McGraw-Hill’s recent launch of its LearnSmart program, created with Denmark-based Area9 and geared towards higher education, helps students and educators personalize learning for the individual user by using data to provide feedback on how time spent interacting with learning material results in evaluation.
Now, McGraw-Hill is taking the built-in expertise that LearnSmart Advantage can provide and making it available for high school students in order to be better prepared for college academics.
“We’ve seen how LearnSmart’s adaptive technology has benefitted millions of college students and professors – raising grades, allowing instructors to use lecture time on higher level topics – and we are confident that it will give high school students and their teachers a similar edge,” said Dan Caton, president of McGraw-Hill School Education, in a press release. “With 40 percent of students graduating from high school not prepared for the rigor of college, we have an acute need to better prepare our students for success not only in high school but in college and their careers, and we think that personalized learning through adaptive technology will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.”
LearnSmart Advantage works by reversing the learning model, helping students during their out-of-class time to focus on the areas where they are already deficient, making them better prepared to learn new material in their class sessions thanks in part to having reinforced what were previously areas of trouble. McGraw-Hill stands by the product and has conducted a study that records student improvement as testament to this model.
According to the information from the publisher, “At launch, LearnSmart will be available for Biology, U.S. History, and a wide variety of AP & Honors level subjects, with additional courses to be added in the coming months. At the high school level, LearnSmart is available on any computer and accessible via McGraw-Hill Education’s ConnectED platform.”