers, academic institutions and OER providers use WebAssign to deliver content to over 1.5 million students each year. Cengage currently uses Enhanced WebAssign as the core platform for its digital offerings in math, statistics and physics. With 360 titles, including the world-renowned Stewart Calculus franchise, Cengage and WebAssign serve more than 1 million students annually.

In addition to WebAssign for digital homework and assessment, Cengage offers the recently-launched MindTap for Math and Statistics, a complete course solution, and Learning Objects, a comprehensive program solution. Cengage acquired Learning Objects in September 2015.

Terms of the WebAssign acquisition were not disclosed. Tyton Partners, a leading M&A advisory firm within the global knowledge sector, served as the advisor to WebAssign's majority shareholder.

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Cengage Learning announces additional features for its MindTap Mobile app
- 25 Aug 2016

Cengage Learning has announced additional features for its MindTap Mobile app, including offline e-reader capabilities, the most requested function by students. Available on iOS and Android smartphones, the enhanced app provides access to Cengage Learning's flagship digital learning platform, MindTap, which helps to increase engagement and improve outcomes.

Available in more than 50 disciplines this fall, the e-reader function allows students to download their entire textbook to their smartphone in ten seconds or less. Once downloaded, students can highlight, make notes, search and bookmark the reading material, regardless of whether they are connected to the internet or working offline. In addition to e-reader capabilities, the MindTap Mobile app provides organisational tools, study materials and push notifications to help students stay on track.

In addition to the offline e-reader capabilities, other MindTap Mobile app enhancements include: Mastered Flashcards; Upgraded Practice Quizzes; and Improved Notifications.

The MindTap Mobile app is free to download with purchase of a MindTap product. Additional updates and features will be added in the coming months, including gradebook and video viewing capabilities.

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Pearson acquires statistical software firm, Integrated Analytics
- 29 Jul 2016

Learning company Pearson has announced the acquisition of Integrated Analytics, LLC (IA), a statistical software company with a focus on education founded by Dr. Webster West. IA's leading product, StatCrunch, is a powerful web-based software that allows users to collect data, perform complex analyses, and generate compelling results and reports. Stemming from work begun in the mid-90s, Dr. West finished developing a prototype for the software in 1997. Over many years of continued development, the StatCrunch software has now blossomed into one of the most used statistical resources on the Web.

Pearson has been the exclusive distributor of StatCrunch since 2009, and the acquisition fully integrates IA into Pearson. The acquisition of IA, which is a culmination of a long-standing collaboration with Dr. West, allows for a deeper integration between StatCrunch and MyStatLab™, an acceleration of new feature development, and potential synergies with titles outside of Statistics.

Additionally, the StatCrunch development team will bring their statistical and programming expertise to Pearson. Pearson will also retain the services of Dr. West, a brilliant developer and an award-winning professor.

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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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McGraw-Hill Education gains exclusive rights to sell ZogoTech’s proven services
- 10 Jun 2016

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and ZogoTech, a provider of predictive data analytics services to higher education institutions, have entered into an agreement providing McGraw-Hill Education exclusive rights to sell the data firm's proven services.

The agreement signals McGraw-Hill Education's continued investment in learning science and data analytics as keys to improving student outcomes, and its desire to help bring ZogoTech's outstanding data science to scale nationwide.

ZogoTech is a leading provider of student success analytics solutions for community colleges. ZogoTech's software transforms disparate data into actionable insights for users throughout an institution. Administrators can identify policy changes that will affect student success by surfacing hidden trends and identifying which interventions are most effective. Researchers can drill down to understand underlying causes, quickly pivoting millions of rows of data. Advisors and faculty can utilise front-end applications that guide them to which students are at-risk and what action to take.

ZogoTech has successfully helped colleges improve retention rates. Through its work with Odessa College, for example, new data-based insights were obtained that led to an original scientifically based program for improving in-class retention rates. Those improvements have led to an in-class retention rate that increased from an average of 83 percent in 2010 to more than 94 percent in 2014.1

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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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Cengage Learning and WebAssign reaffirm commitment to joint learning solutions
- 11 May 2016

Cengage Learning and Advanced Instructional Systems, Inc. dba WebAssign have announced an agreement in principle to resolve an ongoing dispute regarding rights to intellectual property.

The terms of the agreement are confidential but they assure the continued delivery of effective learning solutions, customer and technical support and services that Cengage and WebAssign mutually provide to faculty and students.

For over 10 years, Cengage Learning and WebAssign have partnered to deliver trusted and proven Cengage content to students and instructors, using a unique interactive online homework solution, Enhanced WebAssign, that improves student outcomes in quantitative disciplines. The agreement affirms the continuity of the partnership to leverage the Enhanced WebAssign instructional platform and Cengage's unique content in mathematics, statistics, physics and astronomy courses, including the market-leading Stewart Calculus franchise.

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Eleven Cengage Learning products named finalists for 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards
- 14 Apr 2016

Cengage Learning has announced that its innovative technology products have been named finalists across 11 categories in the 2016 CODiE Awards, the annual awards of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

Products receiving finalist honours include apps, collaboration tools, online learning solutions and other digital products spanning higher education, as well as several library reference and research solutions from Gale, part of Cengage Learning.

The Software and Information Industry Association is the leading trade association for the software and digital content industry. The SIIA CODiE Awards have been recognizing top products, apps and services in business software, education and digital content for more than 30 years. The awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education, and software industry.

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McGraw-Hill Education opens new EMEA Headquarters in London
- 01 Mar 2016

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has announced the opening of its new EMEA headquarters for the higher education, professional and school markets. The new office is the company's latest initiative to better serve customers in the UK and across Europe, Middle East and Africa, featuring a state-of-the-art lab that replicates the classroom experience and brings personalised learning technologies to life. The new facility will further McGraw-Hill Education's leadership position in adaptive learning technologies; increase the company's sales, product and marketing capabilities and attract the best talent in the business.

The new headquarters in London, located at 338 Euston Road, will help strengthen the company's position as an industry leader in education technology innovation. Located in Central London, in the same building that houses other premier technology entities, McGraw-Hill Education's new Headquarter is within one mile of several major universities including University College London, University of Westminster and Birkbeck, University of London. It is also easily accessible to customers in the north of the country and most international destinations.

For more than 125 years, McGraw-Hill Education has developed proven educational content and instructional design that is used every day in classrooms worldwide, generating a wealth of insight about how students learn most effectively.

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Cengage Learning appoints industry leaders to head company’s strategic communications and marketing activities
- 03 Feb 2016

Cengage Learning has announced the appointment of two industry leaders to head the company's strategic communications and marketing activities. Sandi Kirshner has taken on the newly created role of Chief Communications Officer, while Sharon Loeb will serve as Chief Marketing Officer. The announcement was made by Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen.

In her new role as Chief Communications Officer, Sandi Kirshner will be responsible for all integrated company communications and branding, reporting to Michael Hansen. Sandi most recently served as the company's Chief Marketing Officer and has deep experience developing and implementing branding, messaging and campaigns that produce maximum impact while building relationships with key stakeholders – including students, faculty, authors and thought leaders. Sandi joined Cengage Learning from Pearson, where she held several senior leadership roles. She will continue to serve on the Executive Team.

As Chief Marketing Officer, Sharon Loeb will also serve on the Executive Team, reporting to Kevin Stone, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Sharon has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry leading teams with a highly integrated, customer-centric and data-driven approach. Most recently she served as the head of McGraw-Hill's Higher Education Marketing group. Prior to that, Sharon was Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, where she led the marketing communications across several business units.

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McGraw-Hill Education and LearnLaunch collaborate to promote innovation in education through the development of learning technology
- 21 Jan 2016

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and LearnLaunch, Boston's leading organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing the education technology ecosystem, have announced a collaboration to promote innovation in education through the development of learning technology. Through the collaboration, McGraw-Hill Education will build relationships with some of the country's most exciting ed-tech startups by providing mentoring and strategic counsel from its leaders and extensive network of in-house developers.

The partnership deepens the existing relationship between LearnLaunch and McGraw-Hill Education. The two organisations have worked together on an informal basis for several years, with McGraw-Hill Education providing guidance and financial support to LearnLaunch.

The partnership represents McGraw-Hill Education's latest investment in digital research and development. The Company estimates that it invested $175 million in digital development and operations in 2015. The partnership is also a product of McGraw-Hill Education's commitment to supporting a culture of learning innovation within the Boston area, where the company opened its digital research and development hub in 2013 and doubled the size of its office in 2014.

Stephen Laster, McGraw-Hill Education's chief digital officer, will speak at the fourth annual LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, which will take place on January 21-22, 2016 in Boston. The conference, which will be sponsored in part by McGraw-Hill Education, will explore how education is moving from digitizing past practice toward more personalized learning through technology.

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Macmillan Learning acquires Roberts & Company Publishers
- 14 Jan 2016

Macmillan Learning has announced the acquisition of Roberts and Company, an independent publisher of higher education textbooks, interactive media, and original monographs in biology, chemistry, engineering and related disciplines.

Ben Roberts, Founder and Publisher of Roberts & Company, will join Macmillan Learning as the Vice President of their STEM team, reporting to Managing Director Susan Winslow.

The deal is expected to close on February 1, 2016.

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American Dairy Science Association announces new sections for the Journal of Dairy Science
- 10 Dec 2015

The American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA®) has announced new sections for its scholarly publication, Journal of Dairy Science®, in its December issue. The changes, which will go into effect beginning with the January 2016 issue of the journal, include moving from four sections to six subsections in dairy foods and six subsections in dairy production to further distinguish content.

Journal of Dairy Science had used the previous sections for a quarter century, but Editor-in-Chief Matt Lucy (University of Missouri) felt those headings had outlived their usefulness, necessitating change.

With the change, the journal Table of Contents will feature subsections for the first time. Dairy Foods, the section that receives the most submissions, will now be subdivided into six, more specific content areas: Processing and Engineering; Chemistry and Materials Science; Microbiology and Safety; Bioactivity and Human Health; Sensory Analysis; and Resources and Environment.

The new dairy production sections in the journal include Physiology; Management and Economics; Health, Behavior, and Well-being; Animal Nutrition; Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics; and Resources and Environment. Our Industry Today will be renamed Dairy Industry Today, but its scope will remain the same.

Despite the changes to the sections of Journal of Dairy Science, the submission process for authors remains familiar. The journal editorial staff has worked hard to create a very specific list of topics expected to be published in each section, which is accessible through the usual submission procedure through ScholarOne.

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Cengage Learning named a finalist for BostInno’s “50 on Fire” Awards
- 12 Nov 2015

Cengage Learning joins innovators and change-makers from across Boston as a finalist for BostInno's "50 on Fire" Awards, which recognize people and organisations at the forefront of progress and change in their industries. BostInno, part of the Streetwise Media group, is a digital media outlet and news source covering innovation in tech, startups, business, finance, higher education and city life.

Cengage Learning recently launched a comprehensive mobile app for its MindTap digital course solution; acquired ed tech company Learning Objects and the ePortfolio solution Pathbrite; and hosted a pitch competition for ed tech startups. In addition, the company continues to collaborate with global partners to address issues relating to STEM education and workforce training.

The '50 on Fire' winners will be announced on December 3rd at BostInno's year-end awards celebration. A panel of judges, comprising industry-specific community leaders and influencers, evaluate and choose the winners.

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Marshall University School of Medicine launches medical journal
- 03 Nov 2015

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has launched its first scholarly medical journal.

The Marshall Journal of Medicine is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal designed to shed light on medical issues and conditions of priority to West Virginians and the Appalachian region. The first issue features submissions from physicians, medical faculty and residents from both Marshall University and West Virginia University. Dr. Darshana Shah, associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development, will serve as the editor-in-chief of the journal.

As an open-access publication, the Marshall Journal of Medicine facilitates online collaboration among researchers and allows them to build on the findings of others without restriction in order to accelerate discovery. The first issue can be viewed at mds.marshall.edu/mjm.

In addition to Shah, members of the journal's editorial board include Dr. James Becker; Dr. James Denvir; Dr. Mehiar El-Hamdani; Dr. Susan L. Flesher; Dr. Suzanne Holroyd; Dr. Aravinda Nanjundappa; Dr. Mohammed Ranavaya; Dr. Nalini Santanam; and Dr. Franklin Shuler.

Anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation, may submit an original article to be considered for publication. Marshall Journal of Medicine accepts scholarly articles, including case studies, original research, review articles and letters to the editor. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers, or DOIs, from the CrossRef organisation to ensure they can always be found. The journal does not charge for submission. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis online at mds.marshall.edu/mjm.

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Nancy Lublin to Board of Directors
- 03 Nov 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has announced the appointment of Nancy Lublin, the CEO of Crisis Text Line, to its board of directors.

On Nov. 1, 2015, Lublin stepped down from her role as CEO of DoSomething.org, the largest organisation for teenagers and social change in the world with more than 2.5 million active users, to become chief executive officer of Crisis Text Line, an organisation that she established in 2013. Crisis Text Line is the first 24/7, free, nationwide text line for teenagers in crisis. Before her work with DoSomething.org and Crisis Text Line, Lublin founded Dress for Success, a global organisation that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Lublin is also an author of the best-selling business book, Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, and has been selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Lublin is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New School, a leading urban university offering some of the nation's most well respected degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, social sciences, liberal arts, management and public policy, and performing arts.

The latest board appointment comes as McGraw-Hill Education continues its transformation as a leader in applying the science of learning to help improve outcomes for students, educators and professionals. In the last few years, McGraw-Hill Education has invested significantly in digital learning solutions to strengthen its offerings and improve teaching and learning. The company has opened R&D centers in Seattle and in Boston's innovation district and has complemented its internal development with select acquisitions, including ALEKS, LearnSmart and Engrade, all of which reflect the continued building of its capabilities in adaptive and personalized learning.

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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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McGraw-Hill Education launches Case Files Collection on AccessMedicine
- 23 Oct 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, has announced the launch of the Case Files® Collection on AccessMedicine®. This is the latest addition to the McGraw-Hill Education suite of comprehensive online resources for medical students, residents, and healthcare professionals. Featuring the complete range of the popular Case Files® series books, the collection delivers close to 1,175 real-life cases spanning the basic biomedical sciences and clinical medicine.

The Case Files Collection is a valuable resource for coursework and clinical rotations and to enhance preparation for shelf exams and the USMLE. Each case includes a complete discussion, clinical pearls and references, definitions of key terms, and USMLE-style review questions with detailed explanations of the correct answers.

AccessMedicine offers Institutions enterprise-wide licensing that enables authorised users to access content anytime and from anywhere – from school, hospital, office or library -- with no limits to the number of users who may access the service simultaneously. The Case Files Collection is one of several add-ons offered via this comprehensive online medical resource. A dedicated customer support team provides subscribing institutions with product training, implementation support, and materials to ensure an optimal user experience.

The AccessMedicine Case Files® Collection is available for a free 30-day trial.

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Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault elected president of the American College of Gastroenterology
- 21 Oct 2015

Dr. Kenneth R. DeVault was elected by the membership as the 2015-2016 president of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), a national specialty association representing more than 13,000 clinical gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases. Dr. DeVault officially took his position as president during the College's Annual Scientific Meeting, held this week in Honolulu.

In this role, Dr. DeVault will direct ACG's programs which include continuing medical education in the clinical, scientific and patient-related skills of gastroenterology, policies involving national and state medical affairs, quality issues and clinical investigation.

Dr. DeVault is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida. He joined the Mayo Clinic Florida as Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1992, subsequently advancing to Professor of Medicine in 2004, and serving as Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 2005 to 2010. He also served as Vice Chair for Quality for Mayo Jacksonville's Department of Internal Medicine from 2007 to 2009.

Publishing extensively since the late 1980s, Dr. DeVault has written over 250 book chapters, abstracts, editorials and original articles on subjects ranging from treatment of GERD, dysphagia, esophagitis, and Barrett's esophagus to laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery and managed care issues in the treatment of GERD. He was named on America's Top Doctors from 2003 to 2014.

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Cengage Learning acquires Learning Objects
- 23 Sep 2015

Cengage Learning, a global education company, has announced the acquisition of Learning Objects, a Washington, D.C.-based education technology company. Learning Objects powers innovative, customised and adaptive online learning programs and courses to higher education institutions through its state-of-the-art learning platform 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 complements Cengage Learning's existing portfolio of award-winning course solutions and enables the company to take advantage of the momentum toward competency-based learning, adaptive learning and open educational resources. In addition, Cengage Learning will be able to offer instructors and institutions a content-agnostic platform with flexible program-level curriculum development and delivery models and a unified learner experience. Cengage Learning will also be able to serve as a preferred technology partner for other publishers seeking new and innovative content delivery solutions.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Cengage Learning named preferred content provider for University of Arkansas System eVersity
- 18 Sep 2015

Global education company Cengage Learning has been named the preferred content provider for the University of ArkansasSystem eVersity. eVersity, the UA System's fully online university offering a flexible, affordable way to earn workforce-relevant degrees, will offer Cengage Learning's award-winning content, access to the Gale Career Transitions database and faculty support to best engage online learners.

Cengage Learning's research-driven, student-focused approach to building learning solutions is designed to increase engagement, critical thinking and, ultimately, success.

The University of Arkansas System eVersity aims to provide high-quality, accessible, affordable, online education relevant to the modern workplace. Faculty from across the University of Arkansas System will develop and deliver rigorous certificate and degree programs that utilize rich data analytics to enhance student success and achievement. The 100 percent-online university is committed to continual improvement of the craft of teaching through practice and scholarship and to serving our public communities by providing timely, interesting and useful educational material in an online setting.

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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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Students using Cengage Learning’s digital course solutions in Calculus to gain access to live Chegg Tutors anytime
- 31 Aug 2015

Chegg, Inc. (CHGG), the Student Hub, and Cengage Learning, a global education company, have announced a partnership to integrate Chegg Tutors directly into Cengage Learning's leading calculus materials. Students using Cengage Learning's digital course solutions in calculus will now have direct access to live, online tutors who can offer assistance in the precise content currently being studied.

