Adding to the success of its LearnSmart program, McGraw-Hill Education announced Tuesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show the creation of an array of adaptive learning tools for college students.
The products — which together with LearnSmart, compose the LearnSmart Advantage suite — use algorithm technology and other adaptive learning techniques to personalize a student’s individual learning experience. With the original LearnSmart program, which launched in 2009 and now has more than a million users, students can develop an individualized study plan based on their knowledge, skills and confidence in over 90 subject areas. LearnSmart helps students focus on the topics that require the most improvement. The products offered in the suite bring that concept into every other aspect of learning.
The suite includes four new products in addition to LearnSmart, each to be made available directly to students in the course of spring 2013.
- LearnSmart Prep: a resource to be used before a class even starts. LearnSmart Prep helps students refresh their understanding of topics that they need to know on day one of class. Offered for complex courses such as organic chemistry, this tool can also be used throughout the first weeks of class to prepare for the concepts that come later in the course. It is available immediately in six course areas.
- SmartBook: an adaptive e-book that assesses the reader’s comprehension of the content, using its findings to highlight concepts that the student still needs to work on. By emphasizing only the parts of the text where the student’s knowledge base is weakest, the SmartBook utilizes the advantages of the e-book medium to change how students learn from reading. It will be available this spring in more than 90 subject areas.
- LearnSmart Labs: a virtual lab experience that allows students to explore scientific concepts, as well as practice experiments assigned in class, even when they do not have access to a physical lab. LearnSmart Labs permits instructors to use students’ time in the physical lab more efficiently. It is available immediately for biology, general chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, organic chemistry and nutrition.
- LearnSmart Achieve: a comprehensive adaptive learning system that targets topics and concepts that the student does not understand as well with specific videos, interactive components and supplemental readings. This program also comes with a time management feature that guides students through the material at an individualized pace. It is set to launch this spring in beta in more than 25 course areas.