Blackboard and McGraw-Hill partnered to deliver an unprecedented, comprehensive course solution – content and tools directly inside Blackboard Learn™, Release 9.1. The effort makes McGraw-Hill Connect™, the publishing industry’s leading homework management system, and McGraw-Hill Create™, a tool to create custom textbooks and eBooks, accessible from within your Blackboard system.

So, why is this solution the next big thing in digital education? Well, It represents the deepest integration of publisher content within a learning management system to date. Faculty can get single sign-on access to a comprehensive teaching and learning platform that will keep their students actively engaged with high quality, media-rich content. With video, labeling activities and eTexts, homework will be fun and students will be more successful. The Blackboard and McGraw-Hill gradebooks are synchronized too. With the integrated gradebook functionality, faculty can assess student learning with greater precision and efficiency. You can see it in action at DoMoreNow.com.

Our companies are employing an open partnership model in this effort to create more choice and flexibility for faculty and students.  Meaning that you’re not locked into using the combined tools and resources that our partnership provides – you can still mix in whatever third party or self-authored resources or tools you need to do the job.  And to achieve our integration, we’re relying on the IMS industry standard Basic Learning Tools Interoperability (Basic LTI).  Standards like LTI make it easier for tools and resources to be accessed and shared, and adopting LTI as part of this effort is part of Blackboard’s  commitment to greater openness and leadership in this area. 

Most exciting is the recent news that a select group of campuses and faculty are using the solution.  We are getting their input and feedback on how the solution works and make sure that we’re addressing their concerns and workflow issues directly.  So far, we’ve had a great start and are hearing great feedback.

So, don’t forget to take a look at DoMoreNow.com to see how the solution works. It’s all about productivity, efficiency and simplicity. Get ready to help faculty on your campus begin managing course content, assignments, assessments and grades all within Blackboard and with a single login.  And in time for their summer courses 2011.

 

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