Calculus students using Cengage Learning's digital course solutions will receive one hour of free tutoring from Chegg; subsequent tutoring time will be billed at Chegg Tutors' standard rate.

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalised services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience.

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K-12 parents welcome digital learning as a performance-improving and more cost-effective learning experience for their children, says McGraw-Hill survey
- 31 Aug 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has released the results of a survey, according to which, parents of K-12 and college-age students overwhelmingly support digital learning as a means to enhance the classroom learning experience for their children. When asked about digital learning, a resounding 91 percent of K-12 parents said they welcomed the introduction of a more personalised digital experience as an alternative to traditional textbooks.

Parents with children in higher education were also surveyed and they too were found to be strong advocates for the increased use of technology in the classroom. Key findings included: 87% of K-12 and 85% of college parents believe classroom lessons should be personalized to meet each individual student's needs; 78% of college and 73% of K-12 parents believe today's classrooms should focus on adaptive learning rather than 'old school' textbooks; and 88% of Americans surveyed expect ALL K-12 classrooms to be plugged-in by 2025.

The research, commissioned by McGraw-Hill Education and conducted by TNS, a global research firm, fielded a survey to 2,500 American adults over 18 years of age from August 13-16 to gauge perceptions and sentiment around educational technology.

McGraw-Hill Education has a long tradition in the learning sector and in recent years has focused on developing personalised learning programs for students through adaptive technology, which actively tailors learning to the individual and acts as a tutor for the student.

The company has developed a range of adaptive products for K-20 students, which include ALEKS®, LearnSmart® and SmartBook®, together with nearly 1,100 courses available with adaptive technology.

To make it easier for students to try one of McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive courses, the company is now offering college students who purchase a digital offering the option of adding a loose leaf print version of their course content for as low as $15.

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Cengage Learning unveils student-centric app, MindTap Mobile, for on-the-go learning
- 28 Aug 2015

Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, has 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 Cengage Learning's highly successful MindTap e-learning platform directly from their smartphones anytime, anywhere.

Cengage Learning's award-winning MindTap is a fully built course experience that integrates reading, homework, quizzing, multi-media assets and more into engaging, pedagogically sound learning experience for students. Using MindTap Mobile 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 customization and more visibility into individual progress.

Informed by feedback directly from students, MindTap Mobile encompasses features that align with the needs of today's learners. Students can set due date reminders for all of their activities and assignments. They can also receive notifications when due dates change, scores are updated or when their instructor sends them a message. According to Cengage Learning research, messaging and notifications were reported to be valuable tools by 89% of students.

Each chapter in MindTap Mobile comes with pre-loaded flashcards. Students can also easily make additional flashcards of their own and access flashcards their instructor has shared with the class.

Students are able to access pre-built quizzes or generate a self-quiz from any flashcard deck. The quizzing feature is designed to optimise even the smallest pockets of time allowing students to use free time for short but effective study sessions.

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 encompasses features from the MindTap platform that most directly align with the needs of today's students.

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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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Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education sue textbook reseller
- 17 Aug 2015

Three major education publishers - Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education - this week filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against a US-based textbook reseller for allegedly importing and selling 'pirated' foreign editions of popular textbooks.

The suit, filed in Massachusetts federal court, accuses a trio of textbook 'arbitragers' individually and collectively (under the name Information Recyclers) of selling pirated, 'counterfeit' copies of the publishers' 'Authentic Works,' bearing the publishers' trademarks, at least as far back as June 2014. In filings, the publishers claim the defendants 'deliberately evaded legitimate sources' of the books, choosing instead to obtain illegal copies at 'materially' lower prices to maximise their profits in violation of the publishers' 'intellectual property rights.'

The case recalls the 2013 landmark Supreme Court ruling in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, which stemmed from a closely watched case filed by John Wiley and Sons against another textbook arbitrager, Supap Kirtsaeng. In that case, Kirtsaeng, a Thai-born US student was importing and reselling cheaper, English-language foreign editions of Wiley textbooks made exclusively for sale abroad, which Wiley argued was in violation of two provisions of the Copyright Act. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled for Kirtsaeng, however, finding that since he was importing 'legally made' copies, he had a right to resell them.

In this case, however, the publishers are alleging that the copies at issue are not legally made editions, but in fact are cheaply made illegal knockoff copies. Publishers also allege that the defendants all knew or should have known they were trafficking in pirated editions, and were in fact warned by the publishers to stop, but continued their operation.

The publishers are asking for damages, restitution, and injunctive relief as well as 'other and further relief the Court deems proper.'

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City of Liverpool College joins national data centre for education and research
- 04 Aug 2015

City of Liverpool College has become the first further education (FE) provider to move into the UK's dedicated national shared data centre for education and research.

The data centre – which is offered through a framework agreement by digital technologies charity Jisc and specialist data centre provider Infinity SDC – will house the IT infrastructure for a new shared service venture the college is launching to support its core business strategies.

It was selected for offering a resilient service, all via direct connections to the core of Janet, the UK's education and research network. The data centre will also allow the college to achieve significant cost savings by not having to set up and run a whole new data centre themselves, as well as giving them the flexibility to scale up requirements as needed.

City of Liverpool College will use the data centre to launch a new shared service for accelerated transformation of FE organisations, called SharEd. Made up of a portfolio of services – including HR, facilities, finance, IT and management information systems, as well as professional services and consulting – SharEd is designed to free up staff time to concentrate on delivering excellent services for students.

As well as supporting through the data centre, Jisc is actively looking at other ways it can support SharEd and other shared service schemes for the benefit of UK education and research.

Run out of Infinity's flagship data centre in Slough, Jisc's data centre service has the capability to grow to more than 800 racks. In just under a year since launching, the initial data hall dedicated to Jisc customers has reached full capacity, featuring 84 racks with a total power requirement of 732kW, and the charity is now filling its second data hall.

As well as City of Liverpool College current occupiers include University College London (UCL), Kings College London, The Sanger Institute, The Francis Crick Institute, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Brunel University London are among the organisations due to move in over the next three months.

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McGraw-Hill Education announces upgraded editions of SRA Open Court Reading and SRA FLEX Literacy
- 20 Jul 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has announced the expansion of two key language arts and reading programs with significantly upgraded editions of SRA Open Court Reading and SRA FLEX Literacy, to enhance the school curriculum for K-12 reading and language arts.

McGraw-Hill Education's SRA Open Court Reading, a program that advances young students to meet state standard assessments and to become lifelong readers, now offers digital delivery, enhanced professional development options for teachers, and international availability to provide schools with a highly effective early reading curriculum for core instruction. With more than 50 years of proven instructional integrity behind it and offering different versions aligned with Common Core State Standards and state standards, Open Court Reading provides a core reading program that enables instructors to tailor literacy instruction to meet the needs of every K-3 student.

SRA FLEX Literacy is a powerful, flexible, data-driven intensive ELA intervention program that combines the best of computer-based and teacher-led instruction with collaborative learning to provide struggling readers and writers the ability to return to regular classrooms, and provides them with the skills they need for college and career readiness. Released in 2011, McGraw-Hill Education's intervention reading program is designed for students in grades three and above who are reading below their grade level by two or more years. Now implemented at public, charter and private schools nationwide, FLEX Literacy is a blended and personalised learning program that offers Digital, Print and Project experiences together with assessment and progress monitoring to maximise student outcomes by helping instructors precisely tailor instruction to meet the unique needs of every student.

With the newly upgraded version, instructors can support Special Education and Response to Intervention curricula to help students rejoin their regular classrooms.

The new editions of FLEX Literacy and Open Court Reading are available now. Flexible implementation of the programs includes digital-only, or print and digital options to accommodate all school districts in the goal of advancing students toward literacy achievement.

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McGraw-Hill Education acquires equity stake in global mobile language learning platform, busuu
- 16 Jul 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has taken a €6 million (approximately $6.5 million) minority equity stake in busuu, the world's largest social network for language learning with more than 55 million users.

The transaction includes an agreement that will give McGraw-Hill Education exclusive global rights to distribute busuu to B2B customers, including schools, private language institutions and corporations. Additionally, the two companies will explore adding McGraw-Hill Education's industry-leading adaptive learning technology to busuu products.

Founded in 2008, busuu has been adding as many as 100,000 users each day. The product has a strong market presence in Brazil, Russia, China, Turkey, Germany and the US. The company offers free and paid audio-visual language courses for 12 languages and includes direct interaction with native speakers around the world. Approximately two-thirds of busuu's users access the platform via mobile devices.

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KSU to host conference on scientific publishing issues
- 09 Jul 2015

King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in promoting and supporting scientific research in the Kingdom, will host the Saudi international conference on scientific publishing for 2015 to discuss issues and challenges surrounding scientific publishing in the Arab world with specific focus on difficulties faced by Arab researchers to publish in globally recognised journals. The international conference will discuss issues and challenges surrounding scientific publishing in the Arab world with specific focus on indexing and ranking of journals as well as the difficulties faced by Arab researchers.

Scheduled for October 11-13, the conference will assess scientific publishing in the Kingdom and also demonstrate global key performance indicators in this respect. The conference seeks to assess the reality of scientific publishing in the Arab world by studying challenges and obstacles, and finding ways to overcome them; highlighting the tasks of heads and members of editorial boards of scientific journals; reviewing local and international performance indicators for the process of scientific research and publishing; and promoting the culture of outstanding scientific publishing in the region.

According to organisers there was an overwhelming response for research papers for the conference, for which May 13 was the deadline for submission.

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Pearson and Wide Range, Inc announce publishing partnership
- 07 Jul 2015

Learning company Pearson has announced a publishing partnership with Wide Range, Inc. Effective immediately, Pearson will take over all responsibilities for the publication of all Wide Range assessments, including the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (WRAT4); the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Second Edition (WRAML™2); the Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT); and the Wide Range Assessment of Visual Motor Abilities (WRAVMA).

Pearson and Wide Range, Inc., share more than 80 years of history in the assessment field. The addition of Wide Range's clinical assessments to the Pearson family will expand the company's comprehensive portfolio of internationally recognised products and services that assist professionals in improving lives.

Among the products in the Wide Range portfolio at Pearson are: WRAT4: accurately measures the basic academic skills of word reading, sentence comprehension, spelling and math computation; WRAVMA: a tool that provides a reliable, accurate evaluation of visual-motor skills of children and adolescents ages 3-17 years; WRAML2: a standardized instrument that allows the user to evaluate an individual's memory functioning; and WRIT: a highly reliable assessment of cognitive abilities that can be used with individuals ages 4-85 years.

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Echo360 and Cengage Learning extend partnership to provide faculty and students new tools to engage before, during, and beyond class
- 03 Jun 2015

Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, and Echo360 have extended their partnership to combine textbooks and digital instructional materials with advanced student engagement tools for the classroom. The goal of this collaboration is to provide faculty with easy, affordable access to innovative engagement solutions to drive improved student learning outcomes in US universities and colleges.

Under this partnership, faculty using Cengage Learning course materials receive free access to Echo360 student engagement tools. Upon faculty approval, access to Echo360 will also be provided to students, allowing for better engagement with course materials, the ability to ask questions during class in an anonymous and risk-free way, and a means to engage with instructors and peers anytime and from anywhere. In addition, faculty have free access to powerful learner analytics to identify at-risk students and measure learning outcomes.

The Echo360 mobile-enabled platform allows students to participate during class, ask questions in an anonymous and risk-free way, and take notes that are aligned to lectures and other content for easy review; and then collaborate and engage with course materials, instructors, and peers any time and any place. Students can ask anonymous questions and request that the professor revisit complex material that they might be struggling with, all during class.

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McGraw-Hill Education names Sally Shankland as President of its Higher Education group
- 27 May 2015

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has appointed Sally Shankland as president of its Higher Education group. Shankland most recently served as chief executive officer of UBM Americas, a division of UBM plc, where she led the company's transition from print-based publishing to a digital marketing services business. In her new role, Shankland will report to Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education's group president of U.S. education. She starts her new position on June 29 and will be based at McGraw-Hill Education's New York City headquarters.

Shankland's appointment comes as McGraw-Hill Education moves further in its transition from a publisher to a learning science company that delivers personalized experiences to help improve results for students, educators and professionals. Her arrival completes the reorganisation of McGraw-Hill Education's senior leadership team, which began with the decision to place both the company's U.S. K-12 and higher education businesses under the leadership of Peter Cohen in November 2014.

Before her most recent role as chief executive officer of UBM Americas, Shankland served as chief executive officer of UBM Connect. She joined UBM in 1988 and has held successive senior-level positions in marketing, sales and management.

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Cengage Learning earns recognition for marketing excellence from 2015 Hermes Creative Awards
- 20 May 2015

Cengage Learning, a global education company, has been awarded multiple honors by the Hermes Creative Awards for its work on digital, website and email platforms. Cengage Learning was honored for its creative and marketing excellence for both its MindTap personal learning experience and also for work by National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning.

2015 Cengage Learning Hermes Creative Award winners include Platinum Awards: Cengage Learning Corporation Website, National Geographic Learning PreK-12 Digital Catalog and Supporting Tactics; Gold Awards: Cengage Learning MindTap Marketing Website, National Geographic Learning Ladders Email campaign/reading, National Geographic Learning Next Generation Science Brochure; Honorable Mention: National Geographic Learning Superintendent Folder, Career and Technical Education Robotics Email campaign.

The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. In 2015, nearly 6,000 submissions were received for consideration by the prestigious industry awards program. Winners of the Hermes Creative Awards competition are selected by representatives of the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP).

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Catherine J. Mathis as Chief Communications Officer
- 05 May 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning science company, has announced that Catherine J. Mathis has joined the company as chief communications officer. In this role, she will be responsible for conception, design and implementation of corporate communication strategies targeted to critical business, media and education policy-related audiences. Mathis will also lead influencer and stakeholder management efforts aimed at key individuals, investor audiences and organisations relating to the business and future strategies of the company.

Mathis was most recently the senior vice president of marketing and communications for Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, a global financial services company headquartered in New York City. She was also a member of the Standard & Poor's executive committee, and brings a wealth of experience in leading and executing communications strategies for companies in the fields of finance, media and technology. She will be based in New York City.

The appointment of Mathis as chief communications officer comes as McGraw-Hill Education continues its transformation as a leader in applying learning science to help improve outcomes for students, educators and professionals. In the last few years, McGraw-Hill Education has invested significantly in digital research and development to strengthen its offerings and improve teaching and learning. The company has also opened R&D centers in Seattle and in Boston's innovation district. Through the company's acquisition of ALEKS Corporation, purchase of adaptive learning company Area9, and acquisition of instructional improvement platform Engrade, the company is continuing to build its capabilities in adaptive and personalised learning.

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Ken Michaels appoints Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Higher Education and Macmillan New Ventures
- 23 Apr 2015

Publisher Macmillan Higher Education and Macmillan New Ventures have appointed Ken Michaels as the Chief Executive Officer. Currently the Global Chief Operating Officer of Macmillan Science and Education (MSE), Michaels will begin his new job upon the closing of the proposed merger between parts of MSE and Springer Science+Business Media. He will report to John Sargent, Chief Executive Officer of Macmillan Publishers and Executive Board member of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (HPG).

Michaels joined Macmillan in 2013 from Hachette Book Group (HBG), where he was President and COO. Michaels is a former Chairman of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). He previously held senior positions at The McGraw Hill Companies, in operational leadership roles in both the corporate and education groups.

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McGraw-Hill Education adopts open technology to enable building personalised learning experiences
- 09 Apr 2015

McGraw-Hill Education, the learning sciences company, has announced a commitment to open technology standards that will lower barriers to integration and allow anyone to build personalised learning experiences that integrate with the company's technologies. The company announced Microsoft Corporation as its first open technology provider in a collaboration that will enable educators to build their own ‘compound learning objects’ through Microsoft Office Mix and seamlessly integrate them into McGraw-Hill Education's learning platforms. Through this vision, educators, students and developers are able to personalise and enhance McGraw-Hill Education's courseware by creating and combining content that leverages the power of the company's adaptive and analytics platforms.

McGraw-Hill Education's embrace of open learning represents one of the biggest steps yet in the company's transition from a publisher to a learning science company delivering intelligent platforms and services alongside content and results-focused course design. The shift supports the increasing demands of educators and students to combine learning elements from multiple sources to create learning experiences that are distinctive, personalised and improve results.

Open learning environments exist with the expectation that educators and students will integrate, mash-up or extend content to make the learning experience more personal. Open learning systems are better able to meet the diverse needs of learners and also allow for creative experimentation—all while keeping data private and secure.

McGraw-Hill Education will provide analytics to support student achievement and a framework for keeping educators at the center of the learning process. Enabling the company's move toward open is a commitment to the learning technology standards developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit organisation that is one of the leading bodies in setting technology guidelines for the learning community.

The announcement extends McGraw-Hill Education's existing commitment to open standards. The company's Engrade platform currently integrates with over 40 different partners, with some K-12 districts using the platform with content sourced from McGraw-Hill Education and others. In addition, MH Campus relies on open standards to allow educators and students to use McGraw-Hill Education products in conjunction with most major learning management systems in the higher education market.

A key component of McGraw-Hill Education's relationship with Microsoft is the ability of educators to develop compound learning objects through Office Mix, a media-rich extension of Microsoft PowerPoint that is free to the education community, and combine them with McGraw-Hill Education content and technology. A compound learning object is a pedagogically-linked group of reusable digital content and assessment items related to a single learning objective. The components of a learning object are designed to work together to enable students to master learning objectives and supports educators as they assess students' mastery of learning objectives.

