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Becky Anderson

Looking at Usage

Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Feb 25, 2016

Just because we've been talking about it recently, I wanted to give you a little insight into what our team can tell about peak and non-peak usage. We know that Thursday nights and Sunday nights are popular nights for students to do work in LaunchPad. Friday nights and Saturday mornings--not so much. Because we have this information, we can gauge the time when maintenance to LaunchPad will cause the least disruption. As you know, there is never a time where we can cause no disruption; someone is always working in LaunchPad. But by looking at our data, like the graph below which shows two consecutive Saturdays (in blue and orange), we do our best to find the time that is least annoying to do maintenance, for students and instructors, from four U.S. time zones, working in and teaching with LaunchPad.

 

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For Fall 2016, we are going to have some new diagnostic reports coming to Writer's Help 2.0 and some LaunchPad courses that will allow you to see in one screen a comparison of pre-test and post-test results by class, by student, and by topic. This feature isn't available yet, but ask your representative to show you a sample in their trial course so you can see what to expect--or check out a sample below. And let us know what you think!

 

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Interested in hearing from your colleagues how they've integrated Launchpad with their schools' Learning Management Systems? This spring, Professors Eric Chiang, Suzanne Biedenbach, and Pamela Hill (as well as Macmillan's Brian Krutzel) will lead a series of webinars sharing their experience with and best practices for integration.

 

The first webinars will be:

  • Blackboard w/ Eric Chiang (of Florida Atlantic University), Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. EST
  • D2L w/ Suzanne Biedenbach (of Georgia Gwinnett College), Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Canvas w/ Pamela Hill (of San Antonio College), Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. EST

 

If you are interested in attending, please sign up at http://macmillanhighered.com/LMSIntegration or at the "LMS Integration Webinars" tab on the LaunchPad Community home page.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brian Krutzel or Alex Kaufman.