Deepening Connections to Inspire Successful Learning Environments

  Kurt Strand, Senior Vice President,   MHHE
Kurt Strand

It’s clear today that we’re more densely networked than ever before, but less evident is the value of these connections. When our pool of contacts is wide but shallow, what is it really worth? At the heart of our mission at McGraw-Hill Education is the drive to deepen the connection between instructor, student, and institution. We’re convinced that a comprehensive understanding of student behavior ignites learning experiences that fuel success and inspiration.

But how can we nurture these connections?

Enter Connect Insight.

For some time, we’ve had access to reams of data on each student, but without analysis that data has little use. Connect Insight is the first-of-its-kind analytics tool that distills clear answers to these 5 questions and delivers them to instructors in at-a-glance snapshots:

  1. How are my students performing?
  2. How is this particular student performing?
  3. How is my section performing?
  4. How effective are my assignments?
  5. How effective is this particular assignment?


The focus is on utility: Connect Insight makes razor-sharp tie-ins between the analysis it provides and the decisions instructors make.

We pride ourselves on providing sophisticated technology that is intuitive and simple. Our elegant navigation allows professors to focus on what’s important: powering motivation within their classes.

John Wilson—President of Morehouse College and a former Obama administration staffer—has stated that armed with the right data, Teacher is thrust into the role of Advisor, more effectively propelling students toward success. I’m honored to be helping construct environments that are ripe for inspiration. McGraw-Hill Education is committed to providing tools that enable instructors to become more involved and engaged in student performance which, ultimately, fosters greater achievement for their students.

Kurt Strand
Senior Vice President, Products and Markets, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

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By The Connect Team  |  April 14 2014

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By The Connect Team  |  April 06 2014
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Are You Office Ready? How to be as Smart as the Suits (Use SmartBook!)

School is preparing you for the work force, but once you’re on the job, you may find yourself in a sticky situation. Think outside the box and don’t just work hard—work smart for success.

Check out SmartBook (your smarter alternative to an ebook).

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By The Connect Team  |  April 06 2014
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Messy Roommate Troubles? Get Your Place Spotless by Getting Smart (And Use SmartBook!)

Get your messy roommate to clean up his act with some quick thinking and savvy strategies.
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By The Connect Team  |  April 06 2014
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Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do—When You’re Smart (Use SmartBook!)

Is it time to call it quits on your relationship? Don’t get stressed; get smart!
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By The Connect Team  |  April 06 2014
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In Praise of Small Data

   Brian Kibby, President, MHHE
Brian Kibby

I hate buzz words.

For some time, I’ve been saying that “Big Data” is the most misused term in education. For all the chest-pounding on how Big Data has come to education, what offers have we really seen in the marketplace? What can instructors actually use? And, how is it impacting teaching and learning at scale—right now, in 2014?

On September 6, 2013, I called a company-wide town hall meeting and put a stake in the ground: “We are going to be the first major Learning Company to offer our customers a data and analytics package they can understand and use to improve student performance and we’re going to do it by January 2014!”

It takes real conviction, serious brain power, and a great deal of hard work to meet a challenge like this, and I’m proud to say that the McGraw-Hill Education team was up to the task: Connect Insight launched January 2, 2014.

We created Connect Insight by thinking not about big data, but about small, usable information. We are already intimately involved with the teaching and learning experiences of thousands of instructors and millions of students around the world—by using that fact to our advantage, we realized we could create something no one else could, sooner than anyone thought: a way for instructors to look at the performance of their students and their own assignments (right now! In 2014!) and make data-driven decisions on how to improve and optimize performance. In other words, we created Small Data.

“Intuitive” and “actionable” are the two values at the heart of Connect Insight. Prior to its launch, Stephen Laster, our chief digital officer, and I often talked about the need to focus on simplicity and create products that are elegant and easy to use. Sure, the underlying technology and analysis may be complicated, but for this tool to truly make an impact, it has to be intuitive enough for everyone to be able to use and benefit from. With Connect Insight, we hit the mark.

When developing Connect Insight, we obsessed over finding ways to deliver insights that instructors could actually use to power success in their courses. As Richard Keaveny, one of our digital product leaders often says, “Data is cool, but analysis is powerful.” To that, I would add: “Action is transformative.” With Connect Insight, we transformed the role of data in education by providing educators with information sufficiently small enough to act upon.

The future of data in education is enormously bright—and admittedly big. That is, if we think small: neat, visual, actionable and available.

Brian Kibby
President, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

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By mayacohen  |  April 02 2014
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