McGraw-Hill Education plans to launch this new capability beginning in the fall of 2015 with a library of compound learning object available to educators. Compound learning objects will serve as the basis for all of the company's K-12 products going forward starting next year, with its higher education portfolio soon to follow. McGraw-Hill Education is reorganising its development models around learning objects in order to create smaller chunks of content that can be more easily revised, updated, found, reused and assembled to meet changing needs; to generate data to support analytics-driven instruction and personalised learning; and to increase its ability to build repositories of aggregated content that can be deployed nimbly and efficiently.

McGraw-Hill Education is also working with the New York University's Polytechnic School of Engineering and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to explore the adaptive possibilities around these learning objects, providing an even greater degree of personalisation.

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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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Cengage Learning and Flashnotes.com introduce Cengage Learning Scholar Program
- 26 Mar 2015

In an effort to provide new and more effective ways for students to study and learn, Cengage Learning, a global education company, and Flashnotes.com, an online student-to-student study materials marketplace, announced the Cengage Learning Scholar Program. The preferred seller program enhances peer-to-peer learning and empowers instructors to support better learning outcomes, while allowing scholars to profit from their exceptional note-taking, and other students to find varied ways to learn and understand course concepts.

Instructors using a Cengage Learning product, such as MindTap, the company's personalised digital learning platform, will have the opportunity to recruit one student as a Cengage Learning Scholar within Flashnotes.com. Each selected student will be responsible for posting weekly summaries using notes, study guides, flashcards, video tutorials and/or offering live help on Flashnotes.com. The scholar will set their own price and earn 70% of each sale.

According to the results from a survey issued to participants in a Fall 2014 pilot of the Cengage Learning Scholar Program, 73 percent of Scholars said they were more engaged with the course than they would have been otherwise and half of them reported improved academic performance as a result of participating in the program.

To ensure all study materials posted to Flashnotes.com adhere to a high standard of originality, the company has instituted a rigorous internal review process and also employs plagiarism detection software. Flashnotes.com is in full compliance with all DMCA guidelines and has a zero tolerance policy for any exams or homework posted to the site.

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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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Former U.S. Representative George Miller joins Cengage Learning as senior education advisor
- 12 Mar 2015

Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen has announced the appointment of former U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA) as senior education advisor. In this role, Miller will provide strategic counsel to company executives on a wide range of issues, including public policy and business strategy. Miller will have offices in Cengage Learning's West Coast hub in San Francisco and in Washington.

Hansen added that his new role represents an evolutionary step in Cengage Learning's journey from publisher to digital ed tech innovator.

A long time champion of issues impacting education, working families and the environment, Miller represented California's 11th Congressional district from 1975-2014, which encompasses the East Bay of San Francisco and the majority of Contra Costa County. He was one of the longest-serving members of Congress in history and helped create landmark legislation, including the No Child Left Behind Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Affordable Care Act.

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More than 80 percent of students use mobile technology to study, says new McGraw-Hill Education report
- 11 Mar 2015

Mobile use among students was on the rise from 2013 to 2014, according to new research released by McGraw-Hill Education. The second annual report, 'The Impact of Technology on College Student Study Habits,' conducted by McGraw-Hill Education and Hanover Research, found that 81 percent of students use mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) to study, the second most popular device category behind laptops and up 40 percent year over year. Of the different types of learning technologies available, students found that adaptive learning technologies were the most effective, with 85 percent indicating a moderate or major improvement in grades.

According to the survey of roughly 1,700 college students across the US, technology plays an integral role in their collegiate experiences. Mobile is becoming a must-have with 66 percent of students indicating that it is moderately to extremely important for them to be able to study on a mobile device.

Technology adoption for higher education is growing rapidly, due in large part to the positive impact on students. The report found that technology can lead to better grades with 77 percent of students saying study technology has positively impacted their grades. Tech also saves students time with 48 percent of students saying technology saves them time while studying; of this group, 77 percent indicated technology saves them two to five hours per week or more.

When it comes to providing high-quality education technology solutions for students, personalization matters. Seventy-two percent of students agreed that study technology should feel as tailored as social media feeds, and 79 percent of students agreed study technology should be more individualized. Additionally, students said technology helps them feel better prepared for classes (62 percent) and have more confidence in their knowledge of course material (52 percent).

Other findings from the report offer insight into a student's perception of college readiness and sentiment about their financial futures. More than half of students (51 percent) said that college is harder than they expected, while 57 percent indicated that the cost of tuition is the most difficult part about college. Eighty-nine percent of students agreed that without student loans, they would not be able to afford college, and 77 percent said they are worried that they will feel trapped by student loan payments after graduation.

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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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Cengage Learning’s Questia adds content from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s CliffsNotes to its online collection
- 09 Mar 2015

Questia, part of Cengage Learning, has announced the addition of content from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's CliffsNotes to its vast online collection of copyrighted scholarly books, academic journals and research periodicals. This integration provides more extensive research options for college students, adding to the already expansive Questia digital library of resources. CliffsNotes provide students with a supplementary way to understand commonly studied literary works, authors and topics. The integration will start with 275 guides, and progressively expand to more than 300 in the coming months.

Complementing the Questia library of 83,000 books and 10 million articles, CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, providing authenticity and a basic understanding of often complex works of literature. In addition to printed study guides, CliffsNotes also provide students with guides for test prep, mobile access using iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and free online articles focusing on writing, grammar, foreign languages, math, sciences, accounting, government, and history.

CliffsNotes have been added to Questia's suite of online tools which include research resources and tutorials. A new writing center includes a 9-step writing guide, and provides the tools necessary to help students choose a topic, build an outline and craft a thesis. Questia subscribers can access the CliffsNotes resources via the Library section of Questia's homepage located at www.questia.com.

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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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AstraZeneca licences Labguru Research and Lab Management Software
- 18 Feb 2015

BioData, producer of Labguru, the web-based research and lab management system, has announced that the Innovative Medicines unit of global pharmaceutical business, AstraZeneca, has adopted the Labguru platform for the global management of biological reagents used in pre-clinical research.

Scientists will use the Labguru platform across multiple AstraZeneca sites in North America and Europe, replacing and consolidating several legacy systems spanning several scientific disciplines. Its modular web-based system offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections and materials, as well as streamlining collaboration between members of the lab and between institutions.

A Digital Science portfolio company, BioData's services benefit individual researchers at the bench, and also enhance collaboration and knowledge management across research teams and institutions. Labguru's order management, equipment sharing, and storage mapping features reduce costs and streamline administrative tasks.

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LearnLaunch and Cengage Learning to inspire edtech innovation through expanded partnership in key growth area
- 13 Feb 2015

Cengage Learning, a global education company, will bring LearnLaunch Accelerator, a leading edtech startup program, to Latin America via Cengage Learning's Laboratorio de Innovacion en Experiencias de Aprendizaje (LINNEA). Located in Chihuahua, Mexico, LINNEA is an innovation lab established by Cengage Learning, National Geographic Learning and The Universidad de Autonoma de Chihuahua with numerous projects underway to explore education and new ways to engage learners.

Cengage Learning is committed to providing mentoring, networking and event support to LearnLaunch Accelerator entrepreneurs in Mexico and Latin America, building on its relationships and reputation in the region.

LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting and growing the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. It offers a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the education technology sector in greater Boston, a world education hub.

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Dr. Heath Morrison as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
- 03 Feb 2015

Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education has announced that Dr. Heath Morrison will be joining the company as senior vice president of government affairs. In this role, he will be responsible for representing the company's government-related opportunities before federal and state legislators and regulators and representatives of local school districts. Morrison's team will also serve as advocates for McGraw-Hill Education on policy issues affecting the company and its industry.

Morrison began his career as a social studies teacher in Virginia and Maryland and quickly moved into administration, becoming principal of both a middle and high school as well as a Community Superintendent in Montgomery County, MD. In 2009, he was selected to serve as Superintendent of Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada, and has most recently served as Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Under his leadership, both school districts saw rapid gains in state test scores, graduation rates, and participation and performance in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. In 2011, Morrison was named Nevada Superintendent of the Year, and in 2012, he became AASA's National Superintendent of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning and a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Maryland.

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Applications invited for CSA Trust Grant for 2015
- 29 Jan 2015

The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust, an internationally recognised organisation established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research, has created a unique Grant Program and is now inviting the submission of grant applications for 2015.

The Grant Program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. One or more Grants will be awarded annually up to a total combined maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognise the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications. While the primary focus of the Grant Program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the Trust.

Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; e.g. for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one's area of research, to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one's research.

Applications must include a letter that details the work upon which the Grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant; the amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used (e.g. cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc.). The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust's objectives and the clarity of this statement are essential in the evaluation of the application; a brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications; and two reference letters in support of the application.

Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application. Three copies of the complete application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee. These should be forwarded to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at chescot@aol.com.

Deadline for applications for the 2015 Grant is March 13, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2nd of the relevant year.

Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch partnership to accelerate technology start-ups
- 12 Jan 2015

Education company Cengage Learning and LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to expanding Boston's edtech ecosystem, have announced a partnership to boost the Boston edtech community.

Recognising Boston as a center for both excellent education and technology innovation, Cengage Learning has made a commitment to participate in LearnLaunch's Accelerator program, which identifies edtech start-ups and provides them with mentoring opportunities to help them grow.

In connection with the strategic relationship with LearnLaunch, Cengage Learning will be making an investment in LearnLaunch Accelerator, Boston's edtech accelerator. Through this investment, Cengage Learning will actively promote and support educational technology entrepreneurship and emerging educational innovations in the Greater Boston area.

Cengage Learning is the platinum sponsor for the upcoming LearnLaunch Annual Conference http://learnlaunch.org/2015conference and George Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning, will be speaking at the event.

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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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McGraw-Hill Professional eBook Library now available via YBP Library Services GOBI-3 platform
- 07 Oct 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional (MHP), a division of McGraw-Hill Education, is partnering with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, to make its eBook Library collections available through GOBI3. This will enable librarians to integrate MHP's eBook Library collections into their existing selection processes and/or approval plans.

GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) is an intuitive online interface relied upon worldwide by academic, research and special libraries. It provides access to more than 10 million titles, including 700,000 digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers.

The MHP eBook Library is one of the premier eBook collections available today. Focusing on business, education, computing and medical titles, it offers libraries the opportunity to expand their collections at lower cost without having to add physical shelf space. YBP will offer MHP's eBook Library, comprised of over 1700 titles, through GOBI3 via subject specific collections and clusters.

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Austin Community College and McGraw-Hill Education unveil world's largest adaptive
- 01 Oct 2014

McGraw-Hill Education and Austin Community College unveiled the world's largest "math emporium," a 600-seat lab that has the capacity to serve half of the district's over 41,000 credit students in developmental math at the 2014 annual EDUCAUSE conference. Known as the ACCelerator, the emporium is contained within a state-of-the art learning center built on the former site of Austin's Highland Mall, in a 200,000 square foot space previously occupied by J.C. Penney. The ACCelerator is powered by McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive math program, ALEKS®.

The emporium model for math education – sometimes called the "solution to the math problem" – reimagines how colleges approach developmental math education. While college freshmen who arrived unprepared for college-level math would historically have been required to complete extensive developmental math courses before moving on to credit-bearing coursework, the new emporium model allows each student to more efficiently and effectively address his or her specific knowledge deficiencies, ultimately allowing for a faster route to higher-level courses.

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 individualized learning needs. The solution is designed to be highly flexible for students and schools with varied technology capabilities.

ALEKS, which is already being used in colleges throughout the country, has been demonstrated to significantly improve math readiness and retention. In recent findings from the University of Northern Iowa, ALEKS was shown to increase retention among at-risk mathematics students from 40 percent to 75 percent in some courses.

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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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Walters State Community College partners with McGraw-Hill Education to provide all-digital learning experience to undergraduate biology students
- 29 Aug 2014

Walters State Community College has teamed with McGraw-Hill Education to offer an all-digital course experience designed to engage and drive the performance of its biology students. As part of the collaboration, students taking biology courses will receive their course resources, including content and assessment, through McGraw-Hill Connect and LearnSmart, McGraw-Hill Education's digital teaching and learning platform and adaptive learning technology for higher education.

Beginning this fall, all teaching and learning solutions can be delivered onto the students' mobile devices. The large-scale shift to digital will provide Walters State students with access to innovative learning technology on their mobile devices that they access anywhere, anytime and at an affordable price. For students with limited wireless access, there are offline options.

For the past three years Walters State has been involved in their mEngage mobile learning initiative. As evidence of the success of the initiative Walters State has twice been named an Apple Distinguished program. With the mEngage initiative, Walters State is focused on student engagement, access, and improvements in student performance. To help Walters State achieve their goals, McGraw-Hill Education will provide the teaching and learning platform, Connect, with several integrated McGraw-Hill Education adaptive technologies.

The science students will have SmartBook, an adaptive reading experience, as well as LearnSmart Labs and Anatomy & Physiology Revealed for science lab work. All of the teaching and learning materials are seamlessly integrated into Walters State's learning management system, desire2learn, and may be loaded onto the students' mobile devices. The assignments will be aligned with established course SLOs and the division will employ analytics from McGraw-Hill Education's Connect Insight to aggregate formative assessment evidence for accreditation.

Walters State sought McGraw-Hill Education's digital solutions because of their established track record of improving student performance and retention. In an effectiveness study released in 2013, McGraw-Hill Education demonstrated that on average, instructors using Connect reduced their grading time by 77 percent. Another study revealed that LearnSmart's adaptive technology dramatically improves student retention rates (+10 percentage points) and pass rates (+11.5 percentage points).

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Students in Florida’s largest districts to use Cengage Learning’s NGL reading and language arts programs
- 27 Aug 2014

Nearly 100,000 middle and high school students in Florida will use learning materials from National Geographic Learning (NGL) when they return to school this Fall. The state's three largest school districts – Miami-Dade, Broward County and Hillsborough County – and nine other districts in the state, have adopted NGL's Inside and/or Edge reading and language arts programs.

The Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough County school districts have adopted both the Inside and Edge programs for the 2014-2015 school year. Inside and Edge are core reading and language arts programs designed for readers in grades 6-8 and 9-12, respectively. Inside is designed to help students achieve success on the Language Arts Florida Standards, while Edge was created to help prepare students for college and career success using National Geographic content and authentic, multicultural literature.

NGL is an exclusive partnership between Cengage Learning and the National Geographic Society. The company believes that learning can be exciting, inspiring and transformational when students are engaged with their course materials. Many NGL products draw on the real-world accounts of National Geographic explorers, scientists, writers and photographers.

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Pearson partners with American Health Information Management Association to increase access to online educational opportunities for HIM professionals
- 26 Aug 2014

Learning company Pearson has announced a partnership with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to increase access to online educational opportunities for health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA is the premier association of health information management professionals worldwide. Serving more than 71,000 members, it is recognised as the leading source of ‘HIM knowledge,' a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.

Through the partnership, Pearson will work with AHIMA to expand its online education offerings by providing consulting and course development services, learning technology, and access to nearly 200 online, self-paced courses, beginning in October 2014. Courses will focus on areas such as leadership, medical billing and coding, privacy and security, project management, and business.

Pearson will also revise and re-launch AHIMA's Virtual Lab, an Internet-based, practical, and participative HIM and health information technology (HIT) work environment that features multiple software applications and corresponding lessons. Launched in 2006, the Virtual Lab has more than 200 subscribing colleges and universities.

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Direct Textbook revamps app to slash textbook costs by up to 90 percent
- 21 Aug 2014

Direct Textbook has announced the release of its revamped mobile app, which lets college students instantly compare textbook prices from hundreds of online stores. The new version of the Direct Textbook app introduces a barcode scanner that makes it easier than ever for students to find the lowest textbook prices and save an average of 50 percent – and up to 90 percent – on textbook costs. The free app runs on both iOS and Android platforms, available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.

The Direct Textbook app turns smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices into textbook barcode scanners; users can either scan the barcode of the textbook they need or manually enter its ISBN number into the app. The app searches more than 200 online bookstores and 10,000 libraries to compare prices for new, used, ebook, rental, teacher and international textbook editions. The app also displays shipping information, available discounts and coupons in order to rank textbook deals by their total prices. If a student likes an offer, they can complete the purchase on the seller's website.

The Direct Textbook app mirrors the Direct Textbook website, which since 2002 has been trusted by more than 20 million parents and students to slash college textbook fees. The app brings the power of DirectTextbook.com to mobile devices so students can compare and purchase textbooks at the lowest prices from anywhere, anytime.

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Cengage Learning recognized for technology innovation as 2014 Ebbies Awards finalist
- 19 Aug 2014

Honored for its role as an innovator among Bay Area technology leaders, Cengage Learning was named as a finalist in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Excellence in Business Awards (Ebbies) for MindTap, an immersive learning platform that's being rolled out in more than 750 college campuses across the country this fall. The company was distinguished in the "Comcast Innovation through Technology" category, where finalists are chosen based on the implementation of new technology and the impact on its business and the community it serves.

MindTap is a cloud-based learning environment that makes it possible for students to learn from anywhere 24/7 using their preferred mobile device.

The 2014 Ebbies Awards winners will be announced during the Excellence in Business Awards Gala, on October 1st in San Francisco, CA.

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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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American Society of Anesthesiologists selects Silverchair for new Anesthesiology journal site
- 30 May 2014

Silverchair Information Systems (Silverchair) has announced that it has been selected by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) to develop and host the member-focused site for its flagship Anesthesiology journal on Silverchair's SCM6 online publishing and product development platform.

Anesthesiology will be deployed utilising the SCM6 platform's mobile-first responsive web design front-end architecture ensuring users of optimum readability and usability across the full range of devices and screen sizes - from smartphones and tablets to desktop computer monitors.

Anesthesiology, founded in 1940, claims to lead the world in publication of peer-reviewed novel research that transforms clinical practice and fundamental understanding in anesthesiology: the practice of perioperative, critical care, and pain medicine.

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Cengage Learning wins 2014 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Use of Video to Support Student Learning
- 16 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 that its Health Care Career Exploration Learning Lab has received the 2014 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award for Best Use of Video to Support Student Learning. The CODiE awards remain the only peer-recognised program in the content, education and software industries and indicate market validation for innovation, vision and overall industry impact.

