A recent effectiveness study from McGraw-Hill on its LearnSmartTM adaptive learning tool explored this question with seven universities across the U.S.  In the study, pass and retention rates of students who used LearnSmart—as well as overall grades—were consistently higher than those of students not having used it.

Students are able to master content at their own pace and on their own time, and as a result come to class better prepared. When students come to class prepared, educators can cover more advanced topics, have time for more facilitated classroom discussion, and have more critical thinking and practical application assignments. This all leads to deeper student engagement.

To the team here at Blackboard, these results are very exciting.  Last year, we announced a partnership with McGraw-Hill and recently launched an integrated solution.  Institutions using Blackboard LearnTM, Releases 9.1, 9.0 and 8.0 can now access the LearnSmart tool through a McGraw-Hill Connect® and CreateTM building block that enables single sign-on and integrated grade book.

We think that interactive study tools are just the beginning of a new way of improving student outcomes. What do you think?  What have your experiences been?  Leave your comments here.

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