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Macmillan Learning is offering a series of webinars the week of February 25th to March 1st that will share concepts, products, ideas, and science as they pertain to the use of technology in the classroom. We are proud to be at the forefront of curriculum innovation and to partner with various educators and scientists who help us advance education technology. 

 

We are offering 8 no-cost sessions - join one or all! 

 

Topics include iOLab, College Success, Remote Response systems, Introductory Biology, Nutrition/Active Learning in STEM, Adaptive Quizzing, and Mass Communication. 

 

REGISTER NOW

 

iClicker - the science behind in-class polling and response systems - with Mark Laumakis.

 

iOLab - the groundbreaking new hardware and software solution that revolutionizes the physics lab - with Shawn Weatherford of UFL who recently obtained a $10,000 grant for use in online sections

 

College Success - using ACES assessment to measure student growth - with Wade Leuwerke.

 

Mass Communication - using digital resources to maintain currency in your course.

 

Custom Labs - a look at what digital resource exist to enhance or supplement labs - with Robin Maxwell. 

 

Intro Biology - course redesign and how it can improve Biology education - with Jim Morris. 

 

Nutrition/STEM Active Learning - how to keep students engaged, before, during and after class - with Jamie Pope.

 

Achieve Read & Practice - a review of Macmillan's new adaptive quizzing offering Achieve Read and Practice that is affordable, mobile, and simple - with Rebecca Shrum.

 

We look forward to seeing you during this week.

Palm Tree Planted Near Pool

 

Okay, so I will confess that Question Pooling is probably my favorite part of LaunchPad. (Yes, I'm a nerd and I'm okay with that.) Hopefully you know all about question pooling already and this post is a boring reminder...but just in case, here's a recap: 

 

With Question Pooling, you can create a group of questions from which one or more (depending on the setting) is chosen at random for students (and we do this for some of our pre-built quizzes already). If you pick questions that are all related to the same topic (which is sensible to do, by the way), then students are all being quizzed on the same concept, but the actual question they see varies--making cheating harder to do (not that students cheat, but you know, hypothetically...) and giving you a more diverse question base. So you could end up with a quiz where students see 10 questions, but those 10 questions are pulling from a pool of 50 questions, so each student likely ends up with a slightly different quiz from each of their colleagues. 

 

Check it out and let us know what you think! 

Reminder: We will be having one planned maintenance for the upcoming semester: Sunday morning, February 17th from 12:01am Eastern until 7am Eastern. During these 7 hours, please assume that the following products will not be available: LaunchPad, LearningCurve, Writer’s Help, Sapling Learning, SaplingPlus, and the Macmillan Learning catalog. We will put a notice in the products a week before the maintenance to alert students, but due to our analytics and your survey info, it seems like this time slot is, for most of you, reasonably acceptable. (I hope the advanced notice will help those of you who are adversely impacted by this timing.) 

 

Thanks for your understanding! 

 

Construction Workers, Site, Helm, Build, Work

At this point, hopefully you've gotten all your students into LaunchPad and you want to see who has started to do work. So you open up the gradebook and bam--there are ALL these pieces of data in the gradebook. What do they mean and how can they help you and your students? I think one of our BEST resources is the LaunchPad Gradebook TutorialThis help article shows everything you need to know about the gradebook and more! Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

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Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET

 

While the benefits of a classroom response system in large lecture halls may be obvious, those same benefits can be obtained in smaller, more intimate class of 30 or fewer students. Led by Brian Geislinger of Gadsden State Community College, this webinar will discuss both how iClicker can be effectively used in small classes, as well as the unique challenges that active learning techniques in a smaller group can present.

 

After earning his PhD in Physics from UAB, Brian Geislinger has taught Physics and Astronomy at Gadsden State Community College for the past 10 years. Brian has been recognized with a number of awards for innovation both in teaching and for the use of technology in his classroom.

 

Register

If you're just starting out with LaunchPad and you are overwhelmed with the number and variety of resources in the product, just start with LearningCurve. Assign one LearningCurve before each class period so students come to class prepared for discussion. This will allow you more freedom in your class to talk about what's important, and you can see which students are doing the work or which topics are causing problems. And though it's hard to believe, students consistently, over the years, report actually enjoying doing work in LearningCurve because they can make progress, ask questions, and they actually learn! They view the interface as 'game-like' and the online format allows them to learn without feeling silly by asking questions in class. It's a win-win, so give it a try! 

 

 

And if you're nervous, reach out to our implementation team of help in setting up your course quickly and easily. We're here to help! 

 

In the summer of 2018, we had a number of faculty come into our New York office to review our plans for digital offerings going forward, and also to tell us how they are using our products. My favorite presentation from that time was from Tim Molina at Northwest Vista College in Texas talking about getting students to go media-free in his communication class. If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do this semester, check out this 16 minute video. Thanks, Tim! 