An SIIA CODiE Award win for educational technology companies is an especially prestigious honour, as each award winner has been selected by a combination of educators and SIIA member-company peers. The Best Use of Video to Support Student Learning category recognises the best video tools specifically designed for PK-12 or postsecondary educational settings.

Health Care Career Exploration Learning Lab is an online tool that allows learners to explore a range of healthcare careers by interacting with a dramatic movie depicting the rescue, recovery and rehabilitation of a car crash victim. The tool allows students learn about the healthcare professionals who provide care to patients, from the car crash scene through the emergency and operating rooms, intensive care unit, medical surgical floor, and even into rehab and home care settings. Students can build a personalised library of interesting careers as they interact with the movie and characters, which they can share with an instructor.

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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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eLibrary from ProQuest updated for today’s multi-tasker and mobile learner
- 05 May 2014

Students using eLibrary® from ProQuest® can now benefit from several recent enhancements to this online resource, making it easier to conduct research and to complete school assignments. The new mobile web edition of eLibrary is now available and enables access from smart phones and hand-held devices, to one of the largest general reference collections of periodicals and digital media content.

Mobile optimized for a variety of devices, students will find answers they need searching content from eight different media types, including more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcript titles, and a collection exceeding seven million maps, pictures, web links, and audio/video files.

Responding to the broad spectrum of student learning behaviours, eLibrary now includes text-to-speech functionality from ReadSpeaker at the document level for all text formats, so that students can better understand and complete their assignments, while online or on-the-go. Additionally, direct export to EasyBib makes citation export effortless, providing students more time to focus on higher value steps in the research process.

Highly regarded by educators and librarians, eLibrary delivers multimedia and full-text reference essentials for study and research across all core and supplemental curricula subjects, and provides a user experience which appeals to a broad range of students. Educators can browse resources aligned with curriculum standards, define reading levels and text complexity, and promote critical thinking and information literacy.

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Cengage Learning moves corporate headquarters to Boston
- 15 Apr 2014

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning has named its Boston, MA office as the new corporate headquarters for its global business. In an unprecedented move, the company is establishing its central operations in the Channel Center, located in Boston's Innovation District. More than 500 positions will be permanently located in the Boston headquarters while Cengage Learning continues to maintain operations in more than 20 countries around the world and many locations in the United States.

Home to some of the nation's leading publishers and world-class companies immersed in the education technology space, Boston is quickly establishing itself as the leader in EdTech. The city offers the nation's strongest network of colleges and universities in addition to a vibrant startup culture and strong network of investors interested in EdTech, making it an ideal backdrop for Cengage Learning.

With a new headquarters in the Innovation District, Cengage Learning will continue to place an increased emphasis on the research and development of new digital products for the higher education, K–12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company is making a marked shift in focus towards students in the development process and it seeks to put student workflow and faculty needs at the center of every product it builds, ultimately accelerating student engagement and transforming the learning experience. In Boston, surrounded by teachers, learners and educational institutions, Cengage Learning will be even more well-equipped to understand its end-users and keep a pulse on the rapidly evolving education landscape.

Cengage Learning is currently looking to add approximately 50 full-time positions to its staff in Boston. The company will also look to support local vendors and community organisations. Cengage Learning encourages its executives and employees to contribute as active members of the communities in which they reside through paid volunteer days and a company-match charitable giving program.

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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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McGraw-Hill Professional partners with 3M Cloud Library to expand availability of eBook collection to public and school library customers
- 25 Mar 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional, a division of McGraw-Hill Education, is expanding availability of its eBook collection to public and school library customers through a new partnership with the 3M Cloud Library.

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, Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett, 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.

McGraw-Hill Professional eBooks will be available to all public and school library customers through the 3M Cloud Library, a turnkey system of digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading. Thousands of patrons have now discovered the ease of browsing, checking out and reading eBooks on their own devices or on a 3M eReader checked out from the library. This flexible solution allows patrons to check out or buy materials and read on the device of their choice - at home or on the go.

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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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Pearson and Microsoft Press announce publishing distribution agreement
- 12 Mar 2014

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has been selected by Microsoft as the official distributor of Microsoft Press products. Pearson has entered into an agreement, effective, April 1, 2014, to distribute print and digital Microsoft Press products globally. Pearson Technology Group (PTG), which consists of leading technology publishers and brands of Pearson, will manage the relationship.

This most recent announcement adds Microsoft Press to a list of respected technology companies which have partnered with Pearson to deliver learning resources around the world. Microsoft Press will benefit from the established retailer relationships Pearson maintains both nationally and internationally, as well as translation rights and licensing programs in place.

Additionally, Pearson and Microsoft Press will jointly create microsoftpressstore.com, also launching in April.

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McGraw-Hill Education and StudySync announce marketing and distribution partnership
- 06 Mar 2014

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, and StudySync have announced an exclusive marketing and distribution partnership. The deal is to combine StudySync's dynamic digital content and platform for English Language Arts with McGraw-Hill Education's acclaimed instructional resources and sales expertise.

As part of the agreement, McGraw-Hill Education will distribute the award-winning StudySync literacy program for Grades 6-12, and the two companies will collaborate to develop new digital products and services for the U.S. educational market.

StudySync, powered by BookheadEd Learning LLC, is a cross-curricular platform built from the Common Core State Standards that brings together centuries of fiction and nonfiction texts with video and other multimedia elements to advance students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. StudySync – an anywhere, anytime, any device experience – offers literacy instruction, interdisciplinary collaboration, peer-to-peer review and assessment that is searchable by genre, theme, grade and Lexile® level.

The StudySync solution also includes weekly "Blasts" and offers a proprietary online peer-to-peer review process. Blasts are short answer writing assignments around significant current events that serve as the basis for students' engaging in meaningful discussions with peers across the globe. In addition to authentic text-based lessons, Blasts, and peer review, StudySync includes an award-winning library of more than 120 broadcast-quality SyncTV episodes that model study group collaboration and analysis of a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction works.

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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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Cengage Learning announces new appointments
- 28 Feb 2014

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning has announced four strategic hires to support its future as a global leader in education. Additions to Cengage include Fernando Bleichmar, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Torsten Geers, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and M&A; Susan Aspey, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; and Josef Blumenfeld, Senior Vice resident of Corporate Affairs.

Fernando Bleichmar, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, serving on the Executive Team and reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the continuing evolution of Cengage Learning’s strategy. In addition, he oversees the company’s corporate development and competitive intelligence functions. Prior to joining Cengage Learning, Fernando served as Chief Operating Officer at Altisource Technology Services and as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Elsevier Health Sciences.

Torsten Geers, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and M&A, will lead the company’s corporate development activities, including mergers & acquisition, divestitures, alliances and other key strategic development initiatives. Torsten brings extensive relevant background in the global enterprise software and information services industries. He most recently served as COO of Kura MD, Inc., an emerging telemedicine technology company as well as Co-Founder of IPQ Analytics, LLC, a life sciences focused software analytics company.

Susan Aspey, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, will be responsible for developing strategies, programs, and partnerships that will enhance Cengage’s position as a thought leader in education and will support more effective communication with key stakeholders who are focused on improving education. Susan most recently held the position of Vice President, Media Relations for Pearson’s North American group.

Josef Blumenfeld, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, is responsible for all media relations and external communications and messaging for the company. Joe has more than 20 years of global media relations experience and he joins Cengage most recently from his position as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications/Corporate Affairs at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) in Boston.

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McGraw-Hill Education acquires Area9
- 07 Feb 2014

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has acquired Area9 Aps, an adaptive learning company, which the company has partnered with to deliver personalised learning experiences through technology since 2007. In January 2013, McGraw-Hill Education purchased a 20 percent equity stake in Area9. The latest agreement covers the 80 percent of the equity in Area9 that McGraw-Hill Education did not already own. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition marks the culmination of a longstanding relationship between the two companies and solidifies McGraw-Hill Education's position as the leader in adaptive learning, a method of education that helps drive student performance by making learning more personalised and efficient. McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, the result of the first collaboration between McGraw-Hill Education and Area9, immediately became the leading adaptive study tool in higher education upon its release in 2009. At the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013, McGraw-Hill Education expanded the number of products built on the LearnSmart technology with the release of the LearnSmart Advantage™ suite of adaptive learning products, which included SmartBook™, the first-ever adaptive e-book for higher education.

Area9 is the second major acquisition that McGraw-Hill Education has recently made in the area of adaptive learning. In 2013, McGraw-Hill Education acquired the ALEKS Corporation, a developer of adaptive learning technology for K-12 and higher education targeted toward the subjects of math and chemistry.

The LearnSmart Advantage suite of adaptive learning products continually assesses students' knowledge and skill levels to design personalised study paths that help students improve 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, McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive solutions have been shown to help students study more efficiently, develop greater proficiency, and earn better grades.

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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 appoints David Levin as Chief Executive Officer
- 15 Jan 2014

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the appointment of David Levin as the company's president and chief executive officer. Levin is currently the chief executive of UBM, a multinational media company headquartered in London, and brings a wealth of experience in leading public and private companies in the fields of media and technology.

He will be based in New York City and succeed Lloyd G. "Buzz" Waterhouse, who joined McGraw-Hill Education as its president and CEO in June 2012 and who recently announced his retirement. Waterhouse will remain with the company until Levin begins his tenure in April 2014 and will remain on the company's board of directors after he steps down as CEO.

The appointment of Levin as CEO comes as McGraw-Hill Education continues its transformation as a leader in digital learning and growth as a standalone, global company. In March 2013, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) purchased McGraw-Hill Education from The McGraw-Hill Companies (now McGraw Hill Financial).

Over his nearly nine years leading UBM, Levin reoriented the company's business mix toward emerging markets while growing its US revenues. He also shifted UBM's business models away from print and toward live events and online communities and renewed the company's culture, fostering an open, collaborative and social environment. Under his leadership, UBM realigned its portfolio through more than 100 acquisitions.

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Cengage Learning partners with Knewton to implement adaptive learning technology
- 09 Jan 2014

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning has announced a partnership with adaptive learning company, Knewton. Through this agreement, Cengage Learning will implement Knewton's application programming interface (API) into select higher education products to provide personalized learning pathways for students and predictive analytics for instructors. Expected to launch in Fall 2015, the technology will be integrated into Cengage Learning's digital MindTap platform for products in Management and Sociology disciplines.

As students complete assignments within Cengage Learning's MindTap platform, Knewton's technology will analyse their data to determine what concepts they have learned and recommend next steps for optimal learning. Professors, in turn, will receive real-time analytics to detect gaps in knowledge and can then differentiate instruction accordingly.

Cengage Learning joins a growing list of top global publishers, universities, and schools partnering with Knewton to personalise digital courses.

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McGraw-Hill Education announces participation at 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show
- 08 Jan 2014

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced its participation at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where company executives will discuss how digital innovation continues to improve the education industry and provide an update on the state of adaptive learning technology in today's classrooms. At the show, the company will debut a new user interface for SmartBook, the first adaptive reading experience for higher education, which was launched at CES last year along with the broader LearnSmart Advantage adaptive learning suite.

McGraw-Hill Education will also highlight its adaptive study tool, LearnSmart, which recently surpassed 3 million users as the market-leading adaptive learning tool in higher education. McGraw-Hill Education developed SmartBook and LearnSmart in conjunction with Denmark-based adaptive learning company Area9.

Stephen Laster, chief digital officer at McGraw-Hill Education, and Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, will also join other thought leaders at TransformingEDU, the education conference and exhibition at CES, to share thoughts on digital courseware, personalised and adaptive learning, and what the future holds for education technology.

The event is scheduled for January 9, 9:50 a.m. at Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N256.

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Cengage Learning seeking $2 billion in bankruptcy exit loans
- 06 Jan 2014

College textbook publisher Cengage Learning is seeking as much as $2 billion in loans to exit bankruptcy. Earlier in July 2013, the publisher had agreed with lenders to restructure $5.8 billion of debt.

According to a December 27 court filing, the financing would consist of a $250 million revolving line of credit and a term loan between $1.5 billion and $1.75 billion. A hearing will take place on January 9 at 11 a.m. New York time.

Cengage, which was seeking to eliminate more than $4 billion of its debt burden, is seeking the exit financing six months after it obtained Chapter 11 protection. Apax Partners LLP and Omers Capital Partners bought Stamford, Connecticut-based Cengage in 2007 from Thomson Reuters Corp. for $7.75 billion. The acquisition was partially funded with $5.6 billion in borrowings.

The arrangers of the proposed loan financing include Credit Suisse Group AG, Citigroup Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Morgan Stanley and KKR Capital Markets LLC, KKR & Co.'s financing arm, according to the court filing. If the debtors are unable to secure the loan financing, they will seek secured bonds.

A confirmation hearing is scheduled for February 24. The company is targeting a March 2014 exit date.

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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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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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Cengage Learning and Southwestern College Professional Studies partner to provide and develop online courses and curriculum
- 19 Nov 2013

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning has announced a two-year partnership with Southwestern College Professional Studies in Kansas to provide Course360 general education online courses and to develop custom curriculum for new online courses. Course360 provides a flexible online course solution for Southwestern that uses the expertise of leading subject matter experts and the resources of Cengage Learning to design and customise every aspect of an online course, making it unique to the institution.

Through this new partnership, Southwestern College Professional Studies will adopt 32 Course360 courses for their online general education classes over the next two years. All courses will be accessible via Southwestern College's LMS, Blackboard.

Additionally, Cengage Learning will work with Southwestern College Professional Studies to develop five new online courses that are tailored to their specific needs. The custom curriculum for each of the five courses will include instructor resources; a syllabus with course descriptions, outcomes and readings; graded and non-graded activities; lessons that match course and learning objectives; and assessments, among other features. After courses have been designed and implemented, Cengage Learning will continue to provide valuable training, advice and other services for faculty at Southwestern College Professional Studies.

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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 and University of Pennsylvania collaborate to invest in education technology startup, Incubator
- 31 Oct 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced an investment in the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a $2.1 million hybrid incubator and seed fund that was launched in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and designed specifically to nurture, support and increase the success rate of early-stage education startups and related business ventures.

As part of its investment, McGraw-Hill Education will offer four to six startups in year one financial capital, consultation and valuable insight into current market demands. These startups were previously selected as finalists in the Milken Family Foundation and Penn GSE-sponsored business plan competition.

This partnership aligns with McGraw-Hill Education's philosophy that startups encourage innovation and competition in the industry and help push the business of education forward. Over the course of six years, McGraw-Hill Education – which will now have access to early-stage companies doing innovative work in education technology – will provide funding, continuous mentorship and strategic counsel to these startups in the EDSi ecosystem.

Led by chief executive officer Brien Walton, EDSi provides a six-month long program aiming to bridge educational technology, best practices in business management and education research across a dynamic and high-powered ecosystem. Each month, participants in EDSi's immersive program will engage in a weeklong intensive training session and then collaborate online for the remaining three weeks, via EDSi's custom learning management system. Entrepreneurs receive extensive financial, legal, marketing and technology advice from Penn GSE's faculty and investors like McGraw-Hill Education.

In the last year, McGraw-Hill Education has invested $130 million in digital research and development to strengthen its offerings and improve teaching and learning. Through the company's most recent acquisitions of ALEKS and Key Curriculum, an equity stake in Area9, as well as a partnership with Israel-based Time To Know, the company is working to grow and further develop the type of engaging, personalized experiences that are a central element in the future of education.

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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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McGraw-Hill Education and Magna Publications collaborate to launch LMS-ready professional development tool, Magna Campus
- 10 Oct 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the launch of Magna Campus, the first professional development product created through the collaboration between Magna Publications and the McGraw-Hill Learning Institute, the company's professional development unit designed to help faculty navigate new and emerging educational technologies.

It has been observed that Professional development in the higher education industry is becoming increasingly important as shifts in student demographics, pedagogy and classroom technology usage mean that faculty require a new generation of training tools. McGraw-Hill Education launched Magna Campus to help educators respond effectively to these challenges.

Magna Campus comprises more than 4,000 resources including research-based white papers, interactive seminars, and timely newsletters created and delivered by thought leaders and experts in the field of faculty professional development. Available 'on demand,' topics provide deep coverage of subjects such as student engagement, collaboration, and even compliance-related issues. Faculty can access Magna Campus through MH Campus, a unique web portal that seamlessly integrates with all major learning management systems (LMSs) on campuses nationwide, or through an institution's own LMS system, allowing for easy, immediate access to the teaching and learning development resources they need, when they need them.

Also available through MH Campus is the 2014 Introduction to Teaching Resource Package, a series of all-in-one resource packages that help faculty development directors and department deans support new and returning instructors in both online and face-to-face classes. These resource packages are topically based and geared not only toward new faculty, but also to experienced faculty, with more extensive white papers and seminars. Full campus or departmental annual licenses are now available for both Magna Campus and the 2014 Introduction to Teaching Resource Package.

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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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Pearson and Denver Learning Institute partner to deliver online continuing education to business professionals
- 27 Sep 2013

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has partnered with the Denver Learning Institute (DLI), launched in June by Bridgepoint Education, to create continuing education courses needed by business people and working specialists who seek the knowledge necessary to complete national certification exams in information technology, business, project management and healthcare.

Pearson is working closely with DLI to develop high quality, Pearson Workforce Education self-paced online courses that improve learning outcomes. DLI's courses are being hosted within the Pearson LearningStudio learning management system. Using real-time labour market data from Burning Glass, which analyses job postings from more than 25,000 websites, DLI is able to determine what courses and certifications are needed in the marketplace. DLI is supplying essential training and knowledge for professionals who need to be certified in advanced fields, such as Project Management Professional (PMP), CompTIA and Six Sigma, using a convenient and flexible online delivery model, powered by Pearson, that enables students to sign up and start taking courses immediately.

