McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher Education Unveils Suite of Adaptive Learning Products For Canada, Including First-Ever Adaptive E

McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher Education Unveils Suite of Adaptive Learning 
Products For Canada, Including First-Ever Adaptive E-Book 
New "LearnSmart Advantage" suite brings adaptive technology to new aspects of 
student learning experience; "SmartBook" revolutionizes reading 
WHITBY, Canada, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Following an introduction at the 2013 
International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, McGraw-Hill Ryerson 
Higher Education is launching a suite of adaptive learning products for 
Canadian higher education students that use advanced technological engines to 
improve learning and student performance. The new "LearnSmart Advantage" suite 
takes adaptive learning—one of the biggest trends in education in 
2012—beyond the realm of course study tools by using adaptive technology to 
provide more dynamic, personalized learning experiences across new aspects of 
the student learning experience. Included in the suite is SmartBook™, the 
world's first-ever adaptive e-book, which revolutionizes reading by focusing 
students' attention on the content that is most critical to their learning. 
Adaptive learning is a method of education that seeks to personalize learning 
by using sophisticated 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, adaptive learning has been shown to help students study 
more efficiently, develop greater proficiency, and earn better grades. 
Adaptive learning also benefits instructors. By better preparing students for 
class, adaptive learning enables instructors to spend more time delving into 
advanced concepts, and engaging students in high-level discussion. 
The LearnSmart Advantage suite builds on the success of McGraw-Hill 
LearnSmart™, the company's industry-leading adaptive study tool. With more 
than 1 million unique student users answering more than 1 billion questions 
through LearnSmart since its launch in 2009, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher 
Education has been able to use its unparalleled data and insights into how 
students learn to refine its adaptive capabilities and apply them to new areas 
of the learning experience—in effect creating a fully adaptive course. 
McGraw-Hill Education will make the LearnSmart Advantage suite available to 
students through instructors and institutions as well as through direct 
"Since the launch of LearnSmart by McGraw-Hill Higher Education in 2009, we've 
developed a deep understanding of how personalized learning through adaptive 
technology helps improve student productivity and performance," said Patrick 
Ferrier, president of McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher Education. "Leveraging the 
expertise and proven effectiveness in adaptive learning provided by 
McGraw-Hill Education in new areas of the learning experience provides an 
enormous opportunity for students, instructors, and institutions across the 
country, as well as for McGraw-Hill Ryerson. With the launch of the LearnSmart 
Advantage suite, we continue to lead the industry in the use of adaptive 
technology to help improve student productivity and performance." 
The following new products are joining LearnSmart in the LearnSmart Advantage 

    --  SmartBook—an adaptive e-book that creates a more
        efficient and effective reading experience by assessing
        students' knowledge and skill levels as they read, and
        highlighting content that focuses their attention on the topics
        and concepts that they have yet to master. SmartBook represents
        a breakthrough achievement in reading, as it breaks the
        centuries-old tradition of books as linear experiences that
        presume to be read in their entirety, and in a pre-defined
        sequence, in order to be understood.
    --  LearnSmart Prep—a "before-the-course" adaptive resource
        designed to prepare students entering complex courses that are
        critical to the completion of their major or degree (such as
        Anatomy & Physiology, Organic Chemistry, or Majors Biology)
        with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful on day
        one of class. Students can also use LearnSmart Prep in the
        early weeks of a course to ensure that they are prepared for
        concepts and assignments that will come later.
    --  LearnSmart Labs—a photo-realistic virtual lab experience
        that uses adaptive technology to enable meaningful scientific
        exploration and learning while eliminating many of the
        practical challenges of a physical lab setting. By allowing
        students to practice their experiments in a virtual lab
        setting, LearnSmart Labs allows students and instructors to
        maximize the valuable time spent in the physical laboratory.
        For online and blended courses, LearnSmart Labs offers the
        closest thing available to an actual physical laboratory
        experience, enabling students to put the concepts they have
        learned in class to the virtual test without requiring access
        to a brick-and-mortar lab.
    --  LearnSmart Achieve—a comprehensive adaptive learning
        system that pinpoints students' areas of weakness and supplies
        students with targeted content, including videos, interactive
        activities, and additional readings. LearnSmart Achieve gives
        students on-the-spot tutoring at times when they may not have
        access to their professors, and provides a time-management
        feature that guides students through the content and resources
        at a pace that is best for them.

The LearnSmart Advantage suite enables institutions to adopt adaptive learning 
as an institution-wide practice, creating a cycle of student performance 
improvement across disciplines and classes. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher 
Education also plans to offer selected products in the LearnSmart Advantage 
suite available to students to purchase directly. The company entered the 
consumer market for adaptive technology in the summer of 2012 when it made 
LearnSmart for sale directly to students and parents.

LearnSmart Advantage Availability
    --  LearnSmart: Available immediately across more than 90 course
    --  SmartBook: Available through spring and summer 2013 across more
        than 90 course areas.
    --  LearnSmart Prep: Available immediately across six course areas.
    --  LearnSmart Labs: Available immediately for the following
        courses: Majors Biology, General Chemistry, Anatomy &
        Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, and Nutrition.
    --  LearnSmart Achieve: Available in beta in the spring of 2013
        across more than 25 course areas.

Products in the LearnSmart Advantage suite will be available directly to 
students from the Canadian website,

About McGraw-Hill Ryerson McGraw-Hill Ryerson is a content, software, and 
services-based education company that draws on more than 100 years of 
educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning for Canadian 
students and professionals. We are committed to providing Canadians with 
material of the highest quality for their education, enjoyment, and 
professional development. Our strength and success in the marketplace is a 
testimony to the quality of our products and the creative and innovative means 
we use to introduce new resources to our customers. We publish and distribute 
educational and professional materials in both print and digital formats. For 
additional information, visit

Contacts: Brian Belardi McGraw-Hill Education (212) 904-4827

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