If you have students who want to get the print book to go with LaunchPad or LaunchPadSolo, please be sure to alert them to the options at the Student Store. 

 

store.macmillanlearning.com

 

Why rent textbooks from Macmillan Learning?  

Renting textbooks can help students save money throughout their college career. Textbooks rentals are available from 3 months to 1 year—choose the duration that works best. The best part of all? We offer free shipping for all hard-copy textbook rentals with immediate 14-day access to the online e-textbook.

 

Did you know that you can integrate iClicker into your LaunchPad course to keep all your grades in one place? And that you can use iClicker for attendance? With iClicker, use GPS technology to ensure that students are attending class. No more attendance codes that can be easily shared via text!

 

Learn more or sign up for a demonstration.

Becky Anderson

First Day of Class

Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Dec 27, 2018

As you start to prep for your next round of classes, don't forget that we have syllabus inserts and presentation decks for you to use to help students get registered with LaunchPad. 

 

Please view the following presentation slides and download the attached syllabus insert, input your course information, and share them with your students prior to your first day of class. You can post them in your learning management system, e-mail them, or print them out to distribute in class.

If you want to make any changes to the presentation slides, go to File > Make a copy and edit the copy you create.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions as you start up classes! 

Macmillan is offering a series of free webinars the week of October 15th to 19th that will share concepts, products, ideas and the underlying research and science as they pertain to the use of various classroom technologies.

 

We are proud to partner with Mats Selen, Tyler Dewitt, iclicker, our internal Learning Science team, Vaughn Scribner, and GoReact as we present a virtual week with something for literally everybody.

 

Please register - note that registration will also ensure that you receive a post meeting recording link.

 

Direct URL for registration - https://go.macmillanlearning.com/webinar-week.html

When creating or revising an online course, there are many factors to consider. Not only should the course contain engaging content that will capture and hold the attention of students, but it should also be easy to access and navigate.

In this webinar on September 25 at 2pm Eastern, attendees will hear from Dr. Stephanie Richmond, Associate Professor at Norfolk State University, who will share her expertise in building online courses using Macmillan’s LaunchPad integrated with Blackboard Learn. Dr. Richmond’s best practices for creating a sticky and easy-to-use experience for students and instructors alike will give you the knowledge and confidence to develop your own successful online course.

Register here for this great event and we'll see you on September 25th! (And if you can't come, we'll be sure to post the recording afterwards.) 

We have a few changes that we think you’ll like for Fall 2018 classes.

 

  1. If you are using the quiz program that allows for you to use filters, we now have the ability to print. When you are in the Review & Modify tab, you will now see a button that says “Print” in the top left. Download e-Book Link
  2. Most LaunchPads now have a downloadable ebook. Students can look under the Help link in the upper right for the option to “Download Offline eBook”. Here’s what the download link looks like and here are the directions for using it.Download e-Book Link
  3. Speaking of which, if you are looking at the Help link above, and go to one of the Support Sites, you’ll notice that we have a new self-help support center that we’re excited about. We hope you’ll find it easier to use.
  4. Lastly, we now have what we call “seamless access” to LaunchPad via the Macmillan Learning Student Store. That means that students can buy or rent the book or LaunchPad or combination of book and LaunchPad that works for them in the Store and, once they purchase, they will automatically be let into their LaunchPad course--without the need for codes! The directions will be posted on this page for your use this fall.
Five Things to Know About First-Year Students 
A Food for Thought Webinar 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

 

Our efforts to support first-year transition spread numerous topics, functional areas, and interventions. And, the amount of information and research about first-year college students that drives our efforts can be overwhelming. With so much information to use, how do higher education professional know what is the most important? In short, what are the key things to know about first-year college students? In this webinar, we’ll use Skyfactor data to explore five key facts about first-year students and how this information can be used to better support their transition to and success in college. Register today. 

 

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Presented by 
Matthew Venaas 
Research Manager at Skyfactor
Join the webinar, A Master Class in Teaching With Digital, on August 15 at 2:00 PM EST. You'll learn how impactful learning platforms can be for today’s students, and how the Bookshelf platform can help drive student engagement and success.

Topics include:
  • Using instructor tools for assignment creation and reporting
  • Analytics to track student progress and engagement
  • Student study tools such as flashcards, notes, and highlighters, as well as text-to-speech capability
Presented by:
Rainna Erikson -Senior Product Manager, VitalSource
Daniel Green - Director of Product Analytics, VitalSource
Hannah Mullis - Adjunct Instructor of Communication at William Peace University
Blair Tuckman, Senior Marketing Manager - VitalSource
Rainna Erikson
Senior Product Manager, VitalSource
Daniel Green
Director of Product Analytics, VitalSource
Hannah Mullis
Adjunct Instructor, William Peace University
Blair Tuckman
Senior Marketing Manager, VitalSource
Register today for this insightful webinar.