DLI already offers 17 online prep certification courses that include Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt, Java Associate, CompTIA, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and more. DLI courses are approved in states such as California, Colorado, New Jersey, Florida, and more. A complete list of available classes can be found on DLI's website, DenverLearning.com.

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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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Cengage Learning partners with Ivy Tech Corporate College to deliver online courses
- 19 Sep 2013

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning, Inc., US, has announced a strategic agreement with Ivy Tech Corporate College to expand educational opportunities available online.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cengage Learning will provide Ivy Tech with technology, program and marketing support in order to accelerate online non-credit enrollments, and provide opportunities for students to access a broad range of online courses through its online learning division, ed2go.

Ivy Tech, the first partner in ed2go's new Premiere Partner Program, will gain student access to a robust catalogue containing a broad complement of online courses, training programs and instructional services. Anytime/anywhere access to these solutions and services is critical to the success of the program and Cengage Learning's full ed2go catalogue of online non-credit courses will be available 24/7, remotely for enrolled students.

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WebAssign and Cengage Learning renew partnership
- 16 Sep 2013

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning, Inc., US, and WebAssign, a major provider of online instructional tools, have announced the renewal of their long-standing alliance with a contract extension. WebAssign's unique capabilities combined with Cengage's trusted content enable both companies to provide educators and students with content and technology solutions that improve the teaching and learning experience.

Cengage Learning offers more than 400 science and math textbooks with Enhanced WebAssign, a unique online homework system that focuses on flexible administration, partnership, and performance to improve student outcomes through personalised learning, superior customer service, training, and support.

The renewed partnership enables both companies to continue expanding its digital offerings. Additionally, the two companies are collaborating to launch Cengage's integrated learning experience solution, MindTap, powered by WebAssign for mathematics and physics.

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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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McGraw-Hill Education completes acquisition of Tata Group's stake in India joint venture
- 18 Jul 2013

Digital learning company McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced the completion of its acquisition of the entirety of shares in Tata McGraw-Hill Education Private Limited, the company's long-existing joint venture with Tata Group. As part of the agreement, McGraw-Hill Education purchased the minority ownership stake in the company held by two Tata charitable trusts. The purchase comes as McGraw-Hill Education increases its focus on providing its educational solutions and services globally. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Formed in 1970, the Tata McGraw-Hill joint venture quickly became a leader in providing learning solutions to India's burgeoning economy in higher education, professional and test prep markets. As part of the transaction, the company will change its name to McGraw-Hill Education India Private Ltd.

The acquisition follows McGraw-Hill Education's recent announcement that it has signed an agreement to acquire ALEKS Corporation, the developer of the ALEKS adaptive learning technology for the K-12 and higher education markets. In January 2013, McGraw-Hill Education acquired an equity stake in Area9 Aps, the Denmark-based adaptive learning company.

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Cengage Learning in deal with lenders to restructure balance sheet and strengthen financial position
- 05 Jul 2013

Educational content, software and services company Cengage Learning, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with certain of its lenders to restructure its balance sheet and significantly reduce its about $5.8 billion of outstanding debt to better position the Company for long-term growth and profitability.

In order to implement the financial restructuring, Cengage Learning and all of its domestic wholly-owned subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

In conjunction with the Chapter 11 filing, Cengage Learning entered into a restructuring support agreement with an ad hoc committee of first lien lenders who hold approximately $2 billion of the Company's first lien debt. In this agreement, the lenders committed to support a restructuring transaction that will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from Cengage Learning's balance sheet and position the Company to implement management's strategic business plan.

Cengage Learning maintains substantial cash balances and expects to generate positive cash flow, and therefore does not need nor intend to obtain debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. In addition, the Company has reached an agreement with its secured lenders that permits it to continue to use cash flow from operations to continue to fund the business and meet obligations in the normal course during the restructuring process.

Cengage Learning plans to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services provided to the Company during its restructuring in the normal course of business. It is anticipated that employees will continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits.

Cengage Learning has filed customary 'First Day Motions' with the Bankruptcy Court, which, if granted, will help ensure a smooth transition to Chapter 11 without business disruption and will minimise impact on its employees, customers, authors, content providers, business partners, vendors and suppliers. The motions are expected to be addressed promptly by the Court.

Cengage Learning plans to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services provided to the Company during its restructuring in the normal course of business. The Company fully anticipates that employees will continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits and is confident that the Court will approve its request to do so.

Cengage Learning's non-U.S. subsidiaries are not included in the U.S. Chapter 11 filings and will continue to operate in the ordinary course without interruption.

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Cengage Learning appoints Sandi Kirshner as Chief Marketing Officer
- 24 Jun 2013

Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company, has announced the appointment of Sandi Kirshner as Chief Marketing Officer. She will be based in the company's Boston, MA office and will serve on the executive team reporting to Kevin Stone, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In this new role, Kirshner will be responsible for all marketing and communications activities within the company.

Kirshner joins Cengage Learning from Pearson where she served in various roles for a large part of her career. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President for Higher Education Policy and a member of the Higher Education Executive Committee, The Pearson Policy Steering Committee and Chairperson of the Accessibility Governing Board. Prior to that position, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for Higher Education, President of the Addison Wesley Higher Education Group and President of Allyn and Bacon.

In these roles, Kirshner developed a deep sense of the challenges and opportunities that exist in today's higher education marketplace. She understands how to develop and implement branding, messaging and campaigns that produce maximum impact and how to build relationships with key stakeholders – including students, faculty, authors, and thought leaders. She is keen on spotting up-and-coming trends and working to mobilise an organisation to move ahead of the trends.

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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McGraw-Hill networks win top honours at AEP’ 2013 Annual Awards
- 13 Jun 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced that McGraw-Hill networks, the company's digital social studies program for the middle and high school markets, received two honours at the 2013 Association of Educational Publishers' Annual Awards. Announced at the Association of American Publishers' (AEP) annual conference, Content in Context, these awards recognise McGraw-Hill Education's leadership in delivering innovative digital solutions for students and teachers that improve teaching and learning in classrooms around the country.

For the second year in a row, McGraw-Hill networks won a Golden Lamp Award, one of educational publishing's longest-running and most prestigious honours, and a Distinguished Achievement Award, both in the Whole Curriculum Programs category. The Golden Lamp Awards highlight the 'best of the best' products for teaching and learning each year. The Distinguished Achievement Awards honour the best in a range of product types and resources used by teachers, parents and students.

Each of the awards recognises winners in four categories - Periodicals, Professional Development, Supplemental Resources, and Whole Curriculum Programs. Additionally, McGraw-Hill Education's McGraw-Hill My Math and McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders were nominated for the Golden Lamp Award this year.

McGraw-Hill networks combines engaging digital and print resources to help students discover and learn essential social studies content. The program, which can be personalized and customized for each student to support differentiated instruction, transforms social studies instruction and learning into an exciting and interactive experience through audio, video and other collaborative multimedia features.

Honoring excellence and innovation in the education community, the Association of Educational Publishers' Annual Awards represent the longest-running and most highly regarded recognition program in the industry. Products were judged in a three-tier process (educator review, professional review and certification) with only the best materials advancing to the higher rounds. Having products judged first and foremost by educators is critically important because they know best which products will succeed or fail directly in the classroom and ensures that the winners are truly leaders in the field.

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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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Cengage Learning appoints Alexander Broich as President of International
- 21 May 2013

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced the appointment of Alexander Broich as the President of International. Beginning July 1, he will be based in the company’s Boston, MA office and will serve on the executive team reporting to Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Broich will be responsible for the growth and development of the company’s international operations.

Broich joins Cengage Learning from Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment, where he served as the President of International since 2008. At Pearson, he drove the international business to double-digit growth, while significantly increasing profitability and expanding into new territories. He led the strategy development and implementation of the conversion from traditional print assessments into digital solutions, and was a member of Pearson’s Innovation Board.

Earlier in his career, Broich was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Bertelsmann, Inc. for six years where he implemented development strategies in China, England, Germany and France, among other duties. He also held management positions with Bertelsmann Online Ltd., Health Online Services Multimedica, Bertelsmann AG, and Headwork Consulting.

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Cengage products MindTap and myNGconnect bag CODiE awards
- 10 May 2013

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, has received two Software & Information Industry Associations (SIIA) Education CODiE Awards. MindTap was named Best Postsecondary Personalised Learning Solution and myNGconnect was honoured as the Best Science and Health Instructional Solution. The 28th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, stated to be the only peer-reviewed honour in the industry, celebrate achievement and vision in software, education technology and digital content.

An SIIA CODiE Award win for educational technology companies is seen as an especially prestigious honour, as each award winner has been selected by a combination of educators, who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA member-company peers, who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.

MindTap is an online, personalised learning experience built upon Cengage Learning content. By combining readings, multimedia, activities and assessments into a singular Learning Path, MindTap seeks to guide students through their course with ease and engagement. Instructors personalise the Learning Path by customising Cengage Learning resources and adding their own content and other solutions via apps. The MindTap framework seamlessly integrates with all major Learning Management Systems.

National Geographic Learning's myNGconnect is an online portal for students and educators providing access to interactive National Geographic content and resources that engage students while helping teachers create a digital learning environment.

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Pearson acquires learning analytics and assessment startup, Learning Catalytics
- 23 Apr 2013

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has acquired Learning Catalytics, a cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff and Gary King of Harvard University.

Learning Catalytics reportedly allows faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas require further explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving. The system is said to support numerical, algebraic, textual and graphical responses. The comprehensive and advanced analytics also help faculty better understand student performance in real time while lecturing.

By actively engaging students with questions and receiving their immediate responses, faculty can see a graphical representation of the current state of learning in their classes. They can then adjust their teaching method, in real-time, and provide more in-depth instruction on areas of common misunderstanding. Learning Catalytics also empowers faculty to author questions directly, or further develop questions written by other faculty whose questions they can rate, comment and improve upon.

Learning Catalytics was co-founded by Eric Mazur, a thought leader in the flipped classroom movement and a Pearson author, Brian Lukoff, an education researcher and software engineer, and Gary King, a social scientist and statistician.

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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 names Ronald Schlosser as Executive Chairman
- 08 Apr 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of Ronald Schlosser as executive chairman of its board of directors. Schlosser is a senior advisor to Apollo Global Management on investments in education, and he has extensive experience as a global business leader, achieving outstanding results at a variety of education and information companies.

In his new position, he will work closely with Buzz Waterhouse, president and chief executive officer of McGraw-Hill Education, and our other senior leaders, providing guidance on industry best practices, performance improvement, product strategy, trends and opportunities in international markets, and more. Prior to Apollo, Mr. Schlosser was chairman and chief executive officer of Haights Cross Communications (HCC), an educational and library publishing company, where he led expansion of the company's product lines especially with digital segments.

McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill Education is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalised learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches new version of LearnSmart
- 01 Apr 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has launched a new version of the company's market-leading adaptive learning program, McGraw-Hill LearnSmart.

With this expansion, McGraw-Hill Education aims to help improve education and results for a market of more than 15 million students who are currently enrolled in the 31 course areas for which the new version of LearnSmart is available. More than 2 million students have used LearnSmart in tandem with their McGraw-Hill Education course materials since LearnSmart's launch in 2009, making it the most widely used and intelligent adaptive study tool in higher education. Nearly 500,000 students have used LearnSmart in the first quarter of 2013 alone.

LearnSmart, which McGraw-Hill Education developed in conjunction with adaptive technology partner Area9, personalises learning by continually assessing students' knowledge, skill and confidence levels and then designing targeted study paths that help students improve in the areas they need to 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.

Because this new version of LearnSmart is organised by course learning objective rather than the objectives of specific textbook content, students and instructors can use it with any title or even with open source material in the course areas where it is offered.

The decision to expand access to LearnSmart comes on the heels of several other company announcements and milestones related to adaptive learning. Earlier this year, McGraw-Hill Education launched LearnSmart Advantage, a new suite of adaptive learning products for the college market that includes SmartBook, the world's first-ever adaptive e-book, and it recently introduced LearnSmart to the high school market. Last summer, McGraw-Hill Education announced plans to make LearnSmart – which was traditionally sold only to instructors and institutions – available for students and parents to purchase directly.

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McGraw-Hill Education appoints Mark Dorman as President of international division
- 25 Mar 2013

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the appointment of media and information industry veteran Mark Dorman as president of McGraw-Hill Education International. Dorman will help drive McGraw-Hill Education's mission of becoming a global digital learning company by capitalizing on the company's product development expertise across markets and combining those capabilities with the regional insight and distribution network of its international operations. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

Philip Ruppel, who has led both McGraw-Hill Education's international operations and professional business since June 2012, will continue to serve as president of McGraw-Hill Professional, a position he has held since 2007. The appointment of Dorman comes at a time when McGraw-Hill Education has increasingly turned its focus toward opportunities in global markets.

McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill Education is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalised learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits.

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Cengage Learning joins Indiana University eTexts Initiative
- 08 Mar 2013

Cengage Learning, US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, has signed an agreement with Indiana University (IU) as part of the IU eTexts Initiative. As part of the agreement, Cengage Learning will deliver eTextbooks, digital materials and online service offerings to students at all IU campuses.

IU’s eTexts initiative focuses on delivering eTexts to students at a reduced cost, while providing faculty with new tools for teaching and learning. Along with digital materials, IU students and faculty will benefit from Cengage Learning’s Engagement Services, a portfolio of services including digital course support and faculty development, designed to enhance learner engagement and improve outcomes.

Cengage Learning materials will begin to be available as eTexts at IU in the summer of 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.

Questia’s new iPhone/iPad app allows students to write even better research papers faster
- 17 Jan 2013

Questia, an online library and research tool for students and part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced the release of its new iOS app designed specifically to provide a compelling mobile research experience, allowing students to write even better research papers faster.

According to a recent Questia survey, students spend an average of seven hours researching each term paper, while many spend 10 hours or more. The same survey also discovered that, after researching, the average college student spends a total of 6-10 hours writing their research paper. Finding the time to properly research and write a term paper between classes or work is no easy feat, and researching on the go is even trickier. The new Questia iPhone/iPad app helps students access information on the go and write better research papers faster.

Questia's online collection contains over 75,000 books and 9 million articles. The new app provides a simple search interface to make it easy for users to quickly find and evaluate content. With the search feature, users have instant access to high-quality content hand-selected by librarians.

Reading on a mobile device's small screen used to get frustrating fast. The new app features a fluid reading style with easy-turn pages on par with the popular tablet reading styles.

While few people use mobile phones as their primary tool for research, having it as a handy side-kick for researching on the go makes for limitless possibilities. The Questia iOS app simplifies projects, making it easy for users to save and later access research both on their mobile and on their computer.

With the user friendly interface, students can easily navigate between the platforms to search content, read the material and add items to their workspace. The free app will be available January 14 for download in the iTunes store.

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CSA Trust invites applicants for Jacques-Émile Dubois Grant
- 16 Jan 2013

The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust, a US-based organisation that seeks to promote the critical importance of cheminformatics in chemical research, has created a grant programme. The programme has been renamed in honour of Professor Jacques-Émile Dubois, who made significant contributions to the field of cheminformatics. The Trust is currently inviting the submission of grant applications for 2013.

The grant programme has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. A grant will be awarded annually up to a maximum of $10,000.

Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognise the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

Applicants age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research, are invited to submit applications. They should be developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds.

Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities. Applications must be received no later than March 14, 2013 and successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2013.

Three copies of the application documentation should be forwarded to Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA.

Cengage Learning names Kevin Stone as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
- 13 Dec 2012

Cengage Learning, US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced the appointment of Kevin Stone as Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He will be based in Boston, MA, and will serve on the company's executive team, reporting to Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer. Stone will be responsible for all aspects of Sales and Marketing across the company, which will be integrated into one team under his new leadership role.

Stone joins Cengage Learning from Pearson, a leading learning company, where he served as Chief Sales Officer of the Higher Education unit since 2011. At Pearson, Stone played a strategic role in leading a sales team that consistently outperformed the industry over the last decade.

In his more that 20 years at Pearson, Stone gained invaluable experience in many aspects of publishing, education technology and higher education. During that time, he held positions in editorial, marketing, technology and sales, helping him to gain insight into the many working parts that join together to create a world class sales and marketing team.

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McGraw-Hill Education’ LearnSmart surpasses one million student users
- 09 Nov 2012

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced that LearnSmart has surpassed one million student users since the product launched in fall 2009. The announcement was made at the 2012 EDUCAUSE conference being held from November 6-9 in Denver.

In 2012, adaptive learning became one of the most important and exciting trends in education technology, and in that year McGraw-Hill Education cemented its status as the adaptive learning leader, celebrating a number of milestones for McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ – the company's industry-leading adaptive study tool – as it helped colleges and instructors improve student performance.

At the conference, McGraw-Hill Education is showcasing LearnSmart and previewing how it is introducing the adaptive technology behind LearnSmart to other areas of the course lifecycle where students are likely to benefit from a more personalised learning experience.

McGraw-Hill Education was one of the first learning companies to enter the adaptive learning arena with the introduction of the LearnSmart personal digital tutor in 2009. LearnSmart continuously assesses students' knowledge on a given subject and delivers highly personalised recommendations to create a study path that meets students' individual learning needs. The milestone of one million student users bears special significance for LearnSmart - as students answer more questions within LearnSmart, the system becomes more familiar with student learning patterns and becomes better able to assess each student's knowledge and skills to provide personalized study recommendations.

McGraw-Hill Education's new adaptive learning solutions, to be previewed at EDUCAUSE, combine with LearnSmart to provide a more comprehensive adaptive and personalised approach to the entire learning experience. The new solutions will serve McGraw-Hill Education's larger goal of improving student performance by ensuring that students are knowledgeable and confident about the baseline concepts and information they need to succeed prior to starting higher-level courses, as well as by enabling meaningful scientific exploration and learning within a photo-realistic virtual lab environment.

