Back-to-school season is here, and parents and students are looking for resources to make this school year the best one yet. To get a leg up this academic year, students and parents need to know three words: adaptive learning technology.
A method of instruction based on education theory and cognitive science, adaptive learning personalizes learning by continually assessing students' knowledge, skill and confidence levels, and pinpoints exactly what students know and what they don't, where and why they are struggling, and how to help them reach their goals. McGraw-Hill Education, the leader in digital learning experiences, has developed a suite of products designed to give students an individualized learning experience that adapts to and addresses their needs. Students using McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive products are proven to improve one letter grade in a course and courses which use McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive systems have a 90 percent pass rate.
"Our experience working with authors, instructors and students has provided an unparalleled understanding of how students learn," said David Levin, CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. "This is the era of digital learning and McGraw-Hill Education will continue to be at the forefront of developing adaptive technologies that change the way we approach teaching and learning, empowering students and teachers and improving outcomes."
Available for purchase by students and parents, the company's suite of adaptive learning products includes:
ALEKS – a higher-education adaptive learning system for math that ensures students both master and retain key topics.
LearnSmart - identifies the topics a student knows and does not know, and as the student progresses, adapts and adjusts the content based on his or her individual strengths, weaknesses and confidence. Nearly 4 million students have used the LearnSmart since its launch in 2009, answering nearly 3 billion questions in the system.
SmartBook – offered in more than 300 university courses and powered by LearnSmart adaptive technology, it is the first and only adaptive reading experience designed to change the way students read and learn. Now available in the K-12 market as well as higher education.
Adaptive learning solutions are a game-changer in learning. McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive solutions break down the cognitive processes behind learning with precision and granularity, developing individualized learning paths that lead to greater retention and mastery of a topic. By regularly pinging students with questions to determine how much information is being absorbed, the advanced algorithms that power the technology can develop personalized leaning paths for each student -- ensuring that students are better-prepared, and that instructors are better-equipped to personalize lessons and delve into more advanced concepts. McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive technologies go beyond simply making recommendations and actually delivering the most optimal content for a student to learn at any given time.
"Students tend to spend too much time studying material they already know, and not enough time mastering unfamiliar material," said Kathrine Glass, Senior Lecturer of Accounting from Indiana University. "McGraw-Hill Education's adaptive learning products help guide students toward areas of weakness and enable them to retain that information. As a result, my students are more engaged and prepared when they come to class, allowing me to spend more time delving into advanced concepts and higher level discussions."
For more information about ALEKS, LearnSmart and SmartBook, please visit: http://www.mheducation.com/back-to-school.
About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education delivers the most effective, innovative, and inspiring learning experiences for students, educators and professionals around the world. Drawing on its rich heritage of educational expertise, the company offers highly personalized learning experiences that improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. Visit us at mheducation.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.