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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. 




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.

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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! 


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