McGraw-Hill Education continues to explore new and expanded distribution models to increase student access to LearnSmart.

Cengage to integrate iChemLabs’ ChemDoodle Web Components into e-learning products
- 16 Oct 2012

Cengage Learning, US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, and iChemLabs LLC, the developer of the ChemDoodle chemical drawing programme, have announced the integration of the HTML5 ChemDoodle Web Components into Cengage Learning's e-learning products for chemistry. The ChemDoodle Web Components seek to introduce users to a next generation, HTML5 experience with high quality graphics and interaction for chemical information in 2D and 3D.

Cengage views the move as an upgrade to its tools that will allow students to more effectively engage in the molecular world of chemistry, making its drawing tools even more student-friendly. The partnership is seen to allow educational and scientific content to be deployed across mobile devices in addition to traditional web platforms in the highest quality.

Faculty can expect to have new problem types available to them as a result of this integration, and students will have upgraded tools for an improved user experience. The ChemDoodle Web Components library is presented online and an API, tutorial and demos can be found at http://web.chemdoodle.com. For more information on Cengage Learning visit http://www.cengage.com.

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Cengage Learning appoints Julian Drinkall as President of EMEA and India regions
- 28 Sep 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced the appointment of Julian Drinkall to President and CEO, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India, effective September 27, 2012. In his new role, Drinkall will focus on driving growth across the EMEA and India business building new opportunities with international partners and customers and strengthening core existing relationships. He replaces Jill Jones who stepped down in July this year.

Drinkall joins Cengage Learning most recently from OC&C Strategy Consultants, where he helped build their media business, including key educational projects with the BBC and Cambridge University Press. Previously, he served as CEO of Macmillan Education when the unit was newly created and focused on strategy to address the trends of globalisation and digital. His earlier background includes key business development and merger, acquisition, and integration roles at Boots Group, IPC Media (Time Warner), BBC, Arthur D. Little, and Island International.

Drinkall will be based in Cengage Learning's Andover, UK office.

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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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Cengage Learning appoints Michael Hansen as new CEO
- 13 Aug 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced the appointment of Michael Hansen to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Hansen will succeed Ron Dunn, who has served as CEO since July 2007.

Effective upon the commencement of Hansen's employment on September 17, 2012, Dunn will take up the position of Executive Chairman for at least the next three years.

Hansen served as CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences, a unit of Reed Elsevier, since 2008. From 2006-2008, he was President and CEO of Harcourt Assessment, the education arm of Reed Elsevier, where he led a successful turnaround and sale of the business. Before Reed Elsevier, he was Executive Vice President, Operational Excellence at Bertelsmann, where he led a group-wide performance improvement initiative.

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company’s products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it.

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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's digital learning platforms now part of JISC Collections' offerings to members
- 08 Aug 2012

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced an agreement with JISC Collections to offer its acclaimed suite of digital learning platforms to its members.

McGraw-Hill Professional is a global provider of education and reference materials, information, and books for the Science, technical, and Medical markets. Its Access-branded digital learning platforms provide subscribed students, doctors, and professionals with instant, up-to-date content from renowned thought-leaders in a variety of fields.

McGraw-Hill Professional's platforms include thousands of images, illustrations, and videos, interactive self-assessment, custom curriculum tools, comprehensive search platforms, and the ability to download content to a mobile device. There are currently 12 platforms with comprehensive collections of content in Medicine, Science, Engineering, Computing, and Business.

The JISC Content Procurement Company, trading as JISC Collections, is a mutual trading company limited by guarantee. Established by the UK Higher and Further Education Funding Bodies, to support the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK, JISC Collections is a membership organisation. Its members consist of UK further education institutions, higher education institutions and research councils.

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Delmar and International Code Council announce Code Basics book series to help make code concepts more user-friendly
- 07 Aug 2012

Learning solutions provider Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, US, and the International Code Council (ICC), the publisher of the family of International Codes, have announced the Code Basics series, a new series of publications that break down the language within the 2012 International Codes (I-Codes) and makes the content more user-friendly for building professionals.

The series consists of four titles focusing on the new commercial, green, residential and energy codes recently released by the ICC. With two currently available, and two to be released by the end of 2012, these new books will feature illustrations highlighting key updates and changes in the 2012 codes, practical on-the-job scenarios for real-world applications and straight-forward explanations. These features help to facilitate the learning of technical terms and clarify the meaning behind important vocabulary.

The books in the series include Building Code Basics Residential: Based on the 2012 International Residential Code; Building Code Basics Commercial: Based on the 2012 International Building Code; Building Code Basics Green: Based on the 2012 International Green Construction Code; and Building Code Basics Energy: Based on the 2012 International Energy Code.

This series is expected to benefit both new and experienced users of the 2012 I-Codes. The publications focus on critical sections of the code by emphasising need-to-know information and pairing it with non-technical explanations, therefore providing added value and understanding for the reader.

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Questia’s new and improved Website to help students write better papers faster
- 06 Aug 2012

Questia, an online library and research tool for students and part of Cengage Learning, US, has unveiled its new website featuring an expanded library, improved navigation for finding research faster and an interactive reader that will make the research experience easier for students. To celebrate its site launch, Questia is giving away one thousand week-long access codes for free to the first thousand people to like them on Facebook (facebook.com/questiaonlinelibrary), through the month of August.

Questia has for long been the premier online destination for credible books and peer-reviewed journals and articles on a wide range of subjects, integrated with citation and organisational tools. Students consistently have a difficult time finding trustworthy sources to use for research papers and projects, and professors continually struggle helping students properly cite these sources in their work. Over the past 10 years, over 1 million students and researchers have accessed Questia to find quality sources and research, and write better papers faster.

Questia has now made the research paper process even easier by increasing the size of its online library by over 33 percent, developing search filters to narrow down exactly what you need from the sources professors trust, the addition of dictionary and thesaurus tools, and creating an intuitive new interface that integrates all your reading material and notes in one place. Plus, members will soon have access to their brand new research tutorials including videos and guides on how to write a professor approved paper.

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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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Cengage Learning’s Aplia learning solution wins eSchool Media Readers’ Choice award
- 26 Jul 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced that its Aplia line of digital products has been selected for an eSchool Media 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice Award. The award is given annually to K-12 and higher education technology products that make a difference in the classroom.

Aplia is an interactive homework solution developed by teachers to increase student effort and engagement. Aplia’s content is authored specifically for the digital medium and features immediate, detailed and actionable feedback. The auto-grading saves instructor time and lets them focus on value-add activities that further improve student learning. In addition, real-time performance data allows instructors to customise lesson plans as needed based on trouble spots individually or class-wide.

Available in over 21 different course areas including Biology, Political Science and Economics, Aplia has gained popularity for its ability to increase student preparedness and drive better learning outcomes in the classroom. Aplia is also well-known for its simplicity of design, ease of use, reliability and customer support.

Aplia technology and solutions will soon be made available as part of the MindTap platform. Customers of Aplia electing to migrate to MindTap will benefit from the added Learning Path, LMS and services features (or functionality) provided by the MindTap solution. This integration of technologies will further advance the quality of learning and teaching solutions in the higher education market.

The winners of the Readers' Choice Awards were chosen by the editors of eSchool Media from almost 1,300 nominations. eSchool Media (eSchoolNews.com, eCampusNews.com, and eClassroomNews.com) asked readers to nominate their favourite technology products to use in the classroom and to describe how they improve teaching and learning. The winners were narrowed down to 50 and then grouped into two categories – K-12 and higher education.

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McGraw-Hill Higher Education's LearnSmart named among the best products and services in education technology
- 24 Jul 2012

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced that its industry-leading adaptive learning solution, McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, has been selected as a winner of eSchool Media's 2012-2013 Readers' Choice Awards in the category of Higher Education.

The recipients of the Readers' Choice Awards, which honour the best products and services in education technology, are selected based on nominations from school and college administrators across North America. eSchool Media's Readers' Choice Awards claim to be the only such consumer-determined awards to be bestowed by a leading education trade publication.

McGraw-Hill LearnSmart is an adaptive learning programme that tailors the learning experience to students' individual needs by continuously assessing students' knowledge and providing personalised recommendations that help them master core concepts and retain knowledge over time. Because of McGraw-Hill LearnSmart's adaptive nature and the ability for students to use it outside of class, students come to class better prepared, allowing instructors to spend less time covering the basics and more time covering advanced topics and leading rich discussions.

McGraw-Hill LearnSmart facilitates 'just-in-time teaching' by providing professors with insight into which topics students are struggling with, enabling them to adjust their lectures accordingly. In a study released last year, LearnSmart was shown to turn C students into B students, and B students into A students.

Earlier this week, McGraw-Hill Education announced plans to expand LearnSmart's reach by making it available direct to students in time for fall classes. This marks the first time that McGraw-Hill Higher Education, traditionally a business-to-business company that sells to instructors and institutions, has marketed its technology resources directly to students.

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Cengage Learning titles honored at New England Book Show
- 13 Jul 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has announced that eight of its titles were nominated by the Bookbuilders of Boston at the 55th annual New England Book Show. Among the eight titles nominated, two received the top honour of ‘Best in Category’ in the College, Single Entry – Book and College – Cover/Jacket categories.

Milady Standard Cosmetology, the title honored as ‘Best in Category’ for College, Single Entry – Book, has reportedly been the premier textbook for cosmetology education since 1938. Each subsequent edition has evolved with the changing styles of the current era while maintaining a firm foundation in the basic procedures and applications of beauty culture that have endured for generations.

The Essential Listening to Music, honored as ‘Best in Category’ for College – Cover/Jacket, features scholar and teacher Craig Wright’s signature comparisons of classical and pop music. The writing style is said to be clear and conversational, designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of music.

Other Cengage Learning titles that are nominated at the New England Book Show include The Essential Listening to Music, Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, Liaisons, iPad Multiplayer Magic, A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals, and Introduction to Comparative Politics.

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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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Philip Ruppel appointed to the additional position of president for McGraw-Hill Education International
- 27 Jun 2012

McGraw-Hill Education CEO Lloyd "Buzz" Waterhouse has announced a restructuring of the company's international business in order to create an integrated organisation that leverages content, global distribution, and regional expertise to better capitalise on higher education, professional, and school publishing opportunities worldwide. Philip Ruppel, president of McGraw-Hill Professional and a 30-year publishing industry veteran, has been appointed to the additional position of president for McGraw-Hill Education International.

Ruppel has been president of McGraw-Hill Professional since 2007, responsible for leading the ongoing global and digital transformation of the business. Earlier, he was vice president and group publisher, responsible for all aspects of McGraw-Hill Professional's core and digital publishing.

During his 20 years with McGraw-Hill, Ruppel has successfully accelerated business growth through global expansion, digital initiatives, as well as content and partnership development.

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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.



Delmar and DEWALT announce new title in the Complete Handbook series
- 19 Jun 2012

Learning solutions provider Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, US, and DEWALT have announced the availability of a new title in the Complete Handbook series – the DEWALT Residential Construction Codes Complete Handbook. DEWALT is a manufacturer of industrial power tools with more than 300 power tool and equipment products as well as 800 power tool accessories.

The DEWALT Residential Construction Codes Complete Handbook presents the 2012 International Residential Code in a clear, logical format so that professionals can easily understand and identify the most common code requirements for building one- or two-family dwellings.

Sections of the book cover a wide range of residential construction topics, including administrative standards, definitions of terms, building planning, foundations, floors, walls, roofs, chimneys and fireplaces, energy efficiency, mechanical, plumbing and electrical. Topics are accompanied by detailed illustrations that help to explain how the codes are applied in real-world situations.

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Cengage Learning named Learning Impact 2012 Gold Award Winner for MindLinks service
- 15 Jun 2012

Cengage Learning, a US-based provider of teaching, learning and research solutions, has been named a Learning Impact 2012 Gold Award Winner from the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) for its MindLinks service. Cengage Learning MindLinks received the designation in the new and R&D initiatives category at this year’s IMS conference in Toronto, Canada on May 18. The Learning Impact programme recognises outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing the global education and training industries.

MindLinks is a new Cengage Learning service designed to provide the best possible user experience and facilitate the highest level of learning retention and outcomes through deeper integration of Cengage Learning’s digital suite into an instructor’s Learning Management System (LMS). MindLinks work on any LMS that supports the IMS Basic LTI open standard with advanced features, including gradebook integration, as a result of driving standards forward in collaboration with industry-leading LMS partners.

MindLinks offers an innovative approach to comprehensive learning through interoperability which enhances learning effectiveness. The service provides for fluid pedagogical design in response to teachable moments and it drives learning retention with improved outcomes.

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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.

McGraw-Hill School Education’ digital solutions named finalists for 2012 AEP Awards
- 21 May 2012

McGraw-Hill School Education has announced that several of its digital solutions have been named finalists for the 2012 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Awards. Honouring excellence and innovation in the education community, the awards represent the longest-running and most highly regarded recognition programme in the industry.

For 2012, the AEP Awards were updated to ensure that they remain relevant, recognising the challenges and needs of education in the 21st century. Three key principles – quality content, age appropriateness and innovation –drove the judging criteria and evaluation process for selecting finalists and winners.

McGraw-Hill Education has been named a finalist across three of four categories. Products were judged in a three-tier process (educator review, professional review, and certification) with only the best materials advancing to the higher rounds. Having products judged first and foremost by educators is critically important because they know best which products will succeed or fail directly in the classroom and ensures that the winners are truly leaders in the field. All entrants will receive judges' feedback to help them improve their materials.

AEP Award finalists and winners earn the right to display the AEP Award Seal, nationally recognised by educators, administrators, and parents as a mark of outstanding quality and achievement. Winners will be announced at AEP's Content in Context Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 5, 2012.

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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Delmar and DEWALT launch new mobile app for construction professionals
- 03 May 2012

Learning solutions provider Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, US, and DEWALT have announced the launch of DEWALT Mobile Pro, a new mobile application (app) for construction professionals. DEWALT Mobile Pro is an innovative and powerful mobile solution developed specifically for contractors and tradesmen in the construction industry, with a wealth of free features and numerous ways to customize the app based on each user’s trade focus. The app is available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and has been designed with custom interfaces to suit the various screen sizes of each device.

The DEWALT Mobile Pro app is available as a free download and provides an array of powerful and convenient features for everyday use on the job. It contains a construction calculator for solving complex jobsite math in the field, and five basic calculations with integrated reference materials to offer help, examples and illustrations. The app also provides additional high-value functionality including a running history of recent calculations, a customisable list of favourite calculations for quick and easy access to those used most often, and the ability to instantly email calculation results.

To ensure that DEWALT Mobile Pro will be beneficial to all construction professionals, the app was designed with a customisation option that includes trade-specific calculations and formulas. Once the free app has been downloaded, the user will have the ability to add-on hundreds of additional calculations and corresponding reference materials unique to a specific trade. Add-ons will be available at an additional cost in the areas of Business and Finance; Conversions and Math; Site Work; Finish Work; Concrete and Masonry; Carpentry; Electrical; Plumbing and more.

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Chilton partners with WHI to add real-time parts pricing and inventory to products
- 27 Apr 2012

Chilton, part of Cengage Learning and a provider of reference sources for automotive professionals and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) automotive enthusiasts, has announced an agreement with WHI Solutions to provide updates to Chilton’s ChiltonPRO and ChiltonEstimating products. Through this new agreement, all ChiltonPRO and ChiltonEstimating users with WHI/Nexpart credentials will now have the ability to create estimates using real-time parts prices and have access to distributor’s inventory.

Now the industry standard, Nexpart from WHI Solutions is said to have accelerated Internet parts ordering and allows service dealers, car dealerships, fleets, national accounts, government agencies and distributors to order parts quickly and easily over the Internet from their parts suppliers. This service, now incorporated into ChiltonPRO and ChiltonEstimating, allows customers to obtain immediate parts pricing and inventory to include in customer estimates. Chilton customers will simply need to add their WHI/Nexpart credentials (provided by distributors) into the administration page of ChiltonPRO or ChiltonEstimating to access these new features.

ChiltonPRO is projected as a cost-effective, electronic repair information system for professional technicians. The product provides Chilton’s entire suite of content including technical service bulletins (TSBs), repair information, diagnostics, maintenance schedules, labour times and estimating. Similarly, ChiltonEstimating is projected as a convenient online tool to aid professional automotive technicians with estimates, work orders and invoices, using Chilton’s trusted labour times. It provides easy access to current labour times with all content available online and can be easily accessed through any web-enabled computer. Both of these products will now also feature integrated, streamlined parts pricing and distributor inventory through Nexpart.

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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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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.

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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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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McGraw-Hill's AccessPediatrics wins 2011 PROSE Award for Best Online Resource in Biological and Life Sciences
- 20 Feb 2012

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced that AccessPediatrics, the company's innovative online resource for pediatrics residents, students, and educators, has been awarded the best eProduct in Biological and Life Sciences at the 2011 Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (the PROSE Awards).

Established by the Association of American Publishers, the PROSE Awards recognise the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in more than 40 categories.

Developed by an advisory board of renowned pediatricians, AccessPediatrics brings vast experience to the practice of pediatrics via leading medical references, allowing residents and clerks an opportunity to enhance and build upon critical in-hospital training. AccessPediatrics enables medical students, pediatric residents, and practicing pediatricians to quickly connect with information necessary for completing evaluations, diagnoses, and case management decisions, covering the entire span of pediatric practice from neonatology to adolescent medicine.

McGraw-Hill's acclaimed suite of Access branded medical learning products connects students, faculty, and health professionals to the world's leading collection of online medical content, thousands of images and illustrations, instructional videos and animations, and the innovative Custom Curriculum tool. Other Access products in medicine and allied health include: AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery, AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessAnesthesiology, AccessPharmacy and AccessPhysiotherapy.

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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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Elsevier unveils SimChart educational EHR system for nursing students
- 08 Feb 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of SimChart, an educational simulated electronic health record (EHR) system designed for nursing students.

