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, www.mhelearnsmart.ca.
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 http://www.mcgrawhill.ca.
Contacts: Brian Belardi McGraw-Hill Education (212) 904-4827
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