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NEW YORK (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 21, 2018

 

Macmillan Learning, a premier educational solutions provider, and Unizin, the non-profit consortium dedicated to advancing access and affordability in higher education, today announced a strategic partnership. iClicker, a Macmillan Learning company, is also included within this partnership. Unizin schools who adopt iClicker will receive access to iClicker’s evolving learning management system integration tools, federated single sign on, institutional attendance tools, and opportunities to collaborate on learning science studies.

 

Via this innovative partnership, Macmillan Learning will offer the breadth of its content and digital portfolio to Unizin’s 25 member universities with inclusive access and preferred pricing models. By offering students access to course materials on day one, learners can access readings and assignments immediately and improve the chances of course success. Programs like Macmillan Learning’s inclusive access program saved students nearly 70% on course materials.

“Getting off to a fast start in course work is critical to student success. We conducted detailed empirical research on more than 2 million students last year, to better understand their behaviors, preferences, and course outcomes. We remain at the forefront of applying user-centered design, learning science, and data-mining to improve student success,” stated Macmillan Learning CEO, Ken Michaels “We share many of these insights with partners like Unizin to underscore our commitment to student achievement.”

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Macmillan Learning to the Unizin ecosystem,” notes Unizin Interim Executive Director, Rob Lowden, “In Macmillan Learning we have found an educational solutions provider that not only delivers excellent content and platforms, but most importantly is committed to sharing and researching outcomes and behavioral data to advance the core mission of teaching and learning.”

 

A family-owned company, Macmillan’s content and services span eBooks, print materials, market-leading digital learning tools, as well as pedagogical and custom services. Faculty at member institutions will have the opportunity to adopt Macmillan Learning eTexts via Unizin’s Engage platform or utilize content via Macmillan platforms such as LaunchPad and Sapling. Through this partnership Unizin and Macmillan will also collaborate to ensure outcomes and behavioral data from Macmillan content and platforms, including iClicker, will be included in the Unizin Data Platform to provide a more complete view of student engagement metrics.

 

“We are very attuned to the total cost of success for students – their investment of time and money, and the opportunity cost. Macmillan Learning & Unizin share a common goal to extend successful learning to as many learners as possible,” commented Macmillan Learning Institutional GM, Craig Bleyer. “With access to Nobel Laureate authors, innovative student engagement tools from iClicker, and effective practice with algorithmic homework software like Sapling, we are committed to building, measuring, and continually improving our products and content to ensure they provide the very best investment in time and money to help each student to achieve their goals.”

 

The collaboration between Macmillan Learning and Unizin will be immediately available to all Unizin member and subscriber institutions, and their combined student population of nearly 1 million learners, including institutions like Colorado State University, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Elaborating on the partnership further, Macmillan Learning CEO Ken Michaels stated, “Macmillan Learning has always been an affordable destination for learning materials, and on the cutting edge of the industry with the acquisition of startups like Intellus Learning. We are a mission-driven organization with a deep passion for learner success, and we couldn’t be more excited to kick-off this partnership with the Unizin community.”

 

To learn more about Macmillan Learning’s portfolio of products and services, please visit: macmillanlearning.com.

 

About Macmillan Learning:

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education informs our approach to using user-centered design, learning science, impact research, and data mining to develop world-class content and pioneering products that are empathetic, highly effective, and drive improved outcomes. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. Macmillan Learning includes both academic and institutional divisions. To learn more, please visit http://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

 

About Macmillan Learning Institutional:

Macmillan Learning Institutional strives to deliver solutions that provide incisive, actionable insights that help empower institutions of higher-education to help their students achieve their full potential. Our institutional solutions are designed to facilitate college affordability, develop more engaged learners and improve graduation, retention and other success measures. Macmillan Learning Institutional solutions include student engagement technologies like iClicker; Intellus Learning, an aggregation platform for open educational resources and academic library assets backed by powerful engagement analytics; as well as a suite of trusted program and institutional assessment and reporting products through Skyfactor (Benchworks and Mapworks). To learn more, please visit: https://www.macmillanlearning.com/Catalog/page/institutional

 

About Unizin:

Unizin, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consortium of 25 leading universities dedicated to promoting affordability, access, and learner success in digital education. Unizin’s interoperable technology ecosystem supports the diverse teaching and learning environments across its member institutions. Unizin solutions promote technology standards, enable integrations, eliminate the learner analytics black box, ensure accessibility of content and data, preserve and promote faculty choice, and support institutional collaboration. Unizin is operated by its member institutions through a Board of Directors. Unizin is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

At $14.99 per student, Intellus Open Courses offer educators the ability to deliver flexible, affordable course materials to students

 

Macmillan Learning announced the upcoming release of Intellus Open Courses, which feature open educational resources (OER) expertly curated by Macmillan Learning subject matter experts and Macmillan Learning’s editorial team, using the Intellus Learning platform. Each course includes a rich package of instructor supplements and on-demand support. Intellus Open Courses make it easy for faculty to find, adopt, and use the highest quality OER resources and deliver a customizable, affordable course to students. Intellus Open Courses enhance open textbooks by sourcing high-quality openly licensed content from a variety of sources and coupling content with editorially-driven pedagogy.

 

"Each Intellus Open Course contains content from open eBooks, under the Creative Commons Attribution license, and instructor resources like PowerPoint slides and test bank questions, as well as other open assets including YouTube videos, optional institutional library content, primary source documents, and more. Our subject matter experts use the power of the Intellus Learning platform to locate the best open content available from the leading OER content providers and package them into a turnkey courses for use by instructors," stated Renee Altier, Vice President of Institutional Strategy.

 

In addition to the expertly curated OER content, Intellus Open Courses include a suite of support services, including learning management system integration, on-demand training and implementation support, instructor supplements, and customization tools. Instructors can access Intellus Learning to customize, reuse, remix, and redistribute their open course content. Licensing data is available for each content item so instructors know which open resources can be modified as well. Instructors can also leverage Intellus Learning's cornerstone engagement analytics at any time to optimize courses to meet learning objectives.

 

“I adopted the Intellus Open Course for my American Government course because I was impressed with the additional assets and capabilities they've built, which make it more than simply an open textbook. With the added features and analytics that the Intellus platform provides, we will not only decrease the cost of course resources for our students, but also positively impact learning without starting completely from scratch,” said Jessica Scarffe, Associate Professor at Allan Hancock College.

 

Sixteen Intellus Open Courses will be launching this spring in general education courses, such as American government, sociology, economics, pre-algebra, psychology, and chemistry, with the first courses going live for review and testing at the beginning of February 2018. Intellus Open Courses support fees are $14.99 per student, per course, and provide ongoing services for instructors and students that include LMS integration, customization tools and services, technical support, and course maintenance. Institutions can license Intellus Open Course and the Intellus Learning platform for students. Alternatively, students can pay course support fees directly through the Macmillan Learning student store. Additionally, recognizing the spirit of open education, students will be able to access and retain all OER material included in Intellus Open Courses on our website.

 

Charles Linsmeier, Vice President, Editorial, at Macmillan Learning noted, “Importantly, adopters of Intellus Open Courses are not limited to a publisher-provided curriculum. Instead, adopters of Intellus Open Courses are encouraged to make these courses their own by taking advantage of the easy-to-use, search and discovery tools for free and open content that Intellus Learning provides.”

 

Intellus Open Courses are part of Macmillan Learning’s commitment to deliver high-quality content at an affordable price for students. Intellus Learning empowers faculty to deliver affordable course solutions with the support and ease of implementation that faculty have come to expect from Macmillan.

 

Read the full press release here.