SimChart is projected to cover the core areas of nursing including medical surgical, paediatrics, women's health and psychiatric. It is said to combine practical, real-world experience in electronic documentation with integrated educator support to incorporate EHR practice into a nursing education curriculum. Fully web-based and built using Elsevier's clinical content, SimChart comes equipped with several real-life cases that allow students and educators to incorporate electronic documentation into the classroom, simulation centre, skills lab and clinical setting. Users can expect to practice in a safe, monitored environment before they practice on real patients, and also customise their content by adding additional cases into the system. The interface prepares students to chart on any system they may encounter in a practice or clinical setting.

Additionally, SimChart is said to offer distinctive features such as comprehensive instructor support by Elsevier. This includes training, an implementation manual and educator-oriented webinars and videos; educational tools which bolster the care planning and patient teaching skills of students; and evaluation features which allow instructors to assess and grade students' documentation and generate reports. It also offers clinical Decision Support via direct access to Elsevier resources such as Mosby's Nursing Consult Student Edition (which includes content from 20 nursing and medical texts), and Elsevier CPM Resource Center's CPMGuidelines, which deliver concise evidence-based information to inter-professional clinicians.

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Questia's online library and research tools now accessible on all iOS devices
- 30 Jan 2012

Questia, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced that the Questia Library app is now compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. On the heels of its successful free iPhone and iPod touch app that helps college students write better research papers faster, Questia has released the universal version that now includes the iPad app, making Questia's vast online library and research tools accessible on all iOS devices.

Questia, an online research tool for students, saves students valuable time on research papers and projects. With Questia, students can accurately cite sources, format papers in seven different styles, and organise their notes, research and sources all in one place. Librarians have specially selected Questia's 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles - many of which are peer-reviewed.

The free Questia Library app gives anyone access to read more than 5,000 free books. When Questia members download the app, they gain full mobile access to Questia for as long as their accounts remain active, at no additional cost. Members can now get the complete Questia experience from the convenience of their iPads. They can search and read from the entire collection, organise research, manage saved projects, and access Questia's tools for automatically creating citations, footnotes, and bibliographies.

With mobile usage ranking highest among the college demographic, Questia has further enhanced how students are able to access their Questia accounts and research on the go. The free Questia Library iPad app is now available for download in the iTunes store.

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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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Cengage Learning’ new mathematical publication designed for student success
- 18 Oct 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a landmark mathematical publication - Brief Applied Calculus - by renowned author and mathematician James Stewart and Daniel Clegg. Published under the Brooks/Cole imprint from Cengage Learning, James Stewart's calculus and precalculus textbooks have educated over 5 million students worldwide.

Brief Applied Calculus takes an intuitive, less formal approach to calculus without sacrificing mathematical integrity. Featuring a wide range of applications designed to motivate students with a variety of interests, clear examples detailing important mathematical processes, and a vast collection of exercises appropriate for students with disparate skill sets, this first edition is projected to be ideal for students who need to learn how to apply calculus concepts rather than replicate the formal proofs behind the techniques. Early coverage of exponential and logarithmic functions allows for the inclusion of many interesting applications throughout the text.

This accesible and modern textbook is available with a range of supplements including Tools for Enriching Calculus, online, interactive simulations that allow applied calculus students to work with animations to deepen their understanding of key concepts. These simulations help students visualise the concepts they are learning and engage students in the lessons.

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Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn partnership to improve interoperability of digital content and solutions
- 07 Oct 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) to improve interoperability of Cengage Learning’s digital content and solutions within the Desire2Learn platform. Desire2Learn is a provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms.

The new partnership will provide direct access to Cengage Learning’s digital content, core curriculum solutions and increased functionality for institutions utilising Desire2Learn’s teaching and learning platform. Users of Cengage Learning’s rich digital learning solutions and content will gain streamlined access through automatic sign-on and gradebook integration, creating a simpler and more intuitive user experience for both instructors and students.

Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as associations, government and other leading organisations.

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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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Pearson acquires Connections Education
- 16 Sep 2011

Education services provider Pearson, US, has announced the acquisition of Connections Education from an investor group led by Apollo Management, L.P.

Through its Connections Academy business, the company operates online or ‘virtual’ public schools in 21 states in the US - serving more than 40,000 students in the current school year. These virtual charter schools are accredited and funded by the relevant state and are free to parents and students who choose a virtual school in place of a traditional public institution or other schooling options.

Virtual schools serve a diverse population of students including those who may be gifted, struggling, pursuing careers in sports or the arts, in need of scheduling flexibility, or who have chosen home schooling. It is a large and rapidly-growing segment in US K-12 education.

Connections Education has produced revenue growth of more than 30 percent in each of the past three years. The transaction is subject to a Hart-Scott-Rodino review.

Connections Education has recently launched a new division, Connections Learning, which makes its courses and technologies available to educational institutions and other organisations in the US and globally. It supports the development of blended learning environments which combine classroom and online instruction and will further broaden Pearson’s range of school services across curriculum materials, assessment and learning technologies. Connections Learning also operates the National Connections Academy private online school that serves students throughout the US and internationally.

For Pearson, the acquisition provides a leading position in the fast-growing virtual school segment and the opportunity to apply Connections Education’s skills and technologies in new segments and geographic markets. It extends Pearson’s investment in education services and technologies that have both a direct connection with the learner and a strong record of enhancing student achievement.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Connections Education is headed by co-founder Barbara Dreyer. She will stay on as CEO of Connections Education and as a senior executive at Pearson.

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Pearson unveils technology to measure complexity of text
- 25 Aug 2011

Education services provider Pearson, US, has announced the creation of the Pearson Reading Maturity Metric, projected as an accurate measure of the reading difficulty of texts. Developed by scientists at Pearson's Knowledge Technologies group, the new computer-based technology measures how close an individual student's reading abilities are to what they will need to succeed in college and careers.

The technology is seen to support Pearson's commitment to overcome the low reading abilities of the hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children who enter school with woefully low vocabularies that foretell lifelong educational failure. The new measure of text difficulty seeks to identify and help to fill the relatively small gap in reading ability of preschool age children before it is too late.

Traditional and current readability formulas reportedly rely on only a few, simple superficial measures, such as the average number of words in sentences and how frequently words are encountered in general or educational reading. Scientists at Pearson used intensive computer analyses to identify more fundamental text features that contribute to text complexity. Also, Pearson developed an artificial intelligence technology that estimates how much reading of various kinds and in what order a person must have accomplished to understand a particular text.

The development of this new text complexity measure is detailed in a white paper, "Pearson's Text Complexity Measure," available at http://www.pearsonassessments.com/nextgeneration.

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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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Cengage Learning, Moodlerooms partnership to deliver interoperability of Moodle and digital content and solutions
- 26 Jul 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Moodlerooms to allow for integration of Cengage Learning's digital solutions and Moodlerooms products. The resulting interoperability is expected to help improve customer experience. Faculty and institutions will also be able to better leverage rich content to drive engagement, increase retention and raise learning outcomes. Moodlerooms provides educators and learners across the globe with adaptable, reliable and affordable e-learning.

Specifically, the new partnership will allow for seamless access through single-sign on. It will also help enhance the usability and functionality of Moodlerooms' enterprise e-Learning platform, joule, and Moodle's basic LTI integration so that students. Teachers will now be able to take advantage of a truly seamless, bi-directional user experience between Cengage Learning and Moodlerooms solutions. Cengage Learning and Moodlerooms will work jointly to deliver integration that enables assessment scoring information to be passed from Cengage Learning solutions to the Moodle gradebook. The integration will be largely standards-based.

Moodlerooms' joule enterprise platform provides a sustainable, open, flexible and intuitive platform for seamlessly deploying content throughout the various modules and tools that have been integrated into the e-Learning environment. Plans of this partnership will provide direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content and core curriculum solutions, and overall increased functionality for institutions. Users of Cengage Learning's rich digital learning solutions and content will gain seamless access through automatic sign-on and gradebook integration.

Additionally, the partnership will offer a better experience for users of online homework provided via MindTap, 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 Moodle. The agreement will also include ongoing interoperability options for Cengage Learning's MindTap programme and future product development.

Cengage Learning and Moodlerooms will co-develop new interfaces to expose services within Moodle and both parties will contribute code to the community.

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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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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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McGraw-Hill study examines benefits of adaptive learning tools
- 01 Jun 2011

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, has released an effectiveness study titled 'Evaluating the Adaptive Learning Tool's Impact on Pass and Retention Rates and Instructional Efficiencies at Seven US Universities'. The study seeks to outline the benefits of adaptive learning tools for both instructors and students.

The effectiveness study is based on research conducted in a variety of classes at a range of universities that have utilised McGraw-Hill's adaptive learning tool, LearnSmart. Overall, the study found that adaptive learning tools improve test scores and course grades, increase students' class and test preparation outside of the classroom, and allow instructors to cover more applied topics and real-world activities in class.

Offering anecdotal and statistical results, the effectiveness study is seen to provide encouraging data about the use of adaptive technology in the classroom.

Students who completed all the LearnSmart modules scored an average of 10 percent higher on all exams as compared with those students who did not use LearnSmart, according to the company.

LearnSmart is an interactive study tool that seeks to adaptively assess students' skill and knowledge levels to track which topics students have mastered and which require further instruction and practice. Based upon student progress, it then adjusts the learning content based on their knowledge strengths and weaknesses - and their confidence level around that knowledge.

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Cengage Learning strengthens support to The IMS Global Learning Consortium
- 19 May 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced increased commitment to The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS). Building on a strong relationship with IMS, Cengage Learning has volunteered to provide leadership in furthering IMS standards in the critical area of Learning Outcomes. Cengage Learning will be adding more members to existing workgroups, and will be releasing more Common Cartridge courses following participation in conformance testing.

In addition to activity tied to the common cartridge process, Cengage Learning will be participating in panel presentations and will be serving as a moderator at the 2011 Learning Impact Conference in Long Beach, CA. Cengage Learning's Course360 Custom Course Solutions using IMS Common Cartridge were named as a finalist in the 2011 Learning Impact Awards, an awards programme facilitated by IMS to recognise outstanding applications of technology that address the most significant challenges facing the global education and training industries.

To satisfy growing customer demand, Cengage Learning has a developed a proven methodology to deliver its Course360 products via the Common Cartridge model. Courses have been tested through the IMS Common Cartridge validator and have received IMS- compliant certification. Cengage Learning is currently fulfilling customer course adoptions using Common Cartridge.

Furthermore, Cengage Learning will be adding a member to participate in the ongoing Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) working group. LTI aims to improve interaction between external tools/applications/systems, whether enterprise or web-based, and learning/course management systems.

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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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McGraw-Hill Professional launches new online resource in Pediatrics
- 12 May 2011

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced the launch of AccessPediatrics, an innovative online resource for pediatrics residents, students, and educators. AccessPediatrics is the ninth vertical platform to the company's Access-branded platforms.

This new educational resource integrates renowned medical texts with customisable curriculum functionality and delivers rich content covering the unique needs of the pediatric patient from neonatal care through adolescence. With reductions in the number of hours that pediatrics residents are allowed to be in hospitals observing cases, AccessPediatrics provides a new way to bring experience to the practice of pediatrics through its robust interactive tools. AccessPediatrics provides searchable, full-text access to 13 leading McGraw-Hill pediatric medicine textbooks, including Rudolph's Pediatrics, 22e and Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 20e; curricular management tracking and testing tools; more than 40 animations detailing pediatric procedures and exam walkthroughs, from descriptions of anatomy to the details of pathophysiology; Q&A for the Pediatric Board Exam; practical skill-building tools; and thousands of images.

AccessPediatrics features McGraw-Hill's Custom Curriculum, an online tool that educators can use to assign, manage, and track the progress of resident and student assignments. The Custom Curriculum allows pediatric residents to view available topics from their programme director, as well as their own individual progress by activity. It also includes Clerkship Corner, a special section that includes content typically needed for a rotation in pediatrics. It is incorporated into Custom Curriculum and quickly directs the medical student to clerkship-focused readings and activities.

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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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Emerald launches new research and education tool - Reading ListAssist
- 04 Apr 2011

Academic and professional literature publisher Emerald Group Publishing, UK, has announced the launch of Reading ListAssist, an innovative service that brings together journal articles and book chapters from a range of disciplines in one comprehensive reading list package. This unique service was conceived as a workflow aid for educators, students and researchers, and is freely available to all subscribers.

Each reading list is assembled by subject experts to guarantee their quality and reliability, and can readily be used by lecturers in the classroom. It provides students with a research tool, helping to build information literacy and research skills.

Currently containing 50 reading lists, each accompanied by a subject expert's editorial, and covering 19 subject collections, Reading ListAssist is both a research and education tool. Emerald is offering this unique peer-reviewed reading list service free to all subscribers - helping librarians, faculty and students to make the most of their subscription.

Reading ListAssist will be launched at UKSG 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition 2011 in Harrogate, UK, from April 4-6, 2011.

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Cengage Learning and PLTW partnership provides essential knowledge for STEM students and instructors
- 09 Mar 2011

Learning solutions provider Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced the release of four new engineering titles through a partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a non-profit provider of innovative and rigorous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programmes. The four new titles developed through the partnership - Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up, Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics - will seek to provide a wealth of content and resources to enhance PLTW's proven middle and high school STEM curriculum.

The Delmar/PLTW engineering series brings together the feedback and ideas from a number of experienced teachers and curriculum developers across a broad range of engineering disciplines. Two important themes emerged from the onset - first, teachers expressed the need for a new set of resources that fit with the way they teach today's engineering students, and secondly, teachers want engaging, interactive resources to support project and problem-based learning. From this feedback, Delmar/PLTW developed a series of texts that aim to effectively meet the needs of today's STEM instructors.

Included with the texts are numerous comprehension aid options that coincide with the textbook's content. Tools available include case studies, boxed articles, YourTurn activities, off-road exploration suggestions, connections to STEM concepts, career profiles, design briefs and example pages straight from the notebooks of actual engineers in the field. To complement the end-of-chapter questions, these books also present a hands-on challenge or exercise to further evaluate student understanding of content.

Current Delmar and PLTW titles in circulation include Gateway to Engineering, Through the Gateway: Readings to Accompany, Gateway to Engineering, CNC Programming: Principles and Applications and Engineering Design: An Introduction, with plans to develop into other STEM subject-areas in the future.

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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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Delmar career certifications to be added to Testing and Education Reference Center
- 13 Jan 2011

Information and education solutions provider Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, and Peterson's, a Nelnet company, have announced that Cengage Learning's proprietary Delmar career certifications will be added for the first time to the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC), which Gale distributes to libraries on behalf of Peterson's.

TERC is a resource for public, academic and K-12 library users. It provides in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programmes, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships and awards, preparatory entrance tests and online practice tests. The Delmar certifications cover a variety of fields, such as medical assisting, cosmetology, information technology, auto and medium/heavy duty truck repair and collision repair.

The technical implementation to incorporate this new content is underway, and the new certifications are scheduled to be released in April 2011. More than 100 additional certifications - a mix of initial certifications and continuing education credits, including some content in both English and Spanish - will follow in future product updates. All current TERC subscribers will receive access to these added certifications at no additional cost.

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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 hosts inaugural Developmental Education Summit
- 17 Dec 2010

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, in collaboration with California State University and California Community Colleges, brought together teachers, administrators and educational partners to discuss strategies to accelerate learning in developmental education through innovation at the company's first Developmental Education Summit held in Monterey last week.

At the event, keynote speaker Dr. Hunter R. Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education and a professor of Higher Education at Appalachian State University, discussed the principles of developmental education, setting the stage for a series of workshops that focused on bringing administrators and instructors together. Workshop attendees explored strategies for assessing each student's developmental needs and facilitating learning. Additional workshops focused on improving developmental reading, writing and math programs. During the breakout sessions, attendees focused on how technology and data-driven instruction could be incorporated into the classroom to individualise instruction and drive student success.

To support developmental education programmes, McGraw-Hill plans to expand the Developmental Education Summit to a series of collaborative events throughout the US. According to Ed Stanford, president, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, expanding the Developmental Education Summit into a series of workshops will provide a forum for educators, administrators and content providers to work together to develop solutions for challenges teachers and students are facing every day.

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Cengage Learning named to 2010-2011 EContent's list of 100 digital companies that matter most
- 09 Dec 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced that it was named to EContent magazine's list of 100 companies that matter most in the digital content industry. Companies named to the EContent 100 List are chosen for their continued leadership in the content industry and their forward-looking solutions in the digital space.

Cengage Learning was selected by EContent for the fee-based information services provided by Gale, a leader in authoritative reference content and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Gale is bringing the next generation of research and discovery tools to users, with a new class of products that are Web-like, interactive and user-friendly.

The complete 2010-2011 EContent 100 list can be viewed online at www.econtentmag.com. This year's companies were identified by 10 judges including Information Today editors, EContent magazine contributing editors and other experts in the digital content industry.

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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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Cengage Learning unveils customised digital collection for the classroom
- 15 Oct 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has introduced CourseReader, a customised, digital collection of content assets for the classroom. The collection is projected to strengthen the company's CengageCourse suite of digital learning products and services. CourseReader leverages Cengage Learning's Gale databases, including its reference content and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

The product is seen to offer instructors thousands of articles and historical documents, including both primary and secondary sources, specific to their discipline, all in one location. Instructors select a series of materials from these databases for their courses, which are then compiled into an online collection for their students to access, replacing traditional printed readers.

Instructors create their customised CourseReader collection by searching the database by author, title or keyword. While CourseReader databases are created for specific disciplines and course areas, instructors can choose to add selections from different disciplines to take advantage of the vast collection of materials in the larger database. Many selections begin with an introduction and finish with critical thinking or multiple choice questions to help students understand and analyse what they have read. Instructors can also highlight or make notations on the readings online to help guide their students as they read.

CourseReader is claimed to be of great value for students, whether purchased in conjunction with other Cengage Learning course materials or as a stand-alone product. Students log into a website where they can view the assigned material. In addition, to meet the needs of students who prefer to learn in various formats, many readings can be listened to immediately online, downloaded as MP3 files, or printed.

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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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Nature Publishing Group joins STEM education initiative
- 17 Sep 2010

Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, has announced that it has joined Change the Equation (CTEq), a CEO-led initiative to cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the US. NPG is committing a three-year 'Bridge to Science' initiative in support of CTEq's goals. The several programmes within Bridge to Science will seek to build stronger connections between parents, students and scientists, and help to inspire people at large to embrace science as part of their daily lives.

Launched at a White House event, CTEq is expected to achieve US President Barack Obama's 'Educate to Innovate' mission to increase private and philanthropic involvement in STEM education. It is also projected to meet a critical need for a workforce and a citizenry fluent in science and maths.

CTEq is bringing together companies across multiple sectors, which are dedicated to preparing students for STEM-related careers as an investment in their businesses, the economy and public life. Through innovative and effective company-led programmes, CTEq aims to fill the opportunity gap with capable and enthusiastic STEM-literate young people.

Under the 'Return on Science Education (ROSE)' initiative, NPG and CTEq member Cisco Systems will jointly develop a model for assessing the ROI from national-level expenditures on STEM education. The results of the ROSE programme, planned for release in Fall 2010, are intended to strengthen cases for investment in STEM and to guide national policy-making.

In addition, under the 'Scitable' programme, NPG publishes authoritative scientific learning pathways in life and physical sciences for high school and college classrooms. In the 'Bench to Blackboard' programme NPG, in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, will provide cost-free professional development to 50,000 high school biology teachers of more than 400,000 students.

In the '1000 scientists in 1000 days' programme, Scientific American and several NPG journals will recruit 1,000 scientists to donate their time to promote STEM education - for instance - by visiting classrooms through efforts such as National Lab Day.

Additionally, in 2011, Scientific American will launch 'Bring Science Home', a major new effort to provide parents simple experiments they can do with their children.

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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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XanEdu launches iPad publishing programme for Educators
- 26 Jul 2010

CoursePacks and custom textbooks provider XanEdu Publishing Inc, US, has launched an iPad publishing programme. The move, conducted in concert with several major institutions in North America and Harvard Business School Publishing, is expected to allow students and instructors greater flexibility in accessing course materials.

Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on an iPad. This capability is in addition to being fully integrated into popular learning management systems on campus. XanEdu's iPad platform also enables students to take and share notes for a more collaborative, engaging learning experience.

The launch of XanEdu's iPad coursepack publishing programme is the beginning of the deliverables phase of the company's recent strategic technology plan. Over the next three months, XanEdu will also launch a new website that includes enhanced publishing features.

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Intel to sponsor Nature Education position paper on science education
- 09 Jul 2010

Nature Education, the educational wing of scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group, UK, has announced Intel as sponsor for 'Time to Decide: The Ambivalence of the World of Science to Education', a position paper based on research conducted by NPG over the past year. Intel joins Roche Diagnostics, Tata Consultancy Services, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and New England Biolabs as primary sponsors of Nature Education's efforts.

'Time to Decide' is based on surveys with 450 university-level science faculty in more than 30 countries as well as extensive interviews with several thought leaders. The paper highlights a dilemma in academic science since research brings more funding and prestige to universities and individuals than teaching does. Scientists tend to prioritise research over teaching, resulting in challenges to the quality of education for science students globally.

The paper suggests several initiatives that universities, foundations, publishers, and government agencies can collectively pursue to ensure that teaching is better rewarded in the future. 'Time to Decide' is available for free download with registration on Scitable, Nature Education's openly accessible science education library.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches new title, 'Managerial Accounting'
- 21 May 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has released a new title, Managerial Accounting by Stacey Whitecotton, Robert Libby and Fred Phillips. The title is projected to present accounting in the context of real and recognisable companies like Starbucks, Mattel and Tombstone Pizza. By showing students how accounting is tied to business decisions in companies that are a part of their everyday lives, Managerial Accounting seeks to engage them and help them connect what they learn in the course to the real world.

Offered with a range of digital resources, including the McGraw-Hill Connect teaching and learning platform, Managerial Accounting is expected to give teachers the support they need and prepare students for 21st century business careers. Each chapter focuses on a recognisable business and uses the company's decisions and outcomes to convey managerial accounting principles. Providing such a real-world context is seen to give students a familiar framework they can relate to and diminishes the anxiety that many students bring to accounting courses.

Managerial Accounting is offered with Connect Accounting, a research-based, interactive assignment and assessment platform that allows instructors to create and deliver online, auto-graded homework assignments, quizzes and tests. The online platform is based on McGraw-Hill's ongoing research of professors' instructional processes and students' study habits. Students using Managerial Accounting can study on the go by downloading audio and video content directly to their iPod or iPhone and take learning materials with them wherever they go.

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Carnegie Mellon's ChemCollective website receives science prize for online resources in education
- 30 Apr 2010

Carnegie Mellon University has announced that its ChemCollective website has received the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). The award, sponsored by Science magazine, recognises outstanding freely available online materials that enrich science education.

The ChemCollective website (www.chemcollective.org), developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, seeks to provide chemistry instructors with access to virtual lab and scenario-based learning activities. It gives introductory level chemistry students the opportunity to participate in activities that go beyond traditional textbook problems, allowing them to engage with chemistry in a way that more closely resembles the activities of practicing chemists.

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Yaron and his team, made up of software engineers, undergraduate programmers and educational consultants, began developing the resources used in the ChemCollective in 2000, and the site was launched in its current format in 2004. Last year, more than 100,000 experiments were performed on the website and the software was downloaded more than 25,000 times for use on local computers. Many instructors have submitted their own materials to the site to be shared among users. Of the 117 labs currently available on the site, 56 have been contributed by 11 different groups from the user community.

Science magazine announces one recipient of the SPORE award each month throughout the year, publishing an essay on each programme. The essay on the ChemCollective appears in the April 30 issue. Co-authors of the essay include Carnegie Mellon's David Yaron, Michael Karabinos and alumnus Donovan Lange, along with James G. Greeno and Gaea Leinhardt from the University of Pittsburgh.

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McGraw-Hill, Intel collaborate to bring personalised digital learning experience to elementary classrooms
- 27 Apr 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a collaboration with Intel. The combination of McGraw-Hill's educational content with Intel Learning Series technology specifically designed for the elementary school classroom creates a personalised learning experience for students. For schools, this collaboration offers the flexibility to choose from a variety of options including total digital solutions or hybrid models consisting of print and digital components.

The first McGraw-Hill Education programme optimised specifically for the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is LEAD21, an all-new elementary school literacy programme designed to reach a new generation of readers. LEAD21 offers students and teachers full print, digital and professional development resources. Through this collaboration with Intel, LEAD21 offers integrated content and hardware solutions as well. The programme provides every learner with easy access to digital tools, such as an Online Coach, ePractice activities and more, which help students manage and extend their own learning. In the coming months, McGraw-Hill also plans to introduce additional programmes and software created to work specifically with the classmate PC.

The new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is based on extensive ethnographic research with students and teachers, catering to how students learn and how teaching is evolving in the classroom. The new design combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-reading capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency. The two companies have conducted pilots over the last year to test how students and teachers engage with technology during classroom instruction and plan to continue ethnographic research to guide their efforts.

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Cengage Learning names Cindy Cook as Chief Marketing Officer of Academic and Professional Group
- 01 Apr 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the appointment of Cindy Cook as Chief Marketing Officer of the company's Academic and Professional Group. Cindy will join the company on April 5, 2010.

In her new position, Cindy will be responsible for accelerating company growth and digital transformation through aggressive marketing of the company's products, services and solutions. She has a strong background in digital media and more than 20 years of expertise in global consumer products, including significant marketing leadership roles.

Cindy most recently served as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Vivendi Games, creator of some of the industry's largest and most profitable games, where she ran marketing operations and was directly accountable for the mobile and casual games divisions. She also drove strategy and was part of the senior management team that led a successful merger with Activision to create the world's largest videogame publisher, Activision Blizzard.

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Drexel University launches Post-Master's Library & Information Science Specialist Programs
- 29 Mar 2010

Internet-based distance education programmes provider Drexel University Online, US, has increased its continuing education options for librarians through four new post-master’s Library and Information Science Specialist Programs from The iSchool at Drexel. The Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management, Archival Studies, Digital Libraries and Youth Services programs build upon Drexel’s master’s in Library and Information Science. Students can learn anytime and anywhere with 24/7 online access to class materials, group discussion, instructor feedback and exams.

The post-master's specialist program in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management focuses on identifying and satisfying information needs to support critical activities in special libraries, corporate libraries, and other organisational settings. The post-master’s specialist program in Archival Studies seeks to meet the needs of students who want to gain the skills necessary to work with archival records and papers in all formats.

The post-master's specialist program in Digital Libraries prepares professionals to work with digital library systems, digital resources, collections and services in a variety of settings, including academic, public and special libraries. Courses focus on designing digital library interfaces, organising and accessing digital collections, and using appropriate and cutting-edge technologies. The Youth Services program focuses on the information needs of children and teens and on the design and provision of information services to meet those needs.

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McGraw-Hill Professional launches online resource for physical therapy students and educators
- 24 Mar 2010

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has launched AccessPhysiotherapy (http://www.accessphysiotherapy.com), an online resource for physical therapy (PT) students and educators. The product is the latest in McGraw-Hill's suite of Access-branded digital learning platforms for medical students and physicians.

AccessPhysiotherapy provides searchable, full-text access to eleven McGraw-Hill physical therapy and internal medicine titles. These include Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention; Imaging in Rehabilitation; and Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist. AccessPhysiotherapy also offers curricular management tracking tools and tests, interactive imaging content, more than 80 videos, an exclusive series of neurology lectures, and image banks. Bringing together content from across McGraw-Hill Education, the resource includes Anatomy and Physiology Revealed, a cadaver dissection tool that offers users an unparalleled ability to explore the body and its systems. In the coming months, the site will also feature videos from Clinical Sports Medicine, a DVD developed by McGraw-Hill Australia for the critically-acclaimed textbook by the same name.

AccessPhysiotherapy features the innovative Custom Curriculum, an online tool that educators can use to assign, manage, and track the progress of student assignments. For programme directors, AccessPhysiotherapy represents a significant step forward in curriculum development and design, offering detailed assignment monitoring, student assessment tests and tools, and student progress reports, as well as an ability to share assignment designs with other programmes. The Custom Curriculum allows PT students to view available topics from their programme director, as well as their own individual progress by activity.

Other features include a drug database providing critical information on medication; over 1,200 self-assessment questions; a My AccessPT feature that allows users to save their own libraries of images; and full Bibliography and Reference areas. Like other Access products, new content will be added to the site monthly, with additional titles and videos to follow later in the year.

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PASCO unveils SPARKlabs collection with seven new content partners
- 19 Mar 2010

PASCO Scientific, a US-based developer of technology-based solutions for science education, and seven new content partners have unveiled a collection of SPARKlabs for SPARKscience, a research-based learning platform. SPARKscience seeks to integrate sensor-based data collection, interactive visualisation and data analysis, instructional content and assessment.

New content partners announced at the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference include Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative; Carolina Biological Supply Company; Holbrook Travel; Horizon Fuel Cell; Laying the Foundation; The Pacific Education Institute; and Sally Ride Science.

SPARKlabs are designed for use with SPARKvue software, which seeks to promote real-time scientific investigations, student reflection and discussion with built-in annotation tools. All SPARKlabs contain background information, materials and setup instructions, and data collection. In addition, they include prompts for students to answer questions, make predictions and analyse their results. SPARKlabs can be used with a range of technologies running SPARKvue, including the all-in-one, mobile SPARK Science Learning system, Windows and Mac-based computers, interactive whiteboards, and netbooks.

PASCO also offers a collection 61 free SPARKlabs for biology, chemistry, earth science and physics as well as SPARKlabs designed specifically for middle and elementary school students.

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Gale acquires Questia Media, Inc
- 29 Jan 2010

E-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has acquired the assets of Questia Media, Inc., a provider of information and educational resources to students. Questia provides a premium subscription-based online information service that gives users access to more than 76,000 books from over 300 publishers and millions of articles from journals, magazines and newspapers.

Questia will further broaden Gale’s extensive content base, by adding information from tens of thousands of scholarly books selected from leading publishers to support learning in high school and college. In addition, it will enhance Gale’s offerings with new research and productivity tools, lesson plans and professional development for the classroom.

Recent product access enhancements introduced by Questia include an iPhone application enabling mobile access to Questia’s entire library; and Research Wizard, a Facebook application that facilitates community research. Gale will support these and develop other new applications to enhance the research experience for users.

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UK study moots formation of cooperative service to store research data
- 06 Mar 2009

A recent gathering of research, education and IT experts reportedly found that there is a need for a UK Research Data Service (UKRDS), based on a 'cooperative service model'. The service would build on existing good practice in data management and fill gaps in the UK's provision. More than 700 researchers at four case study universities were interviewed as part of the investigations. Nearly 200 delegates gathered in London recently to debate the issue.

The study was funded under the HEFCE shared services programme with additional funding from JISC, Research Libraries UK and the Russell Universities Group IT directors.

According to JISC representatives, institutional repositories could fill gaps left by the lack of suitable subject repositories. If subject repositories in all disciplines cannot be created, a horizontal vision across institutional and disciplinary repositories would be required, they stated. This would include subject practitioner advice on what to save and how.

Most of the subject-specific data centres were established by researchers in response to a research need, the conference heard. Examples include protein and genome databases maintained by the European Bioinformatics Institute and environmental data centres managed by the Natural Environment Research Council. The initiative behind the UKRDS study, however, came largely from the library and information communities.

The meeting also heard that researchers are often not good at managing data beyond the lifetime of a funded project. Generally, data is never fully analysed by the researchers who generate it. Most data is stored locally if no national or international facility is available. It was also found that while 88 percent of researchers already share data, even if only with collaborators or through informal peer exchange networks, 43 percent say they would like to access others' data.

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McGraw-Hill Professional launches online resource for anesthesiology
- 27 Feb 2009

McGraw-Hill Professional, a US-based provider of information resources for the scientific and medical communities, has launched AccessAnesthesiology (http://www.accessanesthesiology.com), an online resource dedicated solely to pain management, critical care and perioperative medicine. The learning website seeks to give anesthesiology residents a suite of detailed reference materials and multimedia, educators a powerful tool for managing workflows, and professionals an in-depth resource for maintaining certification.

In a bid to continue with the innovations begun with McGraw-Hill's Access online medical and scientific resources, AccessAnesthesiology provides searchable, full-text versions of several McGraw-Hill references. These include David Longnecker's Anesthesiology, G. Edward Morgan, Jr.'s Lange Clinical Anesthesiology, and Admir Hadzic's NYSORA Textbook of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management. In addition, the site features procedural videos, with a basic skills series from the authors of Management of the Difficult and Failed Airway, and ultrasound videos prepared by members of AccessAnesthesiology's editorial board.

The site also includes the Custom Curriculum, a functionality that enables anesthesiology programme directors to create and assign activities, as well as track and monitor resident progress. With this functionality, anesthesiology programmes map AccessAnesthesiology content and functionalities to their own educational structure, creating a site that matches their specific needs.

For program directors, AccessAnesthesiology offers detailed assignment monitoring, student assessment tests and tools and robust reports, as well as an ability to share assignment designs with other programmes. For residents, the Custom Curriculum provides an educational tool that allows them to view the available activities from their programme director and monitor their own individual progress.

Gale titles named Outstanding Reference Sources for 2008
- 24 Feb 2009

E-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, has announced that three of its titles were named Outstanding Reference Sources for 2008 by the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Available in digital, eBook and print format, the winning titles are: Climate Change in Context; The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets; and Encyclopedia of Products and Industries - Manufacturing.

Climate Change in Context is a comprehensive guide to the increasingly important topic of climate change, including global warming. Cross-curricular in nature, the title supports both basic and advanced curricula in earth and environmental science, general science, history, government and the social sciences. Aimed primarily at high school students, this two-volume, four-colour title offers coverage of the history, politics and ethical debates related to climate change, including the impact of climate change on daily life, trade and commerce, travel and the future of both industrialized and impoverished nations.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets examines in two volumes special diets such as a Gluten-free or high-protein diet and popular weight-loss programs such as the Atkins Diet, dietary concerns, nutritional basics and the effects of dietary choices on one's health. The Encyclopaedia presents an overview of all topics in a standardised, balanced format.

Encyclopedia of Products and Industries - Manufacturing is designed to assist college students who need to research products and the relationships between products and their industries. This two-volume set focuses on manufacturers of durable goods such as tires, automobiles, appliances, business equipment, home furnishings and sporting goods. Tables, charts and statistics augment essays and include market size, market share and market segments.

The Outstanding Reference Sources list was established in 1958 to recommend the best reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries. Since this time, Gale has received more than 50 RUSA awards. The Reference Sources Committee evaluates print reference sources and publishes annually an annotated list of these outstanding reference works in the May issue of American Libraries. The list is also included in Reference & Users Services Quarterly and via the website http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaprotools / outstandingref/outstandingreference.cfm.

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JISC set to launch JISC Services Management Company, appoints new Managing Director
- 05 Feb 2009

The UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has announced the August 2009 launch of the new JISC Services Management Company. The move is part of JISC's ongoing strategy to deliver world-class services to the further and higher education sector. Guy Lambert has been appointed as the new managing director to lead this new company.

Lambert recently worked for the FCO during a major change initiative, when its services business, reconstituted as a Trading Fund, helping it to develop a commercial approach to business management within a set of traditional core values.

He has spent his career in commercial and managerial roles at UK board level within the IT industry, both within the public and private sectors. His roles with Honeywell, Bull, Steria and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have all involved managing operational improvement programmes and cultural change alongside delivery of a variety of services to clients.

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